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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