I want to have students answer the first essay question. Then choose 1 of 3 others. How to set up?

Albert.R.859 Posts: 3 🔍
edited November 2023 in Higher Ed / Postsecondary
How are the rules set up in Brightspace?


  • Ricardo.S.110
    Ricardo.S.110 Posts: 133
    edited October 2023

    Hi @Albert.R.859

    Thanks for reaching us through the Brightsapce Community.

    As of now, it is not possible for students to choose questions to answer out of a question pool.

    However, I've just checked our Product Idea Exchange section and found that this idea has already been requested as a feature:

    Create an optional question option within quiz tool (D9279)

    So, I recommend you vote it up. The Product Idea Exchange is designed for users like you to send direct submissions to our Product Development organization and has the following advantages:

    • It allows you to receive direct updates on each request you submit
    • It allows other community members to vote on ideas
    • It allows other community members to contribute to and collaborate on each idea
    • It ensures ideas that have the greatest impact on our clients and end users receive consideration for inclusion in future releases.

    I hope this is helpful.

  • Johnny.B.962

    Hello @Albert.R.859,

    Within Brightspace there isn't really a way to make questions optional within a Quiz. There is some question branching you can do within Surveys, but that's obviously a different thing.

    What I would suggest is simply putting the questions all within the same question text for the Written Response question type. It could read something like:

    Choose from one of the following prompts for this question:
    1. Prompt 1…
    2. Prompt 2…
    3. Prompt 3…
    [Single text block for student response]

    This makes the question block itself rather large (depending on how long the prompts are), so you may also want to consider adding the question into a Section and or utilize the Paging setting to put that question on a page by itself.

    Hope that helps!

  • Albert.R.859
    Albert.R.859 Posts: 3 🔍
    Thank you Johnny for the quick reply.