Moodle
  1. Moodle
  2. MDL-31795

CLONE - Differentiation needed between Last permitted start time of timed quiz, and alloted completion time -- like Blackboard does

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    • Type: Improvement Improvement
    • Status: Open
    • Priority: Minor Minor
    • Resolution: Unresolved
    • Affects Version/s: 2.2.1
    • Fix Version/s: DEV backlog
    • Component/s: Quiz
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    • Testing Instructions:
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      Change to 2 separate parameters for timed quizzes:
      1. Last time to access/start the test.
      2. Add length of allotted time to take the test.
      3. This should create the final completion time for the test.
      4. You may prompt the instructor / instructional designer with a summary of the parameters; "The test will be able to be accessed until 11pm Feb 19, 2012. The allotted time is 3 hours. The final completion time will be 2am Feb 20, 2012. Is this acceptable? Give options to 1) accept and continue/save OR 2) modify the last start time, etc.

      This becomes most acute in the longer exams. However, it can be no less frustrating in a short quiz as well.

      However, failure to separate these two is extremely unprofessional in test design automation.

      It is unthinkable that one should not be able to finish a test with the permitted amount of time.

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      Change to 2 separate parameters for timed quizzes: 1. Last time to access/start the test. 2. Add length of allotted time to take the test. 3. This should create the final completion time for the test. 4. You may prompt the instructor / instructional designer with a summary of the parameters; "The test will be able to be accessed until 11pm Feb 19, 2012. The allotted time is 3 hours. The final completion time will be 2am Feb 20, 2012. Is this acceptable? Give options to 1) accept and continue/save OR 2) modify the last start time, etc. This becomes most acute in the longer exams. However, it can be no less frustrating in a short quiz as well. However, failure to separate these two is extremely unprofessional in test design automation. It is unthinkable that one should not be able to finish a test with the permitted amount of time.
    • Workaround:
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      Overrides are available, by student, but this can be unwieldy to manaage for large classes. (You really ought to consider management by groups, just as you would at an operating system or database level. Please consult with an IT expert to incorporate the above features.

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      Overrides are available, by student, but this can be unwieldy to manaage for large classes. (You really ought to consider management by groups, just as you would at an operating system or database level. Please consult with an IT expert to incorporate the above features.
    • Affected Branches:
      MOODLE_22_STABLE
    • Rank:
      38413

      Description

      If you can pass this on to "Helen" or "Tim Hunt" at Moodle.org, it would be much appreciated:

      Moodle simply does not handle timed quizzes well. The default is to not time quizzes. However, when set to be timed, the creators of the software do not seem to realize that there is a difference between the last permitted access time to START a quiz / test, and the length of time to complete the test.

      In our community college, we have just switched from Blackboard. Blackboard intelligently stops displaying the quiz access link (equiv would be to gray it out) at the access cut off time. However, you still have the full time to complete the timed quiz.

      Not so in Moodle. The last access time and the completion time are one and the same. Usually I complete work well before due date, but not for this 3-hour certification prep "quiz". So, at 10:55 p.m., I sat down with my cup of tea on Sunday eve to sign into our Moodle for the "3-hour quiz", after all the interruptions cease and I could devote 3 hours to it. Immediately, the cutoff timer told me I had ONLY FIVE MINUTES to complete the test - and then the phone rang - twice. Needless to say, I got about 3 questions answered, and a whopping 1.5% on the practice exam, which is now on my continuing ed transcript. I am utterly furious.

      This is very basic test design, and should have been an early thought in the design and development of this program. If Blackboard can do it, Moodle can also be so modified.

      I most certainly hope Moodle gets its act together and professionally considers this point in its next release - and as soon as possible.

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