Moodle Missing Words question type

This month we take a look at the Missing Word quiz question type in Moodle.

The Missing Words question type in Moodle is very similar to the Drag and Drop into text question type, but as you might expect it uses drop-down menus in the text instead of drag-boxes. This question type works well if the question text is very long and you would have to scroll a lot to do drag and drop.

Use double square brackets ‘[[n]]’ with a number in place of the word you wish the students to find.

Add the missing words or phrases in the correctly numbered boxes in the ‘Choice’ section. (You can add extra answers to make the question more challenging). If you tick ‘Shuffle’ the display order will be shuffled.

Note that it is not possible to add formatting to the responses.

  • All gaps are weighted identically.
  • Only gaps that are filled correctly gain marks.
  • There is no negative marking of gaps that are incorrect.

Tip: if you want to give learners three attempts at a question you will need to provide two hints. At runtime when the hints are used up the question will finish and the student will be given the general feedback, and the question score will be calculated.

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Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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