Question types: OU multiple response

Maintained by Tim at Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryTim Hunt, Picture of Phil ButcherPhil Butcher, at the OU (Perry building)Mahmoud Kassaei
The main difference from the standard Moodle multiple choice question type is in the way that grading works. When creating the question, the teacher just indicates which choices are correct. If there are n correct choices, then the student scores 1/n for each correct choice, and loses 1/n for each incorrect choice.
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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 plugin is part of set Open University.


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Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Tim Hunt (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Phil Butcher
Phil Butcher: Question type design
at the OU (Perry building)
Mahmoud Kassaei: Developer
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Colin Chambers: Developer
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Chris Nelson: Product owner
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  • Picture of leo zav
    Thu, Apr 25, 2013, 5:54 AM
    Hello Im trying to grade a Spreadsheet and a Text Editor. Im having trouble because i used the short answer question type and it only compares 2 given text equaly, I can´t find the way to use the answers field as points for the total answer.You seemed to have achieved that goal right?
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Fri, Apr 26, 2013, 5:27 PM
    If you are saying that you want the students to type
    "A spreadsheet and a text editor"
    and you want to give them two marks or one mark or none, then what you need is the Pattern match question type which is another of our question types on this site.
    Documentation is here

    You will need something like
    match_mow(spreadsheet text_editor) for 2 marks
    match_mow(spreadsheet|[text_editor]) for 1 mark
  • Picture of Lynn Callier
    Wed, Jun 26, 2013, 10:21 PM
    will there be a version for 2.5 anytime soon
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Wed, Jun 26, 2013, 11:04 PM
    I think it's done but only in the last few days. It shouldn't be long before Tim makes it available.
  • Picture of Dave Laurie
    Wed, Mar 4, 2015, 6:50 AM
    Hi there, I am not sure if I should post this here but I am looking for a slightly different question type and reasoned that you would know if it exists: I have an instructor who wants multiple answers possible but to limit the allowed number of answers (to something higher than 1). This would basically mean the students would not be penalized by 1/n for each incorrect answer. Does such a thing exist?
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Mar 4, 2015, 1:54 PM
    A better place to ask would be in the quiz forum:
  • Picture of Dave Laurie
    Thu, Mar 5, 2015, 1:12 AM
    Thanks Tim, I have done that...
  • Picture of Cristina Fierbinteanu
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015, 3:43 PM
    I would like to export OU multiple response questions to GIFT or Microsoft Word table format, to make checking their content easier. I used the export function from the Moodle administration menu, but the GIFT file does not contain the questions (only their names). I get a similar result when exporting to Word. Is this a known issue, or might I have done something wrong? Also, would it be possible to convert automatically a category of OU multiple response type questions to the standard multiple choice type?
    Greetings from Bucharest,
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015, 6:17 PM
    The only export format available for this question type is Moodle XML format.
  • Picture of Cristina Fierbinteanu
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015, 10:07 PM
    I see. Thank you, Tim!
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017, 12:08 AM
    Yes. We are at the OU. It works.

    Did you install the plugin properly? In particular, have you been to the Site admininistration -> Notifactions page?
  • Picture of Stephen Parry
    Wed, Nov 22, 2017, 4:20 AM
    Could we have a version for 3.3 and / or 3.4 please? We are thinking upgrading but many of our plug-ins only work up to 3.1! Thanks!
  • Picture of Sebastian H.
    Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 7:59 PM
    The same to us smile
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 4:51 PM
    At the moment, the default method for showing the correct answers to the learner after they have completed the question, is to list all the correct answers as a single list each item separated with a comma. This is fine if the answers are short (e.g. 1 or 2 words), but if the answers are longer (and in particular if they contain commas) then the end result is very confusing. Would it be possible to improve this excellent plugin by displaying the correct answers as a simple bulleted list instead or give us the choice of display options when we create the question? Thanks
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 2:18 AM
    This plugin inherits that behaviour from the standard Moodle question type. So, this is really MDL-43174.
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