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Activities: Realtime Quiz

Maintained by Davo Davo Smith
Face-to-face quiz with all students answering the questions at the same time.
Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

A multiple-choice quiz designed for use in a face-to-face lesson.
Each student receives each question at the same time with a time limit to answer it (default 30 seconds). In between each question the correct answer is displayed, along with the number of students giving each answer (and some statistics about the percentage class / individual correct answers). This allows each question to be discussed before moving on.

Teachers can review the answers, once the quiz is finished, to identify any areas that need to be covered again.

Recent improvements (2010) include:

  • Ability to add a picture to each question
  • More attractive question display
  • Easier question editing
  • Reduced network traffic & improved stability (particularly on wireless networks)

Overview video (for the Moodle 1.9 version - the 2.x version looks slightly different):




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  • Davo
    Sat, Jul 27, 2013, 4:14 AM
    Mike - that's not going to be very easy to do with the current system. The student's computers aren't polling the main server during the countdown - they only start polling the server again once the time limit has run out. This could be changed but it might be fiddly to do and would certainly result in a lot more network traffic (even aside from the extra work needed to give the teacher control over this). Please add it as a request on tracker, but its not something I'm likely to be looking at any time soon.
  • Picture of Éric Bugnet
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 2:29 PM
    I translated this plugin in french on Amos this weekend, integration was ok but 4 strings are probably wrong in code. Please look at this picture :
    This is the first screen... Thanks to correct this !
  • Davo
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 5:03 PM
    Eric - I'm afraid I cannot reproduce the error you have shown. The text is displaying fine in my local install of realtime quiz.

    Please can you make sure you clear your Moodle site cache and your local browser cache and try again? Also, please check to see if there are any javascript errors.

    If you are still having a problem, please open an issue on (against my realtime quiz plugin), with details of your Moodle version, browser version, etc.
  • Picture of Éric Bugnet
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 9:39 PM
    OK, I find it. It seems that the 2 strings : teacherjoinquizinstruct and teacherstartinstruct are guilty.
    If I remove the It's ok...
    I will send this in AMOS.
    thanks for your work !
  • Davo
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013, 9:40 PM
    Glad you've found it and thanks for the translation.
  • Picture of Stephen Owens
    Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 10:20 PM
    I was just playing around a bit more with the realtime quiz, and found a bug. When editing a quiz, it is apparently impossible to input an answer as "0". Just the symbol "0". If you put in "0.", or " 0" (with a space), or "00", then there's no problem. But if you put in just the single character zero, 0, then the answer disappears upon saving
  • Davo
    Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 10:25 PM
    Stephen - I can see what would cause that.

    I've just pushed some code out to github (but not got time this sec to test it to double-check it works). Are you able to try it and see if it fixes the issue for you?
  • Picture of alok asthana
    Wed, Nov 27, 2013, 9:32 PM
    Will the Realtime Quiz work with the latest version of Moodle i.e. 2.6?
  • Picture of Stephen Owens
    Thu, Nov 28, 2013, 12:31 AM
    Thanks Davo, that's fixed it!
  • François Lizotte
    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 5:29 AM
    Regarding the bug reported by Éric Bugnet, I have the same problem under 2.4.8. Language pack is updated. In AMOS, I still see the BR / code.

    How can I fix this? It work fine in English, but nothing works in French.
  • François Lizotte
    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 11:18 PM

    I fixed my problem by changing the strings locally according to Éric Bugnet's post. However, the problem seems to be related to the way lang packs are managed. I reported the issue int the tracker:
  • Picture of David Dunn
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014, 8:51 PM
    I can't install release 2.x (Build: 2013112800) in mdl 2.7. Installer reports that "Add-on does not declare its version".

    Is a release for mdl 2.7 forthcoming?
  • Davo
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014, 8:57 PM

    I've never seen that error message before.
    As far as I am aware, there is no good reason why the plugin wouldn't work in Moodle 2.7, however, I have not yet had a spare evening to do any testing.

    When I next have some spare time, I'll look to see if any changes are needed and release a 2.7 version.
  • Picture of David Dunn
    Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 3:43 PM
    I successfully managed to install it in mdl 2.7 by NOT using the installer and just uploading directly to the /mod directory.

    Works well. Is it possible to pull in questions from the question bank?

    Thanks for contributing this plugin -- it adds a very useful extra dynamic to classroom activities.
  • Davo
    Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 3:45 PM
    OK - I suspect it may be related to the renaming of the $module variable in version.php to $plugin - I'll look at it and see what I can do.

    No, pulling questions from the question bank is not possible and, realistically, I'm unlikely to ever get around to implementing that.

    Glad you found it useful - students always enjoyed it when I used it in my classes.
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