Short answer questions require respondents to type a word or phrase in response to a question (that may include an image). Answers may or may not be case sensitive and can include more than one correct answer. Acceptable answers can be a word or a phrase, but must match one of your correct answers exactly. It is a good idea to keep the required answer as short as possible to avoid missing a correct answer that is phrased differently.
Example of a short answer question:
- In the Question Bank, select the desired question category, then click Create a new question... and choose Short answer. The Adding a question screen will open.
- Give the question a descriptive name - this makes it easy to identify it in the question bank. The question name is not visible to students.
Enter a passage of text into the Question text field. Images, audio, and video can also be inserted into this field using the HTML editor toolbar.
Tip: if the answer is intended to fill a gap in the text, use underscores ( __ ) to indicate where the gap is.
- Set the Default mark (question grade) by entering a numerical value (i.e. the maximum number of marks for this question).
- Choose whether the answers are case-sensitive. Case sensitivity can be tricky where capitalization is important (e.g., Will you accept "Champ" as well as "champ" as an answer).
- Next, fill in the answers you will accept (e.g., "Champ", "Champie", and "Champy").
- Add grade for each answer. To mark correct answers, select 100%.
- (Optional) You can also select wildcard answers that will award credit or partial credit for a response. For example, entering the answer "Champ*" would accept the responses, "Champ", "Champie", and "Champy".
- Click Save Changes to add the question to the category.