Teacher

How do I set up Ordering questions?

Follow
Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member

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

Ask students to put items in the correct order. Ordering questions can be added to assessments and practice questions activities.

  1. Add the Assessment or Practice Questions activity.
  2. Add an ordering 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 items you want ordered.
  3. Indicate the correct Order. Buzz automatically populates this to match the entry order; most likely, you will only want to change this if you choose to Maintain response order in Properties (see instructions below).  
  4. If you want to provide feedback for the entire question, 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).
  5. Enter the desired feedback in the field next to the speech bubble icon.
  6. Click Add question feedback to create additional feedback.
  7. 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:

  • Indicate how you want the answer option Labels to appear.
  • Choose to Maintain response order as you've entered them or to randomize the order of answer options.
  • Check Show inline to display the answers without including a static list of the original order they were presented in.
  • Check Display workspace to give students a rich text editor where they can record their notes and processes as they work on the question.
  • 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'd like students to receive Partial credit for partially correct answers, and whether you want to Round that partial credit to whole numbers or not.
  • Indicate 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
  • 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

Ask students to put items in the correct order. Ordering questions can be added to assessments and practice questions activities.

  1. Add the Assessment or Practice Questions activity.
  2. Add an ordering 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 the answer options in the fields below. Check the box next to the answer option(s) that are correct.
  4. Use the answer option side menus to:
    • Remove the option.
    • Lock the options position in the list.
  5. Enter the Correct order in the field below.
  6. Click Add order entry to create new answer options.
  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:

  1. Indicate how you want the answer options labeled.
  2. Check the Maintain response order box to randomize only the order of the answer options.
  3. Check Display workspace to give students a rich text editor where they can record their notes and processes as they work on the question.
  4. Provide a Custom question definition (contact support for additional assistance).

Interaction

To manage the question's Interaction:

  • Indicate how you want the answer options labeled.
  • Check the Maintain response order box if you want the answer options to always appear as you entered them.
  • Indicate whether you want the answer options to Show as drop down menu (this overrides an label you choose).
  • 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).

Comments (4)

Sort by
Flew Flewelling

The new ordering question is AWESOME.  I particularly like the update that allows you to drag the answers, not just the a, b, c, etc.  

How does Buzz work the partial credit on this type of question?  If the answer should be a, b, c, d, e, will Buzz give a student a 4/5 for saying a, e, b, c, d since 4 of them were in the correct order?  Or will it only count forward until it is incorrect and give a 1/5?  

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Flew:

Partial credit for an ordering question is based upon the placement of the choices and the student's response. For example:

The correct question and response order:

  1. a
  2. b
  3. c
  4. d

The student's response:

  1. a
  2. d
  3. c
  4. b

In the above example, the student only match the ordering question for 1 and 3. So, the student would get 50%. 

Flew Flewelling

Good to know.  Thanks, Brad!  

Bruce Sharp

Here is what I don't like about ordering questions though.

The correct question and response order:

  1. a
  2. b
  3. c
  4. d

The student's response:

  1. d
  2. a
  3. b
  4. c

In the example above, the student would get zero points since none of the letters are in the correct place. I would argue, though, that they only put one letter out of order. Since the ORDER is what is important, the student correctly put a, then b, then c so wouldn't they get 75%? The argument is should you grade an ordering question based on placement or order?

This isn't necessarily a Buzz issue. Most teachers would give the student 0% for this even though only one letter is out of place. For this reason, I would make ordering questions not give partial credit.

Please sign in to leave a comment.