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This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onwards

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What is a Choice activity?

A Choice activity can be used to ask a single question, as a simple poll, or to enable students to register an interest or sign up for an option. It's probably the simplest possible option for adding some engagement or interactivity into a module.

Features include

  • Choose one options, or multiple options.
  • Limit number of responses allowed for each option.
  • Allow students to update their choices or allow them only one.
  • Choose whether to publish results to students immediately after they have answered, after a certain date, or not at all. Results may be published with student names or anonymously.
  • It works on a first-come first-served basis.

Alternatively you can use the Signup Sheet activity or the Allocation Form activity (see links to help pages on these below).

Where would you use a Choice activity?

Examples of using Choice activities:

  • Poll students at the beginning of a topic, and then again after they have studied the topic.
  • Use poll before a lecture or seminar or during one to quickly test students' understanding.
  • To facilitate student decision-making, for example allowing students to vote on a direction for the course or which topics to focus on in revision lectures.

How to create a Choice activity

To create a Choice:

  • In your module click on the Turn editing on button (top right).
  • Select the + Add an activity or resource link  in the relevant section
  • Click on the word 'Choice' activity and and you will be taken to the 'Adding a new Choice' screen      

  • Enter a Choice name and Description. The Choice name will appear on the main module page and this field must be completed.

Image shows the 'Name' and 'Description' boxes within the settings page.

  • Under the Options heading, create at least one option (there are 5 options available by default, but more can be added).

  • Adjust other options (see below).
  • Click Save and return to module or Save and display 

Other settings for Choice

Limit (under Options in settings) can be useful when using for sign-up against a selection of essay titles or tutorial groups. You then set the limit against each individual option so that when that limit is reached, no other participants can select that option.

Image shows the Options within the settings page, highlighting the 'limit the number of responses' option.

Availability of results can be adjusted in terms of whether or not they are published to participants. If you choose for results to be published, there are further options to anonymise these.


To make a choice (Student)

Click on the choice   to make a choice

To view Choice results

  • Click into the Choice activity.
  • Select an option.

  • Click Save my choice

As a student - if permitted to see results

As an editing teacher you can see what responses students have made.

  • Click into the Choice activity.
  • To the top right of the graph as above, click on View X responses link.

You will be able to:

  • See who has made which choice:
  • Download the data, e.g., to Excel.
  • Delete a student choice.
  • Edit a student choice:

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