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Moodle Quiz question type – Drag and Drop markers

Drag and drop markers allows students to drop markers onto an area on a background image.

Drag and drop markers questions differ from Drag and drop onto image question type in that there are no predefined areas on the underlying image that are visible to the student.

As usual, add the question to the text editor, using any formatting you wish.

In the Preview section, click the background image button to upload an image. Large images will be displayed at a maximum 600×400 and grid lines will be visible. Obviously you should have an image ‘ready to go’ and have a good idea of what you expect to students to identify. Some obvious ideas are:

  • Parts of the body.
  • Countries or regions on a map.
  • People in a group photo.
  • << insert your amazing idea here! >>

In the Markers section, add the words you want the students to drag onto the areas you select. Decide the shape you want the selectable areas to be, choosing from circle, polygon or rectangle.

On the background image, you then add the ‘drop zones’ where you expect students to place the text. Generally, you should make the drop zones a little bit too big, both vertically and horizontally, to ensure people don’t miss out on a correct mark if they are just a little out.

Although scoring is either right or wrong for each option (with no negative grading) there are numerous advanced settings for tweaking how the question works, including penalties for multiple attempts, and feedback on correct and incorrect placements.

The Drag and Drop onto markers question type definitely takes some time to setup. It’s best to have an image of the right dimensions e.g. 600×400 beforehand, and know exactly what you want to drop zones to be. The clearer you are on what you want to achieve the easier it will be. That said, it’s valuable to ‘play around’ with this question type just to get a good idea about how it works.

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

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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