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5.3 Adaptive Question Designer Questions

Description

Adaptive Question Designer questions can be used to create an adaptive multipart question in which the student is presented with one subquestion, or section, at a time, and the question behavior depends on whether the student answers the subquestion correctly.

You can use an adaptive question to give students another chance when they give an incorrect response, perhaps by walking them through the steps of the problem, letting them try a simpler version of the question before retrying the original problem, or letting them try the same question again for reduced credit.

Adaptive questions are created in a similar way to question designer questions, and support all features described in Question Designer Questions. The only exception is that essay questions cannot be used in adaptive questions.

Grading

For Adaptive Question designer questions, the instructor organizes the questions by difficulty. The questions students see are dependent on the correctness of their previous responses.

Sections of an Adaptive Question

Authoring an Adaptive Question Designer question is done in the Question Editor through an editor window that is based on the Question Designer editor. What differentiates Adaptive Question Designer question from a Question Designer question is the ability to add section divisions to the question. Section divisions are inserted using the Insert/Edit Adaptive Section button ().

  • Adaptive sections are displayed sequentially, unless the question is designated as complete when a section is finished.
  • You can specify the number of attempts permitted on a section.
  • A section is finished when it is answered correctly or when the maximum number of attempts has been reached.
  • You can opt to display or hide a section when it is finished.
  • Adaptive questions support partial credit.

Table 5.4: Properties of an Adaptive Section

Property

Description

Attempts

Number of attempts allowed for the section; positive integer

Allow Skip

Determines whether the I Give Up button appears for the section, allowing students to move on without completing all attempts at this section

Passing Score

Passing score for the section

Penalty

Penalty to apply for each incorrect attempt at the section; number between 0.0 and 1.0

Correct — Weight

Relative weighting of the section in the overall adaptive question, if answered correctly; number between 0.0 and 1.0

Correct — Show Answer

Determines whether the correct answer is displayed when the section is finished and answered correctly

Correct — Display

Determines whether to display the section after it is finished and answered correctly

Correct — Question Complete

Determines whether the question is designated as complete when this section is finished and answered correctly (in which case no more sections are shown) or whether to continue to the next section

Incorrect — Weight

Relative weighting of the section in the overall adaptive question, if answered incorrectly; number between 0.0 and 1.0

Incorrect — Show Answer

Determines whether the correct answer is displayed when the section is finished and answered incorrectly

Incorrect — Display

Determines whether to display the section after it is finished and answered incorrectly

Incorrect — Question Complete

Determines whether the question is designated as complete when this section is finished and answered incorrectly (in which case no more sections are shown) or whether to continue to the next section


Presentation of an Adaptive Question

An adaptive question in an assignment has the following presentation:

  • First, a student is presented with this first section of the adaptive question.
  • A note is displayed telling the student that this is an adaptive question, and the number of attempts allowed is shown.
  • The student answers the displayed question and presses Verify.
  • Depending on the question's design and whether the student response is correct or incorrect, one of the following occurs:
  • The student is given another attempt at this section.
  • This section is finished and the student is presented with the next section of the adaptive question.
  • The question is complete. The student can navigate to the next question on the assignment by pressing Next at the top of the assignment.
  • If many attempts are allowed on a section, you may decide to offer an I Give Up button to enable a student to move past one section of the adaptive question without completing all possible attempts. If this button is shown, a note is displayed telling the student that there may be a penalty for skipping the section.

A sample adaptive question is shown in Figure 5.14.

Adaptive Question

Figure 5.14: Adaptive Question


Partial Credit in an Adaptive Question

You can give partial credit as well as penalty deductions for repeated attempts.

Like Question Designer questions, an Adaptive Question is a shell which contain one or more Response Areas. Each response area has its own defined question mode and grading behaviors.

The total grade for an adaptive question is the sum of the grades for each adaptive section.

The grade of an adaptive section that is answered correctly is given by the formula (RA Grade) * (Correct Weight) - (# Incorrect Attempts) * (Penalty), where RA Grade is the total grade for the response areas within the adaptive section. In the case where this formula gives a negative number, the grade is given as 0.

The grade of an adaptive section that is answered incorrectly is Incorrect Weight.

See Also:

Adaptive Question Designer Questions

Question Designer Questions

Tutorial: Adaptive Question

Next Steps

To edit further details in the Question Repository within the Question Designer, see Editing Question Details in the Question Respository