How to export the Moodle question bank to a file

Overview:


This tutorial demonstrates how to save a group from the question bank into an editable file that can be saved on a computer or drive.

Important Notes:

● All export formats will not retain the entirety of the data or certain question types.
When performing an export of questions, pay attention to the export format.
● Exporting and backing up question banks is recommended after every term. This can be especially important if changes were made to questions throughout the term.

Process:

  1. Open the Moodle course
  2. Go to the “Administration” block and select “Question bank” (left side)
  3. From the expanded menu select the “Export” option
  4. Under “File format” select the radio button of your preferred output format (left side)
    a. Gift format
    i. Question types supported: multiple choice, true-false, short answer, matching, missing word, numerical, essay
    ii. Can be imported into a lesson module or question bank iii. Can be used to create Word or spreadsheet documents
    b. Moodle XML format
    i. Question types supported: multiple choice, true/false, short answer, numerical response, matching, essay
    ii. Can be imported into a lesson, activity, or Moodle’s question bank iii. Can be used to create Word or spreadsheet documents
    c. XHTML format
    i. Simple export of questions within a category and answers are not included
  5. Go to the “Export category” option to select the question category to be exported
  6. When finished select “Export questions to file”
  7. The download dialog box will display select “Save as”