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My school is moving away from using Scantrons, but we do not have a lock down feature on our Chromebooks to prevent screenshots. For this reason, we created generic Scantrons in Schoology that still allow a hard copy of the test (which the students prefer) vs. having to type in every question in Schoology. We've found 2 issues:

1) For multiple choice responses...on matching questions that require two answers, say AD, Schoology will grade them as correct only if they have AD...BUT if the answer is only one letter, it will not allow them to choose 2 letters. High schoolers have quickly picked up on this and can narrow the answers down if Schoology will allow them to select more than one letter. If it only allows 1, they know the answer is A-E, but if it allows 2 is AB-DE.

2) In order for students to just see A, B, C, etc. for possible responses we had to put two spaces after the response options. If we type in A, B, C, etc, the students see each letter twice. The issue is that when we go to print the key it shows a blank box checked but it doesn't say which one the answer is. So the only way to check the key is to individually open each question which is very time consuming on a 100 question test.

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    Charles Black Comentario oficial

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with creating multiple choice questions in Schoology. Can you provide a suggestion based on your scenarios above that would solve the issue you are experiencing? This detail will help us to better understand the issue and the a potential solution to the problem.

    Thank you!

    Charles
    Knowledge Management & Community Specialist
    Schoology, Inc.

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    Michelle Link

    It would be great if Schoology would allow students to select more than one option, even if the answer key is only one...for example, if the answer to a multiple choice question were A, B, C, D, or E it allows them to only select one possible answer. However, lets say the student thought the answer was A and B...Schoology won't allow them to put A and B because the correct answer in Schoology is entered in as one answer. So students have picked up on this and it eliminates half of the possible answers on tests because they have realized this flaw. If an answer requires two letters, say the answer is AB, then Schoology will allow them to select two answers. Again, eliminating half of the possibilities.

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    Charles Black

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for clarifying your idea! 

    This type of functionality is currently available via Assessments in Schoology. You can enable this by toggling the Multiple Responses setting: 

    We also have the ability to print assessments currently in development on our Product Roadmap. Please be sure to click Follow at the top of the Development section to receive updates on new features!

    Thanks again for sharing your feedback.

    Charles
    Knowledge Management & Community Specialist
    Schoology, Inc.

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    Michelle Link

    If I'm not mistaken the multiple responses option allows them to put either A or B and Schoology will count both as correct. I want it so that the student must put A and B in order for it to be counted correct and allow the student to select the response they think is correct. The issue I'm having is that on the student side, Schoology will only allow them to select two responses if the correct answer is actually 2 letters. If the correct answer is only one letter the student can only select one answer. High schoolers have figured this out (and informed me) that they can do this and then eliminate half of the possible answers. 

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    Michelle Link

    A student also just informed me that if two answers are required the button that they click is a square; if one answer is required the button is a circle. This is an obvious issue when testing. 

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    Charles Black

    Hi Michelle,

    When using Multiple Choice within Assessments, you can select multiple answer choices along with multiple responses. Those choices however, cannot be configured in a specific order. If you are looking to have students answer in a particular order, we recommend using the Ordering question type. There are multiple correct answer and scoring configurations for ordering questions that may fit your needs.

    We recommend exploring the many question types available within Assessments and also reaching out to other educators, like those in our Schoology Educators public group, for first hand collegial advice and experience using Assessments.

    Thank you!

    - Charles

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    Michelle Link

    I am not looking to have them in a specific order.

    What we have done to avoid screenshots of tests is to create a blank "Scantron" type assessment. The students see the question number and the options A, B, etc. They receive a paper copy of the test for the question. For matching questions, options are listed A through E, and then AB, AC, AD, etc. When students are answering those questions, they are only able to select two options IF the answer is two options. If the answer is only one option however, it only allows them to pick one option. Because of this, students can eliminate options A through E if Schoology allows you to click two buttons. This has been reported before by someone else and is a huge flaw when our school now relies on Schoology for testing. 

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    Charles Black

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for the clarification, I apologize that I misunderstood #1 in your original post for this request. I'll take this feedback to our Product Team for consideration. We apologize if this issue has caused an inconvenience.

    The second part of your post, regarding missing answer selections when printing, I was not able to reproduce this based on the information. I have created a ticket so that we can troubleshoot this issue further. 

    Thank you once again for all of your feedback and taking to the time to clarify your idea.

    - Charles

     

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    Michelle Link

    Are there any updates? The issue is still happening and its affecting student scores. I just looked at a student's computer...and for ANY multiple choice question is displayed differently based on what the correct answer is.

    For example...if a multiple choice question has one answer...the bubble to the left of the answer options is circular....if it requires 2 answers, then the bubble is square. In addition, if it requires two answers it will allow them to click two boxes. If one answer is required it will only allow them to select 1. This is a HUGE issue for high school students who have quickly figured this out and helps them eliminate possible answers.

    THIS IS AFFECTING TEST SCORES AND NEEDS TO BE FIXED ASAP. THIS WAS REPORTED 6 MONTHS AGO!

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    Charles Black

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for checking in!

    I want to make sure that you are aware that Assessments in Schoology (not Test/Quizzes) will allow you to enter in a,b,c,d as answer options (without blanks) and they will be displayed that way both within Schoology and when printed. Assessments also allow you to configure alternate correct answer setups that address the problem you are experiencing with Test/Quizzes.

    The ability to Print Assessments was recently released and shortly thereafter, Observational Grading:

    Observational Grading provides instructors with the ability to:

    • > Record student performance-based tasks without requiring students to log into Schoology and take an assessment themselves.
    • > Enter student results on a printed assessment, back into Schoology.

    I strongly recommend giving Assessments a try, along with Observational Grading today! Let us know how it goes!

    Thanks again,

    Charles, Schoology Team

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    Michelle Link

    This wasn't the issue I just posted about at all. Please read today's post! I'm posting about how Schoology is helping students narrow down answers because of how the questions appear to students. This has nothing to do with printing assessments or observational grading!

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    Charles Black

    Hi Michelle,

     

    I apologize for the confusion on my part.

    We created a ticket for you regarding the issue with Multiple Choice answer button shapes, back in October. I will be sending you a response in that ticket regarding your request.

    In the meantime, you can enable the setting "Multiple Responses" for ALL multiple choice questions, even if they only have one answer. This will force Schoology to display checkboxes for every Multiple Choice question, regardless of how many answers are available. 

    Thanks for clarifying your question!

    Charles, Schoology Team

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    Michelle Link

    Thanks Charles! If I click "Multiple Responses" though won't it take either answer as correct? For example, If I want the answer to be A and B...if I select "Multiple Responses" will Schoology then accept A or B as correct; or will it require both to be checked in order to be correct?

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    Charles Black

    Hey Michelle,

    With Multiple Responses checked, Schoology will require both answers to be checked in order to count as correct. So, in your example: A and B must be checked.

    Thanks again for your understanding. Let me know if you have any other questions. 😃

    - Charles

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    Michelle Link

    Charles...I just tried to click "Allow Multiple Responses" and that option isn't shown. I have the following options: "Randomize Choices", "Allow Partial Credit", and "Timed Question". Thanks for your help so far!

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    Charles Black

    Hi Michelle,

    It sounds as though you are using Test/Quizzes. This previous reply details that Multiple Responses is available only in Schoology Assessments, along with the other features discussed: Printing Assessments & Observational Grading. 

    While the long-term plan for Schoology is to expand Assessments and eventually phase out the Test/Quiz feature, we want to ensure a seamless transition for everyone using the original testing feature. You can start using Assessments right away by converting your current Test/Quizzes in to Assessments.

    Thanks for all of your questions, Michelle!

    - Charles, Schoology Team.

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