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Open-Ended Question Screen

The Open-Ended Question screen enables your learners to enter an open-ended response to your question. You can use it to collect open-ended feedback from your learners or to compose a more challenging open-ended question to assess your learners’ understanding.

1. Display Media. Toggle Yes/No to enable media display on your screen.

2. Optional. Toggle Yes/No to enable optional or mandatory responding from your learners.

3. Time Limit. Toggle Yes/No to set a time limit (in seconds) to your question.

4. Auto Grading. Toggle Yes/No to enable or disable auto-grading function.

Auto-Grading

Click the Auto-Grading tab on the rightmost column of your Editor and toggle Yes/No to enable auto-grading for your open-ended question. ArcLab helps you save the manual work by automatically grading your learners’ answers based on the correct/wrong keywords that you specify.

💡 Tip: Keep your auto-grading enabled open-ended questions specific and well-defined. Avoid constructing vague and abstract questions that could generate a diverse variety of responses from learners.

1. Correct Keywords. Enter the correct keywords(s) to your question. Keyword(s) are punctuation-sensitive. Non-Roman languages (e.g. Mandarin, Korean, Japanese) are supported. For Smart-Translated modules, the keywords entered will also be automatically translated to your select language(s).  

2. Correct keyword configuration.

  • Add alternative term. Add other acceptable terms or synonyms to your correct keyword. 
  • Assign word as absolute. Answers with absolute correct keyword(s) will be graded as correct regardless of any wrong keyword(s) found, unless the answer also contain absolute wrong keyword(s). Absolute wrong keyword(s) take precedence over absolute correct keyword(s).
  • Delete keyword. Remove keyword from auto-grading. 

3. Wrong Keywords. Enter the wrong keyword(s) to your question. Keyword(s) are punctuation-sensitive. Non-Roman languages (e.g. Mandarin, Korean, Japanese) are supported. For Smart-Translated modules, the keywords entered will also be automatically translated to your select language(s).  

4. Wrong keyword configuration.

  • Add alternative term. Add other acceptable terms or synonyms to your wrong keyword. 
  • Assign word as absolute. Answers with absolute wrong keyword(s) will be graded as wrong regardless of any correct keyword(s) found. Absolute wrong keyword(s) take precedence over absolute correct keyword(s).
  • Delete keyword. Remove keyword from auto-grading. 
5. Minimum number of correct keywords. Specify the minimum number of correct keywords in learner’s answer for the question to be graded as correct.
 
6. Minimum number of wrong keywords. Specify the minimum number of wrong keywords in learner’s answer for the question to be graded as wrong.
 
7. Allow Retries and Display Hint. Toggle Yes/No to enable your learners to retry the question and/or to display a hint to prompt them towards the correct answer(s). Set the maximum number of attempts permitted (up to 6) using the slider and add the hint (optional) that will be presented whenever your learners indicate the wrong answer.
 
8. Answer Explanations. Add answer explanation to the correct or wrong answers indicated by learners to facilitate learning. 
 
9. Question Tag. Add a label or classification to your question for a more detailed profiling of your learners’ performance – illustrated by a radar chart in your Learner Analytics dashboard. Learn more about question tagging in our Question Tags article. 

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