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Question Types

  • Calculated Calculated 
    • Calculated questions are like numerical questions but with the numbers used selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken. Calculated questions enable individual numerical questions to be created using wildcards in curly brackets that are substituted with individual values when the quiz is taken. For example, the question "What is the area of a rectangle of length {l} and width {w}?" would have correct answer formula "{l}*{w}" (where * denotes multiplication).
  • Calculated multichoice Calculated multichoice
    • Calculated multichoice questions are like multichoice questions which choice elements can include formula results from numeric values that are selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken. Calculated multichoice questions are like multichoice questions which in their choice elements can be included numerical formula results using wildcards in curly brackets that are substituted with individual values when the quiz is taken. For example, if the question "What is the area of a rectangle of length {l} and width {w}?" one of the choice is {={l}*{w}} (where * denotes multiplication).
  • Calculated simple Calculated simple
    • A simpler version of calculated questions which are like numerical questions but with the numbers used selected randomly from a set when the quiz is taken. Simple calculated questions enable individual numerical questions to be created using wildcards that are substituted with individual values when the quiz is taken. Simple calculated questions offer the most used features of the calculated question with a simpler creation interface.
  • Drag and drop into text Drag and drop into text
    • Missing words in the question text are filled in using drag and drop. Drag and drop into text questions require the respondent to drag words or phrases into the correct gaps in the question text. [[1]], [[2]], [[3]], ... are used as placeholders in the question text, with the correct answers specified as choice answers 1, 2, 3, ... respectively. Choice answers may be grouped so that all answers in a particular group are coloured the same as the gaps for them in the question text. Choice answers marked as unlimited may be used in more than one gap.
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  • Drag and drop markers Drag and drop markers
    • Markers are dragged and dropped onto a background image. Drag and drop markers require the respondent to drag text labels and drop them into defined drop zones on a background image.
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  • Drag and drop onto image Drag and drop onto image
    • Images or text labels are dragged and dropped into drop zones on a background image. Drag and drop onto image questions require the respondent to drag images or text labels and drop them into defined drop zones on a background image. Draggable items may be grouped so that all items in a particular group are coloured the same as the drop zones. Draggable items marked as unlimited may be dropped into more than one zone.
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  • Embedded answers (Cloze) Embedded answers (Cloze)
    • Questions of this type are very flexible, but can only be created by entering text containing special codes that create embedded multiple-choice, short answers and numerical questions. Embedded answers (Cloze) questions consist of a passage of text with questions such as multiple-choice and short answer embedded within it.
  • Essay Essay
    • Allows a response of a few sentences or paragraphs. In response to a question (that may include an image) the respondent writes an answer of a paragraph or two. The essay question will not be assigned a grade until it has been reviewed by a teacher and manually graded.
  • Matching Matching
    • The answer to each of a number of sub-question must be selected from a list of possibilities. Matching questions require the respondent to correctly match a list of names or statements (questions) to another list of names or statements (answers).
  • Multiple choiceMultiple Choice
    • Allows the selection of a single or multiple responses from a pre-defined list. In response to a question (that may include a image) the respondent chooses from multiple answers. There are two types of multiple choice questions - one answer and multiple answer.
  • NumericalNumerical
    • Allows a numerical response, possibly with units, that is graded by comparing against various model answers, possibly with tolerances. From the student perspective, a numerical question looks just like a short-answer question. The difference is that numerical answers are allowed to have an accepted error. This allows a fixed range of answers to be evaluated as one answer. For example, if the answer is 10 with an accepted error of 2, then any number between 8 and 12 will be accepted as correct.
  • Random short-answer matchingRandom short-answer matching
    • Like a Matching question, but created randomly from the short answer questions in a particular category. From the student perspective, this looks just like a matching question. The difference is that the list of names or statements (questions) for matching are drawn randomly from the short answer questions in the current category. There should be sufficient unused short answer questions in the category, otherwise an error message will be displayed.
  • Select missing wordsSelect missing words
    • Missing words in the question text are filled in using dropdown menus. Select missing words questions require the respondent to select correct answers from dropdown menus. [[1]], [[2]], [[3]], ... are used as placeholders in the question text, with the correct answers specified as choice answers 1, 2, 3, ... respectively. Extra choice answers may be added to make the question harder. Choice answers may be grouped to restrict answers available in each dropdown menu.
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  • Short answerShort answer
    • Allows a response of one or a few words that is graded by comparing against various model answers, which may contain wildcards. In response to a question (that may include a image) the respondent types a word or short phrase. There may be several possible correct answers, each with a different grade. If the "Case sensitive" option is selected, then you can have different scores for "Word" or "word".
  • True/FalseTrue/False
    • A simple form of multiple choice question with just the two choices 'True' and 'False'. In response to a question (that may include a image) the respondent chooses from true or false.
  • DescriptionDescription
    • This is not actually a question. Instead it is a way to add some instructions, rubric or other content to the activity. This is similar to the way that labels can be used to add content to the course page. The question text is displayed both during the attempt and on the review page. Any general feedback is displayed on the review page only.
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