In this lesson, you will learn how to get started creating a Select Dropdown Item within the Legacy Item Bank. This allows students the ability to select words to complete a sentence/answer a question via a dropdown menu of choices.
Adding Standards and Publishing the Item are required to use the item in an assessment.
Where to Start
- Click on Assessments.
- Under Itembank, select Visit Itembank.
Create a New Item
- Click Create.
- Next click New Item.
- Select Next.
You may also start from the Items tab. Then click Create Item.
- Select Dropdown from the drop down menu.
- Click Teacher Instructions to type instructions for the teacher (e.g., Read the question aloud to your students) if applicable.
- For Select Dropdown questions, note that you must add [dropdown] where you would like the dropdown menu to appear.
- Enter the Stem. The stem is the beginning part of an item that presents a problem to be solved, a direct question, or an incomplete statement to be completed, as well as any other relevant information.
- Use the tool palette for special formatting. To learn more check out the Item Toolbar Overview.
- Click Save & Continue.
Only one dropdown can be used per item. A single item cannot have multiple drop downs for students to select multiple correct answers.
Now you have to input the possible answer choices that will appear in the dropdown menu.
- Enter the answer choices in the space provided. Answer choices are options a student may pick from in a closed-response (e.g., multiple choice) assessment; these include the correct answer and the distractors.
- Mark the correct answer by clicking the checkmark. It will turn green to indicate this is the correct answer.
- You may add an additional answer choice by clicking Add Choice.
- Click the red minus (-) icon next to an answer choice that you would like to remove. Use the arrow keys to move the answer choice up or down.
- You may enter a rationale for each distractor to explain why a student may have chosen a particular answer option. For example, if a student selects "B. 10" for the question "What is 8 + 12?" he might have forgotten to carry the "1". Entering a rationale could help other teachers who have access to the item in reteaching concepts missed. Click the Up Arrow next to Rationale to enter the rationale.
- Click Save once you have finished and proceed to the Details tab.
A rubric allows for partial credit scoring on an item. To add a rubric click Create Rubric.
- Enter a Rubric description in the space provided (optional).
- Click Add Rubric Level to add additional point values.
- Click the minus to remove Rubric Levels.
- Enter which response corresponds to the desired point value.
- When done, click Save.
Now that you've set up the question portion of your Select Dropdown item, learn about the next step: Item Details.
The next required step is Adding Standards to an Item.