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{{Questions}}<p class="note">'''Note''': This page is about the essay question type in the [[Quiz]] activity. For information about the essay question type in a Lesson activity, see the documentation [[Building Lesson]].</p>
The essay question type is intended for short answers of a paragraph or two, that one often finds on exams. For longer essays, [[Online text assignment]] or [[Upload a single file assignment]] are better choices.
 
  
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==About the essay question type==
  
==Question set-up==
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The essay question type provides the option of answering by uploading one or more files and/or entering text online. (For longer essays, text or file uploads, you may wish to consider using the [[Assignment activity]] rather than this question type.)
  
#Choose a category
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Essay questions are created in the same way as other quiz question types. The difference is that essay questions have to be marked manually, and the student will not get a final grade until the teacher has marked their essay.
#Give the question a descriptive name - this allows you to identify it in the question bank.
 
#Enter the question in the 'question text' field
 
#Select an image to display if you want to add a picture to the question. For the student, it appear immediately after the question text.
 
#Set the 'default question grade' (i.e. the maximum number of marks for this question).
 
#''Moodle 1.7+:'' Add 'General Feedback' if required. This is text that appears to the student after he/she has answered the question. Note that this is effectively the same as the subsequent 'Feedback' field. The only difference is that General Feedback always appears at the bottom of the question, even after the grade and teacher's comments have been added.
 
#Add feedback if required. This is text that appears to the student after he/she has answered the question. See 'General Feedback' above if using Moodle 1.7 or higher.
 
#Click Save changes to add the question to the category.
 
  
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==Creating an essay question==
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*If you haven't yet made a quiz, access the [[Question bank]]  from ''Course administration>Question bank'' and click the button 'Create a new question', choosing 'Essay'.
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*If you have made a quiz, access the Edit quiz screen and from the ''Add'' drop down, choose 'Add a new question', choosing 'Essay'.
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*Give the question a descriptive name - this allows you to identify it in the Question bank.
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*Enter the question in the 'Question text' field. This will be the title of and information about the essay you wish them to write.
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*Set the 'default mark' and any  'General Feedback' if required. This is text that appears to the student once you have graded their essay.
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===Response options===
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*'Response format' allows you to choose what is available for the students when typing their essays, for example the regular WYSIWYG editor with or without the option to upload files, or a plain text editor (with no formatting.) ''No online text'' means they cannot type any text. You cannot select this if you don't allow attachments, as the students will have nothing to submit. If you have programming students, they may require ''plain text with monospaced font'' for their code.
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*'Require text' allows you to decide whether or not students must add text into the text editor when they do the question. If you only want them to upload a word-processed file as an essay, then you can set this to 'Text input is optional'. ''(Note that this setting does not force the student to type text into the text editor; they can still leave it blank and continue to another question.)''
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[[File:essaytext.png]]
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===Response template===
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It is possible for a teacher to create a template to scaffold the student's answer in order to give them extra support. The template is then reproduced in the text editor when the student starts to answer the question. See  Youtube video [http://youtu.be/BAZa66WvyWQ Essay scaffold with the Moodle quiz] It is also possible to include grading information for teachers marking the essay to refer to as they assess the essays:
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| [[File:responsetemplategraderinfo.png|thumb|400px|Response template and grader info set up]]
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| [[File:quizessaytemplate.png|thumb|400px|What the student sees]]
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|[[File:teacherviewessayq.png|thumb|400px|What the teacher sees]]
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==Question grading==
 
==Question grading==
  
 
The essay question will not be assigned a grade until it has been reviewed by a teacher and manually graded. Until that happens, the student's grade will be 0.
 
The essay question will not be assigned a grade until it has been reviewed by a teacher and manually graded. Until that happens, the student's grade will be 0.
  
To grade a student's answer in a quiz, use the ''manual grading'' tab on the [[Quiz_reports|Results]] section of the quiz. When manually grading an essay question, the grader is able to enter a custom comment in response to the essay and assign a score for the essay.
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To grade essays answer in quizzes using  the [[Boost theme]], click on the quiz and then, from the gear menu, click 'Manual grading'. For other themes, click  ''Manual grading' from the Quiz results section of your quiz administration block.
  
==Essay questions in a Lesson==
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[[File:QuizManualGradingLink.png]]
  
To grade lesson essay questions, first click on the name of the lesson in your course page. If there are essay questions to be graded, there will be a link saying "Grade essay questions".  This link will open a screen showing how many ungraded essay questions there are. Ungraded essay questions will be in listed in red. Click the link for the essay you wish to grade.
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When manually grading an essay question, the grader is able to enter a custom comment in response to the essay and assign a score for the essay.
 
 
The essay grading screen shows the title of the question, the student's essay response, and a place you can write optional comments and give the essay a score. Click the Submit grade button to record your score and comments.  Graded questions will be displayed in green.  Repeat the process to finish grading. Click the "Email graded essays" link to email your responses to your students.
 
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
  
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=86768 Student adding an image to their answer] forum discussion
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* [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=159689 Grading essay questions] forum discussion
 
 
  
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Latest revision as of 09:43, 5 September 2017


Note: This page is about the essay question type in the Quiz activity. For information about the essay question type in a Lesson activity, see the documentation Building Lesson.

About the essay question type

The essay question type provides the option of answering by uploading one or more files and/or entering text online. (For longer essays, text or file uploads, you may wish to consider using the Assignment activity rather than this question type.)

Essay questions are created in the same way as other quiz question types. The difference is that essay questions have to be marked manually, and the student will not get a final grade until the teacher has marked their essay.

Creating an essay question

  • If you haven't yet made a quiz, access the Question bank from Course administration>Question bank and click the button 'Create a new question', choosing 'Essay'.
  • If you have made a quiz, access the Edit quiz screen and from the Add drop down, choose 'Add a new question', choosing 'Essay'.
  • Give the question a descriptive name - this allows you to identify it in the Question bank.
  • Enter the question in the 'Question text' field. This will be the title of and information about the essay you wish them to write.
  • Set the 'default mark' and any 'General Feedback' if required. This is text that appears to the student once you have graded their essay.

Response options

  • 'Response format' allows you to choose what is available for the students when typing their essays, for example the regular WYSIWYG editor with or without the option to upload files, or a plain text editor (with no formatting.) No online text means they cannot type any text. You cannot select this if you don't allow attachments, as the students will have nothing to submit. If you have programming students, they may require plain text with monospaced font for their code.
  • 'Require text' allows you to decide whether or not students must add text into the text editor when they do the question. If you only want them to upload a word-processed file as an essay, then you can set this to 'Text input is optional'. (Note that this setting does not force the student to type text into the text editor; they can still leave it blank and continue to another question.)

essaytext.png

Response template

It is possible for a teacher to create a template to scaffold the student's answer in order to give them extra support. The template is then reproduced in the text editor when the student starts to answer the question. See Youtube video Essay scaffold with the Moodle quiz It is also possible to include grading information for teachers marking the essay to refer to as they assess the essays:

Response template and grader info set up
What the student sees
What the teacher sees

Question grading

The essay question will not be assigned a grade until it has been reviewed by a teacher and manually graded. Until that happens, the student's grade will be 0.

To grade essays answer in quizzes using the Boost theme, click on the quiz and then, from the gear menu, click 'Manual grading'. For other themes, click Manual grading' from the Quiz results section of your quiz administration block.

QuizManualGradingLink.png

When manually grading an essay question, the grader is able to enter a custom comment in response to the essay and assign a score for the essay.

See also