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5.11 Multiple Choice Questions

Description

A Multiple Choice question can have any number of choices. You can also add incorrect choices after questions are initially created. The choices can be presented in static or permuting order.

See Also:

Question Designer

Adaptive Questions in Question Designer

Grading

Multiple Choice questions have exactly one correct answer and therefore, questions are graded correctly or incorrectly. There are no partial marks allotted.

Multiple Selection questions have partial grading available through the following formula:

with the exception that if the numerator is less than 0, it is set to 0.

Instructions

To create a Multiple Choice question:

  1. From the Class Homepage, click the Content Repository.
  1. From the Create New drop-down menu, select Question/Text.
  1. The Edit Response Area screen appears:
  • Enter a title for the question under the Question Name panel.
  • Enter the question in the Question Text.
  1. (Optional) To add an Algorithm or Feedback to the question, see Adding and Editing Algorithms and Adding and Editing Information Fields, Hints, or Feedback.
  1. Click Response Area ().
  1. Under Choose Question Type, select Multiple Choice.
  1. Weighting: specify the weight of this response area in the overall question. (By default, the Weighting is set to 1).
  1. In the Choices for the answers boxes, enter the possible choices. Three choices is the default number of choices.
  1. To insert additional choice text fields, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Add Choice.
  1. The default option for Shuffle Choices is yes.

Note: This means the choices will be rearranged with each delivery of the question. If you select no, then the choice order will remain static.

  1. The default option for Selection is single.

Note: If you select Multiple, then the radio button will change to check boxes. Being able to make more than one response selection means you are using a Multiple Selection question type.

  1. The default option for Display is vertical.
  1. Click OK to proceed to the screen where the correct response is chosen.
  1. Select the radio button corresponding to the correct answer.
  1. Click Save to save the question.
  1. Then, in the Question Summary pane, click Preview to see the question.

To add response-specific feedback for the student:

  1. On the Question Designer screen, click Save & Close.
  1. Then, in the Question Summary pane, click Edit > Edit Source.
  1. On the Edit Source screen, for each choice listed in the source, add a comment line of the form:

comment.<n>=<comment_text>@

where <n> in the comment line is the same as in the corresponding choice line:

choice.<n>=<choice_text>@ at the end of the source code.

  1. Click Save & Close to end the question authoring process.

Example 1: Creating a Simple Multiple Choice

To create a Simple Multiple Choice question:

  1. From the Class Homepage, click the Content Repository.
  1. From the Create New drop-down menu, select Question/Text.
  1. On the Edit Response Area screen,
  • Enter the following for Question Name: Simple Multiple Choice
  • Enter the following for Question Text: What is 17+9?
  1. Click Response Area ().
  1. Under Choose Question Type, select Multiple Choice.
  1. Weighting: specify the weight of this response area in the overall question. (By default, the Weighting is set to 1).
  1. The default option for Shuffle Choices is no. Change the default to yes for this question.
  1. The default option for Selection is single. Do not change the default.
  1. The default option for Display is vertical. Do not change the default.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Add Choice twice.
  1. Enter the following five choices:
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  1. Click OK to proceed to the screen where the correct response is chosen.
  1. Select the radio button next to the answer. In this case, the correct answer is 26. Check fixed.
  1. (Optional) Check the Use Response Specific Feedback check box and give the student specific feedback for each corresponding response.
  1. Click OK.
  1. Click Save.
  1. Then, in the Question Summary pane, click Preview to view the question as shown in Figure 5.40.
Multiple Choice Example 1

Figure 5.40: Multiple Choice Example 1


Example 2: Creating a Multiple Choice Question with Algorithmic Addition

To create an Algorithmic Addition question:

  1. From the Class Homepage, click the Content Repository.
  1. From the Create New drop-down menu, select Question/Text.
  1. The Question Designer screen appears:
  • Enter the following for Question Name: Algorithmic Addition
  • Enter the following for the Question Text: What is $a+$b?
  1. Click the add icon () and enter the following Algorithm:

$a=range(10);

$b=range(10);

condition:ne($a,$b);

$sum=$a+$b;

$product=$a*$b;

condition:ne($sum,$product);

Note: Click Refresh algorithm preview to preview the variables you defined, as shown in Figure 5.41.

Multiple Choice Example 2 Algorithm

Figure 5.41: Multiple Choice Example 2 Algorithm


  1. (Optional) To add Feedback to the question, see Adding and Editing Information Fields, Hints, or Feedback.
  1. Click Response Area ().
  1. Under Choose Question Type, select Multiple Choice.
  1. Weighting: specify the weight of this response area in the overall question. (By default, the Weighting is set to 1).
  1. The default option for Shuffle Choices is no. Do not change the default.
  1. The default option for Selection is single. Do not change the default.
  1. The default option for Display is vertical. Do not change the default.
  1. Click Delete next to one of the three empty choices. (This question will only use two choices.)
  1. Enter the following two choices:
  • $sum
  • $product
  1. Click OK to proceed to the screen where the correct response is chosen.
  1. Select the radio button next to the answer. In this case, the correct answer is $sum.
  1. (Optional) Check the Use Response Specific Feedback check box and give the student specific feedback for each corresponding response.
  1. Click OK.
  1. Click Save to save all changes, or Preview to view the question as shown in Figure 5.42.
Multiple Choice Example 2

Figure 5.42: Multiple Choice Example 2


Example 3: Derivative of a Simple Expression

To create a Derivative of a Simple Expression question:

  1. From the Class Homepage, click the Content Repository.
  1. From the Create New drop-down menu, select Question/Text.
  1. The Question Designer screen appears:
  • Enter the following for Question Name: Derivative of a Simple Expression
  • Enter the following for Question Text: The derivative of $a*x^($b/$a) is:
  • Click the add icon () and enter the following Algorithm:

$a=2+rint(7);

$b=$a+1;

$ab=$a*$b;

$ba=$b+$a;

  • Note: Click Refresh algorithm preview to preview the variables you defined, as shown in Figure 5.43.
Multiple Choice Example 3 Algorithm

Figure 5.43: Multiple Choice Example 3 Algorithm


  1. (Optional) To add Feedback to the question, see Adding and Editing Information Fields, Hints, or Feedback.
  1. Click Response Area ().
  1. Under Choose Question Type, select Multiple Choice.
  1. Weighting: specify the weight of this response area in the overall question. (By default, the Weighting is set to 1).
  1. The default option for Shuffle Choices is no. Do not change the default.
  1. The default option for Selection is single. Do not change the default.
  1. The default option for Display is vertical. Do not change the default.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Add Choice twice.
  1. Enter the following five choices:
  • $b*x^(1/$a)
  • ($b/$a)*x^($ba/$a)
  • ($b/$a)*x(1/$a)
  • $b*x^($ba/$a)
  • $b*x^($b/$a)
  1. Click OK to proceed to the screen where the correct response is chosen.
  1. Select the radio button next to the answer. In this case, the correct answer is $b*x^(1/$a).
  1. (Optional) Check the Use Response Specific Feedback check box and give the student specific feedback for each corresponding response.
  1. Click OK.
  1. Click Save to save all changes to the question.
  1. Click Preview to view the question, as shown in Figure 5.44.
Multiple Choice Example 3

Figure 5.44: Multiple Choice Example 3


Next Steps

To edit further details in the Content Repository, see Editing Question Details