Active quiz

Activities ::: mod_activequiz
Maintained by John Hoopes
Active quiz started originally as an update to the realtime quiz module, which has now grown into a separate module due to the very large functionality additions/changes. You will be able to offer in class quizzes on any device using a responsive theme, any question type from the question bank, use timed/not timed questions, grades reported back to the grade book, group quizzing (with a group attendance feature), view student responses in real time to offer in-class discussion about the results, and more!
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This is a type of quiz designed to be used in face-to-face lessons, with a classroom full of computers/tablets/phones.

The teacher creates the quiz in advance - adding question bank questions from the Moodle question bank.  (This includes any question type available for Moodle)

The quiz can be set up to take the quiz in class groups (set up through the Moodle built in groups functionality).  Group attendance may also be used in order only give present group members the final grade.

During the lesson, the teacher starts the quiz. Students can now connect to this quiz. Once the teacher is satisfied that all students have connected to the quiz, they can click on "Start Quiz"

Depending on the question settings the question will end automatically, or will need to be ended via the instructor's "end question" button.  The instructor can review student responses in real time and re-poll the same question, go to the next question, or jump to any question set up for the session.

The teacher can, at a later date, go back through the results and, for each question, see exactly what answer each student gave.  Students will also be able to view their attempts based on the display options in the quiz settings.  Grades are also recorded based on the module settings for whether or not this particular quiz was assessed. 


The original plugin (real-time quiz) was written by Davo Smith, to which the University of Wisconsin - Madison (funded by an educational innovation grant given to the Medical school) re-wrote the plugin, which is now named active quiz.


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  • Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 9:52 PM
    +1 for the 3.5 version. I really miss this plugin. Thank you John.
  • Fri, Apr 12, 2019, 10:40 PM
    Hello, can you tell us if the plugin will support version 3.6 of Moodle in a near future ?
  • Wed, Apr 17, 2019, 5:34 AM
    Hi, Eric and Julien,
    Active Quiz is indeed a great Module and I hope John Hoopes gets it working with the most recent versions soon. In the meantime, you may want to investigate the Live Report Moodle module that I have created. I have tested it with recent releases of Moodle and it seems to work fine with all these versions. Also, I have some new features that I will be releasing soon that will add even more capability to this module. (The new version, which I am still testing before releasing it in Moodle, can be found at its github site.) Bill Junkin,
  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019, 12:20 AM
    I really appreciate this plugin but adding one question by one is painstaking, Would it require a great effort to bulk add or randomize a set of question from a category/subcategory?

    No intention to be unpolite or arrogant, just english is not my native language.

    Good work
  • Wed, Dec 4, 2019, 9:36 PM
    Hi. A lecturer has reported an issue with using the drag and drop onto image question type: Briefly, the story is that drag-and-drop questions show normally sized placeholders in the preview mode, but when running them in a quiz, the placeholders shrink to a pixel and it’s impossible for students to place the answers. It seems the problem does NOT occur in the "normal" Quiz activity. Is there a way to correct this?
  • Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 7:01 AM
    I love this plugin - have been using it live class settings for four years now. I would really like to better to control the feedback students receive after submission of their answer while the quiz is live (similar to the options with regular quizzes).
  • Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 12:19 PM
    Hi John
    wondering if there are other reports, other than the overview report, we would like to export the results for analysis, thus the students have a record and the teacher sees the results per question (not just the graphs) Cheers Scott
  • Mon, Jun 8, 2020, 10:46 PM
    Hi, Scott,
    You may want to check out the "Live Report" module. It is a "report" sub-module that can be added to the quiz module and it may provide the functionality that you are requesting. My email is if you want to communicate directly with me. However, using this Moodle discussion works also.
  • Wed, Jun 17, 2020, 3:09 AM
    Is there a version of this that is compatible with Moodle 3.8.3. As all our training has moved to online due to C-19, we are desperate for this feature.
  • Tue, Jun 23, 2020, 9:04 PM

    John Hoopes, Is there a version of this that is compatible with Moodle 3.8.3. , please ?
  • Fri, Sep 18, 2020, 5:26 AM
    I will ask again (just in case), is there any chance to have a version compatible of this (great) module with Moodle 3.8 ? by John Hoopes him self or someone else ?
  • Thu, Dec 31, 2020, 6:16 PM
    Such a wonderful module, thanks for all your hard work in making this. Would be wonderful to be able to use with newer versions. :p
  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021, 8:35 PM
    hey there, is it possible in moodle,
    when user is login in moodle after 1 hours test is enable for this users
  • Mon, Sep 27, 2021, 6:02 PM
    Is there any way to use Active Quiz with the Moodle app on a smartphone? When I try to do this, the Moodle app currently gives an error message that this plugin is not supported by the app. However, it would be great to have this feature because then you could use the mobile device as a kind of clicker in a personal answering environment.
  • Wed, Nov 3, 2021, 4:28 PM
    Let me join in with others and say that I would really welcome an updated version of this plugin!
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