Now that you've started to build an advanced assessment, you may want to add a Shading question.
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The Shading question provides a visual representation of functions and calculations, including fractions and ratios. Sets of cells are shaded by the student as their response.
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Build the Question
If you are creating a new item, select the + Create button on the assessment builder, title the item, then select the Add New plus sign to add a question.
If you are adding to an existing item, simply select the Add New plus sign (as shown above) to add a question to the item.
Next, select the Highlight and Drawing category from the options on the left, then select Shading.
Step 1: Compose Question
Step 2: Edit Canvas Options
Set Correct Answers and Scoring
Under the Set correct answer(s) section, indicate how many points the question is worth, choose a scoring method, and shade in the correct answer.
There are two scoring methods:
byLocation - Used when the task is to highlight specific cells on the grid.
byCount - Used when the task is to select the correct amount of cells. The cell's position will not be considered when scoring the question.
It's highly recommended to Preview the question before adding it to the assessment. This displays the question as the students will see it and also verifies that the answers and scoring work as expected.
Step 1: Select the Preview button to go into Preview mode.
Step 2: Answer the question with the correct answers, including alternates.
Selecting Show Answers will present the correct answers.
Step 3: Verify that the auto-score correctly calculates the point value.
Here is a short clip of this question type from the student's perspective.
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Expanding the More Options menu will allow you to further customize the scoring or formatting of the question.
➡️ Additional Scoring Options
Unscored/Practice usage: removes all scoring from the item.
Check answer button & Check answer attempts: find more information here!
Penalty points: use this option if you want students to lose points for giving incorrect answers.
Minimum score if attempted: student will receive points as long as the question has been attempted (if the question is left blank or is unanswered, the student will not earn those points).
Scoring Type: Choose between Exact Match or Partial Match.
Exact Match: all of the correct cells must be shaded to earn the points.
Partial Match: Partial credit will be awarded based on the shading of each cell. The point value indicated in the Points(s) field Is evenly split among the number of correct cells.
Example: If there are three cells shaded, and the question is worth 1 point, each cell will be word 0.33 points.
➡️ Additional Formatting Options: Layout and Selection
Hide Cells: Some cells on the grid can also be hidden. Authors may use it in order to create custom shape with grid. The Layout section can be found under More Options. Simply click on the cells you want to hide from the grid. See example below:
Border Type: Choose between outer, full, or none.
Maximum Number of Response: Put a limit on the number of cells the student can select.
Hover State: This is used to turn on and off hover effects when the user hovers the mouse over a cell. This is on by default.
Font Size: Chose between small, normal, large, extra large, and huge.
➡️ Additional Formatting Options: Background Image
You can also decide to use an image as a grid background. Upload it in the Add Image field, and then specify its width, height and opacity if needed.
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