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Quizzes can be created in Proteopedia.

Questions can be:

  • true/false
  • multiple choice (more than one correct answer is possible; choices can be text or images or sounds)
  • typed one-word answers ("fill in the blank"; optionally any one of multiple answers can be correct; optionally not CaSe sensitive)
  • numeric answer (exact number, or optional range, or % tolerance)

Quizzes should be created in protected pages. Students submitting answers get immediate feedback in the form of a corrected quiz, with optional text feedback provided by the author of the quiz. Scores are emailed to the person creating the quiz. The main purpose of these quizzes is to prepare students for conventional testing (see #Pedagogy).



How To Make A Quiz

Quizzes should be created in protected pages. This ensures that your students cannot change the quiz.

Scoring and Feedback


When the student submits answers to the quiz, a page appears giving several kinds of feedback to the student, some automatic, and some optional. The automatic feedback includes colors, a list of the correct short answers, tool tips, and an overall score for the entire quiz. Optionally, the author of the quiz can include text feedback for each choice in each question.


Feedback Coloring and Optional Feedback Text
Feedback Coloring and Optional Feedback Text

Feedback is given as correct, not answered, incorrect. After the student clicks the Submit button, the color of the vertical bar that spans all the choices indicates whether the answer, as a whole, is correct or incorrect. Individual checkboxes are colored to indicate which were correct and which were incorrect. In the snapshot at right,

  • the First Correct Answer was correctly checked
  • the First Incorrect Answer should not have been checked
  • the Second Correct Answer should have been checked
  • the Second Incorrect Answer was correctly not checked.

Since at least one checkbox is incorrect, the answer as a whole scores 0/1.

Short Answers

If you click on a short-answer question on the feedback page, the correct answer(s) appear.

Tool Tips

In addition to the colored feedback, tool tips pop up when the student touches a choice on the feedback page without clicking it. These are unfortunately very confusing, and so are best ignored. The colors (see above) are reasonably clear.

Optional Text Feedback

Note the optional text feedback given for one of the choices in the feedback snapshot above. The mechanism for including optional text feedback is given in the Inserting Feedback section of Wikiversity's Help:Quiz.


In some types of questions (types "()" and "{}"), only one answer can be given. Examples are true/false, multiple choice with radio buttons, and single word answers. In these cases, "wrong" and "right" are unambiguous.

In questions with checkboxes (type "[]"), it is possible for more than one choice to be correct. In order to for the answer as a whole to score 1/1, the checkboxes for every correct choice must be checked, and no checkbox for an incorrect choice may be checked. If a single checkbox is in the wrong state, the whole answer is counted as incorrect, even when the remainder of the checkboxes are correct.

  • Normally, there is one point per question, even when there are multiple checkboxes (see snapshot above). Optionally, you may give different numbers of points to each question: see weighting with the coefficient option.
  • When no answer is given, the answer is scored as incorrect (0), and the question is nevertheless included in the total points denominator for the quiz.
  • For questions where the answer is a typed word of text, the answer must be an exact match. That is, you get no credit for "Pluto" when the answer is "Plato".

Email Reports of Scores

Whenever answers are submitted for a quiz, the total score is emailed to the author of the quiz, along with the name of the account under which the person submitting the answers was logged in, the submitter's email address, the date, and the title of the page containing the quiz. (The sender of these emails ["From:"] is always jaime.prilusky, the system administrator for Proteopedia.)


The quiz mechanism in Proteopedia is designed to give immediate feedback to the student, as a help in learning. The main purpose of such quizzing is to help prepare the student for traditional testing.

Bear in mind that by clicking edit this page, the student can see the answers without first submitting anything. Also a student can login, then ask a friend to help with the answers. Therefore, the quiz score itself should not be used in grading. Rather, the fact that a student completes the quiz could count for a small amount of credit, regardless of the score. Attaching a small amount of credit to completing a quiz helps to motivate students to use the quiz at all.

See Also

Proteopedia Page Contributors and Editors (what is this?)

Eric Martz, Mary Ball

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