Question types ::: qtype_ordering
Maintained by Gordon Bateson
Ordering question type for Moodle 2.x and Moodle 3.x

Ordering 2019-01-08 (83)

Moodle 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9
Released: Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:00 AM
The Ordering question type for Moodle >= 2.1

The ordering question type displays several items in a random order
which the user then drags into the correct sequential order.

* an ordering question can display all items or a subset of items

* items can be plain text or formatted HTML, including text,
images, audio and video.

* items can be listed vertically or horizontally

* several grading methods are available, ranging from a simple
all-or-nothing grade, to more complex partial grades that
consider the placement of each item relative to other items

To INSTALL or UPDATE this plugin

1. get the files for this plugin from any one of the following locations:

(a) GIT: https://github.com/gbateson/moodle-qtype_ordering.git
(b) zip: the Moodle.org -> Plugins repository (search for Reader)
(c) zip: http://bateson.kanazawa-gu.ac.jp/zip/plugins_qtype_ordering.zip

If you are installing from a zip file, unzip the zip file, to create a folder
called "ordering" and upload or move this folder into the "question/type" folder
on your Moodle >= 2.1 site, to create a new folder at "question/type/ordering".

2. log in to Moodle as administrator to initiate install/upgrade

if install/upgrade does not begin automatically, you can initiate it manually
by navigating to the following link:
Settings -> Site administration -> Notifications

Further information

For more information, tutorials and online discussion forums, please visit:

This plugin uses JQuery framework and plugins:

Development history and credits

This plugin was originally developed by Thomas Robb (Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan)
and Serafim Panov for the ordering questions in the Reader activity module for Moodle 1.x.

Moodle 2.x development was passed to Gordon Bateson (Kochi University of Technology, Japan)
funded by the Moodle Association of Japan, with partial funding from Sapporo Gakuin University.

Coding enhancements and standardization in preparation for future merging into Moodle core
were undertaken by Vadim Dvorovenko (Kemerovo State University of Culture and Arts, Russia).

Development of "relative to correct" grading method commissioned by Anatoliy Markiv and
sponsored by Kings College London, UK.

Code for privacy and automatic testing was added by Tim Hunt and Mahmoud Kassaei of Open
University, UK.

Thanks also to Dominique Bauer (ETS, University of Quebec, Canada) for his help and ideas
in testing the "Item selection type" and "Grading type", particularly the "Longest
ordered/contiguous subset" grading type.

many thanks to all concerned!

Version information

Version build number
Version release name
2019-01-08 (83)
Stable version
MD5 Sum
Supported software
Moodle 2.1, Moodle 2.2, Moodle 2.3, Moodle 2.4, Moodle 2.5, Moodle 2.6, Moodle 2.7, Moodle 2.8, Moodle 2.9
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.1
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.2
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.3
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.4
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.5
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.6
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.7
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.8
  • The more recent release 2021-06-13 (03) (2021061303) exists for Moodle 2.9

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
VCS repository URL
VCS branch

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Question types

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