Question types: Ordering

Maintained by Picture of Gordon BatesonGordon Bateson
Ordering question type for Moodle 2.x and Moodle 3.x
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The ordering question type displays several short sentences in a random order which are to be dragged into the correct sequential order. It was developed for the ordering questions used in the Reader activity module for Moodle 2.x


The question type is required by the Reader activity module for Moodle 2.x


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  • Picture of Martina Schn
    Thu, Jan 28, 2016, 6:02 PM
    Hello! I have a problem. Since the last update of the plugin, multiple tires are not working properly. I had a question that had multiple tries enabled and hints added to it. But now, all the content from the hints is gone and I get plugins' feedback when I answer the question wrong. Also, there is no "Try again" button. How can I get it to work like it used to?
  • Picture of Josiah Carberry
    Tue, Mar 15, 2016, 3:43 PM
    Is release 2016-02-24 (45) compatible with PHP7?
  • Picture of Yezi Yang
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016, 1:33 PM

    I really like the ordering question type. We are using it in Moodle system in our higher education institution. Our institution use Moodle 3.1 and Moodle mobile 3.1.1. In the Moodle mobile 3.1, quizzes are integrated with the mobile app. However, the question type is not integrated with Moodle mobile app. When clicking into a quiz with the question type, it appears a warning message, "This quiz cannot be attempted in teh app because it has access rules not supported by the app: quizaccess_ordering".

    The developer of “gapfill" question type asked about this issue in the Moodle forum. The official Moodle mobile developer has replied the forum. Generally, some development need to be done in the question type plugin side. He also provides detailed guide in the reply:

    I really hope you can integrated the ordering question type with Moodle mobile. It will also benefit a lot for other users.
  • Picture of Lydia Lymps
    Mon, Oct 3, 2016, 8:17 PM
    Hi, drag and drop is not working for me either after successful installation and activity creation in my course. Any ideas what could be wrong?
  • Picture of Tobias Verlinde
    Wed, Nov 29, 2017, 4:56 AM
    Hi, We are using this question type a lot, thanks for providing this!
    But we were wondering if it is possible to have multiple correct answers?
    For example A-B-C-D, A-C-B-D and B-C-D-A are correct, all others are not.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks already!

  • Picture of Gordon Bateson
    Wed, Nov 29, 2017, 8:19 AM
    Hi, interesting idea - it is certainly possible, but I have no plans to implement it soon. If you wish to continue this discussion, please do so over on
  • Picture of Leonie Sloman
    Wed, Nov 29, 2017, 6:42 PM
    Hi Tobias
    If you set this up as a multiple choice question instead, it might be clearer to students that multiple correct answers are possible.
  • Picture of Pingtao Ye
    Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 6:03 AM
    Hi, any reason that the latest version skipped MDL-3.3?
  • Picture of Иван Недобойко
    Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 5:55 AM
    Does not work in the mobile app
  • Picture of Иван Недобойко
    Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 5:08 AM

    The question type does not work in the mobile app
  • Picture of Michelle Jackman
    Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 11:57 PM
    Does this type not work with a quiz in Adaptive mode?
  • Picture of Christopher Blake
    Tue, Dec 10, 2019, 12:20 PM
    I have discovered that this plugin is creating a javascript error once the moodle core is updated to v3.8+ (published on 12/5/2019). With the plugin installed it prevents certain types of navigation in the site while using the boost theme. I uninstalled every plugin I had on the site (of a test copy of my production site) one by one, purged all caches, until I found the culprit and for me it was qtype_ordering. Once I uninstalled this plugin the site navigation worked as designed.
  • Picture of Christopher Blake
    Tue, Dec 10, 2019, 12:23 PM
    The specifics of navigation problems are as follows: the tabs for the administration page where unresponsive and also the upper right profile navigation didn't work until this plugin was uninstalled
  • Out of office
    Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 1:13 AM
    Hello Gordon,
    You may want to update the "More documentation on this plugin" link under "Useful links" on this page.
  • Picture of Ibrahim Fadl
    Tue, Feb 18, 2020, 1:40 PM
    Hello Gordon.
    The ordering dragging is not functioning on mobile when accessing it from the browser. I cannot drag using my finger.
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