Courseware Quiz Assignment – Text or Paragraph fields do not allow free text entries
The thread started one month ago on this was closed, but no resolution was found. I think it might have been a miscommunication or something lost in translation. See thread here: http://buddypress.org/community/groups/buddypress-courseware/forum/topic/coureware-quiz-assignment-text-or-paragraph-allow-for-multiple-answers/
Is there a way where the “answer” entered into either a text field or paragraph field can be open or free text where it doesn’t matter what the answer is? Where any answer entered would be correct? I’ve been trying to find the answer to this question, but have had no luck. Perhaps there is something I’m not understanding about the purpose of an open text field and paragraph field on the quiz for an assignment. OR I may be using it incorrectly. OR perhaps there is an alternative I’m missing.
Stas seems to state in the aforementioned thread that he doesn’t see the purpose of such a type of response. The purpose of using an open-ended answer, which could be marked “correct” regardless of what is entered, is a question like this: “Please write in 200 words or less the blurb for the back of your novel.” Then, as an instructor, I take that information and help them tweak it to create a winning blurb for the back of their novel. I’m teaching creative writing and there is no right or wrong answers to free-form text. It’s not about right or wrong, but interactivity that allows me to teach people to hone their craft in writing (as an example).
If the ScholarPress is looking for the same exact text to be entered in the text or paragraph field, then wouldn’t one character entered incorrectly mark the entire answer incorrect? If I transposed a word to say “liek” instead of “like”, it would be marked as “wrong” wouldn’t it?
What is the purpose, then, of the free-form text fields? Why are they included in the quiz if it leaves so much room for error UNLESS we can create a setting that will accept any text entered and mark it as correct? Maybe I’m using it wrong. As I understand it, I’m supposed to put a question mark (?) after the label of the paragraph/text field, then anything after that is the “answer”. So if it is blank, then blank should be the answer…and so it is indeed marked with the way it’s programmed now.
Not sure if this has been resolved or if there is a setting I’m not understanding. I have been able to find neither. Thank you for any guidance anyone can provide on this.
Also I have not been able to find a working link for the handbook to the ScholarPress Courseware. Does anyone have a working link?
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