Common EDU quiz types

Quizzes can be incorporated into the learning experience in a variety of ways:

  • By using the tools provided in the VLE
  • By using external services such as Hot Potatoes
  • By incorporating them directly into an HTML5 resources
External tools

Using the tools provided within the VLE has the advantages of allowing contextualisation on the VLE by the teaching staff, quick access for amendments, better tracking of the results and a wider range of question types.

The disadvantages are that the quiz is not self-contained and portable outside the VLE. A quiz created as an HTML5 object has a wider range of quiz options which could more closely support the type of quiz question the staff require.

External tools may provide a greater variety of types of quiz questions and the link can be inserted anywhere within the BB page to contextualise learning resources. However the use of an external product risks that the product or the version used may not be supported in the future, resulting in staff having to re-develop resources.

Placing quizzes within the EDU HTML5 template means that they will be closely contextualised within the relevant material on the learning object pages and stay within the learning object wherever it is moved.

The disadvantage is that once within the HTML5 learning object, staff cannot amend the material themselves or track the results. Therefore quizzes within the HTML5 materials are best suited to material that will not change significantly from year to year or quiz types that are ‘pause and reflect’ i.e. used to pace the learner through the learning materials.

This learning resource will concentrate on writing quizzes for EDU online materials developed in an HTML5 template, however the guidance given on writing good quiz questions is equally useful if you are writing quizzes in the VLE or in an external software package and importing the quiz to the VLE.

The EDU uses an HTML5 template for most of its online resources which:

  • incorporates responsive design, ensuring that our material will work well on all screen sizes;
  • aligns with sector trends to embrace 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) and mobile learning by accessing learning material on any device or platform;
  • keeps up to date with industry standards;
  • allows developers more control over the look, feel and functionality included in the resources.

The following pages look at the types of quiz questions which can be developed in the HTML5 template

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