Return of the Random short -answer matching Moodle question type

Return of the what? I didn’ t even know anything was missing ! I hear you say… Let me elaborate:

In older versions of Moodle there was a question type called “Random short-answer matching” It was like the matching question type except that the answers to be matched actually came from previously made short-answer questions. It stopped working three years ago and has only just been fixed (thanks to French Moodling quiz enthusiast Jean-Michel Védrine) This week the question type has been put back into Moodle, so if you have the lastest Moodle versions, 2.5.5 and 2.6.2, you will be able to use it.

Many people however only started using Moodle recently and won’t even know of is prior existence. So this post is just to explain it and introduce it. Jean-Michel has added some detailed documentation on the Random short-answer matching question type.

If you have Moodle 2.5.5 or Moodle 2.6.2 then when you add a quiz question you will see this new type available:

There are two things to be aware of. (1) You can’t just add this question and make it there and then, like any other question type,  because you need first to have some short-answer questions pre-made and (2) those questions need to be connected in some way, share a theme.

So I first went to my course question bank and created a sub- category called “Capitals” and I set up some short answer questions on capitals or administrative centres of various parts of the British Isles. Here are a couple, for example:

With this question type, students have to type in the correct name, which I have already spelt out for Moodle. When we, after this, go to set up a Random short-answer question type, we ask a question which refers to all my chosen questions. So previously, students were asked specifically to name the capital of, say Wales, or Scotland. Now they are asked to match the capitals with the answers I had inputted in each question. When you set up the question ,you can choose which category  in your course and how many questions you want to include:

 

So when the student sees the question, they are seeing an amalgam of questions they might well already have answered but in a different form. This time they don’t have to type out the answers; they just have to remember which goes with which in a matching exercise.

So it would work well as a consolidation question, a knowledge testing question, once they had been through the individual steps for example. Do check out the Random short-answer matching question documentation for more details and give it  a go :)

 

 

 

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