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5.1. A Summary of the Question Types Available
5.2. Clickable Image Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Example
Next Steps
5.3. Essay Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Example
Next Steps
5.4. Free Body Diagram Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Examples
Next Steps
5.5. HTML Questions
Description
Instructions
Example
Next Steps
5.6. List Questions
Description
Instructions
Example
Next Steps
5.7. Mathematical Formula Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Example 1: Formula Subtype
Example 2: Formula without Logs and Trig Subtype
Example 3: Formula with Physical Units Subtype
Example 4: Formula that Matches Responses to within +C Subtype
Example 5: Formula without Simplification
Example 6: Equation Subtype
Example 7: Unordered List of Formulas Subtype
Example 8: Ordered List of Formulas Subtype
Example 9: Vectors of Formulas Subtype
Example 10: Chemical Equation Subtype
Next Steps
5.8. Maple-graded Questions
Description
Maple-graded Question Type - Overview
Maple-graded Formula
Maple Syntax
Grading
Instructions
Copying Content from the Maple Worksheet to Maple T.A.
Example 1A: Maple-graded, Formula
Example 1B: Maple-graded, Formula and Plotting
Example 2: Maple-graded, Maple Syntax Option
Example 3: Designing a Maple-graded Question to Accept Mathematically Equivalent Responses
Example 4: Maple-graded, Determinant of a Matrix
Example 5: Maple-graded, Coefficient Matrix
Example 6: Maple-graded, Matrix Question with Infinitely Many Correct Responses
Example 7: Maple-graded, Using the InertForm Package to Avoid Simplification
Next Steps
5.9. Matching Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Example 1: Triangle Types
Example 2: Slope Fields
Next Steps
5.10. Math App Questions
Description
Grading
General Overview on Creating Math App Questions in Maple T.A.
Instructions
Next Steps
Creating a Math App in a Worksheet
Initializing Parameters in a Math App Question
5.11. Multiple Choice Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Example 1: Creating a Simple Multiple Choice
Example 2: Creating a Multiple Choice Question with Algorithmic Addition
Example 3: Derivative of a Simple Expression
Next Steps
5.12. Numeric Questions
Description
Grading
Using a Question Bank-specific Table of Units
Instructions
Example 1: Creating a Simple Numeric Question
Example 2: Creating a Simple Numeric Question with Units in the Question Designer
Example 3: Numeric and Algorithmic Variables
Example 4: Numeric Question with Units and Algorithmic Variables
Next Steps
5.13. Scanned Document Questions
Description
Grading
Working with Scanned Document Questions
Next Steps
5.14. Sketch Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Creating Basic Sketch Questions
Examples
Next Steps
5.15. Sorting Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Example: Creating a Sorting Question
Next Steps
5.16. True/False Questions
Description
Grading
Instructions
Example: Creating a True/False Question
Next Steps

5.1 A Summary of the Question Types Available

The question types are described in Table 5.1.

Table 5.1: Different Question Types Available in the System

Question Type

Description of Question Type

Clickable Image Questions

A Clickable Image question presents an image with a number of hot spots. Students are required to identify the correct image element by clicking the appropriate hot spot.

 

Essay Questions

An Essay question type is typically used for a long answer response, which could include mathematical proofs, long answer questions, and essays.

Free Body Diagram Questions

Free Body Diagram questions can be used to ask a student to draw forces from one or more starting points (called "control points") over a background image. These forces are automatically graded.

 

HTMLQuestions

The HTML question type provides Javascript hooks that allow an author to connect web applications to the grading system. As a result, both existing and purpose-built HTML + Javascript applications may be used as questions if they can be appropriately configured.

List Questions

A List question offers some advanced features, including options for text or menu input styles, exact or relaxed graders, and the ability to specify multiple correct or incorrect responses as well as partial credit for each response. List questions can be used to present a drop-down list or a free response area (for example, fill in the blanks).

 

Maple-graded Questions

 

Maple-graded Formula

Maple Syntax

 

 

A Maple-graded question includes facilities for algebra, calculus, differential equations, discrete mathematics, graphics, numerical computation, and many other areas of mathematics. Maple-graded questions use the Maple mathematical software to generate algorithmic variables in questions, generate plots, and evaluate student responses. This question type gives you access to the computational power and plotting capabilities of Maple. You have access to many different kinds of mathematical objects. Maple-graded questions allow for questions with complicated answers, questions with different possible answers, and questions requiring a powerful answer-equivalence checker. You can even find common errors and assign partial credit.

 

Additionally, you can also use functions and routines that are contained in a separate Maple Repository (Maple Library). You can access your personal Maple library archives from within your Maple questions.

Matching Questions

A Matching question displays two lists. The student must match each element of the first list with an element of the second list.

Math App Questions

A Math App question contains an embedded worksheet that the student can interact with. The worksheet will be graded in a final state that the student leaves it in.

Mathematical Formula Questions

A Mathematical Formula question allows instructors to compare a student response (generally a mathematical expression, such as symbolic, algebraic, and equation expressions) to a specified answer. It has several variants, including:

 

 

Note: To see specific information and examples for each subtype, click Mathematical Formula Question Types Comparison Table.

 

Multiple Choice Questions

 

A Multiple Choice question can have any number of choices, and has exactly one correct answer. You can add additional incorrect choices after the question is initially created. The choices can be presented in fixed or random order.

 

A Multiple Choice question can be modified to become a Multiple Selection question, where several answers are correct simultaneously. Answer choices can be displayed horizontally or vertically.

Numeric Questions

A Numeric question compares a student's response to a given number, with or without units. You can set grading tolerance and answer precision (error of margin) of a student's response.

 

Scanned Document Questions

A Scanned Document question allows students to scan in a document using a generated, private, unique code. Allowed file extensions are: .avi, .bmp, .css, .ggb,.gif, .htm, .aspx, .ind, .jpeg, .jpg, .js, .lib, .m4v, .mla, .mp3, .mw, .ogg, .pdf, .png, .swf, .txt, .wav, .wmv, and .zip.

Sketch Questions

A Sketch question can be used to create and/or operate on various sketch types.

 

Note: You can include a Maple plot in any question type (including non-mathematical question types). For more information, see Plotting Using Maple.

Sorting Questions

A Sorting question allows you the flexibility of re-arranging answers (by drag-and-drop) to determine a correct order for the response. A Sorting question is interactive and can facilitate sorting from smallest to largest, shortest to longest, first to last, etc.

True/False Questions

A True/False question allows you to ask a true or false question.


Important: For information about system time-outs and loss of data, see Avoiding System Time-outs during Authoring Sessions. When creating and editing question banks, clicking Save does not permanently save a copy of a question to a hard drive. You must save your question bank to your hard drive as a .qu plain text source file or install the question bank on the Class File Manager. For more information, see Exporting Work to Your Hard Drive.