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5.11 Multipart Questions

Description

A Multipart question can contain a variety of related question materials, data, even case scenarios for different types of assessment and learning. A Multipart question is built out of a number of individual questions, which can be any question type except the adaptive question type.

Note: The Question Designer is the recommended method for authoring Multipart questions. This is because Multipart questions cannot be modified once they are created, whereas questions authored in the Question Designer can be edited.

See Also:

Question Designer Questions

Adaptive Question Designer Questions

Grading

Assigning partial credit in multipart questions is closely related to establishing point values for the individual parts during construction of the question in the Question Editor. As you build a multipart question in the Question Editor, you can assign a question weight to each part of the question. In this way, you control partial credit in multipart questions.

See Also:

Partial Credit and Weighted Scoring

Instructions

You can create a multipart question in the Question Editor by selecting questions for its parts from a question group.

To create and organize the parts for a multipart question

Create a question group in the Question Repository that will contain the questions that will form the parts of your multipart question. It is necessary to add the questions to a group.

  1. If necessary, create or import questions.
  1. If necessary, reorder the questions.

To create a Multipart question:

Important: In order to start creating a Multipart question, the questions you want to use must be in groups. For more information, see Multipart Questions - Sequencing Parts.

  1. From the Class Homepage, select the Questions menu.
  1. Click New Question.
  1. On the Question Type list, click Multipart question.
  1. On the Import Questions screen,

  1. Select the radio button corresponding to the group containing the questions to be used as parts. Click Next.
  1. It is recommended that you enter a description in the Question Description text field. (The description is used to label the question in the topic. If excluded, the question type is used.)
  1. You can add Algorithms, Information Fields, Hints, or Feedback. For more details, see Adding and Editing Algorithms and Adding and Editing Information Fields, Hints, or Feedback.
  1. Click Finish.

  1. On the Question Details screen,
  1. In the text region, enter the question statement (the text to appear at the top of the question).
  1. In the Select questions and assign weightings box:
  1. Select the check boxes beside the questions to include as parts.
  1. Click the plus and minus buttons to assign the relative weighting of each.
  1. From the Numbering style drop-down menu, select the numbering style for the parts of the question.
  1. Click Finish to place a copy of your question in the web site cache and to preview your question.

Multipart Questions: Sequencing Parts

When creating a multipart question, identify the source question for each part.

  • To select questions as parts, you can add them individually or select multiple questions from a single topic by using the check boxes beside the questions.
  • If you select multiple questions from the same topic during the same authoring session, the multipart question-authoring tool in the Question Editor inserts each question part in the same order in which it appears in the source topic.

See Also:

Multipart Questions

Working with Multipart Questions

This section describes:

Editing the Top Level of a Multipart Question

  1. In the Question Editor, select the multipart question to edit. Click Edit.
  1. On the Question Type screen, edit the description, feedback, or other options. Click Next.
  1. On the Question Details screen, you can:
  • Edit the text to appear at the top of the question
  • Specify preferences for numbering the parts using the Numbering style drop-down menu.
  • Set question weighting for the parts
  1. Click Finish.

Adding to and Editing Individual Question Parts of a Multipart Question

If your question includes variables, you must edit the plain text script file for it to preserve your variable definitions. You can edit the script file by using the Question Editor Edit Source facility.

To edit using Edit Source:

  1. In the Question Editor, select the multipart question to edit. Click Edit.
  1. On the Question Type screen, click Edit Source.
  1. Edit the file.
  1. To save your changes, click OK.
  1. On the Question Type screen, click Next.
  1. On the Question Details screen, click Finish.

Setting Partial Credit and Question Weighting in a Multipart Question

You can set the weighted scoring of individual question parts in a multipart question.

To set the weighting for each component part of a multipart question:

  1. In the Question Editor, select the multipart question to edit. Click Edit.
  1. On the Question Type screen, click Next.
  1. On the Question Details screen, update the weighting. The part weighting is relative. The default setting is to equally weight each part. That is, if there are x parts in the question, each part is weighted 1/x of the total value assigned to the question in an assignment. To change the relative weighting of question parts, use the plus and minus buttons in the Weighting column.
  1. Click Finish.

Example

Assume you have a multipart question with 3 parts. Initially, each part is assigned a weight of 1, which indicates that 1/3 of the total value is assigned to each question. (You determine the total question value during assignment definition.) To update the weighting of the first part of the question to 5 times that of the other two parts, set the weightings to:

Part 1 - 5 (that is, 5/7 of the total question value)

Part 2 - 1 (that is, 1/7 of the total question value)

Part 3 - 1 (that is, 1/7 of the total question value)

If you add the question to an assignment, and set its value in the assignment as 10 points, the value for the question parts would be:

Part 1: 5/7 x 10 total points = 7.14 points

Part 2: 1/7 x 10 total points = 1.43 points

Part 3: 1/7 x 10 total points = 1.43 points

Total = 10.00 points

See Also:

Multipart Questions - Sequencing Parts

Next Steps

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

See Also:

Multipart Question, Source Script