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Add Criteria to Questions

The criteria helps you evaluate the responses to questions. The number of criteria can also range from one 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. Shorter questions may require only one or two criteria.

How to Add Criteria to a Question

  1. Access an assessment's contextual menu and click Edit.
  2. On the Edit page, click Assessment Canvas.
  3. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's contextual menu and click Criteria.
  4. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, click Create Criteria on the action bar.
  5. On the Add Criteria page, type criteria and points possible.
  6. Click All or Nothing or Partial Credit and optionally, allow feedback.
  7. 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 and click Edit.
  2. On the Edit page, click Assessment Canvas.
  3. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's contextual menu and click Criteria.
  4. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, click Word Count Criteria on the action bar.
  5. On the Add Criteria page, type the Points Possible, the Recommended Word Count, and the Allowed Variation.
  6. 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 and click Edit.
  2. On the Edit page, click Assessment Canvas.
  3. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's contextual menu and click Criteria.
  4. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, click Search for Criteria on the action bar.
  5. In the Search for Criteria box, type a keyword and click Go.
  6. On the Search Results page, click the plus sign next to the appropriate criteria to view all the details.
  7. Click the check box next to the criteria to add.
  8. Click Submit.