(Last Updated: February 21, 2020)

Fill in Blank is one of nine question types in ActivePresenter 7. This question type is renamed Fill in Text Entry in ActivePresenter 8 to avoid confusion with a new question type – Fill in Blanks questions.

In comparison with True/False, Multiple Choice, or Multiple Response, Fill in Text Entry questions help teachers to reduce the potential ability that learners can guess a correct answer from the predefined list of answer options. You can use this question if you want learners to provide their answers on their own, instead of selecting the correct answer from the list.

A Fill in Text Entry question in ActivePresenter 8 consists of two main parts:

  • A question or a statement providing missing information that learners need to fill in;
  • A text entry (or a blank) where learners can type their answer in.
Fill in Text Entry Question Created in ActivePresenter 8

In ActivePresenter 8, Fill in Text Entry is the fourth question type that you can see in the Questions tab:

Fill in Text Entry in the Questions tab

This tutorial will show you how to create a Fill in Text Entry question through 6 stages: 

Let’s start right now!

Insert a Fill in Text Entry Question

To insert a Fill in Text Entry question, do either of the following:

  • In the Questions tab > Fill in Text Entry Fill in Text Entry Question Icon
  • In the Home tab > Interactions > Fill in Text Entry Fill in Text Entry Question Icon

Then, you will see a new question slide inserted into your project as in the below image:

Fill in Text Entry Question Slide

As you can see, a Fill in Text Entry question slide has three parts:

  • (1) the top text box to add a question or a statement providing missing information;
  • (2) the answer area with only one text entry (or the blank) where learners can type their answer in.
  • (3) and the Submit button.

Customize a Fill in Text Entry Question

A Fill in Text Entry question always has the only one text entry. You can neither remove nor add more. If you want to have more text entries, consider using Fill in Text Entries questions.

Here are some options that you can use to customize this question:

  • Resize the question title (1) and answer area (2): You can resize these sections by selecting them and dragging the resizing handles. Or, select them, then go to the Properties pane > Size & Properties tab > Transform to adjust or type the value in the Width and Height combo box:
Resize FTE
  • Format the text entry: You freely format the text entry in the way you want. In the simplest way, select the text entry, then in the Format tab, select the style from the Quick Styles section:
Format the blank

Alternatively, you can edit it yourself using tools (Fill, Line, Shadow) in the Style Tools section. Or, you can also use tools in the Style and Effects tab of the Properties pane. 

  • Reset to the original style: After formatting the text entry, right-click it and select Reset Placeholder if you want to remove all changes you’ve made and reset it to the original style. 

Set Correct Answers

Bear in mind that you cannot directly edit or add text to the text entry. To set correct answers for this question, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Select the text entry, then open the Properties pane > Interactivity tab > General.

Set Correct Answers for FTE

Step 2: Click the Add Value button (4) to display a blank box, then type text in the blank box. 

If there is more than one correct answer, perform Step 2 again and again. 

By following the above steps, you’ve set correct values (correct answers) to the question.

To delete any correct values, simply click the Remove button (5).

Set Score and Reporting

To set score and reporting for the question, select the answer area. Then, go to the Properties pane > Interactivity tab > Score & Reporting

Set Score and Reporting for FTE

This section provides a lot of useful options, including:

  • Mode: Select the Graded mode if you want to measure learners’ performance, or select the Survey mode if you want to collect learners’ feedback or information; 
  • Report ID: Track learners’ activities;
  • Points: Set points for correct answers;
  • Attempts: Set the maximum attempts that learners can interact with the question;
  • Timeout: Set a time limit which only allows learners to respond to the question in the given period of time;
  • Password Field: Select this check box, all characters that learners type in the text entry will not be shown;
  • Case Sensitive: Select this check box to make the uppercase and lowercase characters to be treated differently;
  • Submit: Provide users with two options: Press Key or Auto to submit the entered text;
  • Variable: Define the variable to take place. See Understanding Variables for more details.

For more details about these properties, see How to Create Interactive Quizzes in ActivePresenter 8

Add Events and Actions

ActivePresenter offers default events and actions for Fill in Text Entry questions. Generally, this question type has four default events for the Graded mode (On Correct, On Incorrect, On Incomplete, and On Timeout) and three for the Survey mode (On Complete, On Incomplete, and On Timeout). 

If you’ve selected the Graded mode, here what you’ll see:

Set Events - Actions for FTE

You can remove, change, or make events and actions more advanced as you wish. To do that, first, select the answer area. Then, access the Properties pane > Interactivity tab > Events – Actions

See Working with Events – Actions to learn more.

Add Feedback Messages

ActivePresenter automatically adds default feedback messages for Fill in Text Entry questions. These default feedback messages can be Correct Feedback, Incorrect Feedback, Try Again Feedback, Incomplete Feedback, and Timeout Feedback (for the Graded mode) or Complete Feedback, Incomplete Feedback, and Timeout Feedback (for the Survey mode). Bear in mind that you can delete, change, or add more if necessary. 

See Working with Feedback Messages to get more details.

Now, you’ve learned how to use Fill in Text Entry questions in ActivePresenter 8. Download the app right now and start creating fun interactive quizzes.

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