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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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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  • Picture of Zander Roth
    Tue, Sep 13, 2011, 1:48 AM
    Any plans to incorporate the existing quiz bank with this activity?
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Fri, Jan 13, 2012, 5:10 PM
  • Picture of Will Taylor
    Sun, Apr 29, 2012, 10:32 AM
    regarding incorporating the existing quiz bank -
    please add me to the "very interested!" list
  • Picture of Will Taylor
    Sun, Apr 29, 2012, 10:34 AM
    am having a great time w this module - will give it a real-time spin in an online class of 300+ students next week - will let you know how it goes. lends it self beautifully to the pedagogical style of my teaching - thanks!
  • Davo
    Mon, Apr 30, 2012, 4:32 AM
    @Will - glad you're enjoying it. Will be interested to learn how it copes with 300+ students (not that I don't think it will - but I never had an opportunity to try with more than about 20).

    Question bank integration would be a nice idea, but this plugin isn't very high on my priority list these days, so I'm not sure I'll ever get around to it (short of an offer to fund the development).
  • Picture of Zenia ...
    Wed, Jun 6, 2012, 3:39 AM
    hello everyone...
    I've already pluged in this activity but I cannot add a picture. Only text.. There's no option for.. I have version 2.2.3. What should I do? Thanks in advance
  • Davo
    Wed, Jun 6, 2012, 3:04 PM
    Pictures are currently 1.9 only (due to the vastly different way that Moodle 2+ handles files). I plan to convert the feature at some point, but it will have to wait until I have some spare time to work on this plugin again.
  • Picture of merrycris marcos
    Mon, Nov 5, 2012, 3:28 PM
    how to join in this activity? need help
  • Davo
    Mon, Nov 5, 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, Nov 7, 2012, 10:42 PM
    I cannot see how to add pictures and I do not see individual student results.
  • Davo
    Wed, Nov 7, 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, Jan 8, 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, Jan 10, 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, Jan 10, 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, Jan 10, 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)?
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