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Question types: Drag and drop into text

Maintained by Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Tim Hunt, Picture of Jamie Pratt Jamie Pratt, at the OU (Perry building) Mahmoud Kassaei, Picture of Phil Butcher Phil Butcher
A drag and drop question type where missing words have to be dragged into gaps in a paragraph of text.

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.

Demonstration of this question type courtesy of Dot Garman.


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
at the OU (Perry building)
Mahmoud Kassaei: Developer
Picture of Phil Butcher
Phil Butcher: Question type designer
Picture of Colin Chambers
Colin Chambers: Developer
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  • Picture of Michael Milette
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 12:34 AM
    Is it possible to use this plugin using a keyboard (no mouse)?
  • at the OU (Perry building)
    Wed, Sep 24, 2014, 4:08 PM
    Hi Michael,
    Yes, You can tab through place holders and then using arrow buttons (up/right arrows take you forward and down/left arrows take you backwards through the list.
  • Picture of Frances Angulo
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014, 10:44 PM
    Hi- looking to integrate a question where the blanks don't have to be in order? Like [Apples] and [Oranges] is the same as [Oranges] and [Apples]. I tried making all of the blanks the same number and all of the responses the same number, it only took the first as correct. Any ideas?
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014, 10:50 PM
    Sadly adding such logic starts adding to the complexity of the form and we backed off. I know that this and other similar ideas would be really nice but this question type does not support what you are asking for.
  • Picture of milhouse van houten
    Fri, Mar 20, 2015, 1:26 AM
    Hi, it does not work with Google Chrome sad
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Fri, Mar 20, 2015, 1:39 AM
    If you point Chrome here and enrol etc. then Section 6 will show you that all is well with Chrome on a PC/laptop. We know it's not OK on Android and that is high on our list for the next few months.
  • Picture of milhouse van houten
    Mon, Apr 6, 2015, 6:19 PM
    I'm using a custom theme, hope support's theme will fix it.
  • Picture of jeyda bicer
    Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 8:18 PM
    Is it possible to set the mark for this question as all or nothing? For example the user adds 2 out of 5 words correctly, but 3 are incorrect, so this means they get the overall question wrong.
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 9:12 PM
    Sorry, no.
  • Picture of Matt Wood
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015, 6:54 PM
    Hi, I was wondering is it possible to have 'blank' answers? I'm trying to create a question where the test taker has to select an appropriate column (in a table) and enter a value in the row. However the other column would need to be blank. Currently using the other question types the answer box would appear in the column, giving away the answer to that part of the question.
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Thu, Nov 19, 2015, 2:51 AM
    Sorry, no.

    However, you can make this sort of question using drag-drop markers, and possibly the gapfill question type.
  • Picture of William Kane
    Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 2:41 AM
    In the screenshot, it shows a example of math using exponents. How was this achieved?
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 3:22 AM
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 3:22 AM
    OK, that was unhelpful. x<sup>2</sup>
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 3:27 AM
    Full documentation is here (you can follow the link at the top of the page to get here too).
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