One of the most time-consuming parts of Moodle is making questions for a quiz. It’s worthwhile in the end, but it can just feel so long a process with so many fields to fill out. But don’t worry– we have you covered with two ways to easily upload your questions into Moodle.
Do it with our help
Respondus format has some considerations that are important, and every keystroke counts in getting your file formatted correctly. Pros include Respondus building a whole quiz and questions for you, though the con includes getting your file to firstname.lastname@example.org with enough time to have us post it in your course.
1) What day is New Year’s Eve?
a. November 31
b. December 12
*c. December 31
d. January 2
- Note the 1) for each question text number.
- Note the asterisk * for each correct answer.
What’s great about Respondus formatting is you can include pictures, make essay questions, provide feedback, and much more with certain codes. Click here for complete information on this format (PDF). You may also want to turn off auto-formatting in Word, if you choose this path.
Do it yourself (multiple choice only)
Aiken format is not named after the former American Idol star, though it shines bright if you’re strapped for time and have objective questions. First, open your simplest text editor, like Notepad. Enter questions and answer choices like this:
What is the correct answer to this question?
A. Is it this one?
B. Maybe this answer?
C. Possibly this one?
D. Must be this one!
Take careful note of these rules:
- You have to save the file in a text format (.TXT). Don’t save it as a Word document or anything else.
- Non-ASCII characters like ‘quotes’ can cause import errors. To avoid this always save your text file in UTF-8 format (most text editors, even Word, will ask you).
- The answer letters (A,B,C etc.) and the word “ANSWER” must be capitalized as shown below, otherwise the import will fail.
After you import your questions into the question database, you can add them to your quiz!