Active 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. Browse all tip sheets and good practice guides
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
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
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
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
In the topic, click Turn editing on
In the week/module where you want to add the quiz, click Add an activity or resource
Select the Active quiz and click Add
Give the Active quiz a Name and Description
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
Click Save and display
Click Edit quiz to start adding questions
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
Review the question settings, and click Add question
Repeat steps 8 and 9 to add more questions
Ask your colleagues or the eLearning support team to check the set up of your active quiz. You could also run a test session (see below for instructions).
Run an active quiz session
In the topic, click on the Active Quiz activity you want to run
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
Students will be able to join the session, but won't see any questions yet. Click Start quiz
Students in the active quiz session will see a short countdown before the first quiz question is shown
You can control the question while it is shown to students using the blue buttons
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)
Use the blue buttons to navigate between questions, re-poll questions, and hide / show results and answers
To end the session, click Close session
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)