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 Keywords: choice, poll, vote, choose.


What is it?

A choice activity is very simple – the teacher asks a question and presents several choices from which students can select one or more.

Why use it?

It can be useful as a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic; to allow the class to vote on a direction for the course; or to gather research consent.

Choice results may be published after students have answered, after a certain date, or not at all. Results may be published with student names or anonymously, and Moodle allows students to be informed of how the results are published.

Who can use it?

  • Tutors can create/ add choices.
  • Students can select choice.

Before I start...

Think about:

  • Do you want a limit for each choice option?
  • Do you want students to see each others choices?
  • Do you want students to be able to change their choice?

Meeting the baseline

The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Structure:

  • 1.1 Present activities and resources in a meaningful, clearly structured and sequenced way.

The Orientation section suggests that you should:

  • 2.2 Explain participation requirements and:
    • Outline how students are expected to use Moodle in an introductory statement .
    • Identify which activities are compulsory and optional.
    • Explicitly signpost all online and offline activities and how they interrelate.
    • Provide an indicator of effort (such as timings or page counts) for all compulsory tasks.
    • Explain how students are expected to use UCL and external e-learning tools. This PowerPoint Induction template provides a starting point. Wholly online courses might provide this information as a screen-cast video, with a voice over.
    • Link to instructions for any e-learning tools that students are expected to use.

How do I set one up?

  1. To add a Choice activity to your course, Turn editing on, then click on the Add an activity or resource link and select Choice.
  2. Enter a Name and Description (which you can display if you wish).
  3. Next you need to enter the Choice Options you wish to present to students. 
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and display.

Further help

Further guidance on Choice is available from moodledocs.

If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).

If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.


Examples and case studies

  • As a quick poll to stimulate thinking about a topic

  • To facilitate student decision-making, for example allowing students to vote on a direction for the course

  • To quickly test students' understanding

Questions & Answers

- None at this time.

Further information

- None at this time.