5 October 2011: OpenLearn - Rationale behind the new Moodle 2.1 Quiz

Presenter: Phil Butcher (Open University, UK)

In 2005 the Open University in the UK chose to use Moodle as its main VLE and in so doing committed considerable resources to the on-going development of Moodle. One of the areas that was, and is, of particular interest to us is online assessment and we agreed to provide someone to look after, and develop further, the Moodle Quiz. Tim Hunt has fulfilled this role admirably since 2006.

Prior to our involvement in Moodle the university had developed its own OpenMark system and had long experience of interactive questions. As OpenMark was our own system it reflected the university's approach to interactive content and instant feedback. Part of Tim Hunt's role has been to bring some of the design features of OpenMark into Moodle.

His solution evolved into the fully re-engineered Question engine which was released in July 2011 in Moodle 2.1 and will be described in this presentation.

Alongside the re-engineered question engine the university is also developing a raft of new question types, again based on OpenMark designs. We anticipate that most of these will be released in early 2012 alongside Moodle 2.2. Some of these will also be demonstrated.

Read more about the OU's developments of Moodle's eAssessment facilities including question types, quizzes and OpenMark at http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3484. Please note that this site is still running under Moodle 1.9 but does include the new question engine albeit without the new question types.

Hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, RMIT University, Australia starting 16:30 Adelaide time (time zone = GMT+ 10.30), equivalent to 7:00 UK time (time zome = GMT +1.00).

The archive is 51 minutes duration (including post session discussion).

You Tube version (Flash video)

A screen cast of the session.

Start playing via You Tube (note: this is a single file): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdpFrwPGCmc (You can choose to view in standard definition or high definition or in full screen mode).

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