About multiple-choice questions

None of the multiple-choice questions (and fill-in-the-blank, and long answer...) on this site are worth points in my OU course. They will help you learn, though. You can find out why, if you're interested.

Multiple choice

If someone doesn't understand something the first time they read it, they're not smart.


True! If you don't get it, with little effort, you're not smart.


No! Part of being smart is knowing that learning can be hard.

Not graded. So why do it?

Multiple choice

Suppose you forget your password to this site. What's should you do first?


Ask Kieran what your password is.


Click "Reset your password" link on the login form.


Ask your dog.

Not graded. So why do it?

Many exercises

You'll do a lot of exercises.


Uhh, that worries me. I've never done any web page making, and only taken one programming course, your VBA course.

Are you going to throw me in at the deep end? I'll drown.

I hear you. I had classes like that when I was a student. They hurt!

One reason you'll be doing lots of small exercises, rather than a few big ones, is so they can get more difficult slowly. Each one is only a little harder than the one before. By the end of the course, you'll be able to do Great Things, but you'll get there one small step at a time.

First exercise

Let's get started on your first exercise. Here's what it will look like:

Exercise - sample, don't click

You'll submit a joke, and a picture of an animal.

When you click the "Submit solution" button, a new window will open (you may need to give your browser permission). There are different things you'll fill in:

Submit solution form

Let's go over it.

The joke

The Solution field is where you type your joke.


Most exercises want a URL here. This exercise wants you to type a joke.

The animal picture

The next field is for uploading files. This is where you'll upload your cute animal picture.

Upload files

There are limits on how many files you can upload, how big they can be, and what types they can be. You can upload JPG and PNG files, so your animal photo must be one of those file types. (It almost certainly is.)


There are two fields where you tell the website how difficult the exercise was for you.


Click on the difficulty range, from "Very easy" to "Very hard." You can click between the tick marks, like between "Hard" and "Somewhat hard."

If you want, you can say what made the exercise easy or hard, in the "Difficulty reasons" field.


What's this for?

It helps me to check the exercises, that they're not too easy, or too hard, for that point in the course.

Also, if you explain why an exercise was too hard, maybe I can improve the explanations on this site.

Save it

The last thing at the bottom is the Submit button. Click that to save your work.


Your turn

Do this exercise now.


Joke, and cute animal

Tell me a joke, and give me a picture of a cute animal.

No racism, sexism, homophobia, or fat-guy jokes. Hate jokes are not OK.

A question again.

Multiple choice

Suppose you forget your password to this site. You click the "Reset your password" link on the login form. The website says it sent you an email, but you can't find it. What do you do?


Try the reset password thing ten more times.


Ask your dog.


Check your email spam folder.

Not graded. So why do it?



How do I know if I did the exercise right?

When you submit an exercise, it gets put in a queue, for me or another person to grade.


Wait. I figured a computer would grade everything.

Not with this course. Software isn't good enough to evaluate your programming work accurately.

Exercise status

You can check the status of your submissions in a few ways. First, you can check your notices. There's a link in the main menu.

Notices (Sample, don't click)


Remember the right-click-or-long-press-to-open-in-new-tab trick.

Second, you can click Your stuff | Submissions.

Your submissions link

Third, you can look at the exercise itself. For example, here's your first exercise, if you haven't submitted anything.

Not submitted

If you submit something, it changes to:

Submitted, waiting for feedback

The arrow points to a status message. When there's feedback, the status message will tell you.


Check out that message again. Here's the same screen shot:

Not complete

Exercises are either complete, or not. Your grader will mark exercises as complete, when you do them well.

You can redo some exercises, if they aren't complete. The exercise will tell you how many submissions are allowed.

Kieran's courses

If you're in one of my official OU courses, use the course's Moodle page to learn more about points, grading, and things like that.

Note: I run the website you're looking at, on my own server, not by OU. Your account on this site is not related to your OU account. So if you change your password on your OU account, your password on this site will not be affected.