Question types ::: qtype_ordering
Maintained by Gordon 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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  • 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 github.com: https://github.com/gbateson/moodle-qtype_ordering/issues
  • 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.
  • Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 6:03 AM
    Hi, any reason that the latest version skipped MDL-3.3?
  • Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 5:55 AM
    Does not work in the mobile app
  • Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 5:08 AM

    The question type does not work in the mobile app
  • Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 11:57 PM
    Does this type not work with a quiz in Adaptive mode?
  • 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.
  • 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
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    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.
  • 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.
  • 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 https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=410954 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 drag_reorder.min.js.map: 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.
  • 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.
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Tue, Dec 8, 2020, 12:44 AM
    I just want to note: we are using this question type with Moodle 3.9 and it works fine. Gordon, I think it would be safe to update the list of compatible versions.

    (I have not tested yet with 3.10 myself, but I expect that also works.)
  • Wed, Sep 22, 2021, 3:07 AM
    Hi Gordon, if you use formulas in a combined feedback of question type ordering, they are displayed incorrectly
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