Question types: Word Select

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A very easy to use "select the words" Moodle question type.
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A very easy to use Moodle question type that allows a teacher to create text where one or more words are indicated to be the correct answers. The student is presented with the text and can select one or more words and is marked according to if they are correct.

You can see a short video of it in action in this Youtube video

If you want to ask questions, do it in the forums rather than the comments under this question.

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  • Picture of Fritz Richter
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016, 11:36 PM
    when I use the following question text:

    word1 word2 word3 [word4] word5 word6

    and click on 'word4' in the preview, 'word4' and 'word5' are highlighted as being one item.

    As I mentioned, it's a Moodle 2.9.3 with the gap_select_version 2016062501
  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Wed, Sep 14, 2016, 11:59 PM
    Hi Fritz, can you post this question in the quiz forum with a screen shot. I have just tried your text on a Moodle 3.1 installation without reproducing it and when I get home I will install a Moodle 2.9.x and test it on that. Can you double check there is not any unexpected HTML in the question text (I cannot think of how that would affect anything, but you never know).
  • Picture of Kiara Greeny
    Sat, Sep 24, 2016, 1:16 PM
    Hi Marcus, I was looking for this type of plugin from long time. Thank you so much for creating this plugin smile
  • Picture of Elgun Karim
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 5:07 PM
    Hello Markus,

    It is what I need. I have installed it and all is fine except it says No words to select have been defined. I add many sentences like this:

    Which @country@ @consumes@ the @least sugar@ per person? 3 selections

    What is the @maximum@ recommended number of @teaspoons@ of @sugar@ that a person should @consume@ a day?4 selections

    What could the problem be? I use lastest version of Moodle. thanks

  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 5:13 PM
    Have you tried with square braces [country]. You can try importing the example questions that come as an xml file with it and you can also try experimenting with it on the Gapfill course here, or take a look here
  • Picture of Serge Fleussu
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018, 7:18 PM
    Hello Marcus,
    Thank you for this plugin. It works great with texts, sentences, ... but we are in trouble when trying to use it with TeX notation : we got something like 'x' on the screen while trying to write '+x' in TeX.
    Do you encoutered the problem ?
    We use Moodle 3.3.3+ (Build: 20171201).
    Thanks again.
  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018, 7:36 PM
    Hi Serge, glad you like it. I will investigate the issue of rendering Tex notation. Please email me directly at marcusavgreen @ gmail. dot com.
  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Wed, Feb 28, 2018, 4:41 AM
    There are two issues with Tex notation, one is that wordselect splits on gaps so you would need to remove any gaps (view in html mode is a good way), and another thing is that it may contain delimit characters, so for example square braces are common so you might want to use @ instead, e.g. @\(+x\)@
  • Troy Patterson
    Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 8:17 PM
    We look forward to implementing this. This will fit in nicely with some requests that we have. We will be changing the icon though (um, XXX doesn't have good connotation for schools).
  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 8:19 PM
    Ha, I had never thought of that. I had been considering updating it to add a splash of colour. Email me directly at marcusavgreen at gmail dot com....lets talk icons...
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 8:49 PM
    Thanks for this plugin. We installed it and have been exploring the uses for it with teachers. This question type has a lot of potential for elementary schools. Very nice plugin. Thank you for developing it.
  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Sun, Apr 29, 2018, 5:22 PM
    Very pleased you like it Chris. I will probably release a new version fairly soon to confirm compliance with Moodle 3.5 and to tidy up some very small things (e.g. using color in question text). I am mulling ideas about allowing different css in questions, e.g. css circles around selectable text. May never happen, but .....
  • Picture of Derek Chaplin
    Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 9:29 PM
    Great plugin! The video is a real teaser with the crossword type arrangement! How did you implement that using this plugin?
  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 9:33 PM
    Glad you like it. There is an importable example of how to do the crossword in the examples/en/wordselect_examples.xml file. Here it is in Github
    It would be nice to have a 'Wizard' for that, but so many software ideas and so little time smile
  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Tue, Dec 4, 2018, 9:34 PM
    Do confirm that you were able import and modify for your own purposes. In addition, I have been experimenting with modifying this question type for the mobile app.
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