(Last Updated: November 17, 2017)

ActivePresenter is now one of the most popular eLearning authoring tools. The app offers an intuitive user interface and powerful features which suit both novices and experts. In this article, I will show you 9 types of eLearning questions. They are practical for designing eLearning contents.

Components of an eLearning Question in ActivePresenter

In ActivePresenter, questions are interactive objects which can respond to user inputs. They are useful to assess learners’ performance (graded mode) and get their feedback (survey mode). In total, there are 9 types of supported eLearning questions. They include True/False, Multiple Choice, Multiple Response, Essay, Fill in Blank, Fill in Multiple Blank, Sequence, Drag-n-Drop, and Rating Scale (Likert).

To insert any type of questions above, go to the Interaction tab, and then many buttons appear. Out of them, the buttons in the question group are ones designed for making questions. Their names say it all. In other words, you can click the True/False button to create a true/false question. Or, click the Multiple Choice button to create a multiple choice question.   

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

When you click a question button, ActivePresenter inserts the question into the current slide. In essence, a typical question comprises four parts as shown in the picture below.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

  • Title (1): Each question must have one title.
  • Answer (2): The number of answers depends on the question type. For example, a True/False question has two answers. Meanwhile, a Multiple Choice question allows you to add as many answers as you want.
  • Feedback Messages (3): A graded question probably contains four types of feedback messages. They are correct, incorrect, incomplete, and timeout. On the other hand, a survey question may involve only two types, including incomplete and timeout. See Working with Feedback Objects for more information.
  • Button (4): Four supported button types are Back, Clear, Skip, and Submit. See How to Create Quizzes to learn more.
  • Quick Toolbar (5): When you insert a question into a slide, a quick toolbar also appears on the top-right corner of the slide. From here, you can move the question, launch the Event Editor dialog, insert messages and/or buttons, and change answers’ style.

Besides, each question has two layout modes: Manual and Automatic. The former means that sizes and positions of child objects inside the question are free to change. If you opt for the latter, ActivePresenter will calculate child objects’ sizes and positions automatically basing on layout options. To see these options, go to the Properties pane > Layout Mode.

Now is the time to learn more about 9 types of eLearning questions in ActivePresenter.

9 eLearning Question Types in ActivePresenter

1. True/False

True/False (also Yes/No) is one of the easiest ways to frame questions. This eLearning question includes a statement. Learners clarify whether that statement is true or false. In other words, there are only two possible responses to each question. So, learners have to choose between them. True/false eLearning questions are suitable to create comprehension tests. You can thus assess learners’ ability to make accurate judgments.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

When creating true/false questions with ActivePresenter, phrase questions in the way you don’t imply answers. Also, make sure that answers match the form of the questions. Don’t ask a yes/no question, but label the answer as true/false.

2. Multiple Choice

In reality, true/false questions are restricted to simple situations. Besides, they may encourage guessing. To avoid that, you can consider multiple choice questions.  

Multiple choice questions consist of a list of possible answers for learners to choose from. Using them is ideal to test the ability to recall memorized information, understand knowledge, and apply theory to practice.  

Multiple choice questions are pick-one questions which have only one correct answer. Other choices act as “distractors” which are meant for draw learners’ attention away from the real answer. A good example of this multiple choice question type is to ask learners when or where an event happened.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

To make a good multiple choice question, ensure that distractors are neither too different nor too similar. Likewise, avoid using the choices “all of the above” and “none of the above” as much as possible.  

3. Multiple Responses

The next question type is multiple responses. This eLearning question type is quite similar to multiple choice. But the difference is that it is aimed at making pick-multiple questions. In other words, there are one or more correct answers from the list of answer options. Because of this, multiple response questions use checkboxes for answers instead radio buttons in multiple choice.

Multiple response questions help reduce the possibility of a correct guess. This leads to the difficulty level of questions increases. They are good to go with in many cases. Below is a typical example of this question type.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

4. Essay

An essay question is an open-text field which allows learners to type in their answers. There is no limitation on words/characters. Also, ActivePresenter enables you to set the width and height of the essay input text box.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

Essay questions give learners full freedom to explain ideas in their own words. Thanks to this, they can improve their skills at critical thinking, logical thinking, idea organizing, and so on. Thus, if you want to assess these skills, think about the essay question type.

5. Fill in Blank

A fill-in-the-blank question often includes a question with one blank space where learners enter their answer. The blank can be placed within a sentence or at the end of a question. In general, this question type is very specific so it requires a short and clear answer as well.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

You can use fill-in-the-blank questions to do a recall test in terms, numbers, abbreviations, names, and the like.

6. Fill in Multiple Blanks

Like fill in blank, the fill-in-multiple-blank question type allows you to add many fill-in questions into a sentence or paragraph. The difference is that there is more than one blank in each question, meaning that learners have to offer more answers.

Each answer has a label and a text box. You need to double-click text boxes to set correct values. The below picture is a good example of a fill-in-multiple-blank question.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

7. Sequence

A sequence question asks learners to put the possible answers in order according to some rules. There is a list of items in an incorrect order, and learners need to move them to the right positions within the list.

You can use sequence questions to test learners on the ability to make judgments about the relationship among items in lists. The lists may be historical events by date, countries by size, rankings of value, or steps of a process.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

8. Drag-n-Drop

Drag-n-drop questions comprise multiple drag sources and drop targets. They require learners to define which items on one list corresponded to items in another. It’s a good idea to use this question type to match questions with answers, terms with definitions, pictures with captions, and so on.  

For more information, check out How to Create Drag-n-Drop questions.

9. Rating Scale (Likert)

Rating scales or Likert scales are survey questions. They include a range of answer options at many different levels. It can range from one extreme attitude/opinion to another, like “excellent”, “very poor”, and even neutral midpoints like “fair”. This question type is one of the most reliable ways to measure opinions and attitudes.

eLearning Questions in ActivePresenter

In ActivePresenter, each answer in a rating scale question has a label and many radio buttons. The app lets you control the number of possible answers and the scale. Also, you are free to use whatever text you want for the labels.

Now you get basic information about 9 types of eLearning questions in ActivePresenter. Try to create a quiz question on your own, and let us know if you need any help.

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