A Definitive Guide to Question Types in XpressLab

XpressLab offers 7 built-in Activity Types, which are comprised of Practice Exercises, Standard Tests, Student Journals, Oral Discussions, Dropbox Assignments, Student Presentations, and Teacher Presentations.

Question Types exist within each of the XpressLab Activity Types. The Activity Type indicates which Question Types are available to teachers during the activity authoring process.

XpressLab includes 10 unique built-in Question Types that are designed to make your activities and tests more interactive, engaging and stimulating. These Question Types are formatted and templated, so that all you need to do is select one of the built-in questions, set your question properties, and customize your question prompts.

XpressLab’s 10 unique Question Types are a combination of objective style questions, which are auto-marked by the XpressLab system, as well as subjective style questions, which require manual review using XpressLab's intuitive Marking interface.

XpressLab offers the following built-in Question Types

Audio Response Question:

Audio Response Questions ask students to record an oral response to a question prompt using the audio recording widget provided within the question slide. In the Audio Response question type, teachers can define a text-based or audio-based Question Prompt, as well as the number of times students can re-record their oral response.

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In the Practice Exercise Activity Type, Audio Response Questions offer speech recognition technology. When creating the Audio Response question in a Practice Exercise, teachers can select the Use speech recognition option, and then configure the correct words or phrases students must use in order to answer the question correctly. When speech recognition technology is enabled, the Audio Response Question will capture student audio and deliver instant feedback. Additional configurable settings can also be applied to speech recognition-enabled Audio Response questions, in order to modify the level of difficulty. Audio Response Questions are available in the Practice Exercise, Standard Test, and Teacher Presentation Activity Types.

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Written Response Question:

Written Response questions ask students to record a written (or essay-style) response to a question prompt using the text box provided to the student on the question slide. In the Written  Response question type, teachers can define the Question Prompt using text or audio, as  well as the word limit for the student response, and the ability for students to format their response using a formatting toolbar. Written Response questions are available in the Practice Exercise and Standard Test Activity Types.

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Drawing Question:

Drawing Questions challenge students to answer a question prompt by drawing their response. Teachers can create interactive drawing questions using a text-based or audio-based question prompt. The easy-to-use drawing interface allows students to illustrate their answers, and submit their drawing to their teacher for review and feedback. Drawing Questions are available in the Standard Test Activity Type.

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Fill in the Blank:

Fill in the Blank questions typically provide a passage of text in which words or phrases are omitted. Students are required to select or enter the correct word/phrase to complete the sentence. Fill in the Blank questions offer multiple formats for selecting the correct missing word/phrase. The ‘blank’ can be: a drop down list of answers (students select correct answer), or a text box rendering (students type missing word). Fill in the Blank Questions are available in the Practice Exercise, Standard Test and Teacher Presentation Activity Types.

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Matching Question:

Matching Questions allow teachers to enter a word or phrase which can then be matched to either: a corresponding audio recording, image, or additional word/phrase. The Matching Question prompt can be written or audio-based. Additional multimedia elements such as: video clips, additional audio clips/recordings, images, and text can also be added to the question prompt. Matching Questions are available in the Practice Exercise, Standard Test, and Teacher Presentation Activity Types.

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Multi-Question Slide:

The Multi-Question Slide groups together several Multiple Choice (Text) questions that are related to the same stimulus/question prompt. Teachers use the Multi-Question Slide to define the Question Prompt (text based or an audio recording), as well as the layout of the question prompt, and the corresponding Multiple Choice (Text) questions.  The Multi-Question Slide is available in the Practice Exercise, Standard Test and Teacher Presentation Activity Types.

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Multiple Choice Question (Oral):

Multiple Choice (Oral) questions allow teachers to define a question either in writing (text) or verbally (audio) and then provide oral answer options for students to choose from. Teachers define the question prompt, as well as oral answer options by recording (or uploading) audio into the recording widgets. Teachers can add as many oral answer options as required, adding 1 to many audio response options. Multiple Choice Questions (Oral) are available in the Practice Exercise, Standard Test, and Teacher Presentation Activity Types.

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Multiple Choice Question (Text):

Multiple Choice (Text) questions allow teachers to define a question either in writing (text) or verbally (audio) and then provide text-based answer options for students to choose from. Teachers define the question prompt, as well as text-based answer options. Several Multiple Choice (Text) questions can also be added to a Multi-Question Slide to create a more comprehensive set of Multiple Choice questions. Multiple Choice Questions (Text) are available in the Practice Exercise, Standard Test, and Teacher Presentation Activity Types.

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Text Passage Correction Question:

Text Passage Correction questions allow teachers to supply a passage of text that contains spelling or grammar mistakes. Student must highlight each mistake and annotate each highlighted word by provided the correct answer. Teachers define an audio or text-based question prompt as well as a passage of text that contains errors. The teacher then configures highlight text by entering answer options for students to select from. Teachers can also set the correct answer for auto-marking purposes, and can configure whether or not the answer is case sensitive. Text Passage Correct Questions are available in the Practice Exercise, Standard Test, and Teacher Presentation Activity Types.

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Blank:

Blank questions or 'blank slides' are typically used to communicate a question or to provide a lengthier stimulus. A Blank question can contain a video, audio clip, image, text, or combination of all of the above. Blank questions are available within each of the 7 built-in Activity Types.

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The following table summarizes which built-in Questions Types are available in each of the XpressLab Activity Types

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The following video provides a short visual overview of each Question Type available in XpressLab.

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