The Qedoc Quiz Maker
contains 20 (version 1.6
) drag-and-drop question types. Typically anything can be dragged - not only text, but images and playable media items such as audio-clips. Sounds effects may accompany drag-and-drop operations. Drag-and-drop exercises are elegant and fun.
Varieties of drag-and-drop operation
There are a number of different types of drag-and-drop behaviour.
- Drag-and-drop: a draggable item is dragged into an empty field. It cannot be dragged into a field which is already occupied.
- Drag-and-switch: a draggable item switches places with the the item it is dragged onto.
- Drag-and-shift: if an ordered row of column of items is presented, the row or column will shift along to accommodate an item dropped into a new position. Items do not switch places with one another - everything shifts along instead.
- Drag-and-collect: this behaviour is used for categorising items. Empty fields can accomodate any number of "guests" dragged into the field. The items dragged onto the fields order themselves into tidy columns or rows within the field. The field may have a header to describe its contents.
- Horn of plenty: this describes a field which never empties, however many times you drag out its contents and place them elsewhere. This kind of behaviour is useful when an item may be used several times in a question with multiple response sections (such as a gapfill).
Question types to which drag-and-drop behaviour can be applied
- Multiple choice: the correct item(s) mudt be dragged from a list of choices to a correct field. Can be used for questions where there is a single correct response, or several correct responses. Can also be used for dragging images and audio-clips.
- Gapfill: drag-and-drop gapfills are a special variety of gapfill where the available answers are grouped below the text, waiting to be dragged to the correct positions. Drag-and-drop gapfills can be easily defined on the basis of random gaps or filter lists.
- Anagrams: letters in words or phrases must be reordered.
- Jumbled sentences: give the programme a sentence or short paragraph and it will identify the words and jumble them for you.
- List reordering: if you want each draggable item to be larger than a letter or word - e.g. a phrase, image or audio-clip - then you use the "list reordering" question types.
- Pair matching: the drag-and-drop pair matching exercises are much like memory games; when correct pairs are dragged onto each other, they both vanish. If an error is made, a life is lost.
- Categorisation: this is the classic kind of drag-and-drop exercise where items are moved into category boxes.
Drag-and-drop questions can very elegantly inform the learner about their correctness. A number of options are typically available in all drag-and-drop question types.
- Colour coding: when a question is marked (and it's too late), the damage can be shown by colouring the drag-and-drop fields (green and red are used).
- Drag-and-bounce: if this type of behaviour is chosen, incorrect drags are disallowed and items bounce back to where they came from, emitting a negative sound-effect.
- No indication: it is also possible to have questions which simply don't tell the user about the correctness of a drag.