Active quiz - main entry

Whether you are starting from scratch or working with an active quiz already created, using the active quiz activity in a topic ideally consists of 5 stages, in a looped process.

1. Plan  |  2. Build  |  3. Test  |  4. Administer  |  5. Review  || Support

active quiz iconActive quiz is designed to be used in a face-to-face lecture/tutorial (ie in class), with a classroom of computers/tablets/phones (devices). See Quiz – main entry for the out-of-class quiz activity.

The teacher creates the quiz in advance – adding questions from the topic's 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. 

Good practice guides and tip sheets

Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation. Links to quiz-related resources are provided below. 

Aligning quiz questions with Bloom's taxonomy | Using FLO quizzes with large student numbers

1. Plan

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. Why do you want to set up an active quiz (ie what is the quiz's purpose)? 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

2. Build

Set up a category and question bank 

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.

  1. Add a category to the question bank
  2. Create a new question (question types) – the most suitable questions for Active quiz are multiple choice and true/false

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.

Create an active quiz activity

  1. Turn editing on using the green button – this button is available top left of screen on the topic homepage
    Turn editing on 
  2. Go to the module where you would like the active quiz to appear
  3. Click the Add an activity or resource link at the bottom of the module
    Add an activity or resource

  4. Select Active quiz from Activities tab
    add active quiz
  5. Give the Active quiz a Name and Description
    Name and Description
  6. 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

        grade settings

        review options

  7. Click Save and display

  8. Click Edit quiz to start adding questions
    edit quiz
  9. Choose a question from your question bank. 
    For help creating questions, see Create a new question (question types).
    Create a new question, or select the category containing an existing question, then click + to add the question to the quiz
    select questions 

  10. Review the question settings, and click Add question
    question settings

  11. Repeat steps 8 and 9 to add more questions

3. Test

Ask your colleagues or the eLearning support team to check the setup of your active quiz. You could also run a test session (see below for instructions).

4. Administer 

Run an active quiz session

  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
    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 by clicking on the links

  6. Students will be able to answer the question until you click End question, or until the timer runs out (if a time limit was set)

  7. Use the links to navigate between questions, re-poll questions, and hide / show results and answers
    controls - inactive

  8. To end the session, click Close session

5. Review

How did it go? What did students think? Did it help achieve your purpose in creating an active quiz? These types of questions can help you refine the quiz for next time. 

  Training and support



Quiz workshop (whilst this is not Active quiz, it will help you understand the features of the quiz activity)


eLearning support teams

There are no identified issues with Active quiz.

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