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Question types: Select missing words

qtype_gapselect
Maintained by Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Tim Hunt, Picture of Jamie Pratt Jamie Pratt, Picture of Phil Butcher Phil Butcher
This question type allows students to complete a paragraph of text by selecting the missing words using drop-down menus.
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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 question type allows students to complete a paragraph of text by selecting the missing words using drop-down menus. You can make questions like this using the Cloze question type, but this question type is easier for teachers to get up, and presents the feedback in a more accessible way.

The question type was created by Jamie Pratt for the Open University.

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This plugin is part of set Open University.

Contributors

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 Peter Halverson
    Thu, Jul 4, 2013, 4:02 PM
    Hello,
    I had a bit of trouble finding the documentation for the Select Missing Words question type. So FYI, an explanation can be found here:
    http://labspace.open.ac.uk/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=470268&section=5.4.6
    ---Peter Halverson
  • Picture of Alan Coats
    Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 6:53 PM
    Has anyone tested this with Moodle 2.6?
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 7:04 PM
    Sorry, this is still on my todo list. Hopefully this week, but I can't guarantee that.
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 9:00 PM
    OK, I just did it. It was working fine in 2.6, but there is a bug fix, so you should probably upgrade to the latest version that I just uploaded.
  • Picture of Sylvia Moessinger
    Sun, Jan 12, 2014, 9:56 PM
    I updated from 2.4 to Moodle 2.5.2+ and experience problems with my questions. Some now display a question mark - unknown question type. I figured out that the OU questions seems to miss, so I wanted to install them, but now I receive the message that I need to resolve plugin requirements, but I don't know how. I downloaded the questions types and wanted to install them manually, but this does not work either.

    Could anybody please provide any help. Thanks.
  • Picture of Sylvia Moessinger
    Mon, Jan 13, 2014, 2:30 AM
    I could solve the problem described above.
  • Picture of aaran mcguire
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014, 5:42 PM
    Hey,

    Were planning to upgrade to 2.7 soon, has anyone tested this plugin in 2.7? If not I will do so later this month.
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014, 6:23 PM
    Yes I've been testing things for a while now and I think it's OK.
  • Picture of Matt Petro
    Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 9:16 PM
    I have a small feature request:

    It would be nice to have a way for us to set the answer "Choose.." text, either via a plugin-specific language string or (better) via something in the question description. We have an instructor using this question type for digital state diagrams where there are many selects across in a single table and CSS cell boundaries used for the digital waveform. It's a brilliant use of the question type, except that the "Choose..." text makes everything too wide. Thanks!
  • Picture of Phil Butcher
    Wed, Aug 27, 2014, 10:50 PM
    I've run into this too so I appreciate the point. I'll ask how easy/hard it is to provide.

    Phil
  • Picture of Martin Greenaway
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015, 12:04 AM
    The link to the documentation appears to be out of date, and searching at that site leads only to eLearning sessions that don't appear to cover the plugins in huge detail. I'm trying to work out if this question type supports multiple correct answers, and, if so, how I should go about specifying that in the question text. Obviously one correct answer is, e.g., 1, but if 2 and 3 are both correct answers, how do I specify that? It must be possible because there's an option to specify feedback for a partially correct response.
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015, 12:12 AM
    At the bottom of that site: Find the link "How to create questions in Moodle" then find the right section: http://www.open.edu/openlearnworks/mod/oucontent/view.php?id=52747&section=2.3.6
  • Picture of Martin Greenaway
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015, 1:04 AM
    Aha - thank you for the direct link. For me, the link posted twice above takes me only to the OpenLearnWorks front page, with no "How to create questions in Moodle" link visible there. The direct link is very helpful.

    However, unless I'm missing something, the page you have just linked does not answer the "multiple possible correct answers" or "partially correct answers" issue. Is there any further information available, please?

    Am I right in assuming that the concept of partially correct comes from the learner having selected, from multiple "gapselect" lists, some of the right answers and some of the wrong answers? As opposed to, say, selecting an answer from a single list that could be designed to be partially correct but not the fully correct answer?

    Perhaps it's easier if I state the use case here - we are looking to collect information as part of the quiz from a drop down list. Consider it reverse feedback, if you will, but it could be some further demographic information about the learner or their organisation, or whatever that was not collected from the user in their initial user profile, or elsewhere in the system. Correct or incorrect doesn't really matter to us in this case, as any of the entries a learner may select are fine. However, that's not something we are able to tell this question type, and it demands one and only one of those options be a "correct answer". Either ignoring correct/incorrect answers, or making all answers accepted as correct, is what I'm looking to do here. We could theoretically just use a normal multiple choice qtype with no feedback, but the client would prefer a drop down.

    If it's not possible to do this with this plugin, that's fine, I'll either convince the client that the radio button option is the way to go, or just develop a no-feedback drop down. FWIW, I can totally see why what I need is not a question type that should be encouraged in a proper assessment environment. smile
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015, 1:06 AM
    Your assumption is right.

    What you want is not possible with this question type.

    I think that if you set the max mark for a question to 0 (on the edit quiz page) normally very little correctness information is shown, and that might fit your use case. (I don't know how well this qtype handles that case.)
  • Picture of Martin Greenaway
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015, 1:17 AM
    That's fine, Tim, I'll take a look. Thanks for your assistance.
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