Activities ::: mod_jazzquiz
Maintained by Sebastian Gundersen, George Schaathun, André Storhaug
JazzQuiz lets the teacher run a preplanned quiz, but with the power of improvisation. Several improvise questions are included, which lets you quickly run a multichoice or short answer question during the quiz. You can also start a vote on the students' responses. After the session, you can review the responses for each question (even repolls). You can also download reports for attendance or responses in CSV.
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What is it?

JazzQuiz is designed to be used in face-to-face lessons. The teacher may plan questions in advance, but can also easily improvise on the fly.

Write your question on the blackboard, and select an appropriate question type from the dropdown menu. Several improvise questions will already be included: Short answer, multichoice (3, 4 & 5) and true/false. These are put in the default question category for the activity. If you want to add your own improvise questions, simply add them in that category and prefix their names with {IMPROV} like the default ones.

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 teacher can start a vote, with the selected responses, which students can answer.

The teacher can, at a later date, go back through the results and, for each question, see exactly what answer each

student gave. The repolls are treated as separate questions, and you will get a correct order in the review page.


Project lead: Hans Georg Schaathun: <hasc@ntnu.no>

Developer: Sebastian S. Gundersen: <sebastsg@stud.ntnu.no>


The original plugin, Realtime Quiz, was written by Davo Smith: <moodle@davosmith.co.uk>

Afterwards came ActiveQuiz, funded by an educational innovation grant given to the Medical school, the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

The plugin was rewritten to integrate the core Moodle question engine. John Hoopes: <john.z.hoopes@gmail.com>

JazzQuiz is a fork of ActiveQuiz, intended for different use cases. Initial development 2017-2018 was funded in part by Norgesuniversitetet (grant no. P34/2017) and undertaken by NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


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  • Mon, Sep 14, 2020, 9:06 PM
    George, thanks for your reply on May 27. What I meant to be asking was whether it is possible to delete session reports (under the rightmost tab of the three tabs "View" – "Edit" – "Report") inside a Jazz Quiz instance without deleting the instance itself.
  • Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 6:22 PM
    Hello. This plugin seems very useful and I would very much like to give it a try. However, my installation is v3.9. I have read George's comment (on Sept 8) and also Florian's comment (Sept 14) about problems on a 3.9 installation, and I wonder if there have been any developments and if the plugin is still actively maintained. I would appreciate it if you let us know.
  • Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 9:15 PM
    Sorry about the low activity and long delay. My intention is to keep maintaining it, but I am not in a situation where I can make promises. Last year was particularly bad. Now I will have to have a serious look at all the Moodle plugins that we maintain over the next few weeks, and get them up to date with new versions of moodle. I think we can manage that at least.
  • Sun, Jan 24, 2021, 12:02 AM
    That's good news George!
    Yes, 2020 wasn't the best of years, was it? Better days ahead hopefully.
    Thank you and as the French say, "bon courage"!
  • Tue, Jan 26, 2021, 8:04 PM
    I have tested JazzQuiz with Moodle 3.9 and 3.10 and there seems to be no problem.
    I need to talk to another developer before I make an official release, but hopefully in a few days.
    About deletion of reports, that will probably have to wait, but I'll look into it.
  • Wed, Jan 27, 2021, 6:53 PM
    Thank you George for following this up.
    I'll install your plugin then. Will let you know if I there are any problems.
    Looking forward to the official release.
  • Wed, Jan 27, 2021, 9:00 PM
    First impressions:
    1. It seems to be working well on 3.9.
    2. Am I missing something or is it not possible to have random questions? If so, it would be great to have this possibility. It would really turbo-charge the plugin.
  • Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 6:53 AM
    Nothing missed, no. It is not possible. Why would you want it?

    The use case JazzQuiz is meant to serve is the spontaneous classroom discussion, where each question should be chosen in response to the preceeding answers, remarks, and discussion. Therefore we have emphasised the possibility of jumping in the list of prepared questions and to improvise questions. A random question would be ignoring the student input, and thus a bad idea in this particular use case.

    What is your usecase?
  • Mon, Feb 8, 2021, 6:49 PM
    Thank you very much George for the new version. I have just updated JazzQuiz on my Moodle site and will give it a run soon.

    As for your question, I am thinking of using JazzQuiz as a challenge/game.

    Here is one scenario:

    You have a few minutes left to the end of the session with everything done and dusted. You ask your students, "Would you like to have a short fun quiz?" They never fails to say yes, obviously. You run your say 3-question quiz , with say 2 questions drawn at random from a "riddle/puzzle/trivia" category and one question drawn from a "serious learning" category, and the students will try to crack the quiz. Voilà, you've just had a fun and useful round-off to your session.

    Here is another:

    A weekly quiz, from Monday to Friday, one question per day, again with a mix of fun and serious questions, during which all are welcome to participate, with a sum-up posted every Saturday. The question time could be anywhere between 1 hour and 24 h, so say I run each question at 8 am and it will be open for 1 hour, or it will remain open until the next day.

    And while we are at it, I do appreciate the usefulness and practicality of the "use case" approach. It pays to have focus. However, it also pays not to limit ourselves within the constraints of the initial use case we started with. So, if it doesn't take a lot of work to add a certain functionality, I find it quite reasonable to do so. This will allow users to come up with new and extended "use cases" we didn't think of in the first place. In other words, I see "use case" as a starting point to focus and shape our efforts, not as a rigid boundary. The former is necessary; the latter robs us of the potential to grow, expand, and evolve. I hope you agree.

    If it's not practical to add the random question feature, I perfectly understand. If it is, please consider doing it. smile
  • Mon, Feb 8, 2021, 9:56 PM
    Thanks for that.
    I have added it to the issue tracker to think about: https://github.com/KQMATH/moodle-mod_jazzquiz/issues/68
    When we started creating JazzQuiz, we left these use cases for the original ActiveQuiz plugin. Now I see that ActiveQuiz has not seen new releases since Moodle 3.2, i.e. about the time when we forked it. I would have preferred if ActiveQuiz continued to support that use case, but when it doesn't ... well ...
  • Sun, Feb 21, 2021, 7:50 PM
    Glad to hear you are considering this. Keeping my fingers crossed...
  • Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 4:59 AM
    We added a very simple random button, but I am not sure if it is useful at this stage.
    Would you be able to test a development version and join the discussion at github?

    I am not sure how much we time we have to work on this, but the coding might be simple if we figure out exactly how it should work.
  • Wed, Apr 7, 2021, 10:45 PM
    Sorry, saw your post only today. I'll give the development version a spin ans will let you know on Github.
  • Wed, May 12, 2021, 10:14 PM
    How do i delete a session (i have made 3 test sessions sad) ?
  • Wed, Nov 3, 2021, 4:57 PM
    Following up on our discussions a few months ago, I would like to know if there have been any developments allowing questions to be drawn from different question bank categories.
    Have a good day!
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