Moodle has two primary activities that can be used as platforms for assessments: Quiz and Assignment. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, Google Assignment is a more recent alternative. For more information on all options, please watch the video on designing assessments in Moodle.
The Quiz activity offers an extremely powerful and flexible system with which to design largely traditional assessments, and is useful when the goal is to develop an assessment that closely resembles a typical “paper based” quiz or exam. For more information, we recommend the excellent documentation on Quiz at UMass. Some advantages include:
Quiz also has some disadvantages as well, however, such as:
The Assignment activity is also often used for assessments, offering certain advantages, including:
The disadvantages of Assignment include:
Similar to Assignment, Google Assignment offers an alternative that may be preferable.
The primary disadvantage of Google Assignment is that it is relatively new and not as well-tested as the standard Moodle Assignment.