Your institution controls which tools are available in the Original Course View. Tests are always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View, but anonymously submitted surveys aren't supported at this time.

Create an Essay question

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about creating essay questions.

Essay questions require students to type an answer in a text box, and you need to grade these questions manually.

  1. Access a test, survey, or pool. From the Create Question menu, select Essay.
  2. On the Create/Edit Essay Question page, type the Question Text. You can type directly in the editor or paste a question from another application, such as Notepad or TextEdit. You can use the math editor when you create Essay questions.
  3. Optionally, type a sample answer.
  4. Optionally, associate a rubric.
  5. Select Submit and Create Another or Submit to add the question to the test.

Individual Essay feedback

On the Question Settings page, you can set options for feedback for individual questions.

  • Provide feedback for individual answers: Select this check box if you want your feedback for individual answers to appear to students. Though a Response Feedback text box displays by default, students won't see any feedback you add unless you select this check box. You can't provide individual feedback for answers to True/False, Ordering, and Matching questions.
  • Add images, files, and web links to individual feedback: You'll be able to add images, files, and web links to individual feedback you provide.

More on question settings


ULTRA: Create an Essay question

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about creating essay questions.

Essay questions require students to type an answer in a text box, and you need to grade these questions manually.

When you create a new test, select the plus sign to open the menu and select Add Essay question.

You'll use the same process when you create questions in tests and assignments.

The Test Content area opens where you create the Essay question. Questions have a default value of 10 points. Select the Points box to type a new value.

To help keep your test content organized, you can add files within individual questions. Make a selection from the editor's Insert Content menu, such as Insert from Cloud Storage. To edit the files you added, enter edit mode for the question.

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You can use the options in the editor to format the text.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.


ULTRA: Add, edit, and delete questions

After you add the first question, select the plus sign wherever you want to add another question, type text, or upload a file. You can add as many text blocks and files as you want.

Students see the content just as you see it, without the editing options.

More on adding text and files

Before students open the assessment, access the menu to select Edit or Delete. To change the points, select the score pill and type a new value.

You can edit the text of an Essay question, even after students have made submissions. After students open the assessment, you can't add new questions, delete a question, move the content, edit the values, or change which answers are correct.

Select Align with goal from the menu to align goals with individual assessment questions to help your institution measure achievement. After you make the assessment available, students can view information for the goals you align with assessments and questions so they know your expectations.

More on how to align goals with course content

Edit files within questions

You can edit settings for the files you've added to questions. Select the file in the editor and then select the Edit Attachment icon in the row of editor options. You can add a Display name and Alternative text. Alternative text describes the image for people who use screen readers or visit web pages with images turned off.

You can also choose whether to insert the file as a link in the editor or to embed the file directly so it appears inline with other content you've added.

More on editing tests and questions