Activities: StudentQuiz

Maintained by Picture of Frank KochFrank Koch, Picture of Dragon DionysiusDragon Dionysius, Tim at Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryTim Hunt
StudentQuiz enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools within Moodle. Students can filter these questions into quizzes, and they can rate and comment on questions while working through the quizzes. StudentQuiz computes each students contribution and learning progress and compares this with the community. The created questions become part of the Moodle question bank and can be reused in other Moodle quizzes.
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Students like quizzes to help them prepare for exams. However, it’s hard to create all the questions for the many assessments. That’s why the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil in Switzerland developed the Moodle plugin StudentQuiz. The plugin enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools within Moodle. This allows a better learning experience because knowledge is actively constructed by the learner, not just passively received from the environment. And even if an individual student contributes a few questions only, a large cohort can easily build up an extensive question pool.

In StudentQuiz, learners create individualised quizzes. They can also influence the quality of questions by rating and commenting while working through the quizzes. Students can see their personal learning progress, and they can compare their contribution and competence with their peer group. Furthermore, the created questions become part of the Moodle question bank and can be reused in standard Moodle quizzes.

The teacher can approve/disapprove questions, or hide or delete questions. The teacher can also configure:

  • whether students’ names are displayed or kept anonymous.
  • whether questions are published right away or have to be approved first.
  • the number of points assigned to questions contributed and answers given. 
  • what user roles to exclude from participation.
  • what questions types are allowed to be added to the pool.
  • whether students are enforced to rate questions.
  • whether students are enforced to comment questions.

There are more benefits of using StudentQuiz. Find out in our 16 minutes introduction video.

StudentQuiz has been tested on Moodle 3.1 to 3.7 and is available in Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages. Please feel free to add your language to the AMOS translator.


The simplest way to install the StudentQuiz is by going to the Site administration -> Plugins -> Install plugins page.

You can try StudentQuiz without installing on the StudentQuiz Demo Page.


For changes and instructions please read the Release Notes.


You can find manuals for each role in the manuals website.


Supported and tested with:

  • Moodle 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7
  • PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2
  • Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Browsers: Firefox, Chrome

Refer to the Moodle release notes for the minimum requirements for PHP and the databases. Other modern browsers should be compatible too, it's just not tested or developed against them explicitly.


Please help translate StudentQuiz into your language on AMOS.

Feel free to submit code changes as Pull Request or help people and universities around the world in our Issue Tracker.


GNU General Public License v3.0

 © Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil


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  • Hiroshi Ueda
    Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 8:25 AM
    Hi Frank,
    Thank you for your prompt reply! It works after reinstalled from this directory, not from Github.
  • Picture of Zabelle Motte
    Fri, Jan 17, 2020, 7:01 PM
    Hi Frank,

    I know Moodle administrators can tune Student quiz default settings, but this does not prevent teachers to modify these parameters.
    And of course your reports enable a professor to know all student activity in detail to make a participation note, but this supposes to have a specific treatement for student quiz activity.
    Activity completion is specifically implemented for that purpose in Moodle.
    Our professors have already a lot of activities in their courses and all of them implement activity completion.
    The activity completion report gives all details on student participation.
    This would be a great functionnality for your plugin ...


  • Picture of Peter Diedrichs
    Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 10:09 PM
    This is a great plugin!

    We have a strange problem with permissions, though. It differs between our QA site and our production site, but I haven't been able to find any differences in the roles or plugin permissions settings:

    In our Moodle QA, everything works as expected.

    1. In PROD, when a Student enters the newly setup instance of a StudentQuiz in a course he gets the message "Sorry, but you do not currently have permissions to do that (access question edit tab questions)."
    2. I have tested the different permissions the instance of the StudentQuiz in the course, and when I add the Student role to the permission "moodle/question:editall" it works and the Student can add questions. (This permission is not added for the Student role in QA).
    3. If I then the permission is removed, it still keeps working (!). It is like a hidden switch has been flipped and stays so even when the visible permission is removed.
    4. When adding another instance of StudentQuiz in the same course, the changing of the permission must be repeated for each instance for the Student to add questions.
    4. This behaviour is fully consistent and repeatable in our production site.

    Any tips on what might be the problem causing this?

    We are using Moodle v3.6.6 and StudentQuiz v4.0.4
  • Picture of Dragon Dionysius
    Wed, Jan 29, 2020, 12:20 AM
    Hi Peter

    There's happened an improvement regarding permissions in which is included in the today's release of StudentQuiz v4.1.0. Try that out, and if this doesn't solve it, if possible, please head over to to raise an issue.
  • Picture of Massimo Priano
    Wed, Jan 29, 2020, 2:17 PM
    Hi. I see this with last update (2020012800) : any suggest to solve the issue? Thanks.

    Informazioni di debug: Unknown column 'modified' in 'mdl_studentquiz_comment'
    ALTER TABLE mdl_studentquiz_comment ADD deleted BIGINT(10) NOT NULL DEFAULT 0 AFTER modified
    Error code: ddlexecuteerror
    Stack trace:

    line 492 of /lib/dml/moodle_database.php: ddl_change_structure_exception thrown
    line 1072 of /lib/dml/mysqli_native_moodle_database.php: call to moodle_database->query_end()
    line 77 of /lib/ddl/database_manager.php: call to mysqli_native_moodle_database->change_database_structure()
    line 545 of /lib/ddl/database_manager.php: call to database_manager->execute_sql_arr()
    line 566 of /mod/studentquiz/db/upgrade.php: call to database_manager->add_field()
    line 826 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to xmldb_studentquiz_upgrade()
    line 532 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins_modules()
    line 1877 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins()
    line 694 of /admin/index.php: call to upgrade_noncore()
  • Picture of Dragon Dionysius
    Thu, Jan 30, 2020, 6:36 PM
    Hi Massimo! Use StudenQuiz 4.1.1 when upgrading. Fixed error in upgrade code that it couldn't be upgraded to StudentQuiz 4.1.0. Sorry for the inconvenience!
  • Picture of Massimo Priano
    Fri, Jan 31, 2020, 4:22 AM
    Hi Dionysius! Yes, StudenQuiz 4.1.1 works fine. Many thanks.
  • Al
    Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 6:28 AM
    How do you set the difficulty?
  • Picture of Frank Koch
    Mon, Feb 3, 2020, 4:26 PM
    Hi Al, the difficulty is not something you can set. Instead, it depends on the question authors.
    StudentQuiz measures the difficulty with every answer given. The higher the ration of wrong answers in relation to the total number of answers, the more difficult the question is.
  • Picture of Peter Diedrichs
    Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 6:06 PM
    Again, thanks for a great plugin! I have a question about the reporting address under Comments settings. The help text says "If this email is left blank then the Report feature will not be shown (unless a site-level reporting address has been supplied)." But where should the mentioned site level reporting address be supplied, I cannot find it in the admin settings for StudentQuiz? Using v 4.1.1
  • Picture of Peter Diedrichs
    Thu, Feb 20, 2020, 10:00 PM
    Upgraded to 4.1.0, but still have the strange permissions problem. I have made a 1 minute video showing the problem (and the workaround) here, please take a look and see if it brings any ideas:
  • Picture of Frank Koch
    Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 5:02 PM
    Hi Peter, thank you for the video but I cannot confirm the problem. I tried different combinations of "add new questions" and "edit all questions" with student, and StudentQuiz works according to the settings.
  • Picture of Peter Diedrichs
    Fri, Feb 21, 2020, 5:43 PM
    Hi Frank, we have investigated this further today, and the problem seems to be cache related. I'm gonna describe this as an issue in the StudetQuiz GitHub, I hope that's ok.
  • Picture of Jürg Hoerner
    Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 1:51 AM
    I installed v4.1.2 2020021800. As a teacher I cannot save comments, as before. I tried it with chrome and edge.

    The same for a new student quiz.

    In an old StudentQuiz, when i save a new question it is greyed out and I have to restore it. But I cant write comments, as before.
  • Picture of Jürg Hoerner
    Wed, Apr 1, 2020, 6:03 PM
    Is it correct that StudentQuiz Dates do not appear in the calendar yet?
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