(Last Updated On: February 21, 2020)
Normally, an Essay question requires an answer in the form of a composition, a paraphraph, or at least a long or short sentence. Learners have to compose their own answers, rather than selecting answer options from a list of possibilities. Because of this nature, an Essay question appears differently compared to other types of questions in ActivePresenter. In this today tutorial, let’s learn how to work with this eLearning question to see those differences!
Overview of Essay QuestionsAn Essay question contains a multiple-line text box that allows learners to input text. At this point, don’t confuse this question type with Fill in Blank questions. Fill in Blank questions also have only one text box, however, this text box has only one line. Being different from other types of questions in ActivePresenter, Essay questions give learners the freedom to voice their opinions. A list of answer options to choose from is not available for this question type. Instead, learners have to do research themselves, then organize their ideas, and finally write their answer. Thanks to that, the assessment of the learning outcomes for Essay questions are less affected by guessing than other types of questions, which allow learners to choose the correct answer from a list.
Create Essay QuestionsNow is the time to learn how to work with Essay questions in ActivePresenter.
Insert an Essay QuestionAn Essay question is inserted into your project as a new question slide. To insert it, do either of the following:
- In the Interactions tab > Essay .
- In the Home tab > Interactions > Essay.
- An Essay question has only one blank text box. You can’t add more.
- To change the tab order value, first select the question. Then, access the Properties pane > Interactivity > General. For next steps, see Using Tab Order.
Customize an Essay QuestionHere are some ways to customize the Essay question:
- Resize the question: Select the whole question and drag the resizing handles. Otherwise, access the Properties pane > Size & Properties > Transform > adjust or type values in the boxes (Left, Top, Width, Height, and Rotation).
- Edit the answer area: As mentioned above, the answer area of Essay question is a blank text box, therefore, you can freely format and style it in the same way you do with a normal text box. See Working with Text Boxes for more details.
Set Correct AnswersBy default, the Survey mode is selected in the Score & Reporting section for Essay questions. In this mode, you can’t set correct answers. To set correct answers, you need to select the Graded mode. Do as follows: Step 1: In the Properties pane > Interactivity > Score & Reporting. Select Graded from the Mode drop-down list (4). Step 2: Look at the General section (above the Score & Reporting section). Click Add Value (5) to add one or more blank box(es). Then, type correct answer(s) into these boxes. To delete any answer, simply click Remove (6). Note: In fact, it’s really hard for learners to have the correct answer that can exactly match to the predefined one(s). Thereby, the Survey mode is widely used for Essay questions. This is also the reason why the Survey mode is always set by default for this question type.
Set Score & ReportingThe Score & Reporting section also includes some useful options to set score and reporting. For more information, see Defining Score and Reporting for Interactive Questions. However, at the moment, you can consider the following options:
- Case Sensitive: Select this option to make uppercase and lowercase characters to be treated differently. In other words, learners have to exactly enter each letter of a word as required.
- Variable: Define the variable to take place. See Understanding Variables for more details.