Each month we will share some of our timely frequently asked questions around educational technology.
Q: An assignment in the gradebook appears greyed out – are students able to access it in the topic?
There are a couple of reasons why a grade item may be greyed out in the topic Gradebook. The first is that the grades are hidden from students. This setting can be changed either using the ‘Grade visibility’ setting from the assignment overview page by clicking the ‘Eye’ icon, or by selecting the ‘Edit’ menu in the Gradebook to the right of the assignment and selecting ‘Show’.
The second possibility is that the assignment is ‘Hidden from students’ on the main FLO page. To make the assignment available for students, turn editing on and select the Actions menu to the right of the activity, then select ‘Show’.
Q: I’ve been told that I can enhance academic integrity by incorporating randomization into the design of quizzes. How do I do this?
There are three ways that randomization could be built into a quiz. Briefly, these include:
- Randomizing the order of potential answers within a single quiz question
This can be done by using the shuffle within questions function. Further information on shuffling for the following question types is available:
- Randomizing the order that questions appear within a quiz
When you set up a quiz, on the editing page you will see a shuffle option. This can be used to change the order in which the questions appear. Just make sure that you don’t use this option for situations where addressing a quiz question is dependent upon information that was presented beforehand.
- Randomizing the questions that are used within a quiz
Rather than have all students complete the same quiz questions, you might also decide that you would like them to complete different questions based around a common theme. This can be achieved by creating a question bank and creating questions in categories.