Multiple Choice Questions with 1 Wrong Answer (Learn 9.1)

Blog Post created by rh0071219 on Feb 7, 2019

I got a request from an instructor today, and it was so interesting that I thought I'd share about it in case anyone else ever came up with a similar scenario.  The instructor wanted to set up a short quiz at the end of each week as a formative assessment to ensure students were keeping up.  They are graded (so they can't be anonymous or use the survey tool), and for each question, the instructor wants all answers to be correct, except for one.


Multiple Choice won't work because there's no way to configure a question with more than one correct answer.

Multiple Answer won't work because students must select only one answer. 


Enter, the Opinion Scale/Likert question...


Here's how you do it.

  1. Create a test.
  2. Add Question > Opinion Scale / Likert
  3. Provide question title (optional) and text.
  4. Set "Answer Orientation" to "Vertical".
  5. Click checkbox for "Allow Partial Credit"
  6. By default 6 answer options will be created, so delete any unnecessary answer options.
  7. Enter a correct answer for Answer 1 and make sure "Correct" is selected.
  8. With the remaining correct answers, enter the text in the space provided, and set the Partial Credit % to 100.
  9. For the incorrect answer(s), set the Partial Credit % at 0.


When students take the assessment, any response other than the wrong answer is a correct response.

Weird? Yes.

But that's why I'm sharing it.


What Is The Practical Use??? 

It can be helpful for following up with students to see how well they comprehended the course material, getting them to self-report when they're struggling, and giving them a point for participation as long as they actually did the work.  For those who reported not doing the work, no points are awarded.    (This scenario obviously requires that students be honest in their self-reporting, but that's why we have an honor code.)


Here's an example of how it might work....


Q:  For the assignments in this unit:

  1. I found them simple and was able to them on my own without notes.
  2. I found them reasonably simple, but needed to reference the textbook or my notes.
  3. I struggled with the content and needed to ask for help from a classmate/tutor/TA.
  4. I didn't complete these assignments


1, 2, and 3 are each worth 1 point, and 4 is the wrong answer, worth nothing.


So there you go... One of those oddball scenarios that we encounter every once in a while....