The Quiz tool is one of the most frequently used Activities. It is used to build sets of questions for students that will be automatically checked by the platform for correctness and the student will receive automatic immediate feedback.

Applications of this tool in the teaching process can be varied, depending on your own needs and creativity.

To use the Quiz tool, you must go through two main stages:

  • Inserting Quiz activities with appropriate settings (in the first stage there are no questions entered, only the quiz framework with defined properties such as timing, attempts allowed, rules for passing the quiz, etc.)
  • Create questions inside the Quiz’s page (you can also save your questions to a question bank so that you can reuse questions for another quiz or quizes)
STEP 1: Posting the quiz in the course content

After entering the course editing mode (turn editing on button), click Add an activity in the selected place in the course. Then select the Quiz activity from the pulldown menu.

The main quiz settings window will appear. The only mandatory field is the Name, but we can set many useful quiz parameters, such as the quiz’s time limit, the dates when a quiz is available, whether the order in which possible answers are displayed next to questions should be randomised, etc.

After setting the course for our needs and clicking Save and display, a screen appears where you can enter specific questions.

STEP 2: Attaching questions to the quiz

To add the first question, click the Edit quiz button.

On the quiz editing page, there is a Add button on the right-hand side. If you are creating a completely new question, then select Add a new question from the drop-down menu. Then select the type of question from the list on the left (your options include Multiple choice, True/false, etc. – the available types of questions will be described in more detail later) and click on the Add button.

STEP 3: Activating the quiz

The quiz is automatically available to students, unless you indicated in the first stage (setting the quiz parameters) that it should be hidden for now. You can at any time reveal or hide a quiz (or any other activity in the course), from students by clicking on the eye symbol, which is shown for all activities in edit mode.

You can also set the quiz in such a way that it will appear to the students only on a specific date, and will be closed on the day you choose.

STAGE 4: Students' results

The results obtained by the students can be seen in two places.

The overall grades of individual students on the quiz are placed in the Gradebook.

However, it is possible to analyse in greater detail all quiz attempts made by students, and this can include reports on the distribution of results within the group and the relative difficulty of individual questions.

Accurate analysis of attempts is available after entering the quiz (accessing the ‘Welcome’ page without beginning the quiz questions). In the quiz menu choose one of the options: Grades, Responses, Statistics or Manual.  Each of these options gives a slightly different insight into student achievement.

For example, in Grades report  data is available on all student attempts, number of attempts, time taken and the total number of points each student scored, as well as the statistical average for individual questions (showing the difficulty of individual questions). A graph showing the results of the entire student group is also available here.

In the Responses report you can get a slightly more nuanced analysis of attempts and answers on the quiz, including the average grade of first attempts (if the quiz assumes more than one attempt is likely) and the average of the last attempts.

Statistics also show which questions effectively distinguish between students with greater and lesser knowledge (they are not too simple, and not too difficult).

Manual assessment of Pegaz activities is relatively rarely used. It provides a list of all student responses (such as essays) that require the teacher to assign a grade.