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Add Questions to Self and Peer Assessments

This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

Questions are the basic component of any assessment. You must add at least one criterion to each question for students to use when they evaluate responses. Questions provide both the structure and content of the assessment. Questions are simple or complex:

  • What year did Queen Elizabeth I die?
  • What is the square root of 144?
  • Explain why Napoleon's armies were defeated at the battle of Waterloo.

When you create questions, you must add the permanent URLs for Content Collection items. You can add a model response—an example of a correct response to a question. The model response allows evaluators to compare submitted answers to the example. Students who take the assessment don't see the model.


Add a question to an assessment

  1. Access an assessment's menu and select Edit.
  2. On the Edit page, select Assessment Canvas.
  3. On the Assessment Canvas page, select Create Question.
  4. On the Add Question page, provide the question information and a model response.
  5. Make the question available.
  6. Select Submit.

Add a default or previously used question

You can add a default question for a quick way to construct an effective assessment. A default set of questions exists that you can use to build your assessments. You can also find questions you've created in other assessments.

  1. Access an assessment's menu and select Edit.
  2. On the Assessment Canvas page, select Search for Question.
  3. Type search text and select Go. Or, select Go to display a list of all default questions.
  4. On the Search Results page, some questions may include details. Select a question's Expand icon to view those details.
  5. Select the check boxes next to the questions to add.
  6. Select Submit.

Use criteria to 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.


Add criteria to a question

You must add at least one criterion to each question for students to use when they evaluate responses. You must assign a point value for each criterion.

  1. Access an assessment's menu and select Edit.
  2. On the Edit page, select Assessment Canvas.
  3. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's menu and select Criteria.
  4. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, select Create Criteria.
  5. On the Add Criteria page, type criteria and points possible.
  6. Select All or Nothing or Partial Credit and optionally, allow feedback.
  7. Select Submit.

Add word count criteria

If you want to evaluate the length of an answer, you can add a word count criterion to a question. You may specify that an answer should be around 200 words. The word count criterion 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 menu and select Edit.
  2. On the Edit page, select Assessment Canvas.
  3. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's menu and select Criteria.
  4. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, select Word Count Criteria.
  5. On the Add Criteria page, type the Points Possible, the Recommended Word Count, and the Allowed Variation.
  6. Select Submit.

Add default criteria

You can add default criteria for a quick way to construct an effective assessment. A default set of criteria exists that you can use to build your assessments.

  1. Access an assessment's menu and select Edit.
  2. On the Edit page, select Assessment Canvas.
  3. On the Assessment Canvas page, access a question's menu and select Criteria.
  4. On the Add/Edit Criteria page, select Search for Criteria.
  5. Type a keyword and select Go.
  6. On the Search Results page, some criteria may include details. Select a criterion's Expand icon to view those details.
  7. Select the check box next to the criteria to add.
  8. Select Submit.