How to Create a Math Question
Here we will discuss the details of creating a math question in CourseKey. For the basics of creating a question check out the article:
How to Create Questions for Assessments
A math question allows simple equations and complex math formulas to be inserted in to the question prompt as well as student responses. Once you've selected Math as your question type, follow these steps to complete the creation of your question.
Using the Math Editor
Math formulas can be entered in the compose question field when authoring a math question. Follow these steps to access the Math Editor.
1. Click inside a text area to show the the Rich Text Editor panel.
2. Select the Math Editor icon.
3. In the bottom left corner of the Math Editor pop-up, you can select LaTeX or MathML
Using the LaTeX Editor
You will be prompted to use the LaTeX editor when working in the template field. Students will also be using the LaTeX editor when entering their responses. For information on using the LaTeX editor check out the article:
Math Formula Questions
1. Enter a question prompt in the Compose Question area. (Math Formulas can be entered here but students will not be able to interact with them)
2. Student response boxes (and math expressions) are added in the Template area. This is a LaTeX only area, and math expressions and response boxes are entered using the LaTeX Keypad.
It is important to remember that everything entered into the Template area must also be entered into the Value field in the validation area, or the question will not validate properly.
Set Correct Answers
1. Enter the number of Points you want awarded for a correct answer
2. Choose a suitable math scoring method from the dropdown menu. For this example we are going to choose equivSymbolic. This will accept any math that is symbolically equivalent to what the author enters in the Value field, and is the most flexible scoring method.
a. For more information on the different types of math scoring methods and their additional options check out this article: Math Formula Scoring Methods
3. Insert the correct response into the Value field.
a. Remember that everything that has been entered in the Template area must be copied in to this field. Enter the entire formula from the Template area, replacing the response boxes with the correct number or formula.
Since we've chosen equivSymbolic in this example, we only need to enter one possible solution in the Value field in order to make it work. EquivSymbolic also validates percentages and decimals as equivalent.
1. Choose the Scoring Type
a. Exact Match: Student must answer all parts of the question correct to receive points.
b. Partial Match Per Response: Each correct response element will be awarded individual points.
c. Partial Match: Each correct response element will be scored individually and the overall points will be divided between responses.
2. Enter the number of points you want awarded for Participation.
Participation is the total number of points that will be awarded if the student enters an incorrect answer. Participation points are not added in addition to the points awarded for a correct answer.
4. Show keypad hints - Enable or disable hints on the keypad, such as keyboard shortcuts and symbol group titles that are shown on the top left corner of the keypad when hovering over a symbol group key.
5. Select which groups of symbols should be available for student responses (Algebra, Geometry, ect.)
a. To add more symbol groups click on the +ADD button.
b. To remove a symbol group click on the Trash Icon to the right of that group.
6. Confirm your folder selection and click Save.
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