Questions from a publisher or other test bank can be imported into Moodle to form a question bank. The process is not difficult, but incorrect formatting of the source document can be a problem. It is recommended to use Aiken format for quiz imports. The format must be uniformly without error for the import to work.
This is an example of Aiken format:
What color is the sky?
The formatting rules are:
The source document must be saved as a Plain text file with UTF-8 encoding.
To do this: In MS Word, choose Save as. Under Save as type, choose Plain text. Click Save.
Click Other encoding. Choose Unicode (UTF-8). Click OK.
In your course, go to the Gear icon and choose More…
Scroll down. Under Question bank, choose Import.
Click Aiken and choose your file. Be sure to choose the text file, not the original Word file. Click Import.
You will see the import screen. Messages in colored boxes will tell you whether your import is successful. Click Continue.
If successful, you’ll now see your imported questions in the question bank. Any manually-created questions will appear there as well.
Go back to the formatting rules in step 1 and check your text file again carefully.
Check for any instance where a capital letter is followed by a period, such as B.F. Skinner.
Click the Paragraph symbol in the Word toolbar to check that non-visible characters like spaces and paragraph returns are correct.
If you’re still unable to find the problem, contact the Instructional Design team for help.
From the Question bank page, click the Categories tab. Under Add a category, fill in the name and click Add a category. You can then use the checkboxes on the Question bank page to choose the questions you want to move. At the bottom of the page, select the category from the dropdown menu and click Move to >>.
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