Create short answer questions

Short answer (SA) questions require respondents to create one word or brief sentence answers in response to open-ended questions.

  1. In the Question Library, from the New button, click Short Answer Question (SA).
  2. Do one of the following:
    • If you are directed to the Welcome to the new Question Creation Experience page, to use the new question creation experience, click Leave it on.
    • If you are directed to the Welcome to the new Question Creation Experience page, to return to the original question creation experience, click Turn it off.
    • If you are not directed to the welcome page for the new question creation experience, proceed to create your SA question with the original experience.

If you are using the new question creation experience:

  1. In the Question Text field, enter your short answer question details.
  2. In the Answers for Blank 1 field, enter your answer(s).
  3. From the abc drop-down list for blank 1, select the comparison method, that is Text, Case-Sensitive Text, or Regular Expression. All answers for a blank are assessed using the same comparison method.
  4. If you want to add more blanks, click Add Blank and enter your answer(s).
  5. For all additional blanks, select the comparison method.
  6. In the Default Points field, enter the points learners will receive for answering the question correctly.
  7. From the How are points assigned to blanks? drop down list, select one of the following options:
    • Students will receive part marks - The default points for each blank are calculated automatically and evenly distributed.
    • Students must answer all blanks correctly - The default points will only be awarded if the learner answers all blanks accurately.
  8. From the Options drop-down list, do one of the following:
    • To add overall feedback for the answer, select Add Feedback.
    • To add a hint to the question, select Add Hint.
    • To add a short description to the question, select Add Short Description.
  9. To verify your question, click Preview.
  10. Click Save.

If you are using the original question creation experience:

  1. In the General area, enter your short answer question details.
  2. Enter your answer in the Answer field and select your Evaluation method.
  3. In the Weight (%) field, set a weight for each possible solution.
  4. To add additional answers, click Add Answer.
  5. To verify your question, click Preview.

Note: As a best practice, D2L recommends that the weight of each possible solution equals 100% if you require only one answer. If your question requires multiple answers, and each answer has several possible solutions, we recommend that the combined weight of each answer's most correct solution be equal to 100%.