Short answer widget - confusing name?


this is just a random observation.

I think the name of "Short answer" widget often misleads course creators in thinking they should use this when they want students to write a short text. E.g. What is your opinion on xy? (expecting a few sentences on something)

This happens very often causing confusion among students (who are unable to then get the answer "right" or teachers who can't find students' answers anywhere.)

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  • Hi Alenka,

    I agree this can be confusing, that is, sometimes it's not obvious that we are expecting a short answer because the input box is so big.

    An option to have a short input box was recently added to this widget.

    Sometimes when we ask a question with a short and simple answer such as questions with a numerical answer, the big text box makes it seem like we are expecting a long paragraph answer.

    Now we can change the size of the input box accordingly.

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  • Yeah, this will work IF the course creators get the idea of "size of input". Please keep in mind that the issue is that the creators who use the wrong widget.

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