In the first two parts of this series on Moodle quizzes, we covered appearance and strictness. This post discusses how much and what type of feedback we can provide to the students, with each question and for the exam as a whole.
Part 3: Feedback Settings
- If you want to provide your students with feedback - both your comments and the right answers - check the first column “Immediately”. If they can attempt the quiz again, obviously, they can use this feedback to get a better grade. But if you have just one attempt, this is a great way to provide feedback while the questions - and the concepts - are still fresh in their minds.
- If you don’t want anyone to know the right answers until the test is closed for good, check the items in the far right column. The quiz must have a close date for this to occur.
- If you don’t ever want anyone to know, ever, uncheck all of the items.
- Grade boundaries are the maximum and minimum grade received for each comment. The highest (100%) and lowest (0%) are the default. You can break that range into as many smaller categories as you wish.
- Feedback is the text that will appear to the student when the quiz is submitted (if you have this checked in Review Options), according to his grade. You can be as serious as you like (Excellent!), or silly (You’re so bright I need sunglasses in your presence). Don’t be afraid to customize this feedback to match your content, both in topic and tone. A play on words is another form of reinforcement…
The following are not part of the update quiz mode; these settings can be found in the question edit area. What is displayed to the student is controlled by the Review Option settings.
- General feedback can be left blank or include graphics, links, and formatted text, using the HTML editor. This feedback is on the question as a whole, not dependent on the student’s response. Use it to provide more information on the topic (including links and graphics).
- Most question types provide the option of feedback for each answer. If you have designed your questions with plausible wrong answers, this is a great opportunity to provide additional explanation on why that answer is incorrect. Don’t just say “sorry” or “wrong”. There’s no value in that type of feedback.
I encourage you to play around with these settings, doing a preview each time. Be consistent in your settings for each type of test. To reinforcement concepts, be “lax”. For final exams that really matter, be “strict”.
All you need now are some well-written questions! For more on testing in a business environment, check out these posts:
- Assessing the Effectiveness of Business Training
- eLearning Tests and Surveys: What Tools Do You Need?