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Active quiz

Active quiz is designed to be used in a face-to-face lecture/tutorial, with a classroom full of computers/tablets/phones (devices).

The teacher creates the quiz in advance – adding questions from their question bank. During the lecture/tutorial, the teacher starts the quiz. Students can now connect to this quiz. Once the teacher is satisfied that all students have connected to the active quiz, they can click on 'Start Quiz'.

The teacher can review student responses in real time and re-poll the same question, go to the next question, or jump to any question set up in the activity. 

Active quiz could be used for:

  • Debate/discussion in a face-to-face (f2f) session
  • A staged learning process: pre-session activities tested at the beginning of a f2f session, then workshopped in the session, then tested again at the end of the session (‘Session grading method’ choices are average, first session, last session, highest session grade)
  • Revision sessions: pre-existing quiz questions can be used as a quick poll with students to identify learning gaps
  • Muddy points (knowledge/understanding)
  • Interactivity/inclusivity amongst diverse cohorts (if live streaming used) – external, internal etc
  • Classroom interactivity – competition/cooperation
  • Engagement with topic materials and f2f

Getting started with the Active quiz tool

A question bank is used to categorise quiz questions. Sorting questions into categories is especially important when random questions are used or a topic contains many quizzes. If you add a category before you add questions to the question bank, all questions created can be added to this category and they will then belong to the topic, rather than the quiz. This approach will make management easier when you are creating new quizzes (eg in the following semester) using questions from previous quizzes.

Categories in the question bank can be exported from one topic into another, enabling the questions within to be multiple use. Please contact your eLearning support team to discuss importing question bank categories.

It is good practice to set up a question bank and category/ies before you create the quiz. The better your planning/preparation, the less likely you are to run into a problem once students start doing the quiz. Therefore, it is advised that you have a process for creating your quiz. This process might consist of four stages: design, build, test, monitor, store.

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Add questions to a feedback activity


  1. In the feedback activity, click Edit questions
    edit question tab
  2. Using the Select menu, choose the type of question to add
    'Content' heading and 'select; drop-down menu
  3. Complete the required information and click Save question button

The types of questions are as follows:

  • Longer text answer
  • Multiple choice
  • Multiple choice (rated)
  • Numeric answer
  • Short text answer

You can also add information and structural elements such as

  • Page break
  • Label
  • Information


Create a feedback activity


  1. In your topic, click Turn editing on
    turn editing on
  2. Go to the week/module where you want to add the feedback activity, then click Add an activity or resource
    add an activity or resource button
  3. Select Feedback and click Add
    Add feedback activity

  4. Give the feedback a Name and Description
    name and description fields
  5. Under Question and submission settings, set the Record user names option to either Anonymous or User's name will be logged and shown with answers
    use the drop-down menu to select a 'record user names' setting
  6. Under After submission, set the Show analysis page to Yes if you want students to see a summary of responses, otherwise leave as No
    use the drop-down menu to select a 'show analysis page' setting
  7. Click Save and display
    save and display button


Create an Active quiz

Before you start

We recommend that you set up a question bank and questions

  1. In the topic, click Turn editing on

  2. In the week/module where you want to add the quiz, click Add an activity or resource

  3. Select Active Quiz and click Add

  4. Give the Active Quiz and name and description

  5. Set up the Grade settings and Review options
      • If the 'Assessed' box is left at the default (ticked) the results of the quiz will appear in the Gradebook
      • If the 'Manual Comment' box is left ticked, you can add a comment when grading an attempt

  6. Click Save and display

  7. Click Edit quiz to start adding questions

  8. Choose a question from your question bank.
    For help creating questions, see Create a new question.
    Create a new question, or select the category containing an existing question, then click + to add the question to the quiz.

  9. Review the question settings, and click Add question

  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 to add more questions.


A feedback/survey/poll activity is an asynchronous way to measure how students are engaging with your topic materials. It might be useful to do this early on in the topic to check progress and identify any issues, which may allow you to make changes/adaptations that better meet student needs. A feedback activity mid-topic could help you determine how to scaffold activities that lead to topic completion and achievement of the learning outcomes.

The feedback tool enables a teacher to create a custom survey for collecting feedback from participants using a variety of question types including multiple choice, yes/no or text input. Feedback responses may be anonymous if desired, and results may be shown to all participants or restricted to teachers only.

Feedback activities may be used to:

  • evaluate a topic, helping improve the content for later participants
  • enable participants to sign up for events, etc.


Getting started with the feedback tool


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How do I set up quiz results visibility?

Quiz results visibility settings are controlled within the settings of the quiz activity, not in the gradebook.

1.  Click on the quiz activity, and in the Administration block go to Quiz administration > Edit settings

2.  Open the Review options tab. These options control what information students can see when they review a quiz attempt or look at the quiz reports. 

review options screenshot

  • If you enable marks during the attempt, students can see the marks obtained for each question as they go.
  • If you enable marks immediately after the attempt, students can see their marks as soon as they finish the quiz.
  • If you enable marks later, while the quiz is still open, students can see their marks a short time after finishing the quiz (5-10 minutes after completion).
  • If you enable marks after the quiz is closed, students will not be able to see their marks until after you have closed the quiz.

Please click on the question mark beside each feedback type for further information.  

Note:  Review option settings work in conjunction with the How questions behave setting that sits directly above.  Certain question behaviours render certain review questions un-selectable and will auto-select others. Please contact your local eLearning support team for assistance creating quizzes with complex settings.

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Provide quiz feedback

The inclusion of feedback is an excellent way to increase the level of engagement students experience when attempting and reviewing a quiz. Feedback can be customised to address particular student responses to a question, the question more generally, or the total score achieved by the student. Feedback can be delivered during the quiz, after the attempt but before the quiz has closed, or after the quiz has closed  

  • The inclusion and release of feedback can increase the complexity required in quiz set-up.  For assistance creating a more complex quiz, please contact your local eLearning Team
  • The release of feedback to students is controlled by the quiz Review settings in conjunction with the Question Behavior setting.  Please see the How do I set-up quiz results visibility? entry for further information

The three types of feedback – specific, general and overall

  • Specific feedback is feedback specific to, and dependent upon, the response the student gave to a question. It is response-specific.
    Specific feedback is set up at the question level – when creating the question or later by clicking the edit cog edit cog beside the question

specific feedback set-up
Student view:
specific feedback

  • General feedback is feedback shown to the student after they have completed the question. The same feedback is shown for all students, regardless of the response they gave. You can use general feedback to give students a fully worked answer and perhaps a link to more information they can use if they did not understand the question.
    General Feedback is set up at the question level – when creating the question or later by clicking the edit cog  edit cog  beside the question

    general feedback
    Student view:
    general feedback - student view

  • Overall feedback is text that is shown after a quiz has been attempted. By specifying additional grade boundaries (as a percentage or as a number), the text shown can depend on the grade obtained
    Overall Feedback is set up in the quiz settings – Administration > Quiz administration > Edit settings

edit settings in the administration block

In the scenario below, students scoring between 100% and 80% will see the message 'Well done'.  Those who scored between 79.99% and 0% will see the message 'Please study this week's work again' (100% and 0% do not need to be entered, as they are the default grade boundaries):

overall feedback
Student view:
overall feedback - student view

Run an Active quiz session

Before you start


  1. In the topic, click on the Active Quiz activity you want to run.
  2. Enter a Session name and tick the boxes if you wish to make responses anonymous.
    When you're ready to open the session, click Start Session.

  3. Students will be able to join the session, but won't see any questions yet. Click Start quiz.

  4. Students in the active quiz session will see a short countdown before the first quiz question is shown.
  5. You can control the question while it is shown to students using the blue buttons

  6. Students will be able to answer the question until you click End question, or until the timer runs out (if a timelimit was set. See Creating an Active Quiz)
  7. Use the blue buttons to navigate between questions, re-poll questions, and hide / show results and answers

  8. To end the session, click Close session

Upload a feedback file or marked assignment for a single student

Sometimes, primarily in the case of late submissions, it may be necessary to grade a small number of assignments after or out-of-step with the bulk of other assignments.

Feedback files and marked assignments are typically uploaded in bulk as a zipped file in the View/grade all submissions display.  However, a single feedback form or marked assignment need not be zipped, and can instead by uploaded via the individual marking form.


  1. Enter the relevant assignment and click View all submissions

  2. Locate the student for whom you would like to upload a feedback file

  3. Click the edit button beside the student's name edit button.  In the drop-down menu that opens, click Grade
    click 'grade'

  4. Scroll down until you see the Feedback files upload field.
    feedback files

  5. Upload your feedback file by dragging and dropping it into the field, or browse for the file by clicking the Add button add button
  6. Click Save changes

View the results of a feedback activity


  1. Click the feedback tool from the topic page
    feedback activity icon
  2. To view an analysis of submitted responses, select the Analysis tab

    By default, the responses from all participants will display in this view.

    To view only the results submitted by members of a specific group, select that group from the drop-down menu. The option to view groups is only available if groups have been enabled in the administration settings of the activity (feedback administration>edit settings>common module settings)

  3. To view responses on the individual level, select the Show responses tab
    show responses tab highlighted
    If the survey is not anonymous, it is possible to view the set of responses submitted by each respondent. Filter by group or by first or last initial, then click on the date beside the respondent's name
    click the date beside the respondent's name
    Anonymous surveys responses can also be viewed at the individual level. Anonymity is maintained by the removal of the student's name, which is replaced by a response number. To view responses click Show responses, then choose a response number and click the Show response icon beside it
    click 'show responses'
    list of annonymous entries
    anonymous feedback example

  4. To export responses, return to the analysis tab and click export to excel
    export to excel button

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