Introducing Aula Quizzes

Aula Quizzes have now been integrated into Aula, using the underlying quizzing platform Learnosity.  Aula Quizzes will provide an assignment option, in addition to Turnitin and Handin, and through the updated Editor allow quizzes to be embedded in content pages in Aula.  As such it can be used to create formative tests as well as for summative assessments.

To make best use of Aula Quizzes it will be important to understand how quizzes and questions are created and organised.  The University has also established some recommended protocols for naming conventions and use of tags.  This will help facilitate searching on quizzes and questions for reporting and for associating questions with quizzes.

This introductory page will explain these protocols and provide an overview of Learnosity.  Supporting pages will pull together guidance on using Aula Quizzes, to author questions, create quizzes and importing questions.  These pages will link to existing Aula and Learnosity support guides and videos and provide detail on Coventry specific information of which you need to be aware.

Organisational structure

Aula Quizzes structure is based around ‘Items’ and ‘Activities’, where:

  • Items = an Item acts as a container for a set of questions and features.  Features are supporting tools such as a calculator or ruler which can be made available for specific sets of questions.  It is possible to add multiple questions to ‘items’.  This will allow organisation of cognate questions.
  • Activities = assessments.  In the Aula-Learnosity integration these are called ‘quizzes’

Learnosity has an underpinning open structure.  In the Aula-Learnosity integration Items (that is collections of questions) are uploaded to a specific Aula space.  All Educators within that space will be able to view and edit questions uploaded to it. 

As Learnosity has an underlying open infrastructure it is recommended that Items are named using the following convention:

  • subject/topic; formative/summative; owner

In this instance subject/topic is the ‘Item’ set focus, each Item should be based on a cognate set of questions as this will help in creating Quizzes, allowing questions to be drawn from different topics.

Items can be added through the Quiz creation process, directly into the ‘Quiz Item Bank’ or imported from Moodle (see additional support pages linked below).

Quizzes will be created under the ‘Assignments’ option in Aula and so are specific to Aula Spaces.


Tags can be attached to Items (not to individual questions) and are important for searching, filtering and report generation.  Tags can be combined with searching by Titles, which will help enhance the searching capability.

Tags cannot be generated by individual Educators when authoring questions and activities, they need to be selected from a pre-populated list.  Learnosity has been pre-populated with a series of tags for:

  • Subject/topic
  • Level (ie level 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Cognitive load
  • Assessment type (formative/summative)

What question types does Learnosity provide?

Learnosity’s Question Editor contains over 40 different default Question templates to choose from, organized into nine different categories:

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Updated on July 29, 2021

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