Open-ended questions type
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Written by Anastasiia Fedchenko
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The Open-ended question type can be used in various tasks, including essay writing, after-reading reflections, etc. By placing the open-ended area on the worksheet, your students are allowed to type their answers into the provided field.


This interactive question type is manual-graded.

There are two ways to place the element in the needed area:

  • Click the element, and drag it to the necessary place while holding the mouse button and adjusting the size.

  • Сlick the element first, then click the desired spot. The field will appear in that spot. Adjust to the desired size.

By clicking the following icon, you'll open a pop-up with the SETTINGS section:

Creating a question

You can create a task using this element. To do this, follow the steps below:

1. Drag the element to the slide.

2. Click on the plus sign and write the question:

In the Settings section, you can specify the following:

The number of points for answering correctly.

Click the field and select the desired option from a dropdown list. You can either decide on the number of points from 1 to 10, set it by default, or choose not to score the task.

  • Note! If you create a new edform or copy and edit an existing one, you select the option "do not to score" in the worksheet (element) settings, then you will not be able to score that assignment in the Reports.

    If this step was taken by mistake, you can go to the worksheet (element) settings and change the scoring criteria. Then you will be able to grade that element in the new or any already existing report.

In the Styles section, you can make the following adjustments:

  1. Set a custom placeholder. Enter the desired info into the corresponding field.

  2. Text justification. Click the button (full, left, center, right) to set the option.

  3. Font.

    • Choose whether the text should be bold, italic, underlined, or strikeout by clicking the corresponding icon.

    • Select the desired style and size of the font from the drop-list options.

  4. Adjust the borders: define the color and the width.

  5. Regulate background opacity.

    • Move the indicator to the left or right to decrease or increase the opacity of the letters, respectively.

Manipulations that you can do with the element:

  • Adjust its size.

  • Move the element to a different place. To do this, hover over the field click, hold the six-dots icon, drag it where needed, and then release the button.

  • Duplicate the element by clicking the copy icon next to the Settings icon. A copy will appear below.

  • Remove the element from the worksheet by clicking the trash icon.

  • Click the icon of moving the element, and in a menu, choose the element's position relative to other elements: send back, send backward, bring forward, bring to front.

  • Lock or unlock the element by clicking on the moving element icon.

Student View

This is how your students will see the Open-ended task:


Once the student finishes an assignment, to check and grade the student's writing, you will need to:

  1. Go to the reports section.

  2. Choose the required report (running or completed) and click on it.

  3. Click on the open-ended field, and select the number of points for the task in the pop-up drop list.

  4. You may also leave feedback for each task.

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