Moodle Activity – Subject Selection

One activity that students often have to do,   and one that can be stressful for them is subject selection.  A typical approach is to tell them about the various options available and then to give them some time to decide.  Today we’re going to use the quiz activity to support this with a questionnaire that will offer useful feedback.

What we want to do is get the students thinking.  There are particular questions that we would like the students to think about etc.  The quiz activity in Moodle is particularly useful as we can set it up to have feedback per question as well as overall.

Let’s look at a simple example.  Students are to choose between 3 maths subjects,  beginners,  intermediate and advanced.  Some students may not be sure which is best for them.  We can set up a quiz and offer advice based on their overall mark.  eg:

  • 100 – 80% – We would recommend you enroll in the advanced course.
  • 79 – 60% – This is a close call,  we recommend you speak to a teacher as to whether intermediate or advanced is right for you.
  • 59 – 40% – We would recommend you enroll in the intermediate course.
  • 39 – 30% – This is a close call,  we recommend you speak to a teacher as to whether beginner or intermediate is right for you.
  • 29 – 0% – We recommend you enroll in the beginners course.

Obviously you would state that this is just a guide and is not definitive but it can help students to work out roughly where they should be.

Now for a more complex example.  Students have to pick between multiple different subjects.  Here we are going to use the ability to provide feedback on individual questions.  We are also going to hide the marks as we’re not really marking it but providing tailored advice.

We may have a question like the following (feedback is in light blue):

Which would you say you like the most?

a. Working with people

You may want to consider a humanities subject such as Business Studies.

b. Building things

You may want to consider a hands on subject such as Metalwork or Woodwork.

c. Exploring

You may want to consider a science subject such as Physics or Biology

Other Uses

This approach can be used in many other ways too.  You may want students to do some reflection on the work they have done.  You can set up a quiz with a series of questions about their opinions of the work.  The feedback for the answers will be the questions they need to answer in their response.

The quiz activity is actually very versatile.  If you have any other ideas for activities you can use it for feel free to leave a comment here.

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2 Responses to “Moodle Activity – Subject Selection”


  1. 1 Jonesytheteacher March 15, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I like the way you come up with lateral ways of using activities that could be one dimensional learning tools. Well done!


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