If you are like most educational institutions, you are most probably still using the tradidtional paper and pencil testing for students, although a growing number of institutions are opting for a computer-based or online Moodle tests. The paper-and-pencil tests pose many challenges to administer for students. They can be very time-consuming to correct, even though they are multiple choice questions, and are susceptible to student cheating, unless you have the time to shuffle the answers and questions and correct the different versions. Thankfully, Moodle has a remarkable plugin Offline Quiz, contributed by Academic Moodle Cooperation.
After installing Offline Quiz Moodle plugin use the embedded cheat sheet below to help configure and administer a successful offline tests.
The Offline Quizzes plugin works much like an Optical Mark Reader, which reads the shaded bubbled or checkboxes and grades the tests based on that. The Offline Quiz plugin provides the PDF or Doc version of both the question sheet and the answer form. What is really remarkable is that it can give up to six groups of shuffled questions and answers, a great way to lessen cheating. Each student will get his pre-filled answer form with his ID as configured using the plugin. After the papers are scanned, students and teachers, based upon the teachers’ preference can see the errors after they are imported to Moodle and become part of the Moodle Gradebook.
More precisely, a complete offline quiz consists (at least) of the following steps:
- A teacher creates an offline quiz in Moodle and adds multiple-choice questions, all-or-nothing multiple-choice questions or description questions (text) to the quiz. This is very similar to creating online quizzes (standard Moodle quizzes).
- From the question lists the teacher creates question sheets and answer forms as PDF (DOCX) documents using the module.
- The question sheets and answer forms are handed out to students for the actual quiz. The students mark the answers they think are correct in the answer form.
- The teacher scans the filled-in answer forms and uploads the resulting images into the offline quiz. The scanned answer forms are evaluated and graded automatically by the module.
- If necessary, the teacher corrects errors that might have occurred due to mistakes made by the students or due to bad scan quality.
After results have been created in an offline quiz, students can review their result as usual. If the teacher allows it, students can also see the scanned answer forms and which markings have been recognized as crosses.
The module supports up to six groups which are not related to Moodle course groups. Each group can contain a different set of questions in a different order. Separate question sheets and answer forms are created for the different offline quiz groups.
The module also supports lists of participants which are useful for checking which students actually took part in the exam. Lists of participants are pre-filled with students in Moodle. PDF versions of those lists can be created in the module for easy marking during the exam. The marked lists can be uploaded and evaluated automatically.
As an administrator you can set the default values instance-wide on the settings page for administrators in the MC Offline quiz module.
- formula for participant identification (text field)
- mix questions (checkbox)
- mix answers (checkbox)
- logo URL (text field)
- copyright indication (checkbox)
- settings for exam inspection (checkbox)
- decimal places (drop down)
- paper’s white level (drop down)
- 1-click inscription (checkbox)
- role for inscription (drop down)
- saving days (text field)