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Question types: Drag and drop markers

Maintained by Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Tim Hunt, Picture of Jamie Pratt Jamie Pratt, Picture of Phil Butcher Phil Butcher
The student can drag markers to indicate key features on an image.

There are working examples in eAssessment with Moodle on our OpenLearn site.

The documentation is in How to create questions in Moodle on that site.


This plugin is part of set Open University.


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Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Tim Hunt (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Jamie Pratt
Jamie Pratt: Developer
Picture of Phil Butcher
Phil Butcher: Question type designer
Picture of Colin Chambers
Colin Chambers: Developer
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  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Mon, Mar 3, 2014, 10:28 PM
    I have seen it - on OpenLearn before Christmas; note not on the main OU VLE so I thought it was something Openlearn had done. It was fixed by the January update to Moodle 2.5. Prior to that I think OpenLearn was on Moodle 2.3? But we never had an issue when the main VLE was on 2.3. Anyway that may provide a clue to a solution.
  • Picture of Pascale Colonna
    Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 11:32 PM
    I'd like to say that your 3 plugins are rather popular, but the drag and drop with markers has a design problem: most users think they should drop the text bubble rather than the target. And that's so even when given clear instructions! I wonder if you have heard this feedback before?
    Is there a way you could improve on the design?
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Mon, Mar 10, 2014, 7:26 PM
    We developed this Moodle question type based on this which is now 9 years old. We've never had an issue with the original OpenMark version - maybe because you have to click on the circle to move the marker. For Moodle we allowed the text label to also be clicked on. Maybe that was a mistake. So do we alter this question so that you have to click on the circle? Any views out there?
  • Ralf
    Wed, Apr 2, 2014, 6:43 PM
    Dear developers,

    i found a little bug in this question type.
    If you export this type of question and have a look at the xml file, you will see that the 'noofdrags' are incorrect.
    You don't get the values you entered. The value just increments with every marker. (Marker x has x no of drags)

    Best Regards
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Tue, Apr 29, 2014, 2:58 AM
    I just uploaded a new version that fixes the noofdrags import/export issue.
  • Picture of David Gustafson
    Fri, May 16, 2014, 10:54 PM
    This is a response to Phil's question. I do think it is confusing that users can click on the text label, though I understand why it would have sounded helpful. As Pascale said, it's so intuitive to target with what you're dragging, even after you've been told that only the circle works. We've disabled this question type because of this confusion. If it was possible to change this, I personally think it would be very helpful.
  • Picture of Michael Milette
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 12:37 AM
    Is it possible to use this plugin using just a keyboard (no mouse)?
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Wed, Oct 8, 2014, 12:23 AM
    Yes it is possible to tab to a marker and then drive the marker with the arrow keys.
  • Picture of Colin Price
    Mon, Sep 21, 2015, 4:52 AM
    Great question type but the
    tags etc seem to get stripped out. They display fine in preview but disappear when saved. Perhaps I'm missing something.
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Mon, Sep 21, 2015, 7:57 PM
    I just made a test quistion, and
    task in the marker labels work for me.
  • Picture of Colin Price
    Mon, Sep 21, 2015, 8:47 PM
    Hmm. Thanks for checking. There must be something in my set-up stripping out the tags when Save Changes is clicked....
  • Picture of Marcus Green
    Wed, Nov 11, 2015, 10:00 PM
    It would be useful if the documentation link was pointed to
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015, 4:29 AM
    Thanks for the idea Marcus. Done.
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Wed, Apr 27, 2016, 5:17 PM
    I have discovered an issue with this plugin. I am creating some resources to teach decimals, and have created activities where I want to have 10 markers (1 for each digit) which the students have to drag into correct position of a number grid. The question type doesn't seem to like having a marker "0" - the other numbers are fine, but not the 0 (which is quite important for what I am wanting). Has anyone else experienced this?
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Apr 27, 2016, 6:17 PM
    I can reproduce this bug. Well done for finding it. I have reported it as MDL-53964.
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