The Fill in the blanks question has a form of a sentence or paragraph containing a blank space in place of a word or phrase intentionally left out. A learner can type in a missing word or select the correct option from a drop-down list. 

The Fill in the blanks question requires a more advanced level of knowledge because it is harder to recall than it is to recognize (as a learner does with other question types, like multiple choice, for example).

The Fill-in-the-blanks stimulate a cued recall effect because the cue helps learners access information in their long-term memory.

How to create a Fill in the blanks question in Easygenerator

  • Select the Fill in the blanks question from the left-hand panel and add it to a section.

  • Add a question title.

  • Type in the text and add blanks and/or dropdowns.

  • For a dropdown, add answer options and mark the correct one.

  • For a blank, type in one or more correct variants. Select “Match case” to make the answer case-sensitive, meaning that the learner must enter the answer using the correct capitalization. The question is marked as correct if a learner’s reply matches the correct answer(s) you provide. 

  • Create feedback for correct and incorrect answers.

  • Optional: add a voice-over

How to delete answer options from blanks:

To delete an answer option from a blank, hover over the unwanted answer > Click the Delete answer bin icon next to it > Click the Ok button for saving the changes.

Note: In order to delete an answer, you should have at least two different answer options in the blank, otherwise, if there is only one answer option, the Delete answer bin icon will be inactive.

How to delete answer options from the dropdown list:

To delete an answer option from a dropdown list, hover over the unwanted answer > Click the Delete answer bin icon next to it > Click the Ok button for saving the changes.

Note: In order to delete an answer option, you should have at least three different answers in the dropdown, otherwise, if there are only two answer options, the Delete answer bin icon will be inactive.

Tips for writing good Fill in the blanks questions

  • The question instruction should be meaningful and state a specific problem that focuses on the learning objective.

  • Keep answers for the blanks simple and brief. One-word answers prevent issues like extra spaces or word order causing a correct answer to be scored as incorrect.

  • Do not start the question with a blank, because this may confuse learners.

  • Limit the number of blanks per question to 2 max. The more blanks you put into the question, the more confusing it gets.

  • Avoid clues to the correct response in the question.

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