Essay questions ask students to answer with a long answer or essay. Essay questions can be added to Assessment and Practice Questions activity types.
Creating an Essay Question
To add an Essay question, first enter an Assessment through the Editor tool.
1. Navigate to the Questions tab.
2. Click the + create new question.
From the drop down menu, select Essay.
- Specify how many Points the question is worth.
- Enter the question as you want it displayed to students.
- Enter an Example Answer that is used by graders to compare and evaluate students' answers.
- Note: Echo does not include the Example Answer header shown in the image for students, allowing you to format and choose your headers for Example answers and Feedback.
1. Click Add feedback to create various types of feedback.
2. Choose the feedback type from the dropdown and enter the desired content in the field below. You can choose:
- Feedback for When answer is correct (irrelevant for this question type).
- Feedback for When answer is incorrect (irrelevant for this question type).
- Feedback that is Always delivered.
- Custom feedback for questions from specific Groups and/or when a specific Condition is met. This option allows you to set up conditions.
3. Click and begin typing your feedback.
4. Add more feedback if you'd like.
To manage the question's Interaction:
- Specify the number of lines you want to provide students in the Height field.
- Provide a Minimum and Maximum number of words if desired. Students are shown these guidelines and their own word count; however, they are able to submit an answer even if they have not met these guidelines.
- If one or more passages have been included in the activity, you can select one to attach to this question from the Include passage dropdown.
- Provide a Custom question definition.
Add the question to an existing Group with the associated ID, or create a new one. Groups allow you to vary settings for different questions.
Learn more: What is a Question Pool and how do I Create One?
Click Choose objective in the Objective mastery card to review and align the question with objective(s). Once you've clicked it, you can:
Use the Score card to:
- Indicate if you want the question to count as Extra credit.
- Provide a Rubric to use for grading the question.
With the variables section you can create a range or list of variables for use in the question.
Check the appropriate box(es) to provide students with one or more of the following calculators to use with this question (Basic, Standard, and/or Scientific).
Click Add material in Companion Material to attach any supplemental documents students need to complete this question. You can do this by pointing to existing resources in the course or uploading new files (PDFs only).
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