Using ALL In Learning with All Types of Questions


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This article discusses how to use various question types with ALL In Learning when creating custom assessments and answer keys.

For step-by-step instructions on creating different assessments, see a list of articles in our Help Center here.


Question Types

The interface for choosing your question type in ALL In Learning looks like this (with the Advanced Options shown):


It can be used to set up the following types of questions. Click the list below to jump to the section you are interested in and to read about features that support that specific question type:

Multiple Choice Questions
True/False & Yes/No Questions
Short Answer Questions
Placeholder Questions
Rubric Questions
Griddable Questions
Matching Questions
Weighting Questions
Other Question Types
How to Convert a Question's Type in the Editor


Multiple Choice Questions

You can choose from 2 to 12 Answer Choices (MC2-MC12, A-L) per question, and use alternating answer schemes (ABCD/FGHJ), though there are some considerations to note. Here are the ways each grading method can be used with multiple choice questions:

Clickers and Multiple Choice Questions
Clickers are ideal for answering MC2 through MC5 questions for student engagement, immediate feedback, and mid-instruction data. This is where clickers excel!

Remember that clickers only have buttons A, B, C, D, and E, so assessments made for clicker use can only include up to 5 choices.

Bubble Sheet Scanning and Multiple Choice Questions
Multiple-choice bubble sheets can be scanned with your document camera or our ASSIST app for iPhone or iPad and work with MC2 through MC5 question types.

If you have a test with a mix of question types up to MC5, choose the MC5 sheet, and let students disregard the extra bubbles. For example, if your first five questions are True/False, and the next forty are A-E, choose the MC5 option.

Remember that our bubble sheets only go up through the option E, or if you are using the alternate rows (ABCD/FGHJ) up to J.

*Tip for using MC6-MC12 questions with bubble sheets: Choose the "Short Answer" option when creating the assessment and enter the correct answer in the key. Then, have students leave that question blank on the bubble sheet and write their answer choice letter ("G," for example) on the back of the sheet. When you scan the bubble sheet, ALL In Learning will prompt you to manually grade questions that couldn't be scanned. 

Engage & Learn and Multiple Choice Questions
Engage & Learn is able to be used with all multiple choice variations from MC2-MC12 in both slide-presentation mode and electronic bubble sheet mode.

Manual Grading and Multiple Choice Questions

All multiple choice options work with ALL In Learning's manual grading interface.


Selecting Multiple Correct Answers
At this time, we're planning an official multiple-correct feature for the future, but for now, you can accomplish multiple-correct grading with a couple of simple tricks.

If the student doesn't have to select all of the correct answers to get the question right but can select either (or any) of them, there's a pretty good "automatic" trick to grade these. You can build your key with one correct answer (the only option it gives you currently), and then after the assessment is graded use Edit Key & Standards to change the key and select other answers that will also be counted as correct. When you click "Save," all the tests will be re-graded based on the change. Again, using this method, the student doesn't have to include all of the choices to be counted correct - just one of them.

If you require the student choose ALL correct answers to get the question right, at this time you'll need to manually look at those questions. For this, there are a couple of options that are pretty simple. The student can fill in multiple bubbles on the bubble sheet, but you'll need a question type in ALL In Learning that allows you to easily designate whether they got it right or not. We recommend using the Short Answer option in your Key and putting what answers they should have selected. When you manually grade these questions, you'll see what the answer should be and can just click to give them credit or count it wrong. Another option is to use a Rubric set to 1 point so you give or take away credit with an easy slider in the grading window. The rubric option would also allow you to give partial credit if they get some of the answers right. For example, if there are 2 correct answers, you can set the rubric to 2 points and give them credit for 0, 1, or 2.

True/False & Yes/No Questions

A True/False questions or Yes/No question is functionally the same as an MC2 (A/B) question, and can be used with clickers and bubble sheets by translating A as Yes or True, and B as No or False (for younger students, you may need to display this information for their reference). Engage & Learn will display T/F and Y/N as such, as will the manual grading interface. 


Short Answer Questions

Short Answer questions (also called Constructed Response questions, as they do not have to be short) are ideal for fill-in-the-blank questions, math questions, and even longer responses where the grading is deemed either correct or incorrect. 

Bubble Sheet Scanning and Short Answer Questions

Even though Short Answer questions cannot be scanned in, you can still have them amidst other question types and use bubble sheets for your test. Students simply write their constructed response on a separate sheet ("11. George Washington," for example) and skip that question on the bubble sheet.

When you scan the bubble sheet, it will be assumed that they answered the short answer questions correctly. Click the "Hand" icon to manually grade those questions and click the correct/incorrect symbol to mark any wrong answers. 

Note: Students should never write their answers on the front of the bubble sheet as it may render the sheet unscannable.

Engage & Learn and Short Answer Questions

Both the Engage & Learn iOS app and the Engage & Learn web interface for students can be used for Short Answer Questions. If the student typed in the answer exactly correctly(case-sensitive, space-sensitive, etc.), it will automatically be counted as correct. Click the "hand" icon next to their name to see what they entered and count it as correct or incorrect.  


Placeholder Questions

The Placeholder option allows a question to be skipped without the question counting in the average or points at all - for or against the student. This has two primary uses:

  1. You can use a placeholder in your key if you have already handed out a written test but decide that a certain question shouldn’t be included. (Note: If you've already created your key you can accomplish the same thing by going ahead and grading it and then under Reports>Actions>Edit Key & Standards, use the Omit Question button.) 
  2. Use a Placeholder if you would like to re-use a bubble sheet in which, say, the first ten questions have been used. You would be able to start a new test using bubbles 11-20, with 1-10 being placeholders. 

Please note that if a teacher had assigned a 45 Question test and printed out a 60 Question bubble sheet that it is not necessary to assign Placeholders to Questions 46-60. During grading, the program will know what questions had questions and of what type, and grade appropriately.


Rubric Questions

Rubrics give you a sliding scale for awarding partial credit. Rubrics are often used for essays, performances, or even show-your-work math problems. 

ALL In Learning allows setting Rubric points from 1 to 100 (the default setting is 10). In this case, "points" are not the value or weight of the question in the context of the assessment, but the granularity of how much credit can be taken away. If you wish to be able to take away points in 25% increments, you'll need a setting of 4 points, for example, where 2 points would only allow you to take away 50% of the credit for that question and 10 points allws you to take away 10% increments. 

Multiple Rubrics for Grading Different Aspects of the Same Question
In some cases, several rubrics need to be assigned for one question. An essay, for example, may need rubrics for different grading criteria such as spelling, grammar and content. There are two ways to accomplish this in ALL In Learning:

  1. Create a different rubic question for each of the criteria that needs a rubric. This would allow you to associate different standards to each of the rubrics, but it may adversely alter your assessment's question weighting or question numbering in relation to a printed test.
  2. Combine multiple rubrics into one rubric by adding up the granularity and weight of the rubrics and letting one slider repressent them all. For example, if question 10 has parts 10-A and 10-B, each needing to be able to be reduced by 25% increments (4-point sliders), combine them into one 8-point slider. If you need to reduce part A by 1 and part B by 2, slide the combined slider down 3 points. 

More information on setting Rubrics and Weighting Questions - and the relationship between rubrics and weighting - can be found in our help desk article here on that subject.

Rubric Naming

If you use several rubric questions in a row, be sure to edit the question name on the slide so that you can remember the category when grading. For example, you are grading an essay and Question 4 is a rubric grade on grammar, Question 5 is on voice and Question 6 on tone. Enter those categories on the slide so that when you are adjusting the grade on the grading screen, you'll know for which category to adjust.


Rubric Questions and Bubble Sheet Scanning

Like the Short Answer, a Rubric question can be integrated into a test meant for bubble sheet scanning, and when the bubble sheet is scanned, you'll be prompted to score the Rubric questions manually.


Griddable Questions

There are no Griddable worksheets or bubble sheets yet available from ALL In Learning. However, there is a way to include griddable questions on your test and still get the convenience of using our bubble sheet scanning for all the other multiple choice questions:

Create your Griddable question on a separate sheet of paper (this can be any griddable template you may have, or one you find online) and have the student complete the question there. In ALL In Learning, use a Short Answer question type for that question and input the correct answer. After you scan the bubble sheet, click the "hand" icon next to their name to grade the question manually. You'll just look at their griddable sheet, refer to the correct answer displayed in our grading screen, and input whether they got it right or wrong.

See further up in this article for instructions on Short Answer Questions and features that support short answer questions.

Also, note that griddable sheert grading is on our list to be introduced in a future update of ALL In Learning!

Matching Questions

Matching questions can take all shapes and sizes and methods and there's not a specific Matching Question option. However, there are several good ways to do matching questions with ALL In Learning:

  1. Short Answer questions (See Short Answer Questions section above).
  2. Multiple Choice by using up to MC12 (A-L) and grading the questions manually or with Engage & Learn. (See Multiple Choice section above for more information.
  3. Multiple Choice 5 (MC5) by altering the questions so that they can fit into an MC4 or MC5 framework to be easily scanned or answered with clickers.

Weighting Questions

To change question weighting, and how Rubrics affect question weighting, please see our help desk article on this subject.


Other Question Types

"Survey" Questions

Almost any question type can be used for a survey - multiple choice options, short answers, true-false, etc. What matters most is how you will be grading them, that you get usable reports, and if you want the data to be anonymous.

Of course to build any assessment in ALL In Learning, whether it's a Quick Key or a full test with questions displayed to the participants, you'll have to designate "correct answers," but the correct answers can be disregarded when analyzing the survey results later. You can use bubble sheets, clickers, or Engage & Learn on student devices to grade survey assessments. Many teachers do small surveys regularly during class discussions using clickers On-the-Fly.

You also need "students" for the data to be collected and stored. If you don't mind the records being associated with identifiable students' data in ALL In Learning, you can use your normal class rosters or even build a roster of existing students. Note that because very large rosters may slow down performance, we recommend they be kept at 50 students or less.  

If you want the records to be truly anonymous, you may need to create anonymous student records such as "Student 14532" and build rosters of them (this may require admin assistance if there are limitations on teachers creating or editing student records which could affect all users at your campus). Note that almost all of our reports can be exported and in excel the data can be combined, manipulated, and all identifying information removed.

Please feel free to contact Support if you're trying to decide how to do a survey. We'll be glad to help you figure out what methods will work best for your situation!


Character Recognition

Some teachers have asked us about character recognition for use in scanning short answers and essays. At this point, this as not an available grading option. For essays and other character-type questions, we recommend using Short Answer or Rubric Questions.

If you have questions about other question-type options, please let us know so we can include it here.


How to Convert a Question's Type in the Editor

You can use the Convert Slide to Question feature in the editor to change a question type.

  1. Select the slide on the left of the screen, click the Convert Slide to Question Icon, answer Yes or Ok when asked if you approve deleting question Data. This wipes away the underlying question functionality of the slide (as well as any standards and weighting) but will leave the visible slide for display.
  2. Select the slide again and click the Convert Slide to Question again. This will open up the Convert Slide to Question Modal, which you can use to apply whatever underlying question functionality you would like to that slide. The appearance of the slide will not change automatically.


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