Question types: OU multiple response

Maintained by Tim at Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryTim Hunt, Picture of Phil ButcherPhil Butcher, at the OU (Perry building)Mahmoud Kassaei
The main difference from the standard Moodle multiple choice question type is in the way that grading works. When creating the question, the teacher just indicates which choices are correct. If there are n correct choices, then the student scores 1/n for each correct choice, and loses 1/n for each incorrect choice.
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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 plugin is part of set Open University.


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Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Tim Hunt (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Phil Butcher
Phil Butcher: Question type design
at the OU (Perry building)
Mahmoud Kassaei: Developer
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Colin Chambers: Developer
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Chris Nelson: Product owner
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  • Picture of Dave Laurie
    Thu, Mar 5, 2015, 1:12 AM
    Thanks Tim, I have done that...
  • Picture of Cristina Fierbinteanu
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015, 3:43 PM
    I would like to export OU multiple response questions to GIFT or Microsoft Word table format, to make checking their content easier. I used the export function from the Moodle administration menu, but the GIFT file does not contain the questions (only their names). I get a similar result when exporting to Word. Is this a known issue, or might I have done something wrong? Also, would it be possible to convert automatically a category of OU multiple response type questions to the standard multiple choice type?
    Greetings from Bucharest,
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015, 6:17 PM
    The only export format available for this question type is Moodle XML format.
  • Picture of Cristina Fierbinteanu
    Wed, Sep 30, 2015, 10:07 PM
    I see. Thank you, Tim!
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017, 12:08 AM
    Yes. We are at the OU. It works.

    Did you install the plugin properly? In particular, have you been to the Site admininistration -> Notifactions page?
  • Picture of Stephen Parry
    Wed, Nov 22, 2017, 4:20 AM
    Could we have a version for 3.3 and / or 3.4 please? We are thinking upgrading but many of our plug-ins only work up to 3.1! Thanks!
  • Picture of Sebastian H.
    Mon, Apr 23, 2018, 7:59 PM
    The same to us smile
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 4:51 PM
    At the moment, the default method for showing the correct answers to the learner after they have completed the question, is to list all the correct answers as a single list each item separated with a comma. This is fine if the answers are short (e.g. 1 or 2 words), but if the answers are longer (and in particular if they contain commas) then the end result is very confusing. Would it be possible to improve this excellent plugin by displaying the correct answers as a simple bulleted list instead or give us the choice of display options when we create the question? Thanks
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Fri, Jan 18, 2019, 2:18 AM
    This plugin inherits that behaviour from the standard Moodle question type. So, this is really MDL-43174.
  • Picture of Philipp Coufal
    Wed, Aug 21, 2019, 3:09 PM
    Hi, quick question. When there are more right answers than wrong answers and a student selects everything, he still gets more than 0 points. Could there be an option to automatically give 0 points when a student selects everything?
  • at the OU (Perry building)
    Wed, Aug 21, 2019, 4:02 PM
    Thanks Philip! I think, this is a bug and should be fixed.
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Aug 21, 2019, 5:11 PM
    I think I take the opposite view. This question type has a simple scoring system: +1/n for each right choice selected, -1/n for each wrong choice. If you want the score for selecting everything to be 0, then make sure you have at least as many distractors as right choices.

    (I am now imaging a question with choices like "This is a wrong option. Don't select it. Are you event paying attention?" smile Is that as pedagogically invalid as it at first seems?)
  • Peter Jonker
    Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 1:49 AM
    Hello we are upgrading a site from 3.5 to 3.9 and the display of your question type is not correct anymore. We tested in different 3.9 sites without any theming but the result is the same. The tickboxes and answer options are not outlined. The text for the answer is one line lower than the tickbox. Please advise! I could not sent a screenshot here but please let me know when you need any. Thanks Peter Jonker
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 5:44 PM
    There were changes to core multiple-choice question type in Moodle 3.9, with ongoing bug fixes in 3.9.1 and 3.9.2 to sort out some issues.

    I guess that in time we will need to make simiilar changes to this plugin, to match what is done in the core question types, but I will wait for the core code to finalise before i do anything.
  • Peter Jonker
    Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 5:51 PM
    Hi Tim, thanks for your prompt reply. I will watch for updates.
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