Proposal Title

Creating crafty quiz questions through moodle modulation

Presentation Type

Long (40 minute) synchronous

Start Date

16-2-2021 1:50 PM

End Date

16-2-2021 2:30 PM

Proposal Abstract

When designing our Moodle shells, instructors have enormous freedom to customize their content delivery so that it appeals to students and encourages engagement in the subject. One of the challenges of the virtual platform is a balance; creating formative assessments that accurately represent a student’s understanding of the material while not placing a huge time burden on the instructor to either create or assess. Plain text questions (e.g. standard multiple choice) can be effective but become monotonous and limit the scope of what can be asked. By incorporating customized pictures to your Moodle quiz content, you can generate infinite variety and fun to your questions that the students then interact with. Additionally, by investing your effort up front, you create effective, visually stimulating assessments that are both challenging to the student, and importantly, are self-marking for the instructor. Your creativity flows, and the feedback is nearly instantaneous. Embracing Moodle as a teaching platform can seem like a daunting task for the instructor who is new to the format or is not well versed in basic computer programming. Utilizing simple tools that are already embedded in Windows (sniping tool) and applications in the Microsoft Office suite provided (PowerPoint), one can create the interactive images that will facilitate the options for question creation using the multiple “quiz question types” embedded in Moodle “activities” (drag and drop into text, drag and drop onto image, drag and drop markers, multiple choice, true or false, select missing words, matching, short answer etc.). Then by understanding how to modify the variables of each question type, the user can adjust the options to modify the degree of difficulty and choice variety in answer selection. For my presentation, I would like to take the audience through a step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates the ease in creating unique, picture-rich Moodle quiz questions using a variety of methods I have learned. I will begin with how to select the most applicable “question type” for the information you wish to assess, highlighting advantages and limitations of each type. Then, I will share tips on how to easily capture and transform images (abiding by copyright) into very useful works that can be saved and later imported into each Moodle question type (the process differs depending on the question type). Finally, I will show how to modify the question behavior options to articulate how the question body will interact with the picture that is created, to facilitate choice variety and an increased element of challenge to the answer options. Overall, my goal is to show instructors the fun and reward that is involved in taking quiz question preparation to the next level beforehand, with the added benefit of automatic marking afterwards.

Statement

As pandemic conditions have shifted instructional delivery from face to face classes to virtual interaction, discovering ways to incorporate formative assessments in fun and interactive ways can help foster student engagement and interest. Plain text moodle quizzes (lemons) can easily be made spectacular (into lemonade) by incorporating interactive picture questions.

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Creating crafty quiz questions through moodle modulation

When designing our Moodle shells, instructors have enormous freedom to customize their content delivery so that it appeals to students and encourages engagement in the subject. One of the challenges of the virtual platform is a balance; creating formative assessments that accurately represent a student’s understanding of the material while not placing a huge time burden on the instructor to either create or assess. Plain text questions (e.g. standard multiple choice) can be effective but become monotonous and limit the scope of what can be asked. By incorporating customized pictures to your Moodle quiz content, you can generate infinite variety and fun to your questions that the students then interact with. Additionally, by investing your effort up front, you create effective, visually stimulating assessments that are both challenging to the student, and importantly, are self-marking for the instructor. Your creativity flows, and the feedback is nearly instantaneous. Embracing Moodle as a teaching platform can seem like a daunting task for the instructor who is new to the format or is not well versed in basic computer programming. Utilizing simple tools that are already embedded in Windows (sniping tool) and applications in the Microsoft Office suite provided (PowerPoint), one can create the interactive images that will facilitate the options for question creation using the multiple “quiz question types” embedded in Moodle “activities” (drag and drop into text, drag and drop onto image, drag and drop markers, multiple choice, true or false, select missing words, matching, short answer etc.). Then by understanding how to modify the variables of each question type, the user can adjust the options to modify the degree of difficulty and choice variety in answer selection. For my presentation, I would like to take the audience through a step-by-step tutorial that demonstrates the ease in creating unique, picture-rich Moodle quiz questions using a variety of methods I have learned. I will begin with how to select the most applicable “question type” for the information you wish to assess, highlighting advantages and limitations of each type. Then, I will share tips on how to easily capture and transform images (abiding by copyright) into very useful works that can be saved and later imported into each Moodle question type (the process differs depending on the question type). Finally, I will show how to modify the question behavior options to articulate how the question body will interact with the picture that is created, to facilitate choice variety and an increased element of challenge to the answer options. Overall, my goal is to show instructors the fun and reward that is involved in taking quiz question preparation to the next level beforehand, with the added benefit of automatic marking afterwards.