Adding Essay Questions

Article Last Updated June 2019

eClass allows instructors to add essay questions to a quiz. This question type should also be used for long answer questions. Note that these questions cannot be automatically marked by the system, so instructors have to go in and manually grade them after quizzes have been submitted.

 

To add an essay question to your quiz:

  1. Within a quiz, click on the gear icon, then on Edit quiz.



  2. Next, click on Add > a new question.



  3. Choose Essay and click on Add.



General

  • "Category": If not changed, it will be set to the default for the location where you're working (within a quiz or within the question bank).
  • "Question name" is required. Ensure your question name is short but meaningful and distinguishes this question from any other similar items.
  • "Question text" is required, as this is where you type in your question.
  • "Default mark" is required. Determines how many points the essay will be scored out of.
  • "General feedback": Will be shown to all students in their review of the quiz for this question (depending on the Review options set in the quiz settings). You can use this to give students a fully worked answer and perhaps a link to more information they can use if they did not understand the questions.

Response Options

  • "Response format": You choose any of the following:
    • 'HTML editor': Allows the students to use text formatting in their response.
    • 'HTML editor with the file picker': Allows the students to link to files within their reply.
    • 'Plain text': Select if you do not want any formatting.
    • 'Plain text, monospaced font': Programming students usually require this for their code.
    • 'No online text': Students are not allowed to type any text.
  • "Require text": Toggles whether the students are required to enter text or text input is optional.
  • "Input box size": You may enter the input box size for your question here. There is no option to limit the student responses to a particular length so you should include this information in the question instructions.
  • "Allow attachments": Enables file attachments.
  • "Require attachments": Toggles whether or not file attachments are required.
  • New in 2019. "Accepted file types": Allows entry of specific permitted file types or their selection from a list.

Response Template

  • "Response template": Any text entered here will be displayed in the response input box when a new attempt at the question starts. An example of a template to use would be to build a table into the answer box and have students fill in values in the different cells.

Grader Information

  • "Information for graders": Add information for graders as appropriate.

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Details on how to grade essay questions can be found in Quizzes - Grading Quizzes.

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