How do I make a Long Answer question?

Long answer questions enable your students to demonstrate their understanding of topics in great detail. They can be self-marked against a model answer, or marked by you as the teacher.

Long answer questions can be created in Extended Response sections of a Smart Lesson. Including them in other section types may not work correctly. For more information, see  Which question types can I use in each Smart Lesson section?

Check your students' responses to long answer questions from the Control Panel. For more information, see How do I give my students feedback on their extended responses?

Select an existing Extended Response section, or add a new Extended Response section to your Smart Lesson, then select one of the available Long Answer templates that best suits your requirements.

Provide a question prompt

Type your question into the Text box provided. This question can be as open-ended as you like.

Provide a model answer

First click to edit the Long Answer Textbox that has been provided. From here you can then enter in a model answer that you'd expect your students to give.

When students submit their answer, they will be shown the model answer against which they can compare their response. 

Students will be able to mark their own work against this model answer, so if they write something different that they feel is a valid answer, they can still mark themselves as correct. This prevents students from becoming frustrated when they're marked wrong for something that is phrased differently to your example. 

Add an image, video or sound clip

If you selected the template which already contains an image component, you can simply click the edit button within this, where you will be given the option to either upload a new image or use an existing one.

If you wanted to add a different media component such as a video or sound clip, you would then need to drag the desired component from the panel on the left, onto your existing slide.

For more information on finding or uploading media, see How do I add media to my question?

Configure optional settings

Provide additional information

When students submit their response, you can provide additional information on top of the model answer. For example, you could explain statements from the model answer in more detail. Click on the Student Marking Criteria tab at the top of the slide. You can then type these additional details into the Comment Instructions area.

Education Perfect also has an new Content Editor for experienced users of the system to create completely customisable questions. For more information, see How do I create content in the new Content Editor?

Save your question

When you're happy with your changes, rename the question by clicking the question title at the top of the editorClick Save Question when you're finished making changesAdd another question by selecting the Add Question option and repeating the above process.  

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