Activities: Offline Quiz

mod_offlinequiz
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The MC Offline quiz module (mod/offlinequiz) adds paper-and-pencil multiple-choice quizzes to Moodle. In offline quizzes students mark answers to questions on a sheet of paper (the answer form).

Offline Quiz 2015-06-16

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/**
* README.txt
* @package mod
* @subpackage offlinequiz
* @author Juergen Zimmer
* @copyright 2015 Academic Moodle Cooperation {@link http://www.academic-moodle-cooperation.org}
* @since Moodle 2.2+
* @license http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html GNU GPL v3 or later
*
**/

I. Summary

The Moodle module offlinequiz adds paper-and-pencil quizzes to Moodle
Versions 2.x+. In offline quizzes students mark answers to Moodle
questions on a sheet of paper (the answer form). The students' answer
forms are evaluated and graded automatically by the offlinequiz module.

More precisely, a complete offline quiz consists (at least) of the following steps :
1. A teacher creates an offline quiz in Moodle. This is very similar to creating online quizzes (standard Moodle quizzes).
2. The teacher creates question sheets and answer forms as PDF (DOCX) documents using the module.
3. The question sheets and answer forms are handed out to students for the actual quiz. The students mark the answers they think are correct in the answer form.
4. The teacher scans the filled-in answer forms and uploads the resulting images into the offline quiz.
The scanned answer forms are evaluated and graded automatically by the module.
5. If necessary, the teacher corrects errors that might have occurred due to mistakes made by the students or due to bad scan quality.

After results have been created in an offlinequiz, students can review
their result as usual. If the teacher allows it, students can also see
the scanned answer forms and which markings have been recognised as
crosses.

The module supports up to six groups which are not related to Moodle
course groups. Each group can contain a different set of questions in a
different order. Separate question sheets and answer forms are created
for the different offlinequiz groups.

The module also supports lists of participants which are useful for
checking which students actually took part in the exam. Lists of
participants are pre-filled with students in Moodle. PDF versions of
those lists can be created in the module for easy marking during the
exam. The marked lists can be uploaded and evaluated automatically.

The offline quiz module is used intensively at different Austrian
Universities for mass exams. Hundreds of students can be easily examined
at the same time (given enough seating space in lecture halls) without the need
for expensive e-testing equipment.

II. Installation

The module is an activity module and has to be installed in the directory

/mod/offlinequiz


III. Cronjob

For the evaluation of answer forms an additional cronjob has to be installed. This should look similar to the following

*/10 * * * * DATE=`date +\%Y\%m\%d`; php /mod/offlinequiz/cron.php --cli=1 >> /var/log/moodle/cron-olq.log.$DATE 2>&1

but has to be adjusted to your environment. Since the evaluation of answer forms usually takes a lot of system resources, it
is recommended to run this cronjob on a separate application server to take load from the frontend servers.

IV. Website settings

In the website admin settings for the module

Site Administration -> Plugins -> Activity modules -> Offline Quiz

One can choose the default settings for the module and also determine the University Logo that will appear on the top
of the answer forms (Logo URL).

The user identification has to be set to a formula describing how the user IDs
can be retrieved from the digits marked by the students on the answer forms.

For example:

A user identification formula
a[7]=username
means that the students mark a 7 digit number on the answer form. A concatenation of the letter 'a' and that number
denotes the 'username' of the user in Moodle's 'user' table.

A formula
b[5]cd=idnumber
means that the students mark a 5 digit number on the answer form. A concatenation of the letter 'b', the marked number,
and the string 'cd' denotes the 'idnumber' of the user in Moodle's 'user' table.

V. Scanning of answer forms

Answer forms should be scanned as black-and-white images with 200 - 300 dpi. Do not scan in greyscale!
Supported file types are TIF, PNG and GIF.

V. Contact
In case you have any questions regarding this module you can either contact the author of the module (zimmerj7@univie.ac.at) or the
e-learning support of the University of Vienna (e-support.zid@univie.ac.at).
Moodle 2.8

Version information

Version build number
2015103001
Version release name
2015-06-16
Can be updated from
2015-06-16, 2015-06-16, 2015-06-16
Can be updated to
2015-11-20, v2.9.8 (2015112008)
Maturity
Stable version
MD5 Sum
3fc523c97a1770027955073edb818f6b
Supported software
Moodle 2.8
  • This is the latest release for Moodle 2.8

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
GIT
VCS repository URL
VCS branch
MOODLE_28_STABLE

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Activities

  1. Make sure you have all the required versions.
  2. Download and unpack the module.
  3. Place the folder (eg "assignment") in the "mod" subdirectory.
  4. Visit http://yoursite.com/admin to finish the installation