Activities: StudentQuiz

Maintained by Picture of Frank Koch Frank Koch, Picture of Lukas Dürrenberger Lukas Dürrenberger, Picture of Simon Schaefer Simon Schaefer, Picture of Dragon Dionysius Dragon Dionysius
StudentQuiz enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools within Moodle. Students can filter these questions into quizzes, and they can rate and comment on questions while working through the quizzes. StudentQuiz computes each students contribution and learning progress and compares this with the community. The created questions become part of the Moodle question bank and can be reused in other Moodle quizzes.
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Students like questions to help them prepare for exams. However, it’s hard to provide enough questions for many self-assessments and exams. That’s one reason why the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil developed the Moodle plugin StudentQuiz. StudentQuiz enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools within Moodle. Even if an individual student contributes a few questions only, a large cohort could easily build up an extensive question pool.

In StudentQuiz, students can filter questions into quizzes, and they can rate and comment on questions while working through the quizzes. StudentQuiz collects usage data for each question and ranks students based on their contribution and performance within the quizzes. A personal learning assistance feature displays the individual progress and compares it with the community average. The created questions become part of the Moodle question bank and can be reused in other Moodle quizzes.

A teacher can configure:

  • whether students’ names are displayed or kept anonymous.
  • what questions types are allowed to be added to the pool.
  • the number of points assigned to questions contributed and answers given. 

There are more benefits of using StudentQuiz. Find out in our 15 minutes introduction video.

StudentQuiz has been tested on Moodle 3.1 to 3.5 and is available in Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages. Please feel free to add your language to the AMOS translator.


The simplest way to install the StudentQuiz is by going to the Site administration -> Plugins -> Install plugins page.

You can try StudentQuiz without installing on the StudentQuiz Demo Page.


For changes and instructions please read the Release Notes.


You can find manuals for each role in the manuals website.


Supported and tested with:

  • Moodle 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
  • PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2
  • Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome

Refer to the Moodle release notes for the minimum requirements for PHP and the databases. Other modern browsers should be compatible too, it's just not tested or developed against them explicitly.


Please help translate StudentQuiz into your language on AMOS.

Feel free to submit code changes as Pull Request or help people and universities around the world in our Issue Tracker.


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  • Picture of Hendrik Knoche
    Thu, 12 Apr 2018, 9:56 PM
    What happens internally when you delete questions. We must have accidentally lost 60 questions from students (still not clear how) and our IT department has been struggling to find them in the system. Do they get hard deleted or is it just a flag or relationship that gets deleted?
  • Picture of Frank Koch
    Mon, 16 Apr 2018, 12:41 AM
    If you delete a question within StudentQuiz, you will be prompted a warning first. If you confirm, then the question will be deleted from the database and you cannot revoke this step.

    I'm just guessing: maybe you have accidentially *moved" the questions into another category. In this case you'll find them there.
  • Picture of Hendrik Knoche
    Tue, 17 Apr 2018, 6:26 PM
    I'm not sure how this happened. I remember when approving a large batch of questions a confirmation window came up and for some reason didn't respond to a button click and I pressed again. maybe that click got buffered and then applied to the underlying delete button?
    We tried finding the questions in the question bank in other categories but we don't see them anywhere. In fact, it's not possible from the student quiz to see any other student quiz categories. Is this something that IT support has to address/enable?
  • Picture of Frank Koch
    Sat, 21 Apr 2018, 1:02 AM
    The questions are hosted within the particular StudentQuiz activity. You can access the question bank from inside a StudentQuiz activity (just click the gear-icon to get there).

    You can also move the questions from the StudentQuiz activity into higher question bank categories, like the course level.

    We might setup a short Skype session and I could guide you on the screen. I would be available in the evenings and on Monday.
  • Richard Samson
    Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 6:35 PM
    Frank, right now I'm listening to you presenting StudentQuiz at the Barcelona MoodleMoot. This looks great. We will certainly use this plugin. Thanks for contributing it and congratulations to you and your team!
  • Picture of Barbara Balzan
    Mon, 9 Jul 2018, 7:32 PM
    Hi Frank,

    we are using the plugin in one of our courses and the teacher tells us that in two different times he has lost all the students' questions. The teacher did not delete the questions and did not move the questions into other categories. What could have happened?
    Thanks a lot
  • Picture of Frank Koch
    Mon, 9 Jul 2018, 8:43 PM
    Hello Barbara,
    You can move questions into other categories, but your teacher seems to not have done that. So I don't know how this might have happened. Please let me know if you're able to reproduce this.
    Regards, Frank
  • Picture of Polaris Lee
    Fri, 31 Aug 2018, 10:16 PM
    I got a same problem like her.
    All question is deleted. But I didn't.
    (Moodle 3.5 php7 mariadb10)
  • Picture of Frank Koch
    Fri, 31 Aug 2018, 11:23 PM
    I need an exact description of the scenario in order to reproduce the situation. We have done countless tests, also in your environment, and have not lost a question.
  • Picture of Polaris Lee
    Sun, 2 Sep 2018, 10:06 AM
    Thank you for your kind.
    This is error messages.
    Debug info:
    Error code: invalidcategory
    $a contents:
    Stack trace:
    line 482 of /lib/setuplib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    line 498 of /question/editlib.php: call to print_error()
    line 328 of /question/editlib.php: call to question_build_edit_resources()
    line 137 of /mod/studentquiz/viewlib.php: call to question_edit_setup()
    line 113 of /mod/studentquiz/viewlib.php: call to mod_studentquiz_view->load_questionbank()
    line 80 of /mod/studentquiz/view.php: call to mod_studentquiz_view->__construct()
  • Picture of Polaris Lee
    Fri, 14 Sep 2018, 9:49 PM
    I think the reason for the error is that the category is not created normally.
    The default category that is created when you create a studentquiz is not displayed in the category view menu.
    This may be the case with my system.
    I hope this information helps resolve the error.
  • Picture of Carlos López Ardao
    Fri, 5 Oct 2018, 8:01 PM
    Hello, I also have the same problem. All the questions have disappeared and the error was "question/invalidcategory".

    Some details that can help. I had changed previously the name of the category (removing the word Default from the name). Also, I had created several questions (as a teacher)

    As it is said by Polaris, the default category that is created when you create a studentquiz, is displayed in the questionbank of the studentquiz but is not displayed in the questionbank fo the course (question/category.php?courseid=x)


  • Picture of Frank Koch
    Fri, 5 Oct 2018, 9:18 PM
    Hola Carlos

    Thank you for the additional information. StudentQuiz maintains its own category ("Default for SQName") and it is correct that you cannot see it from the course-questionbank. However, if you go into the SQ-questionbank, you can see the course-categories. So you can actually move questons from the SQ into the course.

    To reproduce your observacion, I created the SQ "Test2", added a few questions, and within SQ renamed the category from "Default for Test2" into "Test2". I did not loose any question. I was also able to add further questions to the same category. Simply the default category for questions shared in context "Test2" is namend "Test2" now.

    I'm afraid I do not understand the problem...

    Best, Frank
  • Picture of Carlos López Ardao
    Sat, 6 Oct 2018, 1:54 AM
    Hi, Frank.

    Thanks for the explaining about que questionbanks.

    I have forgotten to say that SQ was working perfectly during several days, and today the questions have disappeared suddenly, simply trying to access the SQ main page, I had got the error "question/invalidcategory", even though the category was there, but without questions.

    I do not understand what happened either.

  • Picture of Polaris Lee
    Fri, 12 Oct 2018, 9:00 AM
    I need a this and like it.
    But unfortunately questions deleted again. Error is same "question/invalidcategory"
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