Question bank

Managing questions

This feature allows a teacher to create, preview, and edit questions in a database of question categories. The categories can be limited to being used on the site, course or quiz level. The questions in a category can be added to a Quiz or to a lesson activity via an export process. The teacher enters the question bank by creating or editing a quiz activity or via Course administration > Question bank


Select a category

Questions are organised into categories. Initially each course has only one category called "Default". It is good practice to create more categories to organize your questions. This not only makes it easier to find questions, but makes the use of random questions and matching question easier. We can create a hierarchy of categories because we can create subcategories inside parent categories. To add or edit categories click on the " Categories" tab.

The question editing screen shows the questions from the currently selected category. You choose this category from the Category: drop-down menu. Using the tick box below that menu you determine whether to also show the questions from all subcategories.

Categories are shared in contexts

There are separate question category trees in each different 'context' in which questions are shared. The contexts available to you depend on whether you access the question bank from an activity or from a course and depend on the permissions assigned you for access to questions. See Question contexts for more information on these contexts.

Add a new question

  1. Click the Questions tab to access the Question Bank page, if not there already.
  2. From the Category drop-down menu, select a category you want to add a question to.
  3. The page will change to show the questions already in that category
  4. Select the question type you want to create from the Create new question drop-down menu.
  5. Fill in the form for the question type we are creating. Each question type has its own form and has its own options.
  6. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the form.

Edit, duplicate, preview, delete and move

Each question in the question bank has four icons which allow us to edit, quickly duplicate, preview and delete the question. (The question may not be deleted if it is already in use elsewhere.) To duplicate a question, click the duplicate icon (second from the left) and a copy of the question editing screen will appear. We can either edit this new copy or simply scroll down and click "Save changes."To move a question into a different category or subcategory, click into the box on its left; scroll down to "With Selected..." and choose "Move to.."

Tips and tricks

Sharing and Managing Question banks

Be default, teachers can manage only the questions in the context of the courses they are in. We can set up a role to allow teachers to share and manager questions on a larger scale.

We can also use this role to create a special system-wide "Question bank Manager" instead of giving admin level or site-wide Manager access to a person managing the Questions.


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