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Creating Top Hat Fill in the Blank Questions

How to use Top Hat Fill in the Blank Questions to facilitate different pedagogical outcomes

Fill in the Blank questions enable instructors to create a question with multiple inputs. When creating a new Fill in the Blank question, specify the correct answer for each blank (word or numeric). Students need to enter the indicated correct response to receive correctness points. There are specific options and settings that can affect the outcome of the interaction in the classroom. This document will present the options and clarify the outcomes that they may facilitate.


Fill-In-The-Blank Example

Correct Answers

Correct Answers

Type the word or numeric answers in the appropriate "Correct Answers" boxes. 

Answer Type

Identify whether the answer is a word or number from "Answer Type". 

Answer Tolerances

If Number is selected, you can set a tolerance, with a + / - range surrounding the defined correct answer which is accepted as a correct answer. For example, if the correct answer is 98.6 with a tolerance of 0.5, Top Hat will accept answers between 98.1 and 99.1 will be marked as correct. 

If the answer type is numeric, the default tolerance is 0 (update as needed)

Case Sensitivity

If Word is selected, select "Yes" or "No" from "Case Sensitive".

Selecting "Yes" indicates that in order to be awarded correctness points, students must submit an answer that is an exact match to the correct answers, including letter capitalization.

Alternatively, select "No" to exclude case sensitivity grading. 

Further, for each "Word" answer blank that has been added, an additional option to include another answer option will be provided.

Response Options

Group question

Selecting this option will prompt students to respond to the question as a group instead of individually. To use this option, You will need to set up groups in Top Hat prior to class for this feature to work. When a group question is presented, one student in the group responds on behalf of all the students in their group. 

Anonymous answers

This option will fully anonymize the question by only recording aggregate response totals. No response data from the question will be tracked to the course Gradebook, meaning students' individual responses to the question will never be on record. This option is recommended for questions dealing with potentially sensitive or polarizing subject matter. Selecting this option will also mean that no participation points can be assigned either. 

Note: When selected, the word "Anonymous" will be displayed in the top right corner to let students know that the results are, indeed, anonymous. 

Grading Options

Grading options allow you to assign points for both getting a correct answer and/or for participating in the question. Note: grading is not possible when a question is designated as anonymous.

Correctness: There may be times when you want to assign points for correctness alone. If you are presenting a large number of questions, you might need to assign participation points to all questions.

Participation: There may also be times when you want to assign participation points alone. If you want to measure the level of understanding among all students and don't care whether they get the correct answer but want to know that each person responded, participation points can do just that.

Both: There may be times when you want to provide points for both correctness and participation. If you want to encourage students to try and/or ensure that each student is participating, you can split points between both. The default value is .5 points for getting the answer correct and .5 points for participating in answering the question.

Response Timer

This option will attach a timer of a designated length to the question, which will begin counting down when the question is presented. Students must submit their responses before the time elapses and the question closes. Note: Be aware this option may create inequity for those requiring more time than is allowed.

Review Options

This feature is intended for situations in which you want to have students access your content outside of the class. You can assign a question to students AFTER you present it to students in class if you want them to be able to review the results of the question. You can provide an explanation for the correct answer to students after they respond to the question. Hints and explanations will not be displayed to students in the class presentation of the question. 

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OwnerTimmo D.GroupInstructional Resources
Created2023-11-15 14:13:34Updated2023-11-21 08:59:44
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