On this screen, you can specify the following details for a Pull-down question:
- Delivery style, e.g., "Scored" or "Unscored"
- Question wording, e.g., "Match the cities and countries"
- Question choices, e.g., "United States", "Germany", and "Japan"
- Question options, e.g., "Berlin", "Tokyo", "New York", "Madrid" and "Lisbon"
- Question description, e.g., "A question on cities and countries."
- Whether to include a comment box for participants
- Whether to include an additional outcome
Pull-down questions enable authors to present a series of choices. Each choice has a valid option available in a drop-down menu. The participant can select from a pull-down list of options their answer for each choice.
When you have entered the question wording, choices, options and description, it is recommended that you check the spelling of your text. To do so, click the Spell Check button.
The following options are available when saving a question:
- Click Save to save all changes and continue editing the question. A message appears confirming the question has been saved.
- Click the drop-down arrow next to the Save button and then:
- select Save and new Multiple Choice to save all changes and begin creating a new Multiple Choice question,
- hover over Save and new..., and then select the type of question to create,
- or select Save and exit to save all changes and exit the question editor.
If changes have been made to a question, a revision comment must be entered first before exiting the question editor.
Click Exit to leave the question editor. If any changes have been made to the question, a message appears warning that these changes will not be saved.
It is possible to choose how you want to deliver the question. You can deliver the question in the following styles:
- Scored provides the ability to add specific scoring and feedback values to the question choices.
- Unscored provides a simple question layout for survey based assessments with no access to setting scores or adding feedback.
To create or edit the wording for your question, click where it says "Click here to change the question wording" and enter the question wording. You can use the text formatting toolbar to present the question wording in any way you wish. Refer to Using the text formatting toolbar for more information on how to do this.
When you create a Pull-down question, a default choice is automatically added to the question. The text of this default choice is set to "Enter new choice text here". To change this text, click where it says "Enter new choice text here" and enter the choice wording you desire. You can use the text formatting toolbar to present choices in any way you wish. Refer to Using the text formatting toolbar for more information on how to do this.
To add an additional question choice, click Add a New Choice in the toolbox. The new choice will be added to the list of choices.
To delete a question choice, click the delete button associated with the question choice.
Once you have created your question choices, you can specify if you want them to be presented in a particular order, or randomly shuffled. To arrange your choices in a particular order, select a choice and drag it to the desired location.
To shuffle choices, select your choice shuffling option from the drop-down list in the toolbar. Please note: that the options displayed are not shuffled. The following options can be selected:
- No shuffling means that choices will be presented in the order in which they appear.
- All means that choices will be shuffled.
- All but last choice means that all choices will be shuffled, apart from the last choice which will always be presented last.
- All but last two choices means that all choices will be shuffled, apart from the last two choices, which will always be presented last.
Please note that if you arrange your choices in a particular order but do not select No Shuffling from the drop-down list in the toolbar, your choices will not be presented in the required order.
Question options are the answers that a participant selects from the drop-down menu associated with each of the choices. The list of options is common to all the choices that are included in the question. To create a list of options click the "Edit Options" button in the Toolbox. Enter the options you would like to appear in the drop-down list. Place each option on a new line to correctly display them. Once you have added your options, one per line, click Save.
Setting the correct answers
Once you have created your choices and options you can set the correct answer for each choice by selecting the correct corresponding option in the drop-down list.
To set the score for a Pull-down answer, enter the desired score in the text box provided. Alternatively, you can use the up and down arrows next to the text box to increase/decrease the score already displayed.
You can choose to present feedback to participants based on if they get the answer correct or not. You may wish to provide more details to the participant on why a particular choice is correct or incorrect. For example: "Sorry, that is not the correct answer. The countries and cities can be matched as United States - New York, Germany - Berlin and Japan - Tokyo"
To present feedback for correct and incorrect answers, click where it says "Enter new feedback here" and enter the feedback you require. If you would prefer not to include feedback leave the text-box empty, so that it displays "Enter new feedback here" when not selected.
Question descriptions enable you to provide information on the question being created.
To add a description to a question, click Edit Question Description, enter the description (200 characters maximum), and click OK.
If no question description is specified, the question wording will be used as the question description.
Adding a comment box to a question enables participants to provide a response to the question. This is particularly useful when creating surveys.
To add a comment box to a question, simply click Add Comment Box. The comment box will be added to the bottom of the question.
Once a comment box has been added, you can edit the text used to introduce the comment box. By default, this is: "Add your comment:"
In cases where a participant tries to continue an assessment without completing a question, an additional outcome can be set or a "no answer" outcome.
To add an additional outcome:
- Click Additional Outcome. The Additional Outcome screen will open.
- Enter feedback corresponding to the "no answer" outcome for the question.
- Click Save.