Professor: Creating a Matching Question (New Top Hat)

Matching questions are an incredibly useful question style allowing you the ability to assess your students on their ability to match items in one bucket, with its counterpart in the other bucket. For example, you may ask your students to match the country with the capital city, the element with its atomic number, or the thinker with their theory.

To create a matching 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 Questions, followed by the Matching Question option.

From there you will be provided w/ the question building framework in which to build your matching 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.

Setting the Correct Answer
When you are creating your matching question you want to build it in such a way that you are identifying for Top Hat what the correct answer is. In the left Premise column you'll place all the values of one category, for example, country names. In the right hand column, Correct Responses, you'll type the values of the other category (capital cities in our example) ensuring that each is correctly matched with its country. To add more pairs you can click the blue + Add Matching Pairs, or you are also given the option to + Add Incorrect Response if you would like to add unmatchable values to make the question more difficult. When the question is asked, the matches will be randomized. 

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).

Correctness grades will be awarded to students who correctly match all of the pairs. No partial grades will be awarded to students who match some, but not all of the pairs. 

Response Timer
You can also choose to 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. 

Allow Students to Answer Anonymously
Lastly, should you want 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.

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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