This article will explain how questions can be added to an assignment in Ans.
1. What is an exercise
An exercise is a part of an exam, test or assessment, in which you explain what you expect from a student. Exercises can be added by clicking the black button ADD EXERCISE
, but exercises can also be copied
. The exercise contains a header
in which you give a title to the exercise. This can, for example, be 'Exercise 1',
or might contain the subject of the exercise. After the header is given a name, questions
can be generated, or content
can be added. Questions
A question is the parts of the exercise which gives a direct assignment to the student. The way students can respond to the question depends on what type of question you ask. Different types of questions can be added, which is further explained here
. An example of a question is 'What is the definition of a question?'
for an open question, or, 'Which of the following options is the definition of a question?'
for a multiple choice question.
All exercises need a question
, in order to give students the ability to score points for this exercise. Only questions can contain points, which can be scored by students.Content
Besides questions, you can add content to your exercises. Content can come in the form of plain text, explaining more about the question, or giving background information. This can also be done by adding pictures. These pictures can be placed centered, or in-line with text. In-line placement of pictures allows for saving space on the exam form.
2. Create exercises
After clicking the black button ADD EXERCISE
, an exercise is created. Subsequently, questions and content can be created by the buttons ADD CONTENT
and ADD QUESTION
. 2.1. Questions
In the drop-down menu that appears after clicking ADD QUESTION
, a lot of opportunities are available to create the type of question you want. More about question types can be found here
A question needs a description, this can be created in the text box. To create equations in this box, click the SUM sign above the text box and use the types provided and click insert equation to insert the equation in the text box. The number of points of this question can be set next to the question type and if the question has a text box in which the answer should be written by the student the length of this box can be determined next to the number of points. The fractions given for the height of the answer box is the fraction of an A4 page (only applicable to written assignments).
If you want to insert a table in the question or content, this can either be done using LaTeX code (see this article
) or by making an image of the table and importing the table as an image in a content block.
3. Reuse of exercises
Ans allows you to reuse exercises. This can either be done by copying exercises
from earlier produced exams within Ans, or by importing exercises
.Copying exercises or questions
is done by clicking on the blue button in the lower part of your screen. More information on copying exercises and questions
.Copying a full assignment
can be done by returning to the overview of all assignments of the course, and click on the blue copying icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen. More information on copying assignments
is done by clicking on the green button in the lower part of your screen. More information on importing exercises
4. Change the order of exercises and questions
There are two ways to move an exercise or question. The first is using the drag-and-drop method, and the second is using the move option.
4.1 Drag and drop the question or subquestion
The order in which the questions are set in an exam can be altered by dragging and dropping the questions as in the question below. For convenience, the subquestions and content blocks in the question disappear for a moment when dragging a question.
A subquestion can be dragged 'inside' a question as well as from one question to another as can be seen in the image below.
Use the move option
The move option is available for exercises as well as questions. The move option is only available within the assignment. In the example below, the move option clicked for a question. Now you can select the position of the question in this assignment. When moving a question, you can also choose the exercise the question should be in next to the position of the question in this exercise.
5. See the progress of your work
In the PDF viewer in the right part of the screen, you can see what the exercise looks like you created. To refresh the page, save any exercise and the PDF will refresh automatically. The green bar in de bottom of the PDF viewer will show if the PDF is loading or not. If it is loading, a dark green bar will move from the left to the right of the bar, which can also be seen in the image below.
Sometimes something is wrong with the question you created. In this case, the PDF will not compile and will give an error. This looks like the image below. Most of the times this has something to do with equations, read more about those here
. Try to look at your last changes to find out what the problem might be.
A loaded PDF viewer will look like the following.