This page will give you an overview of the common validation components in each of the CourseKey's question types.
In the Create an Item with an MCQ tutorial, we created a multiple choice Question. In this tutorial, we are going to take a closer look at some of the scoring options covered in that tutorial.
Most of CourseKey's Question Types are autoscored - excluding Essay. Each auto scored Question Type has validation settings. Authors can select the scoring type, enter the points for the Question, enter a penalty score for the Question, and enable a Check Answer button.
In most cases we can validate questions using 3 scoring methods: Exact Match, Partial Match Per Response, or Partial Match. Some questions, such as Classification and Order List, have additional scoring methods. More details on these can be found in tutorials for these individual Question Types.
The Exact Match scoring option is available in all autoscored Question Types. With Exact Match, the student must get the entire Question correct to receive a mark.
Figure 1 - Exact Match scoring example.
Figure 1 illustrates a Match List question scored using Exact Match. If each response is answered correctly, the student will receive a score of 1.
Partial Match per Response
Partial scoring can be used in Questions where the student may have to answer a Question with multiple responses. Each response can be scored independently, however each response is of equal value. These scoring options are not available in all of our Question Types.If the Question is given a score of 1, as shown in Figure 2 below, then each response within this Question will be worth 1 mark. As a result, a possible max score for the Question will be 3.
Figure 2 - Partial Match per Response scoring example.
Partial Match is similar to Partial Match per Response. A student gets a partial score for each correct response within the Question. The difference with Partial Match is that the value entered in the Points box is the overall mark for the Question.
If the Question is given a score of 1, as shown in Figure 3 below, then each response within this Question will be worth .3333 (rounded to 4 decimal places).
Figure 3 - Partial Match scoring example.
Under Partial Match there is also a Rounding option. Rounding is only available when the scoring type Partial Match has been selected. There are two options to select from the drop down menu: None or Floor. None is set as the default option.
- None will round the score to four decimal places e.g. 2.6666
- Floor will round the score down to the nearest whole number, e.g. a score of 2.666 will be rounded down to 2.
Non Auto-scored Questions
Essay (including Math) need to be scored by a teacher. While a correct answer cannot be specified in the Question Editor, a maximum score can be set. The option can be found under More Options accordion and is developer only.
The Participation Points option allows authors to disable scoring for a question. When set to 0 the student will receive no score. This can be found in the scoring section of a question.
We covered common scoring components across all question types, however, the specific method of adding validation can vary between Question Types.