Question types: Ordering

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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 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
  • Picture of Dominique Bauer
    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.
  • Picture of Matt Long
    Wed, Sep 23, 2020, 5:58 AM
    We were getting some fairly disruptive Javascript errors after adding this plugin. They were affecting various things, but the most problematic was assignment grading (there were freezes and other issues after clicking "Save and Show Next" on the first student's assignment). See for more details. This is probably similar to the Boost theme issue mentioned above.

    The specific console error was: DevTools failed to load SourceMap: Could not parse content for Unexpected token d in JSON at position 0
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Sep 23, 2020, 3:39 PM
    Not, from the forum thread, Matt Long is using 3.5. I guess JS minified in more recent Moodle versions does not work in such an old Moodle version.
  • Picture of Matt Long
    Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 10:35 PM
    To follow up on this, the error we had with assignment grading now appears to be specific to Chromium-based browsers and is completely unrelated to this plugin (i.e., we still have the error after removing the plugin and clearing Moodle's cache). I had tested with Chrome before removing the plugin and was using Firefox without realizing it afterward, and that ended up being the critical factor in why the grading suddenly started working correctly. I apologize for the mistake on my part.
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