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Adding Criteria to a Question

The criteria that accompany each question provide the means to evaluate the responses to those questions. The number or criteria can also range from one ("Did the answer =4") to many:

  • Does the response place the issue within the broader context of the subject?
  • Is the response well organized and clearly laid out?
  • Was the response proofread carefully? Was it free of significant grammatical, spelling, or typographical errors?

In general, essay questions may require many criteria per question while shorter questions may only require one or two criteria.

How to Add Criteria to a Question

  1. Access an assessment's contextual menu.
  2. Select Edit.
  3. On the Edit page, click Assessment Canvas.
  4. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's contextual menu.
  5. Select Criteria.
  6. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, click Create Criteria on the action bar.
  7. On the Add Criteria page, type criteria.
  8. In the Points Possible box, type a value.
  9. In the Assign Points section, select All or Nothing or Partial Credit.
  10. In the Allow Feedback to User section, select Yes or No.
  11. Click Submit.

How to Add Word Count Criteria

If you want to evaluate the length of an answer, you can add a word count criteria to a question. You may specify that an answer should be around 200 words. The word count criteria enables points to be awarded based on the length of an answer. For example, award points if the answer is within 20 words of the 200 word maximum.

  1. Access an assessment's contextual menu.
  2. Select Edit.
  3. On the Edit page, click Assessment Canvas.
  4. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's contextual menu.
  5. Select Criteria.
  6. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, click Word Count Criteria on the action bar.
  7. On the Add Criteria page, type the number of Points Possible.
  8. Type the Recommended Word Count.
  9. Type the Allowed Variation.
  10. Click Submit.

How to Add Default Criteria

Adding default criteria is a quick and easy way to construct an effective assessment. The Self and Peer Assessment Building Block comes with a set of default criteria you can use to build your tests.

  1. Access an assessment's contextual menu.
  2. Select Edit.
  3. On the Edit page, click Assessment Canvas.
  4. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's contextual menu.
  5. Select Criteria.
  6. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, click Search for Criteria on the action bar.
  7. In the Search for Criteria box, type a keyword and click Go.
  8. On the Search Results page, click the plus sign next to the appropriate criteria to view all the details.
  9. Click the check box next to the criteria to add.
  10. Click Submit.