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Assessment items: Open question

The open question can be used in two ways.

Free Response



This is to request input that should be interpreted by the trainer independently of right or wrong. In this case, do not assign points to this question.



Examples of questions include "What did you think of this course?" but also "How would you handle situation X?".

Comparing with Given Answers



Another way to use the open question is as a test question where the participant's given answer is compared with the possible answers provided by the author. If they match, the participant receives the specified points. An example is "What is the capital of the Netherlands?" where a participant gets points for typing "Amsterdam".



Adding Multiple Correct Answers



It is possible to consider multiple answers correct. This can be useful, for example, if you want to account for different spelling forms of a word. Suppose the correct answer is 'municipalities'. You would also want the other plural form, 'municipalities', to be accepted. Add both answer options as shown below and assign points to both.

Updated on: 03/01/2024

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