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Quick guide for StudentQuiz (Lecturers)

Quick guide for StudentQuiz (Lecturers)


The StudentQuiz allows students and lecturers to create a common question pool from a variety of different question types (including multiple-choice, true/false, assignment questions, free text, etc.). Students can then compile any selection of questions from this pool and answer them in a quiz. During a quiz attempt, each question can be graded by students on its quality and a difficulty level is automatically calculated for each question based on the answers given. In addition, scores are given for evaluations, answering behaviour, and question creation. The points earned by each student are transferred to an anonymous ranking list for this purpose.

The StudentQuiz should not be used for performance review. Please use the quiz activity for this purpose. If necessary, StudentQuiz questions can be moved to the quiz activity and integrated there as regular quiz questions.


Table of Contents

  1. StudentQuiz configuration
  2. Add, edit and answer StudentQuiz questions
  3. StudentQuiz evaluation
  4. Reusing StudentQuiz questions in the quiz activity

A StudentQuiz consists of three parts:

  1. the StudentQuiz configuration: First, you set the various options, such as scoring criteria or the time periods for creating and answering StudentQuiz questions. Only managers can make these settings.
  2. the StudentQuiz questions: Students and lecturers can create questions together. You as a lecturer also have the option to edit the questions submitted by students and mark them with a status value. Filter options allow you to select questions based on specific criteria and answer them in a quiz. During the quiz attempt, the questions can be evaluated and commented on.
  3. the StudentQuiz evaluation: Students rate and comment on questions during a quiz attempt. Additionally, lecturers can change the status of questions and thereby evaluate them. Ratings and answering behaviour are scored according to a customizable scheme and form the basis for a user ranking list showing the positions of individual students. Additional statistics inform each participant about their contribution as well as their individual learning progress.

If needed, particularly good questions from the StudentQuiz can be reused as regular quiz questions in an e-test.


1. StudentQuiz configuration

1.1. Add a StudentQuiz

To add a StudentQuiz, do the following:

  1. Switch the course page into the edit mode using the "Turn editing on" button at the top right.
  2. In the section where you want the StudentQuiz to appear, click "Add an activity or material".
  3. Under "Activity", select the "StudentQuiz" option.
  4. A new StudentQuiz will now be created. You will be automatically redirected to the settings page to configure the StudentQuiz.
  5. On the test configuration page, you give the quiz a name and, if necessary, a description that explains to the students what the quiz is about.
  6. You can now click the 'Save and display' button at the bottom of the page. Then you and your students can start creating the StudentQuiz questions (see the section below).

1.2. Default settings for your quiz

If you do not make any other settings on the configuration page of the test (where you define the StudentQuiz settings) (i.e. use the default settings), then the StudentQuiz will work as follows:

  • Questions newly created by students are automatically published and are thus immediately visible to all other students.
  • Students cannot see the names of their fellow students in the StudentQuiz. Students are thus neither shown the authors of the submitted questions nor are the names of their fellow students revealed to them in the ranking list.
  • Points are awarded for answering and creating questions as well as for the quality of the submitted questions according to a fixed scheme. For example, the creation of your own questions is awarded significantly higher points than the correct answering of a question.
  • All question types are allowed and available in the StudentQuiz.
  • During an ongoing quiz attempt, after answering a question, it is mandatory for each participant to rate it. The evaluation is done with 1 ( = very bad) to 5 ( = very good) stars. Written comments on a question, on the other hand, can be given optionally.
  • There are no time restrictions for submitting and answering questions. Even after StudentQuiz attempts have been completed, new questions can be added to the question pool at any time.

1.3. Change test settings

In the opened StudentQuiz, click the gear icon in the upper right corner inside the white area and select "Edit settings". In the StudentQuiz configuration page that opens, click the "Expand all" link. Behind each setting, you will find a question mark icon. If you click on it, a help text will open in a pop-up window explaining the respective setting. This way you can go through all the settings and decide which ones you want to change. In the following, we describe some popular settings. A detailed description of all setting options can be found in the manual Adding a StudentQuiz .

  • Publish question - here you can define whether the questions created by students and managers are automatically published and thus immediately visible to other students (= default setting), or whether they are initially hidden after their creation and must be manually released (i.e. set to "visible") by the managers.
  • Scoring settings - in the scoring settings you can make changes to the scoring scheme if you want certain scoring criteria to be weighted more or less.
  • Question settings - By default, all question types that can also be used in a quiz activity are allowed in the StudentQuiz. If required, disable certain questions if you do not want them to be included in the StudentQuiz.
  • Comment and rating settings - By default, during a running quiz attempt, each question must be rated after it has been answered. The rating is done with 1 ( = very bad) to 5 (= very good) stars. Without this rating, the quiz cannot be continued. If the rating is not obligatory, but only optional, deactivate the corresponding checkbox.

Availability - In StudentQuiz there are two definable time slots. One for submitting questions and one for answering questions. By default, there is no time restriction for these two-time slots, so all four available checkboxes next to the dates are disabled. If required, you can set dates by activating the checkboxes and thus restrict the time periods for submitting and/or answering questions.


2. Add, edit and answer StudentQuiz questions

2.1. Add questions

Once you have completed the StudentQuiz configuration, you and the students can now create questions and add them to the quiz.

  1. In the opened StudentQuiz, click the "Create new question" button to add a new question to the StudentQuiz. 
  2. In the pop-up window, select the desired question type and click the "Add" button.
  3. Create the StudentQuiz question by filling out the form. Detailed information about the settings to be made can be found here.


    Note that in contrast to the quiz activity, the names of the questions are displayed to the participants of the StudentQuiz so that they can filter by them if necessary. The entries possible under "Achievable points" and in the sections "Combined feedback" and "Multiple attempts" are not relevant for the StudentQuiz, but may be needed if you want to move the question to a quiz activity at a later time.
  4. When you have finished filling in the test question form, click the 'Save changes' button.

  5. Repeat steps 1.-4. until you have created all the questions for the StudentQuiz.

Note: Detailed explanations on how to create new StudentQuiz questions can be found in the manual Adding questions!

The questions created by you and your students appear in the main view of the StudentQuiz after saving. In the main view of the StudentQuiz, you can, among other things:


2.2. Set status

A new question automatically receives the status "new". You can set the status of a question to "confirmed" or "rejected" at any time. Once a question has the status "confirmed" or "rejected", it can no longer be edited by the author. If you wish to change a question, you can set it to "changed". As long as the question is in the status "changed" or "new", the question can be changed by the author. In the following figure, the "Drag-and-drop auf Bild" question is in the "changed" status, the "Drag-and-drop on text" question is in the "confirmed" status, the "Wörter markieren" question is in the "rejected" status, and the "Multiple-Choice-Frage 1", "Multiple-Choice-Frage 2" and "Wahr/Falsch-Frage" ("True/False-Question") questions are in the "new" status.



The set status of a question (Rejected, Confirmed and Changed) has no influence on whether the question is displayed to the students or not. Unless a question is hidden from students as "Hidden", it can be answered across statuses and will score regularly when answered. Marking a question as "Rejected" is therefore not sufficient to hide it from students or exclude it from scoring.

2.3. Visibility of a question

You can hide a question if you do not want it to be seen by students. The student author of the question can still see it greyed out and view, edit, or delete their question. As long as the question is hidden, the author does not receive ranking points for the question. You can also delete the question. In this case, the question is no longer accessible and the associated ranking points are lost. In the figure above, the "Numeric" and "True/False" questions are in the "Hidden" status and therefore appear greyed out All other questions are visible to all users - regardless of status.


2.4. Filter by questions

In the upper area, various filters are available, which are especially useful for large question collections. In addition to the quick filter buttons, many other and combinable filters can be found behind the "Show more ..." link.

Before running a StudentQuiz, an interesting set of questions should be selected using filters. Without setting filters, start a quiz attempt with all questions contained in the StudentQuiz.



All filter options are also available to students. Each participant in the StudentQuiz, therefore, has the option of compiling an individual question set according to his or her preferences and answering it. A question set selected by you as a manager on the basis of filters is only visible to you, but not to the students. Therefore, if you do not want certain questions to be displayed to the students, you have to hide them or delete them if necessary. Setting filters to select certain questions is not sufficient for this, as all visible questions will still be displayed to the other participants despite these filters.

2.5. Start a StudentQuiz
After the questions to be learned have been selected, the "Start Quiz" button  can be used to switch to quiz mode, in which the questions are answered.



There is no numerical limit to the number of quiz attempts you can make. You can start the StudentQuiz as often as you like within the time window you have set for answering the quiz questions, without this having a negative influence on the ranking evaluation. Only the answers from the last attempt are decisive for the ranking evaluation. The number of attempts has no influence on the ranking.

3. StudentQuiz evaluation

3.1. Rate or comment on a question

After answering a question, a rating and/or commenting on the question may be requested. The rating is based on a scale with 1 ( = very bad) to 5 stars ( = very good)

Note: Detailed explanations on how to start, score and comment StudentQuiz questions can be found in the manual Start StudentQuiz, rate and comment questions!


3.2. View the difficulty level and rating of a question

In the main view, the difficulty level and the rating (question quality) are shown for each question. The rating is based on the average number of stars that the participants have given to a question. The rating is an indicator of the question quality and is taken into account as a criterion for ranking.

  • Difficulty - shows the difficulty of this question for the user. The difficulty is calculated based on the answers given and ranges from 0 (= all previous answers are correct or very easy) to 1 (= all previous answers are wrong or very difficult).

    The personal difficulty for the viewing user is symbolized by yellow lightning bolts. The blue background, on the other hand, symbolizes the average difficulty based on the answers of all group members.
  • Rating - symbolizes the rating of the question from 1-star (= very good) to 5 stars (= very bad).

    The rating given by the viewing user is symbolized by yellow stars. The blue background, on the other hand, symbolizes the average rating of all group members.

3.3. Ranking and progress

Answering and creating questions, as well as for the quality of the submitted questions, points are awarded according to a set scheme. Based on these points, each student is ranked on a ranking list. Each student can see from this ranking list where he or she stands in comparison to his or her fellow students. The students only see the ranking points of their fellow students, but not their names.

By clicking on "More" below the ranking list, a detailed composition of the points and the basis for calculating the ranking points are displayed. The sum of all ranking points determines the position within the group.

Further statistics inform each participant about their contribution as well as their individual learning progress. Detailed explanations of the ranking and progress can be found in the manual Learning progress and ranking!


4. Reusing StudentQuiz questions in the quiz activity

If necessary, you can move questions created in StudentQuiz to quiz activities. In this way, you can continue to use the best questions from a StudentQuiz in quizzes without having to manually create them there again. The prospect of a selection of suitable StudentQuiz questions being included in a graded quiz provides additional motivation for students to work intensively with StudentQuiz questions.

If you want to reuse questions from the StudentQuiz in a quiz, you must first move them to a quiz category via the main StudentQuiz overview with the option "Move to >>".

Afterwards, the moved question can be included in the desired quiz activity via the option "Add from question bank".


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last changed on 11/20/2023

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