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How do I set up Fill in the Blank questions?

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Fill in the blank questions ask students to provide a word or phrase to accurately complete a statement. You can provide multiple correct answers to account for possible variations and feedback.

Fill in the blank question options

Buzz allows you to create various types of Fill in the blank questions. Here are some of the most common:

Normal

You can select the Normal Answer type in the Question content card to set up questions that expect the student to provide an exact match (including letter case) for one of the correct answers you provide.

Case insensitive

You can use the Case insensitive Answer type in the Question content card to set up questions that expect the student to provide an exact match that ignores uppercase/lowercase discrepancies.

Number

You can use the Number Answer type in the Question content card to set up questions that look specifically for numbers, and can even set up ranges of numbers that can be accepted as correct.

By default, any number within 1% of the correct answer is considered correct.

You can specify your own match range if you use two dots between the start and the end value of the correct answer. For example: 3.14..3.1416.

On the Interaction card, you can specify a required number of Significant figures (aka significant digits) students must enter to get the question correct.

Math expression - Exact

You can use the Math expression - Exact Answer type in the Question content card to set up questions that look for answers to mathematical equations that exactly match the calculated answer. If the question were 2+2=, 4 is the only correct answer even though 6-2 yields the same value. Buzz provides an expression editor to insert symbols. Buzz supports various math operations.

Math expression - Equivalent

You can use the Math expression - Equivalent Answer type in the Question content card to set up questions that look for answers to mathematical equations that match the calculated value of the question. If the question were 2+2=, any equation that equals 4 would be accepted. Buzz provides an expression editor to insert symbols. Buzz supports various math operations.  

Create Fill in the blank questions

Fill in the blank questions can be added to assessments and practice questions activities.

  1. Add the Assessment or Practice Questions activity.
  2. Add a fill in the blank question to the activity.
  3. Follow the directions, below.

Question content

  1. Use the dropdown to choose from the following Answer types:
    • Normal, which looks for an exact match.
    • Case insensitive, which looks for an exact match, without concern about capitalization.
    • Number, which looks for numbers.
      • By default, any number within 1% of the correct answer is considered correct. You can specify your own match range if you use two dots between the start and the end value of the correct answer. For example: 3.14..3.1416.
      • On the Interaction card, you can specify a required number of Significant figures (aka significant digits) students must enter to get the question correct.
    • Regular expression, which allows you to set up custom matching criteria (e.g., you may want to look for a specific term and disregard everything else).
    • Math expression - Exact, which enables equation buttons for each answer and requires an exact match of the equations expression, not just result in the same value.
    • Math expression - Equivalent, which enables equation buttons for each answer and accepts any equation that results in the same mathematical value.
  2. Define the Width of the blanks by number of letters that can fit.
  3. Specify how many Points the question is worth.
  4. Click Add answer to set the number of blanks you want in the question.
  5. Enter the question as you want it displayed to students. Click Insert blank to place the blanks where you want them; this button appears whenever you've added more answers than there are blanks.
    • Note: To remove the blanks, Remove the answer as described in Step 7; Buzz then prompts you to Remove extra blanks as described in Step 8.
  6. Enter the correct answer(s) in the field(s) below; they correspond with the blanks above in the same order they appear.
  7. Click the more menu next to an answer to Remove it or Add alternative answer to it. Adding an alternative answer creates another line where you can enter another correct answer for the question.
  1. If you remove an answer that already has a blank above, Buzz prompts you to remove the extra blank.
  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.

Interaction

To manage the question's Interaction:

  • If use Number as your Answer type,  you can specify a required number of Significant figures (aka significant digits) students must enter to get the question correct.
  • Check the Show correct answer box to allow students to immediately see how they performed on the question.
  • Check Display workspace to give students a rich text editor where they can record their notes and processes as they work on the question.
  • 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 indicate:

  1. If you want to allow for Partial credit.
    • And, if so, if you want to automatically Round the score.
  2. If you want the question to count as Extra credit.
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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