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.
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).
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. The question is scored based on 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, while 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.