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1. Importing quizzes from WebCT 4.1 to Moodle 1.6.2

I started by downloading an IMS content package that had quizzes in it. On uploading, the content pages displayed, but the quizzes failed with the following error notes:

I then downloaded a category of quizzes from the question database of a WebCT course, as a .txt file. The help notes in Moodle state that the MC and short answer formats are all that is supported of the WebCT question formats by Moodle.

Using Respondus...
Next, I attempted to package a Respondus generated quiz as an IMS QTI format (.zip - as outlined in the HSU guide) and import into Moodle on setting up a quiz there, and there is not option in the file formats for an 'IMS QTI format' - the options below are what our current test Moodle has...

moodle-import-options.PNG
Could this be a fix? http://moodle.org/file.php/5/moddata/forum/121/230836/IMS_QTI_Importer_1.2.2.zip

On adding this plug-in (thanks Abhi), this error below came up in the quiz I imported - maybe to do with the formatting of that particular question? - it fails the whole import though.

moodle-import-IMSerror.PNG
Discovered the general feedback contained "prince", so removed quotation marks... here's what happened...Same result, so removed question from Quiz...
This saw another error on another question - I'm thinking (as was raised in the Moodle quiz forum) that questions/answers formatting outside of the standard cannot import into Moodle...!

Standardised all questions, then tried importing again and I get same error message that Moodle 'Could not insert quiz answer'. Why?
Questions do appear to be in quiz database (as below), but when previewed an error message appears: Error: Missing question options for multichoice question10!
moodle-import-QUerror.PNG

We might also need to give this WebCT text import a go too? http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=13&rid=94
http://download.moodle.org/download.php/modules/webctimport.zip

[Check also the help notes below.]

Using Quizzes in Sakai

1. Tests and quizzes are not a standard feature available in the basic install of Sakai (the Enterprise Bundle for 2.3). It is part of the Provisional Tools available.

Setting up Sections and Groups in Sakai
1. Sakai allows a course to be set up and within that course one can set up sections. This is different to groups, as the following info explains (from the contextual 'Help' in Sakai):


Difference between sections and groups

Sections and groups are two ways an instructor can more effectively manage subsets of participants.

Groups

Groups are subsets of participants for a given worksite. You access groups through the Site Info tool. Groups are not preloaded with official course data, and can therefore be created by the instructor. Groups are useful to organize study groups, project teams, and other, non-official subsets of worksite participants.
Groups have the following attributes:
  • Groups are managed through the Site Info tool. They are also accessible through Worksite Setup in My Workspace.
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  • Groups may have a title.
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  • Groups are not populated with official course data.
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  • While groups do not have an assigned teaching assistant per se, an instructor may create an ad hoc teaching assistant by assigning a participant a specific role.

Sections

Sections are similar to groups in that they are subsets of worksite participants. Sections are managed using the Section Info tool. A section may have a variety of data attached to it, such as category, days of the week, times, and an assigned teaching assistant (in a course site only). Depending on how the software is implemented at a given location, the Section Info tool may be loaded with official course sections. If it is not, however, an instructor can set those sections up.
Sections have the following attributes:
  • Sections are managed through the Section Info tool.
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  • You may provide additional information about a section, such as title (required), days, start time, end time, maximum size, and location.
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  • Sections must be assigned to a given category. Categories include lecture, lab, discussion, studio, and recitation.
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  • In a course site, an instructor may assign a teaching assistant to a section.
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  • Participants may not be in more than one section in a given category.
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  • Sections may be populated with official data, depending on implementation.

Usage

Both groups and sections work with Announcements, Tests & Quizzes, and Gradebook. Integration with more tools is planned.


This means that Sakai can potentially work on one CRN for a subject, then instructors (ie. head teachers) can 'section' out areas of the course and include teaching assistants (other teachers) to each section created within that course. Groups, on the other hand, work more as they do in WebCT, where you can set up project teams, group work, etc. Sections and Groups can cross over in the one course and have variuos permutations.



Help notes:

**Moodle Forum:** IMS QTI Importer Beta for Moodle 1.6
**HSU Guide:** Using Respondus for Moodle quizzes
**Moodle Forum:** Importing WebCT's text-based format quizzes fails
**Moodle Forum:** WebCT CE4 - Moodle course import script