Question Types

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

There are a total of 11 options when adding a question to a Questionnaire. The instructor has the choice to add one of nine different question types or one of two features (page break and label).

Types


Page break

The page break feature allows the instructor to customize the Questionnaire's layout. It adds new pages when inserted which can be useful when organizing the Questionnaire. This option will only appear after you have more than two questions created.

  1. Choose ----- Page Break ----- from the pull-down menu.

  2. Screen image of page break question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

 


Check boxes

The check box question type allows the student to select multiple items from a selection. This can be helpful if surveying the students on information such as the elements of the course that were most helpful to them.

  1. Choose Check boxes from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of check boxes question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required sets if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
    • Min. forced responses sets how many of the check boxes must be chosen by the student.
    • Max. forced responses sets the maximum number of check boxes that can be chosen by the student.
  5. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  6. Type the Possible answers (required) into the text box.
    Note: Each possible answer needs to be on a new line in the text box.
  7. Click Save changes.

Date

The date question type allows the instructor to ask the students to enter correctly formatted dates.
Note: This is currently not working. Please see the warning note (Date Question Type - Not Working) to the right.

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Date Question Type - Not Working

This question type is currently not working. It requires the user to type in Day, Month, Year and then will not display it for the instructor to read the answer list. The work around is to use the Text Box or Essay Box question types until this bug is fixed by Moodle.

  1. Choose Date from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of date question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required sets if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
  5. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  6. Click Save changes.

 


Dropdown box

The dropdown box question type allows the students to choose from various options that are stored within a pull-down menu. This question type operates the same as radio buttons but is more preferable for longer lists of items to prevent unnecessary page scrolling.

  1. Choose Dropdown box from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of dropdown box question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required sets if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
  5. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  6. Type the Possible answers (required) into the text box.
    Note: Each possible answer needs to be on a new line in the text box.
  7. Click Save changes.

 


Essay box

The essay box question type allows the students to input lengthy word responses.

  1. Choose Essay box from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of essay box question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required sets if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
    • Textarea columns and Textarea rows sets how many rows and columns will be allowed in the text box.
      Note: If there are no numbers input into the boxes then the text input box will be the default html editor within PolyLearn.
  5. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  6. Click Save changes.


Label

The label question type inserts a label within the Questionnaire. These can be used to add additional information to the student within the Questionnaire.

  1. Choose Label from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of label question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.
  4. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  5. Click Save changes.



Numeric

The numeric question type allows the students to input numeric answers to questions.

  1. Choose Numeric from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of numeric question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required determines if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
  5. Choose how many digits and digits after the decimal will be allowed in the text box.
    Note: By default the numbers are set to 0, so in order for the student to answer the question, the numbers must be changed.
  6. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  7. Click Save changes.

Radio buttons

The radio buttons question type allows the students to choose from various options that are listed in either a column or row. This question type operates the same as dropdown boxes but is more preferable for shorter lists.

  1. Choose Radio Buttons from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of radio buttons question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required sets if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
    • Radio buttons alignment sets if the options will be listed vertically or horizontally.
  5. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  6. Type the Possible answers (required) into the text box.
    Note: Each possible answer needs to be on a new line in the text box.
  7. Click Save changes.

 


Rate (scale 1..5)

The rate question type allows the students rate various options according to the scale set forth by the instructor.

  1. Choose Rate (scale 1..5) from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of rate question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required determines if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
    • Nb of scale items sets how many items will be included in the scale.
    • Type of rate scale sets the type of scale that will be used:
      • Normal scale: This is the default scale where the student can choose a scale item in each row.
      • N/A column: This is similar to the normal scale except there is an added option on the far right of the scale items for a N/A choice.
      • No duplicate choices: The student has to pick a scale item that will correspond to each row but they cannot choose the same scale item for multiple rows.
      • Osgood: This is based on the Osgood semantic differential scale where the student will choose an option that shows where his or her position lies between two bipolar adjectives
  5. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  6. Type the Possible answers (required) into the text box.
    Note: Each possible answer will be the item that will be rated and it needs to be on a new line in the text box.
    Note: There is the option to change the headings for each scale item by typing the number that is going to be changed within the scale as being equal to whatever the new heading will be. For example, to make the first scale item say poor the instructor will input "1=poor" into the text box. For more examples of formatting the possible answers look at Moodle.org.
  7. Click Save changes.

 



Text box

The text box question type allows the students to input short word responses. This would be similar to asking the student to answer a short answer question.

  1. Choose Text box from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of text box question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required sets if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
    • Input box length sets how long the text box is.
    • Max. text length sets how long the response is allowed to be.
  5. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  6. Click Save changes.

 


Yes/No

The yes/no question type asks the student to answer either yes or no to a question posed by the instructor.

  1. Choose Yes/No from the pull-down menu.
  2. Screen image of yes/no question selection
  3. Click on the Add selected question type button.

  4. Options
    • Add a Question name.
      Note: The question name will only be necessary if the Questionnaire is going to be exported.
    • Response required determines if the student is forced to answer the particular question.
  5. Type the Question text (required) into the text box.
  6. Click Save changes.