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.

This tutorial explains how to add more than one correct answer to an open question and how to include multiple synonyms in one correct answer.

Multiple correct answers

An open question can have more than one correct answer.

"What are the symptoms of the flu? What are the different types of protein?..."

To add a new correct answer to an open question, click on the open field below the correct answer(s) you have already saved and fill in the new correct answer.

Synonyms

Of course, one answer to a question can be phrased differently. Some students might use abbreviations or the plural or singular form of a word.

In the example below, the correct answer to the question is "The Second World War", which can be written in a variety of ways, all of which are correct.

To add a synonym to an answer, click on the field which contains the answer, fill in the synonym, and press "Enter". Repeat this process to add other synonyms.

End result

You can combine the multiple correct answers and the synonyms to make sure that every student who has answered correctly gets the points and the credit they deserve.

E.g.: There are five correct answers to the question "Who are the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council?", but some of these answers can be written in different ways: "the US, the USA, the United States of America,...".

In short: each field contains only one correct answer, but can contain multiple synonyms of that correct answer.

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