Professor: Creating a Multiple Choice Question (New Top Hat)

Multiple choice questions are the most commonly used Top Hat question style. They can be created with as many as 10 different choices or as few as two if you want to create a true or false question.

To create a multiple choice question, click on the blue Create button in the upper left hand corner of your screen. A pop-up menu will appear and you’ll simply want to select the Multiple Choice Question option.

From there you will be provided the the question building framework in which to build your multiple choice question. You’ll want to begin by inputting a unique title for your question.

Attach Image
If you’d like to attach an image to accompany your question, simply click where it says
Attach Image and select an image from your computer’s hard drive.

Multiple Choice Options
Next you’ll want to input the options for your multiple choice question. By default you are provided with two choice options (ex. creating a true or false question), but you can easily add additional options by clicking on
Add Another. If there is a correct answer you’ll also want to ensure you indicate which answer is correct by clicking on the box immediately next to Correct Answer for that option.

It is also possible for you to set multiple answers as correct by simply placing checkmarks next to all of the correct answers. If you want students to receive correctness grades for submitting any one correct answer then under the Response Options you’ll want to select that To answer correctly students need to choose: Any correct answer. Alternatively, if you want students to be able to select multiple answers then you’ll want to select the Response Option of To answer correctly students need to choose: All correct answers. Students will only earn the correctness grades associated with the question if they respond with all of the correct answers.

Question Grading
You can now decide how you’d like to grade your question. By default these values are set to half a point for correctness and half a point for participation, but these values can be changed to anything you’d like, they don’t have to add to 1, and they can be set to zero.

In the example above, a student who answers incorrectly would be awarded 0.25 points just for having submitted an answer, whereas a student who answered correctly would be awarded 1 point (0.25 participation points + 0.75 correctness points).

Allow Students to Answer Anonymously
You can also choose to allow your students to answer the question anonymously, simply click the box next to this option. Please note that when this option is selected you will not be able to see what individuals answer. Only aggregated results will be available, and this question cannot be graded. Further, this setting cannot be changed after the question is created.

Response Timer
Lastly, should you wish, you can set a timer on the question and limit the amount of time your students have to answer the question. The timer will commence the moment you activate the question so if you choose to use a timer, ensure you provide enough time for your students to read
and answer the question. To set a timer, click where it says Never and select your preferred duration from the provided list.

Review Options
Hints and explanations allow you to provide feedback to your students as they use your Top Hat questions to review course material and prepare for exams! They won't be available for students to view until later in the summer, but you can start building them in your Top Hat questions right away! For a more detailed explanation of how to use this great feature in your questions, please see here: Professor: Hints and Explanations in Questions (New Top Hat)


When you’re happy with the question you have created simply click Save in the bottom right corner. Your newly created question will appear at the bottom of your course dashboard to be added to a folder or even embedded into your slide presentation if you choose.



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