Question types ::: qtype_combined
Maintained by TimTim Hunt, Phil Butcher, at the OU (Perry building)Mahmoud Kassaei
Part of set Open University.
A Moodle question type which allows questions to be built up from parts that are other simpler question types (requires you to have these question types installed)
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Current versions available: 7

There are working examples in eAssessment with Moodle on our OpenLearn site.

The documentation is in How to create questions in Moodle on that site.

This question types uses other question types as sub questions. It allows you to have one or more entry fields for any of these question types embedded in your question text. You must have at least one of these question types installed for this combined question type to work :

Here is an example of a question where a teacher has combined 1 variable numeric, 1 pmatch, 1 multiple response and 1 select missing word sub question in one combined question.

Example of a combined question



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Tim Hunt (Lead maintainer)
Phil Butcher: Question type designer
at the OU (Perry building)
Mahmoud Kassaei: Developer
Jamie Pratt: Developer
Chris Nelson: Product owner
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  • Jacob Daniels
    Thu, Sep 8, 2022, 11:56 PM
    Ah okay. That's Great! Thank you so much.
  • For Linh
    Sun, Oct 9, 2022, 12:49 PM
    A month has passed!
  • Chris Nelson
    Mon, Oct 10, 2022, 4:56 PM
    Unfortunately it is a very complicated question type! We want to release good-quality code once, rather than a slew of updates. It is on its way, though.
  • Akhmad Ni'am
    Fri, Nov 4, 2022, 5:57 PM
    Hi everyone, can we add essay type in this plugin? so that students can attach pictures of working steps in math question
  • Chris Nelson
    Mon, Nov 7, 2022, 6:11 PM
    Just to update everyone, we are now testing Combined for M4.0, release should be soon.
  • Chris Nelson
    Mon, Nov 7, 2022, 6:16 PM
    @Simply Zeus, The problem with adding Essay to Combined is that every other sub-question can be auto-marked by the system, but Essay needs to be either ignored or human marked. We at The Open University UK has been considering an auto-graded Essay question (either using Gordon Bateson's (which would become a dependency) or developing our own based on our Pattern Match, which could then be a sub-question that would do this. Unfortunately that has not risen high enough on our 'to do' list, though we do hope to address it in 2024/2025 given current OU priorities.
  • Tim
    Mon, Nov 7, 2022, 6:20 PM
    To add to what Chris just said: the next version of combined, when we get it released, will haev a new option to have ungraded 'show your working' text input boxes for the student type into - and you could then use manual grading to update the question grade based on that if you wanted.
  • Chris Nelson
    Mon, Nov 7, 2022, 6:23 PM
    Thanks Tim, I was just checking to see if that supported images/files.
  • Chris Nelson
    Mon, Nov 7, 2022, 6:30 PM
    Ah, yes, the newish 'Show your working' feature is plain text entry only. However, I am sure that we could add image support to it (though I cannot promise how quickly that would be).
  • For Linh
    Wed, Nov 9, 2022, 10:08 AM
    Hic Hic ! One month more!
  • Chris Nelson
    Wed, Nov 9, 2022, 6:01 PM
    Please see my post on Monday 7 November, 10:11....
  • Tim
    Tue, Nov 15, 2022, 12:42 AM
    Moodle 4.0 (and 4.1) version seems to be working, in all the testing we have done so far, although we have still not finished testing yet (ETA next week) and I won't do an official release here until it is tested.

    Hover, I am confident enough that I have now pushed all the new code to the 'main' branch on github. So, if you have the technical skill to grab that, and help test it, then please do.
  • Charles Lehmann
    Mon, Dec 19, 2022, 9:14 PM
    Hi there. Is there an update for the date of the release? Thanks in advance.
  • Tim
    Fri, Dec 23, 2022, 1:03 AM
    I'm really sorry this took so long, but I just released the Moodle 3.11/4.0/4.1-combaptible version of this.
  • For Linh
    Sun, Dec 25, 2022, 10:07 AM
    Wow! It finally appeared ! Thank the contributors.

    Merry Xmas & Happy New Year!
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