Question types: Ordering

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Ordering question type for Moodle 2.x
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The ordering question type displays several short sentences in a random order which are to be dragged into the correct sequential order. It was developed for the ordering questions used in the Reader activity module for Moodle 2.x


The question type is required by the Reader activity module for Moodle 2.x


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  • Picture of poorya md
    Fri, 10 Jul 2015, 6:03 AM
    Hi, I found this plugin very useful. But I have a question that did not mentioned anywhere.
    Does this question type support patterns.
    for example if we make a question with correct answer as: "A, B, C, D, E, F" and one order it as: "F, A, B, C, D, E", in real world we may give him/her some grades.
    Does this plugin support this type of grading? If not, will it?
  • Picture of William Michael
    Tue, 3 Nov 2015, 10:29 AM
    This plugin stopped working for us this past week, as some of you seem to have noted in previous posts.

    The problem was in the jquery version number in the heading, which can be controlled here:

    Site Admin > Appearance > Additional HTML

    Paste the jquery version script in the HEAD box, paste:

    Sorry if pasting a line of code breaks any rules...just trying to help.

    We found that version 1.10.3 worked...1.9 and 1.11 didn't.

    William Michael
    Classical Liberal Arts Academy
  • Picture of Sarah Nixon
    Wed, 13 Jan 2016, 12:12 AM
    Question about this - I had a student taking a quiz with this on it and while she was taking it two of her options just disappeared. It was like there were only 3 options in that question box, although there were 5 options initially. I had her put the others in order, but when it was graded it was counted as wrong. The other options were gone, even from her results. Anyone else dealing with this issue or have an idea what it could be?
  • Picture of Martina Schn
    Thu, 28 Jan 2016, 6:02 PM
    Hello! I have a problem. Since the last update of the plugin, multiple tires are not working properly. I had a question that had multiple tries enabled and hints added to it. But now, all the content from the hints is gone and I get plugins' feedback when I answer the question wrong. Also, there is no "Try again" button. How can I get it to work like it used to?
  • Picture of Josiah Carberry
    Tue, 15 Mar 2016, 3:43 PM
    Is release 2016-02-24 (45) compatible with PHP7?
  • Picture of Yezi Yang
    Fri, 8 Jul 2016, 1:33 PM

    I really like the ordering question type. We are using it in Moodle system in our higher education institution. Our institution use Moodle 3.1 and Moodle mobile 3.1.1. In the Moodle mobile 3.1, quizzes are integrated with the mobile app. However, the question type is not integrated with Moodle mobile app. When clicking into a quiz with the question type, it appears a warning message, "This quiz cannot be attempted in teh app because it has access rules not supported by the app: quizaccess_ordering".

    The developer of “gapfill" question type asked about this issue in the Moodle forum. The official Moodle mobile developer has replied the forum. Generally, some development need to be done in the question type plugin side. He also provides detailed guide in the reply:

    I really hope you can integrated the ordering question type with Moodle mobile. It will also benefit a lot for other users.
  • Picture of Lydia Lymps
    Mon, 3 Oct 2016, 8:17 PM
    Hi, drag and drop is not working for me either after successful installation and activity creation in my course. Any ideas what could be wrong?
  • Picture of Tobias Verlinde
    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 4:56 AM
    Hi, We are using this question type a lot, thanks for providing this!
    But we were wondering if it is possible to have multiple correct answers?
    For example A-B-C-D, A-C-B-D and B-C-D-A are correct, all others are not.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks already!

  • Picture of Gordon Bateson
    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 8:19 AM
    Hi, interesting idea - it is certainly possible, but I have no plans to implement it soon. If you wish to continue this discussion, please do so over on
  • Picture of Leonie Sloman
    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 6:42 PM
    Hi Tobias
    If you set this up as a multiple choice question instead, it might be clearer to students that multiple correct answers are possible.
  • Picture of Pingtao Ye
    Tue, 12 Dec 2017, 6:03 AM
    Hi, any reason that the latest version skipped MDL-3.3?
  • Picture of Иван Недобойко
    Sat, 7 Apr 2018, 5:55 AM
    Does not work in the mobile app
  • Picture of Samantha Cramer
    Mon, 27 Aug 2018, 5:42 PM
    Apparently Beata is not answering attempts to our efforts to make contact with him, so please could you remove Beata as the maintainer of the qtype_ordering plugin, and make essay champ the maintainer so that I can upload the latest version for review for possible inclusion in the Moodle. org plugins publicly available repository.
  • Picture of Иван Недобойко
    Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 5:08 AM

    The question type does not work in the mobile app
  • Picture of Danny Jones
    Sat, 29 Dec 2018, 3:26 PM
    This plugin worked extremely well for me. My students love solving the modules by excellent writing and they’ve actually learned a lot of things. Unfortunately, after installing the last update, several tires are creating problems, like not showing any result, or not mentioning why the sentence went red. What can do to get it back to its working position?
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