Introduction

Category use is just like the folder-based organization of files on any computer. Questions can be organized into different Categories and Subcategories to make them easier for instructors to find. 


Categories are a vital part of the Random Question function within the Moodle Quiz Activity.


Creating Categories and Subcategories

1. In the Administration Block, locate and click the words Question Bank.


2. Still in the Administration block, beneath the open-folder Question Bank Icon, locate and click the word Categories.



3. In the center area of the Moodle page, locate the heading Add Category. Choose the Parent Category for the new category being created.

  • The top-level parent category is always named "Default for..." followed by the name of the course. In the image below, the course is named "Demo Course."
  • Categories created this way can be used as Parent Categories for any desired Subcategories.
  • Categories can always be reorganized as needed.



4. In the Name field, enter a name that will help you (as the instructor) identify the questions that should appear within this Category. 

  • In the image below, the Name provided is "Questions for Quiz 1." 
  • Moodle will not automatically place these questions in Quiz 1. 
  • However, when I (as the instructor) am building Quiz 1, this name will make it easier for me to locate the questions that should be used.



5. Click the blue Add Category button at the bottom of the screen when done.


Moving Existing Questions to a Category

1. In the Administration block, beneath the open-folder Question Bank Icon, locate and click the word Questions.


2. Check the checkbox next to each question that should be moved. To select all question in this area, check the checkbox next to the letter "T" at the top of the list of questions.



3. Below the list of questions, use the dropdown menu to select the desired Category. Then, click the Move to >> button.



Viewing Questions within a Category

1. In the Administration block, beneath the open-folder Question Bank Icon, locate and click the word Questions.


2. Under the Question Bank Heading, select any of the Categories. All questions in that Category will then be displayed in the center area.