Professor: Mis-spelled Correct Answer in a Word Answer Question (New Top Hat)

On occasion, no matter how thoroughly you have thought through the possible acceptable responses that students may come up with for a word answer question you’ll find that sure, yeah, I’d give that answer credit. Should this come up, not to worry - you can easily award credits to these students retroactively!

Multiple Students with the Same Response
If there were a number of students who responded with identical submissions that you’d like to honour as correct, then the best option for you will be actually add that response as a correct answer. To do this, click on the question in your dashboard to reveal it, and then click on the Edit button in the upper right hand corner of the question preview.

The question building framework will be launched for you and you’ll simply want to click on + Add Another and type in the submitted answer(s) in which you’d like to award students credits for having answered the question correctly. Be sure to click Save when you’re done to ensure your additional correct answer(s) are recorded.

Students who submitted this answer when you asked the question will retroactively be awarded points for having responded correctly!

Students with Unique Acceptable Responses
If there was a couple of students who responded with a unique submission that you’d like to honour as correct, it may not be worth adding another correct answer to the question. Instead you may choose to award the student correctness points for the question directly in the Top Hat gradebook. To make these changes, access your course gradebook by clicking on the Gradebook button along your top header.

Within the Course Content tab of your course gradebook, locate the question in which you’d like to adjust the grades and click on the question itself or Details for the question (both in blue text) to reveal the details of that specific question. You can search for a specific student using the search field, or simply scroll through the list of students, looking at their submission response, and identifying which responses you’d like to award correctness points to. Once identified, awarding correctness points is easy - you simply change the value in the correctness box for that student.

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