Professor: Creating a Numeric Answer Question (New Top Hat)

Numeric answer questions are great for math classes, science courses, or any situation where you’d like students to perform a calculation. Answers for numeric answer questions may have a tolerance set to determine how close a student's response must be to the answer key to receive full marks. Top Hat can display the answers to these questions and include useful stats on student submissions including max/min, mean, and standard deviation.

To create a numeric answer 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 Numeric Answer Question option.

From there you will be provided w/ the question building framework in which to build your numeric answer question. You’ll want to begin by inputting a unique title for your question, and then the question itself of course.

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.

Setting the Correct Answer
Next, if your question is a free-response question
without a correct answer you can indicate this by leaving the correct answer field blank. Alternatively, if your question has a correct answer you’ll want to type it in the field provided. You can also choose to set a tolerance, a +/- range surrounding the defined correct answer that will be accepted as a correct submission. In the example below, student responses of 2008, 2009, or 2010 will be awarded correctness points. Should you choose not to allow a tolerance and only the exact answer will be accepted, simply set the tolerance to zero.

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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