Question Type: Fill in the Blanks

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The Fill in the Blanks question type enables students to manually type in the answer to a question in the space provided to them. 

You have the option to present students with a separate box per letter, or with a single input field for the entire answer. With the single input field format, you can also add alternative answer options. 

Additionally, students can show their work in assessments that require material to be uploaded for evaluation.

To create a Fill in the Blanks question, follow these steps:

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  1. Click on 'Create' on the left navigation pane and select the 'Quiz' option 
  2. Choose 'Fill in the Blank' from the list of available question types 
  3. Enter your question. You can also add an image, audio clip, video, or equation to your question 

There are two ways in which students can type in the correct answer. The default input format consists of separate boxes for each letter.

However, you can also present them with a single input field for the entire answer. Both these input options can be further customized according to your requirements. 

To provide separate boxes for each letter, follow these steps: 

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  1. Enter your answer in the answer field. It can contain up to 40 characters and you will be shown a student preview at the bottom of your screen  
  2. Click on the gear icon next to the answer to customize settings. You can:
    1. Add a custom hint to display to your students if they're finding the question challenging 
    2. Choose to ignore or consider accent marks like 'à', 'á', and 'â'
    3. Enable students to show their work by uploading images along with their answer 
  3. Click on 'Save' once you have customized the settings   

Note that if your answer contains punctuation marks or spaces, these will be pre-filled in the answer. Your students will not have to type them in. 



To provide a single input field for the answer, follow these steps: 

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  1. Click on the gear icon near the answer field 
  2. Select the 'Single input field' option 
  3. Review the remaining settings. You can: 
    1. Toggle to enable alternative answers 
    2. Add a custom hint to display to your students if they're finding the question challenging 
    3. Choose to ignore or consider accent marks like 'à', 'á', and 'â'
    4. Enable students to show their work by uploading images along with their answer 
  4. Click on 'Save' once you have customized the settings   
  5. Type the correct answer in the answer field. The answer can contain up to 999 characters 

If you enabled alternative answer options, enter the next option in the 'Alternative Options' section. From the drop-down menu next to the answer, select:

  • 'is exactly' if the student's answer must exactly match the answer you have entered 
  • 'contains' if it is sufficient for the student's answer to contain the answer you have entered 

Each option can contain up to 999 characters. Repeat this process until you have added all the alternative answer options. 

Click on 'Participants' view' at the bottom-right corner of your screen to see how the question will appear to your students. Here, you can also click on the 'Show answers' button to display the answer from your student's point of view. 

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Once you have completed creating and customizing your question, click on 'Save'.  

Note:

  1. Only the single input field format allows for alternative answer options 
  2. Answers are not case sensitive 
  3. There is no upper limit on the number of alternative answer options you can add in the single input field format 

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