Activities: Quizventure

mod_quizgame
Maintained by Picture of John Okely John Okely
Quizventure is an activity module that loads quiz questions from the course it's added to. The possible answers come down as space ships and you have to shoot the correct one.
Mary Cooch
Mary Cooch
Monday, 22 August 2016, 11:02 PM
Usability
7/10
Technical
9/10
General comments

This plugin is particularly suited to courses where the subjects which require a lot of factual recall, for example vocabulary and grammar learning in languages, algorithms in computing, dates and events in history. Inspired by the space invaders games of the 80s, Quizventure brings an element of fun to what could normally be plain hard work, motivating students to keep practising in order to shoot as many alien space ships as they can. It works extremely well for reluctant students who end up memorising the material despite themselves in order to excel in the game.

Options for viewing full screen and for sound (yes! sound!) add to the fun, while being mindful that not everyone will want to hear the sound of shooting rockets during class.

The scores are recorded in the gradebook and the plugin provides a useful complement to other course activities teaching and consolidating the learning.

Usability

The plugin is easy to install and use with a Quick guide and accompanying video. Once added to the site, it can be selected from the Activity chooser.

However, for it to work, the course question bank must have multiple choice and/or matching questions in the category which is chosen when setting up the activity. (This isn't made clear at the time of creation so it is worth reading the documentation.) It might be worth creating dedicated categories just with these question types for use in Quizventure.

Choosing a category

Questions appear at the top with the alternatives moving quickly across the screen. (The game displays better full screen.) The player must shoot at the correct answer. As long as the player understands how such games work, it's very straight forward.

 Examplequiz venture



Technical

The plugin is currently maintained by John Okely of Moodle HQ. It  is also one of the specially selected plugins to  feature in the Moodle for School package. As such you can expect its code to be of a high quality and for it to be reliably maintained long term.