Tutorial 10: How to use the Quiz Builder

If you have Author privileges* in Yacapaca, go to More -> My Quizzes. You can ignore search for now, and go straight to Build a New Quiz:


This allows you to build a new quiz from scratch, drawing questions from the entire question bank (164,000 questions at time of writing). You can modify  Continue reading

Improve comprehension by re-stating ‘not’ questions into positives

Here is a question from our database, with one of its distractors (incorrect answers), and a feedback statement written by a student:
Question Distractor Feedback statement written by student
Which one of the following is not a network topology? Bus Bus is not a network topology.

Do you see the problem? ‘Bus’ is indeed a network topology. By stating the question in the negative, the distractor becomes a double negative – ‘bus’ is NOT NOT a network topology. And guess wha Continue reading

How to author a course

In Yacapaca, a course is basically a way to collate quizzes into a logical structure. It enables you to provide teachers’ notes and downloadable files such as lesson plans or worksheets. A course also has its own markbook, enabling teachers to see results grouped separately from other assignments should they wish to.

What it’s not: a Yacapaca “course” is a completely different concept from something you would also find called a “course” in Moodle. Can’t really blame them for using the same name, but it hasn’t half caused a lot of confusion.

Here is an example of what a teacher sees in a Course page…


…but here is what the author sees…

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Beginners’ guide to multiple-choice questions

These are the absolute basic basics of how a “choose-one” type multiple choice question works, for new authors. Here is a typical question:

The components are: the STEM (question); typically 4 OPTIONS (aka FOILS), comprising the KEY (the right answer) and 3 DISTRACTORS (the wrong answers).

The stem (question). Make sure you Continue reading