M20 - Choice

 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. Some 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. Turn edit mode on via the toggle button in the top-right of your course page.
  2. Go to the part of your Moodle course you would like to add the, hover your mouse over the topic area where you wish the Choice to appear, then select the '+' plus symbol.
  3. Select 'Choice' then enter a Name and Description (which you can display on the course page if you wish).
  4. Next you need to enter the Choice Options you wish to present to students. 
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Save and display'.

Further help

Further guidance on Choice is available from Moodle Docs.

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.


None at this time.

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.


Please note: the screenshots used in these case study guides might not be from the current version of Moodle.

Questions & Answers

None  at this time .

Further information

None  at this time .