A Free Response question (formerly known as Essay) is similar to a Short Answer but it additionally provides the same rich text options that you have when editing a question (i.e. image/drawing, video/screen record, audio, numeric, and more) as well as additional formatting options for your students to get creative! Free Response questions are limited to 10,000 characters so students have plenty of room to express their thoughts.

To add a Free Response question:

  1. Click on the "+" icon 

  2. Choose "Free Response" from the blue icons

  3. Type a question or prompt. Your students will be able to type their response!

  4. Optional: You can set correct answer(s) for auto-grading. 

Premium users: Enable partial match, case sensitivity, and Show Your Work for even greater control over auto-grading and insight into your students' understanding. Want Premium Features? Find out more here.

Tip: Teachers and students can highlight text for formatting options such as sub/superscripts, fractions, bullet points, hyperlinks, change color and more!

You can drag and drop into question and content items!

Any file you would normally add using the blue plus sign can now be added by dragging and dropping from your device, making it easier than ever to provide your students with the materials they need. Students can also drag and drop files into a Free Response answer.

** Free Response from the students' view:

Students can type and can add to enhancements to their answers by clicking on the "blue plus sign". They can insert: audio, emojis, images, our math keyboard, upload videos (*this includes links from YouTube, Vimeo and Google video) and files less than 100 MB.

For students to record video submissions using the Free Response question:

  1. Click on the blue plus sign (in the right hand corner)

  2. Select "Video"

  3. Students will be able to access all video options including recording a new/live video to respond to the question/command

  4. Click "Record video" and the red dot to start/end recording

  5. When finished, click "Add video" and the video will upload inside the text box

File Upload to questions

File uploads of less than 100 MB are now supported in all question types. Students will be to upload any file type.

What's next? 

Learn how you can create Show Your Work questions!

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