Quiz development steps

The steps below set out the questions you should answer and the issues you should look at when designing your online quizzes.


  • What are you trying to test? Understanding as they work through the material, comprehension of overall themes or concepts etc?
  • How do you want the learner to use the quiz? As they are working through online material, for exam revision, for printing off and sending to the tutor etc?
  • How does this fit in with the rest of the content and the learning outcomes?


  • What level should the questions be? Academic level and Blooms (or equivalent), keyword?)
  • Look at Blooms taxonomy - see the staff support portal resource explaining how to use Blooms taxonomy to improve your resources.


  • Decide where in the materials you want the quizzes so that they will fulfil the aim and answers to step 2 questions.
  • Do you want them for example throughout the material or at the end of the page / section / RLO?


  • Decide the best type of quiz and quiz question to achieve the desired outcome.
  • Think of innovative ways to use common types of quiz questions like true/false, multiple choice etc. For example the use of visual and audio mediums.
  • If you have non-standard quiz items (like crosswords or word searches for example), look at ways that the question can be re-written or make this type of question within the VLE or externally and import the item or the link to the VLE.
  • Be aware that for quizzes within an HTML5 resource, mixing the quiz question types within the one quiz will increase EDU development time significantly. For example, it is better to have several small quizzes where each quiz is all multiple choice, all true/false etc than one large quiz of multiple types. This is not an issue for quizzes made within Blackboard.
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