Moodle Numerical question type

This month we look at another of the Moodle Quiz core question types – Numerical.

From a learners perspective a numerical question looks similar to a short-answer question. The key difference is that numerical answers are allowed to have an accepted error. This allows a fixed range of answers to be evaluated as one answer.

For example, if the answer is 100 with an accepted error of 10, then any number between 90 and 110 will be accepted as correct.

For something like a date question this could be “What year did Queen Victoria die?” The correct answer being 1901, but an error range of 5 would allow learners to guess (correctly) 1896 to 1906.

You are able to:

  • Grade independently the number and the unit
  • Choose to handle the unit response either as
    • A text input element
    • A multichoice radio button element
  • Just grade the number, with the option to write the unit close to the input element
  • Put the unit either
    • At the right of the number as the most common occurrence
    • Or at left as in $100,00.

Your valid number formats and specific intructions on how to answer will be put near the answer input element.

Note that with this type of question that text answers are not allowed.

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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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