Activities with "Dropdown answer" allow students to choose the answer from a drop-down menu.
This type of activity is divided in three areas:
A. Wording area. It includes a sample text by default, but other components like images, audios, and videos can be added.
B. Answer area. We use this area to add the answer options that will be included within the drop-down menus.
C. Feedback. It is possible to configure positive or negative feedback for each question. Apart from text, feedback can also include an image.
- Step 1. Set up activity properties
- Step 2. Set up the wording
- Step 3. Set up the answer area
- Step 4. Advanced layout design: how to add columns
- Step 5. Configure feedback
Step 1. Set up activity properties
After adding the activity, go to the "Properties" tab and configure them:
Score required to mark activities as complete and get a positive feedback. Getting a 100% score is required by default.
This property is only avaliable with a quiz with a "Quiz" view. All the questions have the same weight by default, but we can modify how much a question counts towards the final score. See here to know how to calculate quiz scores depending on the weight of each question included in the quiz.
This is only applied when we add questions within a quiz with an "Activity block" view (see here).
This property allows indicating the number of attempts available to complete the activity.If you want unlimited attempts, write "0" attempts. (It will only be finished after overcoming the activity).
Step 2. Set up the wording
1. Write the text for the question (see here the setup options available for texts)
2. Optionally, you can add more components within the wording. Make sure you select the wording (you will easily find it within the breadcrumb trail) before going to the "Add" tab and include the components you need.
Step 3. Set up the answer area
3. There is a text field below the wording. You should write the phrase or content that we want to complete with drop-down options. Then, put the cursor over the text area where you want to add a gap. Go to the text editor, click on the "Components" menu and add a "Drop-down" list of options. A drop-down list of options is automatically added inside the text.
4. Each drop-down list includes three possible options by default when created. Click on this component to open and see the options within. You can add as many answer options as you need. Select the drop-down list, go to the "Add" tab and add an "Option".
5.Open the drop-down menu and select an option. Access the "Properties" tab and edit a text for each option. Repeat the same steps for the rest of options within the drop-down list.
6. After adding a text for each option, select the drop-down list, go to the "Properties" tab and configure the right answer in the "Correct" field, that is, define the right answer option.
Step 4. Advanced layout design: how to add columns
Normally wordings and answer areas are enough to configure activities correctly, but sometimes we need to add especial elements (images, audios, etc.) to create more complex layout designs. We can add "Columns" to create these layouts.
Columns can be inserted anywhere: after wordings, after answer options, etc.
Within a column, we can add different elements: images audios, videos, texts, etc. Within the "Properties" tab, we can configure properties like "Size", "Offset" and "It's the last column".
Columns occupy 12 spaces inside screens by default (100% of available space). We can modify the number of spaces occupied by columns (1-12) to create different layouts: 2 columns (6 spaces each), 3 columns (4 spaces each), etc.
This option allows creating a breaking space on the left of the column (1-12 spaces). This way we can insert spaces between columns.
It's the last column
This property allows marking an option as the last one within a row. This means that the second column will be placed below the first column, so that the third column appears as the last one within the row. So, this example shows that more options could have been included in the first row, but we have decided to insert them in the next row.
Use of columns allows creating complex layouts. For example, we could add various audios and texts to complete. For example, there are two columns in this case. Each column includes an audio file and a text where students need to fill the blanks. Each column occupies 5 spaces. Furthermore, Offset for the second column is "1", which allows leaving a space with the previous column.
Step 5. Configure feedback
Finally, we write the texts of positive and negative feedback to finish the setup.As you can see, the text can be replaced by an image.If you do not want to include any feedback, you can delete it.
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