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How do I set up Essay questions?

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Ryan Richins
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During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI, giving you the same features and functionality with a cleaner, simpler user experience!

Until all users have switched to the new UI, our Help Center articles will include information for both. 

Click the header below that aligns with the Buzz UI version you are using (Old UI or New UI); if you don't know which version you are using, review the differences and/or contact your system admin or Agilix account manager.

Old UI

Essay questions can be added to assessments.

  1. Add the Assessment activity.
  2. Add an essay question to the activity.
  3. Follow the directions, below.

Content

  1. Enter the question in the first field as you want it displayed to students.
  2. Enter an Example Answer that is used by graders to compare and evaluate students' answers.
  3. If you want to provide feedback, use the dropdown to choose from the following types:
    • When answer is correct
    • When answer is incorrect
    • Always
    • When condition is true; this option allows you to set up conditions beyond the three provided here. It requires you to specify a group and a condition (contact support for additional assistance).
  4. Enter the desired feedback in the field next to the speech bubble icon.
  5. Click Add question feedback to create additional feedback.
  6. This section pictures and explains the default Visual editor; select Text to create and edit questions with the advanced Text editor.
Content

Properties

From the Properties section on the right, you can:

  • Specify the number of lines you want to provide students in the Height field.
  • Assign a Passage to this question.
  • Place the question in a specific Question group for use in a question pool.  
  • Provide a Custom question definition (contact support for additional assistance).
  • Find the unique question ID that Buzz automatically assigns.
Properties

Objectives

Use the Objectives section to review and align objectives with the question:

  • Use the dropdown to limit the displayed objectives to those that are created in the Course, to those inherited from the activity's Parent folder, or to only the Selected objectives. Any selected objective remains in the list for all three settings.
  • Check the boxes next to objectives to align them with the question. This makes it possible to set up Formative and Remediation assessments.
Objectives

Score

Use the Score section to:

  • Specify how many Points the question is worth.
  • Indicate if you want the question to count as Extra credit.
  • Provide a Rubric to use for grading the question.
Score

Variables

With the Variables section you can create a range or list of variables for use in the question.  

Variables

Calculator

Check the appropriate box(es) to provide students with one or more of the following calculators to use with this question:

  • Basic
  • Standard
  • Scientific

Companion Material

Click Add in the Companion Material section to attach any supplemental documents students need to complete this question. You can do this by pointing to existing resources in the course or by uploading new files (PDFs only).

Companion Material
New UI

Essay questions can be added to assessments.

  1. Add the Assessment activity.
  2. Add an essay question to the activity.
  3. Follow the directions, below.

Question content

  1. Specify how many Points the question is worth.
  2. Enter the question as you want it displayed to students.
  3. Enter an Example Answer that is used by graders to compare and evaluate students' answers.
  1. This section pictures and explains the default visual editor; enable the Text editor to create and edit questions with the advanced Text editor.

Feedback

Click Add feedback to create various types of feedback. Choose the feedback type from the dropdown and enter the desired content in the field below. You can choose:

  1. Feedback for When answer is correct.
  2. Feedback for When answer is incorrect.
  3. Feedback that is Always delivered.
  4. Custom feedback for questions from specific Groups and/or when a specific Condition is met. This option allows you to set up conditions (contact support for additional assistance).

Interaction

To manage the question's Interaction:

  • Specify the number of lines you want to provide students in the Height field.
  • If one or more passages have been included in the activity, you can select one to attach to this question from the Include passage dropdown.
  • Provide a Custom question definition (contact support for additional assistance).

Metadata

Add the question to an existing Group with the associated ID, or create a new one. Groups allow you to vary settings for different questions.

Learn more: How do I vary attempt limits by question?

Objective mastery

Click Choose objective in the Objective mastery card to review and align the question with objective(s). Once you've clicked it, you can:

  1. Use the Filter field to search for specific objectives.
  2. Check the boxes next to objectives to align them with the question. This makes it possible to set up Formative and Remediation assessments.
Objectives

Score

Use the Score card to:

  1. Indicate if you want the question to count as Extra credit.
  2. Provide a Rubric to use for grading the question.
Score

Variables

With the Variables section you can create a range or list of variables for use in the question.  

Variables

Calculator

Check the appropriate box(es) to provide students with one or more of the following calculators to use with this question (Basic, Standard, and/or Scientific). This can also be specified for the entire activity with the Assessment activity editor.

Companion Material

Click Add material in Companion Material to attach any supplemental documents students need to complete this question. You can do this by:

  1. Pointing to existing resources in the course.
  2. Uploading new files (PDFs only).

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