How to Create a New Quiz in LearnWare

The Quiz module provides tools for authoring and administering quizzes through LearnWare. A quiz (test or assessment) is given as a series of Questions. LearnWare supports many Question types:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Scale
  • True or False
  • Matching
  • Short Answers
  • Long Answers

Most question types can be auto-graded by LearnWare since the right answer is entered by the author while preparing the Test. Short Answers and Long Answers type questions require manual grading. The scores are stored, tabulated and can be reviewed by the teacher or an administrator.

To create a Quiz in LearnWare, you must have appropriate permissions to do so.

1. Click on "Create new Quiz" from your dash board. In the form that opens up, enter a title and description of the Quiz. The title of a Quiz must be unique in LearnWare.

2. Set Options: There are a series of options that you can set to customize how the Quiz appears and interacts with the user. An explanation of each choice is shown next to each option. If you like, you can keep the default value for all the options.

Here is a brief run down and some suggestions for fine-tuning the options to better meet your need:

Pass/fail options: Add Pass Rate for the Test. You can display different messages to the user depending upon the result of the test.

(Quiz) Taking Options:

"Allow Resume" allows users to leave the Quiz incomplete and then resume it from where they left off.

The option "Repeat until correct" requires the user to re-try the question until they answer it correctly. It is probably better to leave it unchecked.

Feedback option is interesting. Feedback Time allows you to decide when the feedback should be given to the Quiz taker: At the end of the Quiz or After each question. In general, choosing "At the end" is less confusing to the Quiz taker.
It may be good to keep the "Display solution" option checked so the user can see the correct answers for all questions along with the score for each question.

The option "Assign Action" selects an action to be preformed after a user has completed this Quiz. It is an advanced option that you can just leave blank for now.

"Allowed number of attempts" option lets you set the number of times a user is allowed to take the Quiz. it is best to keep it unlimited unless you have good reason for setting a limit.

Result Comments options sets different feed back to the users depending upon their score range. You can use this to congratulate the student for achieving excellent score and encourage and guide others that have not done so well.

Availability options: Keep the Quiz always available unless you have good reason to set start and end dates for making the Quiz available only during that interval.

It is a good idea to check off "Remember my settings" box. Next time, you create a Quiz, it will have the same settings by default that you selected for this Quiz.

3. When done, press Save button to save the Quiz.

4. Create and Add Questions to the Quiz

The saved Quiz page now informs you that "You just created a new quiz. Now you have to add questions to it. Here you can create new questions or add some of your already created questions."

Click on the tab labeled "Manage Questions" (perhaps this tab is already open by default).

Choose a question type by clicking on one of the Question types shown:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Scale
  • True or False
  • Matching
  • Short Answers
  • Long Answers

For now, we will choose either "True or False" or a Multi-choice question type.

Adding a True or False Question

  • Add a title that will help distinguish this question from other questions.
  • Add the Question Statement and select if it is True or False.
  • Click on "Add to Quiz". A list of your Quizzes appears.
  • Check off the Quiz name, the current question should be added to.
  • Leave everything else as is.
  • Click on Save button to save the question and its addition to the new Quiz.

Adding a Multi-choice Question

  • Add a title that will help distinguish this question from other questions.
  • Add the Question Statement.
  • Add Alternative answers that will be shown to the user (by default there are 4 alternatives but you can add more).
  • Set one of the alternate answers as the right answer by checking off a box in its left column labeled "Correct".
  • Click on "Add to Quiz". A list of your existing Quizzes appears.
  • Check off the Quiz name, the current question should be added to.
  • Click on Save button to save the question and its addition to the new Quiz.

Add more questions as needed to the Quiz. As noted before, you can add one of the existing questions to the Quiz as follows:

  • Select it from the list of questions shown under "Manage Questions" tab.
  • Click the Edit tab of the selected Question page.
  • Click on "Add to Quiz" label on this page. A list of your existing Quizzes appears.
  • Choose the Quiz to which this question should be added.

5. After you are done with adding the questions, your new Quiz is ready to be rolled out.

You should however, first test it as follows (and make changes as needed)

  • Review Your Quiz by clicking on the Review tab on the Quiz Page.
  • Take the Quiz by clicking on the "Take Quiz" tab to see it in action.
  • Check Quiz Grades by clicking on "Results" tab to view the table of Test Score per User.