Essay Questions in Moodle

Quick video tutorials

View a very short walkthrough of creating an Essay question in Moodle. View more videos in the Moodle Quiz LinkedIn collection here. 

Please note, only the areas with a red exclamation marks are required. All other areas are optional.

1.) Select 'Essay' as the question type to add

An image of the type of question to add screen, with essay labeled 1 and circled, and add circled and labeled 2.

  1. Select 'Essay' as the question type to add.
  2. Click the 'Add' button.

2.) Enter the General information for the essay question

An image of the essay configuration screen, with numbers corresponding to the text below the image.

  1. Category: Select the category you would like the essay question to go into.
  2. Question name: Give the essay question a descriptive name. You will use the name to track your questions later so "Question 1" is not a good idea. The name will be used in the question lists on the quiz editing page or in the lesson as a page title. It will not be shown to the students, so you can choose any name that makes sense to you and possibly other teachers.
  3. Question text: Create the question text.
  4. Default points: Set the default question mark (grade).
  5. General feedback: If you wish, add general feedback. This is text that appears to the student after he/she has answered the question, if you select immediate feedback.

3.) Enter the remainder of the General information for the essay question

An image of further essay configuration fields, with numbers corresponding to the text below the image.

  1. Response format: Select the response formal, either HTML or plain text.
  2. Require text: Choose between requiring students to type text in the response box or having it be optional.
  3. Input box size: Decide how many lines you would like students to see in their text box. This is used to indicate the length of the answer expected. This box will get larger, if needed, as students are typing their response.
  4. Allow attachments: Select if you would like students to add attachments with their answer.
  5. Response template: Any text entered here will be displayed in the response input box when a new attempt at the question starts.
  6. Information for graders: Add information for graders, as appropriate.

4.) Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the 'Save changes' button

An image of the save changes button, circled.

  • You have now successfully added an essay question to your Quiz in Moodle!

Watch a video walkthrough that covers all settings in the Essay question type.


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