The Quiz activity can be utilised in a number of ways, including as:
Diagnostic assessment occurs at the start of a semester, and can give both the student and the teacher an indication of the current capabilities of the student, as well as identifying areas for support and development. Based on the results of a diagnostic quiz, a student may be directed to academic support services or required to access additional readings. A diagnostic assessment is ungraded, and the results do not count towards a student’s overall grade.
Formative assessment takes place throughout a semester, and can provide both the student and the teacher with an indication of how well the student is progressing through the unit. When used for formative assessment and designed to include effective feedback, a quiz can empower your students to take control of their own learning. Practice quizzes which you allow your students to take before undertaking the "real" quiz, are a type of formative assessment. Formative assessment may or may not be graded.
Summative assessment takes place at the end of the semester. If using a quiz for the purposes of summative assessment you will need to be particularly mindful of your students' ability to share the questions and responses with each other via screen shots (images captured off the screen). Summative assessments are graded.
To learn more safeguards against academic dishonesty in the use of the Quiz activity within LEO, please read LEO Guides: How to set up a Quiz activity.
Adapted from Lyndon, M. 2015. Getting the most out of Moodle Quizzes. Academic Support, Technology & Innovation, University of Plymouth. Retrieved from http://blogs.plymouth.ac.uk/asti/getting-the-most-out-of-moodle-quizzes/ Accessed 18 May 2016.