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Proposed terminology for the quiz module[edit]

The status of this is "request for comment". The suggestions given below are not intended to be binding, but attempt to establish the general use of terms when constructing quizzes.

  • Multiple choice: this term covers any question where a number of pre-determined answers are given. It does not matter how many answers there are, nor how many are right.
    • Multiple choice with single response: this is the most common kind of multiple choice question. Only one of the responses is correct. It normally uses radio buttons, but not always.
    • Multiple choice with multiple responses: More than one of the responses may be correct. This type almost always uses checkboxes.
  • Text response / short answer / typed response: the terminology used here is unclear.
    • These response types use textfields. The learner types in an answer, which could be a word or a number.
    • Moodle uses the term "short answer", which is probably a bad description. Multiple choices also often use answers which are short!
    • Suggestion: "typed response" (because the learner has to type rather than click).
  • Gapfill / cloze
    • Both of these terms are commonly used for the same kind of thing. Generally, both terms are understood and are interchangeable. There is no unclarity.
  • Feedback
    • This is a widely used term for text which appears after a learner has attempted a question and it has been marked. Feedback may explain, encourage, congratulate, etc.