Open questions are an important tool to gauge a student’s mastery of a subject. In terms of long-term learning, they are far more effective than closed questions because they provide less specific retrieval cues, thereby making the exercise more difficult.
To help our users draw the most out of open questions during their quizzes, we have made two improvements to this long-standing feature: the multiple correct answers and the synonyms.
How can I use the multiple correct answers?
For example, say you wanted to ask your students to name the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. That’s a lot of information to cram into a single correct answer, making it difficult for students to get it right.
Even if students don’t know all five, they might very well know some of the answers. This feature update encourages them to participate despite not knowing every answer to the question.
What about the synonyms?
Well, imagine you defined one of the correct answers as “the United States of America”, but Kevin chose to answer “the USA”. Not only would it be unfair to say he was wrong - it would be discouraging.
Thanks to the “synonyms” feature, that will no longer happen, because you can define that correct answer as “the United States of America” and “the USA”. Kevin gets the points he deserves, and you gain a more accurate view of your student's mastery of the subject.
How does that work in practice?
Have a look at this tutorial to learn how to unlock the open question’s full potential!
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