Activities: Active quiz

Maintained by Picture of John HoopesJohn 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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  • Picture of John Hoopes
    Mon, Dec 18, 2017, 9:29 PM
    Hi Everyone,

    I apologize for not responding and not responding for the past half year to a year. It's been a pretty busy year for me, and I just haven't had a ton of time to devote to side/personal projects. My hope is to get a compatible version out by early January for the Moodle versions that are currently supported, and then look to add new features or other enhancements. If you have any of those, please feel free to open an issue on the GitHub repository and I'll look at them there.

    Thank you all for the thank yous, and I apologize again for being MIA.
  • Picture of Stephen Overall
    Tue, Jan 16, 2018, 4:53 AM
    Also eagerly awaiting 3.3 compatible version release. Thank you for this plugin!
  • Picture of Antony Goodman
    Wed, Feb 14, 2018, 6:14 PM
    +1 for the 3.3 version. Anyone got this running this with 3.3?
  • Picture of Tobias Reischmann
    Fri, Apr 6, 2018, 12:11 AM
    Hey John,
    I have seen that you made some commits in the repository and also increased the version number in the end, saying it would be for a new release. However, you did not yet publish a new release here. I would be very interested if the current development state is seen as to be moodle 3.4 ready.
    Additionally: Are you planning to implement the necessary changes for the upcoming GDPR policies ( in the next time?
  • Picture of Julien Ciaffi
    Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 9:52 PM
    +1 for the 3.5 version. I really miss this plugin. Thank you John.
  • Picture of Eric Breton
    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 ?
  • Picture of Bill Junkin
    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,
  • Picture of marco caparvi
    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
  • Picture of B. M.
    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?
  • Picture of Hendrik Knoche
    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).
  • Picture of scott hallman
    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
  • Picture of Bill Junkin
    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.
  • Picture of Lisa Stocks
    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.
  • Picture of Angel Baspineiro Valverde
    Tue, Jun 23, 2020, 9:04 PM

    John Hoopes, Is there a version of this that is compatible with Moodle 3.8.3. , please ?
  • Picture of jeanjean moulin
    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 ?
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