How do I set up Fill in the Blank questions?

  1. Choose Question Set from the Activity Menu
  2. Follow the directions, below.


  1. Enter the question in the first field as you want it displayed to the students.  
  2. Enter the correct answer in the field below. Click Add alternative answer to create additional correct answers that account for legitimate variations; if you want the alternative answers to receive different scores, insert the score in the field next to the answer.
  3. If you want to provide feedback, use the dropdown to choose from the following types:
    • When answer is correct
    • When answer is incorrect
    • Always
    • When condition is true; this option allows you to set up conditions beyond the three provided here. It requires you to specify a group and a condition (contact support for additional assistance).
  4. Enter the desired feedback in the field next to the speech bubble icon.
  5. Click Add question feedback to create additional feedback.


From the Properties section on the right, you can:

  • Use the dropdown to choose from the following Answer types:
    • Normal, which looks for an exact match.
    • Case insensitive, which looks for an exact match, without concern about capitalization.
    • Number, which looks for numbers.
      • By default, any number within 1% of the correct answer is considered correct. You can specify your own match range if you use two dots between the start and the end value of the correct answer. For example: 3.14..3.1416.
      • You can also specify a required number of Significant figures (aka significant digits) students must enter to get the question correct.
    • Regular expression, which allows you to set up custom matching criteria (e.g., you may want to look for a specific term and disregard everything else). (Contact support for additional assistance.)
    • Math expression - Exact, which enables equation buttons for each answer and requires an exact match of the equations expression, not just result in the same value.
    • Math expression - Equivalent, which enables equation buttons for each answer and accepts any equation that results in the same mathematical value. For example, if the answer is 2a, a+a is correct.
  • Multiple...
  • Check the Show correct answer box to allow students to immediately see how they performed on the question.
  • Check Display workspace to give students a rich text editor where they can record their notes and processes as they work on the question.
  • (Passage is an Advanced Feature: documentation coming soon. You can leave the field blank without impacting your content.)
  • Place the question in a specific Question group.
  • Provide a Custom question definition (contact support for additional assistance).
  • Find the unique question ID that Echo automatically assigns.


Use the Objectives section to review and align objectives with the question:

  • Use the dropdown to limit the displayed objectives to those that are created in the Course, to those inherited from the Parent, or to only the Selected objectives. Any selected objective remains in the list for all three settings.
  • Check the boxes next to objectives to align them with the question. This makes it possible to set up Formative and Remediation assessments.

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