Written response question

Add a text box for your students to give a written answer to an open-ended question.


The Written response question is one of the most commonly used question widgets in Stile. It can be used for short- or long-form written responses, mathematical equations or chemical formulae, and general note-taking. The text box will expand to fit your students' responses so there is no limit to how much they can write.


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How to set up the question


The Written response widget can be found in the Questions section of your content bar in Prepare mode. If you can't see the content bar in your Lesson, click on the Add content tab sticking to the right edge of your page. 



When writing the question, you have access to the full rich text toolbar that includes options for formatting, special characters, and mathematical notation. Click here for a complete tutorial on what's available. You may want to help your students with some visual cues, such as writing cognitive verbs in bold or highlighting context clues with italics. If there are multiple parts to the question, then outline them in a numbered list. This is entirely up to you!

If your Lesson is an Assessment, then be sure to adjust the number of marks. All Stile questions are worth 1 mark by default and this can be changed to whatever you like. If the Lesson is not an assessed quiz or test then this box can be ignored.



The model answer can be written next. Click the Model answer tab below the question text box. Model answers mimic student responses, so your tools for creating the answer will be exactly the same as those provided to the student. This includes fewer formatting options and a different maths editor. 

You can use this space to write a response suited to the particular question. It might be a single correct answer for balancing an equation, for example, or there may be several acceptable responses to a more open-ended question. You will be able to use this model answer later when reviewing student answers and discussing them with the class, so make sure it is beneficial to them as much as it is to you. For more information on how to use model answers effectively throughout Stile, click here



In the Settings tab you can flag the question as a Key question or Challenge. These flags are optional and should not be used on every question in a Lesson. Key questions demonstrate student understanding of a stated learning goal, and Challenges are typically more difficult to answer than the rest of the Lesson. You can learn more about Key questions and Challenge questions here



Click the blue Done button in the lower right corner of the widget when you are satisfied with the question's setup.

Protip: Written response is compatible with the Side by side layout! Embellish your question with an image or diagram, or place it next to another question to reduce the length of the Lesson.

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How students interact with the question


Students working through your Lesson will see the question as you've written it followed by the lined response box. They will not see the model answers or any of the editing options. The lined response box will expand infinitely, so they will not run out of space for long responses! 

The tools available in the response box are different and more limited than the full rich text toolbar available to the teacher. Students can use bold and italics, bulleted and numbered lists, monospace "code" font, hyperlinks, and math mode. The student maths tools are different to the teacher maths tools. You can see a breakdown of both here.



The student will be able to see more information after you review the student's work and release answers and feedback. Releasing answers allows the student to see the marks they earned, any comments you've made on their response, and the model answer to the question. You must deliberately release answers for your students to see them, but on a non-assessed Lesson your comments will appear in real time.

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How to review student responses

Teach mode allows you to review your students' responses during class, while they work. This is great if you want to discuss answers with everyone, highlight strong responses, and compare with the model answer. 



Find the question within the page and click on Show responses. This will open up Quick review, in which you can scroll through everyone's responses and compare them with the model answer. Learn more about Quick review here



In Analyse mode, Written response questions only display the question. Click on View responses to open Quick review. You can also click on a specific student's name to go directly to their worksheet. 



Written response also allows you to annotate your students' responses by highlighting their text and leaving comments directly on their work. Use your cursor to select a block of text. This will add a light red highlight and give you the option to leave a comment. 

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