Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Tips for using text questions in-auto graded Google Forms & Flubaroo quizzes

Google Forms are a great platform for classroom quizzes and tests. Using the Flubaroo add-on makes them even better by saving you the task of grading the questions! However, many auto-graded quizzes only use fixed response questions (e.g. multiple choice), meaning students only have to identify the correct answer, not actually come up with it themselves. In this post I’ll share how you can overcome this by using text response questions AND still get Flubaroo to grade them with some clever tweaks.

Note: The information below assumes you’ve got some knowledge of how to use Google Forms and Flubaroo. If you’re new to these tools, I suggest you check out the Google Forms Learning Centre and the Flubaroo website.

Tip 1: Allow for multiple correct answers in a text field

If you’ve got a text response question to which there is more than one possible correct answer, you can tell Flubaroo to consider any of several answers correct. That way, any of the correct answers your students type in the text box will be accepted.

Here’s how to do it:
1. Create your text question.
2. When completing the answer key (i.e. filling out the form with the correct responses), put %or between each correct answer in the text box.



This is very handy if students might use different spellings for a word, or if you’d like them to identify one of several possible answers.

Tip 2: Require a numerical response

If you want your students to enter a numerical answer to a question in a text field (e.g. the answer to a calculation), you can configure the text response field to only accept numbers. That way, you won’t have some students entering ‘nine’ and some ‘9’!

Here’s how to do it:
1. Create your text question and enter the question title.
2. Enter some help text advising students that they need to enter their response as a numerical value.
3. Click Advanced settings.
4. Tick Data Validation.
5. Select Number from the first drop-down box and Is number from the second drop-down box.
6. Enter some suitable text in the Custom error text box. This will be shown to students if they enter a word instead of a number.
7. Click Done.



Tip 3: Remove case in-sensitivity

Flubaroo ignores case when auto-grading, which most of the time is a good thing! However, on occasion, you may want students to enter an answer where case does matter. For example, you might require them to enter the name of a person, place, publication etc. using accurate case.

Here’s how to do it:
1. Create your text question.
2. When completing the answer key (i.e. filling out the form with the correct responses), put %cs before the correct answer.







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