Activities: Realtime Quiz

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Face-to-face quiz with all students answering the questions at the same time.
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You may want to consider using the Active quiz activity, instead of this, older, Realtime quiz activity. Active quiz is based on Realtime quiz, but adds question bank and gradebook support, feedback charts, better controls for the teacher, group support and many other useful features not found here.

A multiple-choice quiz designed for use in a face-to-face lesson.
Each student receives each question at the same time with a time limit to answer it (default 30 seconds). In between each question the correct answer is displayed, along with the number of students giving each answer (and some statistics about the percentage class / individual correct answers). This allows each question to be discussed before moving on.

Teachers can review the answers, once the quiz is finished, to identify any areas that need to be covered again.

Recent improvements (2010) include:

  • Ability to add a picture to each question
  • More attractive question display
  • Easier question editing
  • Reduced network traffic & improved stability (particularly on wireless networks)

Overview video (for the Moodle 1.9 version - the 2.x version looks slightly different):


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  • Davo
    Mon, 5 Nov 2012, 4:16 PM
    merrycris - I'm not quite clear what you are asking for help with. Are you having difficulty installing the plugin on your Moodle site? Are you not sure how to create a quiz, once the activity is installed? Or are students having difficulty joining a quiz, once you've created it?
  • Picture of Neil Johnson
    Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 10:42 PM
    I cannot see how to add pictures and I do not see individual student results.
  • Davo
    Wed, 7 Nov 2012, 10:44 PM
    The Moodle 2.x version does not support adding pictures (it is on my todo list, but so are many other items).

    To see individual student results, click on a question in the results and it will list which students gave each answer.
  • Davo
    Tue, 8 Jan 2013, 4:48 PM
    To update - the latest Moodle 2.x version now uses a HTML editor for questions, so images (and other files) can be embedded
  • Picture of B Shivaram
    Thu, 10 Jan 2013, 4:11 AM
    Davo Smith:
    Wonderful product. Installed your latest version successfully om moodle 2.3.3. (except that HTML editor shows up first time and disappears!). Anyway, two other features would be nice to have:
    (a) The module currently displays the percentage of students who answered correctly at the end of the quiz and each question also.
    But it would be nice to have a more fine grained feature, where percentage of choices A, B, C, D etc are displayed at the end of each question.

    B. Shiv
  • Davo
    Thu, 10 Jan 2013, 5:46 AM
    @B Shivaram - I've had one other person mentioning a problem with the HTML editor in 2.3 - I'll have to investigate further (it works fine when I've tested it in 2.4).
    The number of people who gave each answer is already displayed at the end of each question. You can also review all the answers afterwards by clicking on the 'view responses' tab.
  • Picture of B Shivaram
    Thu, 10 Jan 2013, 12:55 PM
    Davo Smith: Thanks for the quick response. Wolla ! Upgraded to 2.4 and works like a charm ! HTML editor is on.
    I suppose in addition to images one could also input SVG code (or HTML5 canvas for that matter)?
  • Picture of B Shivaram
    Thu, 10 Jan 2013, 11:17 PM
    One other question:
    What does it take to add "Require password" and "Require network address" options to RTQ similar to the main Moodle core Quiz options? Can instructions for code modification spelled out in a few sentences or is it just too complex?
  • Davo
    Fri, 11 Jan 2013, 3:43 AM
    @B Shivram - you would need to modify mod_form.php to add the new settings, db/upgrade.php and db/install.xml to add somewhere to save the new settings and version.php to trigger the database upgrade. After that, you would need to add some logic to whichever part of the code you wanted to restrict access to (probably somewhere in view.php) to check for those settings and then either retrieve and compare the IP address or ask the user for the password and compare. Not a big job, probably about an hour's work for someone who knows what they are doing with Moodle code.
  • Davo
    Fri, 11 Jan 2013, 6:27 AM
    OK - that should be the HTML editor fixed in Moodle 2.3
  • Picture of Seth Mengal
    Tue, 4 Jun 2013, 5:25 PM
    Is it working on 2.5? Redirects to for me, after saving and displaying after filling tht title and descritpion
  • Davo
    Tue, 4 Jun 2013, 5:29 PM
    Seth - this works fine on my Moodle 2.5 dev box. I've not done a clean install on Moodle 2.5, so I will try that when I get a chance. For now, could you try uninstalling from the Moodle admin interface, then visiting 'home' again to reinstall. That may sort out the issue.
  • Picture of Seth Mengal
    Tue, 4 Jun 2013, 5:57 PM
    Oh Davo, after doing such i dont know why but i cannot add Activity or Resources under courses, nor see the Administrative Navigation :/ I think ill take it out from the system files
  • Picture of Mike Simurdiak
    Sat, 27 Jul 2013, 3:45 AM
    Is there any way to change the question time while the question is "live"? I think that it would be very useful to be able to extend a question if students need more time as well as close a question early if everyone is finished.
  • Davo
    Sat, 27 Jul 2013, 4:14 AM
    Mike - that's not going to be very easy to do with the current system. The student's computers aren't polling the main server during the countdown - they only start polling the server again once the time limit has run out. This could be changed but it might be fiddly to do and would certainly result in a lot more network traffic (even aside from the extra work needed to give the teacher control over this). Please add it as a request on tracker, but its not something I'm likely to be looking at any time soon.
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