Question types

Note: FIRST to add a question to the Quiz, the instructor would start in the Quiz edit window.

The instructor is able to add various question types into their course. There are 10 different types of questions, as well as a label feature, that the instructor can add to their course.

Additional information regarding the question types can be found at Moodle.org.
You can create all your questions in Word (PC) and import them into PolyLearn.

Types


Calculated

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Calculated questions are ones in which the student will be required to compute the answer.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Calculated option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    Calculated
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default, PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Fill in the Question text.
    Note: The instructor will need to include at least one variable in the text. Variables are denoted using braces; for example {variable}. For example, the instructor can write "What is the height of a {x} foot tall man in centimeters?"
  4. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
  5. Enter the Correct answer formula, which is the equation that PolyLearn will use to calculate the answer for the question.
    Note: This equation must contain at least one variable. {x}*30.48 would be the formula given for the prior question.
  6. Choose the Grade value given for the answer.
    Note: At least one of the possible answers must give a Grade of 100%.

    Options
    • Tolerance is the amount that the answer is allowed to vary from the correct answer.
    • Tolerance type determines how much the student's answer is allowed to vary from the correct answer to still be considered correct.
      • Nominal: This setting makes the entered tolerance the precise value that the entry is allowed to vary from the correct answer. This means that if the expected answer is 9000 with a tolerance of ±0.01, the student is allowed to answer any number between 8999.99 and 9000.01.
      • Relative: This setting is the most forgiving. It divides the amount the student was off by the actual answer making it a percentage that is checked against the allowed tolerance. Using the previous example again, the student is allowed to answer any number between 8910 and 9090.
      • Geometric: This setting takes the same general form as the relative but all of the terms are squared. Using the previous example again, the accepted answers would lie between 8910 and 9090.
    • Correct answer shows is the number of either decimal places or significant figures that are shown in the answer.
    • Format sets if the previous number set applies to decimals or significant figures.
    • Feedback that will be displayed when the answer is submitted.
    • Blanks for 1 more choices adds additional space for scored responses.
    • Unit handling sets how the units are handled in the question.
      • Units are not used at all will make the units not count towards the scoring.
      • Units are optional will make the units not required, but if the student does enter a unit it will be used to convert their answer to the unit of the expected answer.
      • The unit must be given requires the student to input a unit with their answer.
    • Unit penalty will either be deducted from the response's grade or the overall question's grade.
      Note: This penalty is a percentage of the grade that is being deducted from meaning that it is expected to be a number between 0 and 1.
    • Units are input using sets how the unit is input.
      • Text input requires that the student input the unit manually.
      • Multiple choice requires the student to choose from a selection of radio buttons.
      • Drop-down requires the student to choose from a list of choices.
    • Units go sets where the unit is displayed in relation to the text input box.
      Note: This can help if using a unit that is primarily displayed to the left of the number rather than the right.
    • Unit is the unit that must be included with the answer in order to receive the full score.
      Note: Whatever unit is used for Unit 1 will be the base unit that corresponds to the number given by the formula for the correct response.
    • Multiplier is the number that when multiplied with the answer given will convert the answer to whatever number is associated with Unit 1.
    • Blank for 2 more units adds blank spaces for more correct units. The new units can be filled in, as well as the multipliers.
    • Penalty for each incorrect try is the amount that will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
    • Hint text is text that will be displayed to the student if they are having difficulties answering the question correctly.
    • Add another hint will allow the instructor to include more hints than previously available.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  7. Click Save changes.

    Options
    • The Mandatory wild cards present in answers and Possible wild cards present only in question text sections have options:
      • Wild card {{$a}} will either use the same existing shared dataset as before or use a new private dataset.
        Note: If using a new shared dataset, any previous values stored for the wild card will be erased.
    • Select from options in the Synchronize the data from shared datasets with other questions in a quiz section to update the datasets for the wild cards if the same wild cards are being used in multiple questions.
  8. Click Next page.
  9. Fill out the data in the Item to add section. These steps must be completed for each variable that exists within the question.
    • Fill in the Shared wild card. This will be the value of the variable.
    • Fill in the Range of values. This will be the range where new variables will be generated from.
    • Choose how many Decimal places will be in each variable value.
    • Choose how the values are distributed.
      Note: The values can either be Uniform within the range or they can be Loguniform, which will place the majority of the values near the bottom of the range.
    Options
    • The Answers tolerance parameters section shows an example calculation using the variables chosen above. This will give a feel for how the tolerance parameters will act within the question. If the tolerance is not desirable, click Show advanced and then change the settings.
  10. Choose how the next item to add will be created. For more randomness in the variables, choose Force regeneration of all wildcards.
  11. Choose how many new set(s) of wild card(s) values from the pull-down menu. Click Add.
    Note: There must be at least 1 set added for the question to be saved.

  12. Options
    • Delete set(s) of wild card(s) values by choosing how many to delete from the pull-down menu and then clicking Delete.
    • Display set(s) of wild card(s) values lets the instructor preview the values that have been generated by choosing how many to show from the pull-down menu and then clicking Display.
  13. Click Save changes.

 


Calculated multichoice

Calculated questions are ones in which the student will be required to compute the answer and choose from a set of answers.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Calculated multichoice option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    CalculatedMulti
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Fill in the Question text.
    Note: At least one variable must be included in the text. Variables are denoted using braces, for example {variable}. As an example, the instructor can write "What is the height of a {x} foot tall man in centimeters?"
  4. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • One or multiple answers sets how many answers the question is expecting.
    • Shuffle the choices will randomize the answers' order within the question.
    • Number the choices will change how the items are listed.
  5. Enter the equations for the choices.
    Note: The answer needs to be an equation contained within braces. An example is {={x}*30.48}.
  6. Set the grade for each choice.
    Note: At least one option must receive a grade of 100%.

    Options
    • Correct answer shows is the number of either decimal places or significant figures that are shown in the answer.
    • Format sets if the previous number set applies to decimals or significant figures.
    • Feedback that will be displayed when the answer is given.
    • Blanks for 3 more choices adds additional space for scored responses.
    • For any correct response is general feedback given whenever the student answers correctly.
    • For any partially correct response is feedback given for any answer that receives partial credit.
    • For any incorrect response is feedback given for any response that doesn't receive credit.
    • Penalty for each incorrect try is the amount that will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
    • Hint text is text that will be displayed to the student if they are having difficulties answering the question correctly.
    • Add another hint will allow the instructor to include more hints than previously available.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  7. Click Save changes.

  8. Options
    • Mandatory wild cards present in answers and Possible wild cards present only in question text have options:
      • Wild card {{$a}} will either use the same existing shared dataset as before or use a new private dataset.
        Note: If using a new shared dataset, any previous values stored for the wild card will be erased.
    • Synchronize the data from shared datasets with other questions in a quiz to update the datasets for the wild cards if the same wild cards are being used in multiple questions.
  9. Click Next page.
  10. Fill out the data for the Item to add. These steps must be completed for each variable that exists within the question.
    • Fill in the Shared wild card. This will be the value of the variable.
    • Fill in the Range of values. This will be the range where new variables will be generated from.
    • Choose how many Decimal places will be in each variable value.
    • Choose how the values are distributed.
      Note: The values can either be Uniform within the range or they can be Loguniform, which will place the majority of the values near the bottom of the range.
    Options
    • The Answers tolerance parameters section shows an example calculation using the variables chosen above. This gives a feel for how tolerance parameters will act within the question. If the tolerance is not desirable, click Show advanced and then change the settings.
  11. Choose how the next item to add will be created. For more randomness in the variables, choose Force regeneration of all wildcards.
  12. Choose how many new set(s) of wild card(s) values from the pull-down menu. Click Add.
    Note: There must be at least 1 set added for the question to be saved.

  13. Options
    • Delete set(s) of wild card(s) values by choosing how many to delete from the pull-down menu and then clicking Delete.
    • Display set(s) of wild card(s) values lets the instructor preview the values that have been generated by choosing how many to show from the pull-down menu and then clicking Display.
  14. Click Save changes.

 


Calculated simple

Calculated simple questions are ones where the student must solve some form of mathematical equation. This question type is similar to the calculated type but it is more simplified. There are fewer options when creating the question which allows it to be made more easily but this also reduces the customization of the question.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Calculated simple option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    CalcSimple
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default, PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Fill in the Question text.
    Note: The instructor will need to include at least one variable in the text. Variables are denoted using braces, for example {variable}. For example, the instructor can write "What is the height of a {x} foot tall man in centimeters?"
  4. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
  5. Enter the Correct answer formula, which is the equation that PolyLearn will use to calculate the answer for the question.
    Note: This equation must contain at least one variable. {x}*30.48 would be the formula given for the prior question.
  6. Choose the Grade value given for the answer.
    Note: At least one of the possible answers must give a Grade of 100%.

    Options
    • Tolerance is the amount that the answer is allowed to vary from the correct answer.
    • Tolerance type determines much the student is allowed to vary from the answer.
      • Nominal: This setting makes the entered tolerance the precise value that the entry is allowed to vary from the correct answer. This means that if the expected answer is 9000 with a tolerance of ±0.01, the student is allowed to answer any number between 8999.99 and 9000.01.
      • Relative: This setting is the most forgiving. It divides the amount the student was off by the actual answer making it a percentage that is checked against the allowed tolerance. Using the previous example again, the student is allowed to answer any number between 8910 and 9090.
      • Geometric: This setting takes the same general form as the relative but all of the terms are squared. Using the previous example again, the accepted answers would lie between 8910 and 9090.
    • Correct answer shows is the number of either decimal places or significant figures that are shown in the answer.
    • Format sets if the previous number set applies to decimals or significant figures.
    • Feedback that will be displayed when the answer is given.
    • Blanks for 1 more choices adds additional space for scored responses.
    • Unit handling sets how the units are handled in the question.
      • Units are not used at all will make the units not count towards the scoring.
      • Units are optional will make the units not required, but if the student does enter a unit it will be used to convert their answer to the unit of the expected answer.
      • The unit must be given requires the student to input a unit with their answer.
    • Unit penalty will either be deducted from the response's grade or the overall question's grade.
      Note: This penalty is a percentage of the grade that is being deducted from meaning that it is expected to be a number between 0 and 1.
    • Units are input using sets how the unit is input.
      • Text input requires that the student input the unit manually.
      • Multiple choice requires the student to choose from a selection of radio buttons.
      • Drop-down requires the student to choose from a list of choices.
    • Units go sets where the unit is displayed in relation to the text input box..
      Note: This can help if using a unit that is primarily displayed to the left of the number rather than the right.
    • Unit is the unit that must be included with the answer in order to receive the full score.
      Note: What ever unit is used for Unit 1 will be the base unit that corresponds to the number given by the formula for the correct response.
    • Multiplier is the number that when multiplied with the answer given will convert the answer to whatever number is associated with Unit 1.
    • Blank for 2 more units adds blank spaces for more correct units. The new units can be filled in, as well as the multipliers.
    • Penalty for each incorrect try is the amount that will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
    • Hint text is text that will be displayed to the student if they are having difficulties answering the question correctly.
    • Add another hint will allow the instructor to include more hints than previously available.
  7. Fill out the data for the Item to add. These steps must be completed for each variable that exists within the question.
    • Fill in the Range of values. This will be the range where new variables will be generated from.
    • Choose how many Decimal places will be in each variable value.
  8. Choose the number of new set(s) of wild card(s) values to add and then click Generate.
    Note: There must be at least 1 set added for the question to be saved.

    Options
    • Display set(s) of wild card(s) values lets the instructor preview the values that have been generated by choosing how many to show from the pull-down menu and then clicking Display.
    • Show advanced allows the instructor to edit the wild card values being displayed. If new values are input into the text box, click Update the wild card(s) values to display the new values in the preview.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  9. Click Save changes.

Drag and Drop into Text

A drag and drop question type where missing words have to be dragged into gaps in a paragraph of text.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Drag and drop into text option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    drag text
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Enter the Questions text. You can format draggable text using <sub>, <sup>, <b>, <i>, <em>, <strong> and <br/>.
    Use double square brackets '[[n]]' with a number in place of the word you wish the students to find.
    screen image of drag - text question
  4. Add the grade value in the Default mark box.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  5. Within the Choice section, add the missing words or phrases in the correctly numbered boxes. (You may add extra ones to make the question harder.)
    drag-text choice list
  6. Click Save changes.

Drag and Drop into Markers

This question type allows students to drop markers onto an area on a background image. Drag and drop markers questions differ from Drag and drop onto image question type in that there are no predefined areas on the underlying image that are visible to the student.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Drag and drop markers option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    drag markers
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Enter the Questions text. You can format draggable text using <sub>, <sup>, <b>, <i>, <em>, <strong> and <br/>.
  4. In the Preview section, drag and drop the background image into the box. Larger images will be displayed at a maximum 600 x 400.Your image will then display under the file upload box.
  5. In the Markers section, add the words you want the students to drag onto the areas you select. In the 'Number' dropdown, select the number of times the marker can be used. question marks
  6. Drop zones require you to set the coordinates of the areas into which you want students to position the marker.

    Our example uses a rectangle. We need to define four numbers:

    1. the top left corner of our selected area, by counting the boxes in from the left...
    2. and down from the top. Each box is ten pixels so three boxes = 300 for example.
    3. the width of our selected area, by counting the boxes across
    4. the height of our selected area, by counting the boxes up

      Once the zones are added and the Marker set, you will see the zone and marker on the image above.
      markers zonned on the image

      Options
      • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
      • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  7. Click Save changes.

Drag and Drop onto Image

This question type allows students to drag words, images or both from a list and drop them into per-defined gaps on a base image.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Drag and drop onto image option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    drag image
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Enter the Questions text. You can format draggable text using <sub>, <sup>, <b>, <i>, <em>, <strong> and <br/>.
  4. In the Preview section, drag and drop the background image into the box. Larger images will be displayed at a maximum 600 x 400.Your image will then display under the file upload box.
  5. Draggable items: images need to be drag and dropped into the boxes. Add the text name in the box to support users with screen readers.
  6. In the Markers section, add the words you want the students to drag onto the areas you select. In the 'Number' dropdown, select the number of times the marker can be used. question marks
  7. Drop zones require you to set the coordinates of the areas into which you want students to position the marker.


    Once the zones are added and the Marker set, you will see the zone and marker on the image above.
    markers zonned on the image


    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  8. Click Save changes.

Embedded answers (Cloze)

Embedded answer questions are fill in the blank responses where the student must insert the correct word to complete the statement.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Embedded answers (Cloze) option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    EmbeddedAnswer
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Enter the Questions text.
    Note: This text must be formatted correctly to use PolyLearn's decoding system to create the embedded answers. For more information on this, look at the Moodle site for formatting guidelines.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  4. Click Save changes.

 


Essay

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Essay questions are lengthy word responses that allow the student to give detailed answers. This question type is the only one that the instructor must manually grade.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Essay option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    Essay
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Fill in the Question text.
    Note: This will be the question that the student is required to answer. Comments or instructions can be included on how the response should be formatted.
  4. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • Response format is how the student will respond. The options for the text entry are HTML editor, HTML editor with file picker, Plain text, and Plain text with monospaced font.
    • Input box size will set how many lines the student has to reply with.
    • Allow attachments decides if students can add attachments to their submissions.
    • Information for graders are additional notes for whoever is grading the essays.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  5. Click Save changes.

 


Matching

Matching questions appear in groups where the questions are all presented with pull-down menus next to each. The pull-downs list all of the possible answer for the questions and the student must choose the correct answer for each question from the selection.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Matching option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    Matching
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).

    Options
    • Question text can be some useful tips for finding the correct matches.
  3. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
  4. Input Question and Answer pairs into the Question areas. At least two questions with three answers must be input.
    Note: To add additional wrong answers, add text to the answer boxes while leaving the question blank.
    Note: The correct answers for questions will be those that are paired with the question.

    Options
    • For any correct response is general feedback given whenever the student answers correctly.
    • For any partially correct response is feedback given for any answer that receives partial credit.
    • For any incorrect response is feedback given for any response that doesn't receive credit.
    • Show the number of correct responses will add a counter during the review to inform the student how many answers were matched correctly during the quiz.
    • Penalty for each incorrect try is the amount that will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
    • Hint text is text that will be displayed to the student if they are having difficulties answering the question correctly.
    • Add another hint will allow the instructor to include more hints than previously available.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  5. Click Save changes.



Multiple choice

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Multiple choice questions present various options for the students to look through and choose the correct answer from the selection.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

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Assigning Credit to Multiple Choice

When using the Multiple Choice question type, it is important to assign grade values to each correct answer. Example: If A and C are correct, those questions would be assignment 50% each to equal 100% total.

Make sure the "One or multiple answers?" setting is set to Multiple answers allowed.

Note: If no grade value is given, then the student would receive full credit for checking all the boxes.

  1. Select the Multiple choice option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    Multiple Choice
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Fill in the Question text.
  4. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • One or multiple answers sets how many answers the question is expecting. - Set this to "Multiple Answers Allowed"
    • Shuffle the choices will randomize the answers' order within the question.
    • Number the choices will change how the items are listed.
  5. Input multiple choices for the answers.
    Note: There must be at least two different answers given with at least one of those choices receiving a grade of 100%. Feedback may also be given for each response if desired.

    Options
    • For any correct response is general feedback given whenever the student answers correctly.
    • For any partially correct response is feedback given for any answer that receives partial credit.
    • For any incorrect response is feedback given for any response that doesn't receive credit.
    • Show the number of correct responses will add a counter during the review to inform the student how many answers were matched correctly during the quiz.
    • Penalty for each incorrect try is the amount that will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
    • Hint text is text that will be displayed to the student if they are having difficulties answering the question correctly.
    • Add another hint will allow the instructor to include more hints than previously available.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  6. Click Save changes.



Numerical

Numerical questions are similar to short answer questions where the student must fill in the correct answer. However, numerical questions allow for a range of answers to be correct rather than the precise answers that short answer questions require.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Numerical option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    Numerical
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Fill in the Question text.
  4. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
  5. Fill in the correct answer(s).
    Note: At least one of the answers must receive a grade of 100%.

    Options
    • Accepted error is the amount that the student is allowed to stray from the correct answer.
    • Feedback will be displayed to the student when they give the corresponding answer.
    • Unit handling sets how the units are handled in the question.
      • Units are not used at all will make the units not count towards the scoring.
      • Units are optional will make the units not required, but if the student does enter a unit it will be used to convert their answer to the unit of the expected answer.
      • The unit must be given requires the student to input a unit with their answer.
    • Unit penalty will either be deducted from the response's grade or the overall question's grade.
      Note: This penalty is a percentage of the grade that is being deducted from meaning that it is expected to be a number between 0 and 1.
    • Units are input using sets how the unit is input.
      • Text input requires that the student input the unit manually.
      • Multiple choice requires the student to choose from a selection of radio buttons.
      • Drop-down requires the student to choose from a list of choices.
    • Units go sets where the unit is displayed in relation to the text input box.
      Note: This can help if using a unit that is primarily displayed to the left of the number rather than the right.
    • Unit is the unit that must be included with the answer in order to receive the full score.
      Note: What ever unit is used for Unit 1 will be the base unit that corresponds to the number given by the formula for the correct response.
    • Multiplier is the number that when multiplied with the answer given will convert the answer to whatever number is associated with Unit 1.
    • Blank for 2 more units adds blank spaces for more correct units. The new units can be filled in, as well as the multipliers.
    • Penalty for each incorrect try is the amount that will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
    • Hint text is text that will be displayed to the student if they are having difficulties answering the question correctly.
    • Add another hint will allow the instructor to include more hints than previously available.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  6. Click Save changes.

 


Short answer

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Short answer questions require the student to fill in a text box with the exact answer.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Short answer option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    Short Answer
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Fill in the Question text.
  4. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • Case sensitivity decides if the answer must maintain identical case handling.
  5. Fill in an answer choice.
    Note: At least one of the answers must receive a grade of 100%.

    Options
    • Feedback will be displayed to the student when they give the corresponding answer.
    • Penalty for each incorrect try is the amount that will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
    • Hint text is text that will be displayed to the student if they are having difficulties answering the question correctly.
    • Add another hint will allow the instructor to include more hints than previously available.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  6. Click Save changes.

Select Missing Words

This is very similar to the Drag and drop into text question type, but uses drop-down menus in the text instead of drag-boxes. This works well where the question text is very long and you would have to scroll a lot to do drag and drop.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Select missing word option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    missing word
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Enter the Questions text. You can format draggable text using <sub>, <sup>, <b>, <i>, <em>, <strong> and <br/>
    Use double square brackets '[[n]]' with a number in place of the word you wish the students to find.
    screen image of question text

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  4. Within the Choice section, add the missing words or phrases in the correctly numbered boxes. (You may add extra ones to make the question harder.)
    missing choice list
  5. Click Save changes.



True/False

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True or false questions are ones where the student is presented with a statement and then must determine the validity of the statement.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the True/False option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    True False
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Fill in the Question text.
  4. Choose the Default mark (required) for the question.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
  5. Choose whether the Correct answer to the question is either true or false.

  6. Options

    • Feedback for the response 'True' will be given to the student if they answer true.
    • Feedback for the response 'False' will be given to the student if they answer false.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  7. Click Save changes.



Description

This is an extra option when adding a question that is not a question. This type is merely a label that the instructor can add within the quiz in to provide additional notes to the student.

Note: The Choose a question type to add screen should be open. For help getting to this screen, look at the guide to add a new question.

  1. Select the Description option from the list of radio buttons, then click the Add button.
    Description
    Options
    • Category is where the question will be placed into. Categories are merely groupings of the questions within PolyLearn. By default PolyLearn will place the new question into the course's default category.
  2. Fill in the Question name (required).
  3. Enter the Question text. This is the label for the student to view.

    Options
    • General feedback will be given to the student regardless of performance.
    • Tags are keywords within the question that help to distinguish the content.
  4. Click Save changes.