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

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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