Creating automatically marked drag and drop tasks

Stile's interactive canvas lets you create a whole range of interactive tasks for your students, such as sequencing, matching, cloze or diagram labelling questions.

To save teacher time and increase student's autonomy, drag and drop tasks can be automatically marked and it's even possible to add automated feedback as well.

Great! How does it work?

If you haven't already, add an interactive canvas question from the content sidebar. 

In this example, we're going to make a drag and drop cloze task (borrowed from Jesse Black at Mt Sinai College in Maroubra – thanks, Jesse! 🙌)
You can see it in action and copy it to your own subject here.

1. Add the background elements 

For cloze tasks, the background element is the paragraph or sentence that contains the blanks. The type tool lets you add that text and the 'padlock' lets you lock the text in place so that it doesn't get moved around or deleted by students:

2. Add the source elements

The source elements are the objects that students interact with, i.e. what they drag and drop from one place to another. In this example, those are Earth, Moon and Sun which the students need to drag onto the appropriate blank:

3. Define the target area

We now need to make the first blank the 'target area' for Moon. For that, we need to select Moon and click on the 'tick' in the toolbar, which activates the auto-marking:

It's now possible to draw out a target area with the mouse by clicking and dragging over the first blank. This will create a green rectangle, indicating the 'correct!' area:

When you let go of your mouse, you'll get the dialogue box like the one above that lets you add optional feedback for students who dragged it into the correct place:

4. Leave automated feedback 

It's also possible to specify incorrect feedback if students place an object in the wrong area. If students placed the Sun anywhere but the last blank, we may want to let them know why that's incorrect. We can do that by switching 'Correct' to 'Incorrect' and drawing out areas:

5. Test it!

In order to ensure it works, switch over to 'Student' mode, drag the items into the blanks and hand in the work. The results will show up for students straight away:

Hand in the task to see the automated marking.

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