Essay - Rich Text

Description

With the Essay question, students can give long, detailed answers to questions (up to a maximum of 10,000 words). As the grading of an essay is subjective, the question cannot be auto scored. Learnosity offers two types of Essay question: simple Essay - Rich Text with basic formatting controls, and Essay (with text formatting), with a number of additional text formatting options.

Figure 1 - Essay (with text formatting) question example.

Create a Question


Enter a question stem in the Compose Question area. Below, the Text Formatting Options section sets the formatting controls that will be available for the students.

Figure 2 - Rich Text Essay formatting options.

A list of default formatting options are displayed. To replace a default control button, choose a new one from the option drop down menu as shown in Figure 3. Click on +Add to add a new formatting option menu. Click on the trash can icon beside an option to remove it.

Figure 3 - Selecting formatting options.

Then you can specify the Maximum Length - this is the maximum number of words that can be entered into the text entry field. The word count will be displayed in the question toolbar.

Word Limit Setting sets whether the word count should be displayed in the toolbar or not. You can choose between the following options:

  • Always On - Word Limit is always displayed.
  • On Limit - Word Limit will only be displayed when the limit is reached.
  • Off - Word Limit will not be displayed.

Note: the word count indicator will always be shown.


More Options

Under More Options you will find the ability to enable Submit Over Limit. This defines whether the students are able to save/submit the response when the word limit has been exceeded. When the amount of words entered in the text field reaches the limit, the area will be highlighted in red. The student will be still able to enter text but will not be able to submit the essay if Submit Over Limit is enabled.

Layout

You can set Min height and Max height of the text entry field. The values should be entered in px.

Browser Spellcheck - This will turn on spellcheck in the text entry area. Note: This is a browser feature and may not always be available.

Additionally, you may want to add a placeholder which will be displayed inside the text entry field. This will disappear when the user starts typing text in.

Enabling Character Map allows authors to add non-typical letters and symbols in language e.g. ó, ç, ñ or Math and Science e.g. μ, ∞ ,≤, and make them available for the students in Essay Text questions. When Character Map is on, the default Alpha character map will be shown to the students. The Numerical Character Map will be available when the Has Mathematical Formulas option is enabled. To create a Custom Character Map enter the specific characters into the Characters to display box.

Alpha Character Map Numerical Character Map Custom Character Map

Example 1 - Standard Rich Text Essay question.

Source
{
    "type": "longtext",
    "stimulus": "<p>Write an essay on Romanticism Period in literature.</p>"
}


Example 2 - Essay question with max characters 100 and text formatting options.

Source
{
    "character_map": true,
    "formatting_options": [
        "bold",
        "italic",
        "underline",
        "unorderedList",
        "orderedList"
    ],
    "max_length": 100,
    "stimulus": "<p>Describe how you would take a patient&#39;s medical history.</p>",
    "type": "longtext"
}


Example 3 - Rich Text Essay question with max characters set to 800 with Submit Over Limit enabled.

Source
{
    "character_map": true,
    "formatting_options": [
        "bold",
        "italic",
        "underline"
    ],
    "show_word_limit": "off",
    "stimulus": "<p>Write a paragraph about yourself <u>in French</u>.</p>",
    "submit_over_limit": true,
    "type": "longtext"
}


Example 4 - Rich Text Essay question with placeholder text and browser spellcheck.

Source
{
    "max_length": 800,
    "spellcheck": true,
    "stimulus": "<p>Write, in 500 words or less, a short summary of Homer&#39;s Oddysey.</p>",
    "type": "longtext",
    "placeholder": "Type here...",
    "ui_style": {
        "max_height": "400px",
        "min_height": "150px"
    }
}


Example 5 - Rich Text Essay question with a math and numerical character map enabled.

Source
{
    "character_map": true,
    "formatting_options": [
        "bold",
        "italic"
    ],
    "is_math": true,
    "max_length": 300,
    "placeholder": "Write your answer here",
    "stimulus": "<p>Tell if the formula below is quadratic and explain your answer.<\/p><p>\\(y+5=2x^{2} \\)<\/p>",
    "type": "longtext"
}