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A range of behaviours are available for questions within a quiz within the quick-access menu via Plugins > Question behaviours > Manage question behaviours.

(This video above is taken from the Plugins and Advanced features course in the Totara Academy).

These behaviours can be Enabled/Disabled (,) as required and the order in which they are displayed within Quiz settings can be updated ().  

The options include:

Question behaviourDescriptionNotes
Adaptive mode and Adaptive mode (no penalties)Allows Learners to have multiple attempts at the question before moving on to the next question.The question can adapt itself to the Learner's answer, for example by giving some hints before asking the Learner to try again.
Deferred feedbackLearners must enter an answer to each question and then submit the entire quiz, before anything is graded or before they get any feedback.-
Deferred feedback or Immediate feedback with Certainty-based marking (CBM)With CBM, the Learner does not only answer the question, but they also indicate how sure they are they got the question right.
The grading is adjusted by the choice of certainty, so that Learners have to reflect honestly on their own level of knowledge in order to get the best mark.

Interactive mode with multiple tries

After submitting one answer, and reading the feedback, the learner has to click a 'Try again' button before they can try a new response.Once the learner has got the question right, they can no longer change their response. Once the learner has got the question wrong too many times, they are just graded wrong (or partially correct) and get shown the feedback and can no longer change their answer. There can be different feedback after each try the Learner makes.
Immediate feedbackSimilar to interactive mode in that the Learner can submit their response immediately during the quiz attempt, and get it graded. However, they can only submit one response, they cannot change it later.-
Manually gradedUsed for essay questions (irrespective of what the quiz is set to) but you can now choose to have every question in the quiz manually graded, if you wish.

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Using these courses you can learn more on how to use these features, see best practice, and give it a go yourself.

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