HelpTeaching.com offers a convenient question grouping tool that gives members the power to create collections of questions with shared instructions. Read on to learn more about “Question Group” feature and how to use it in your next assessment.
When to Use Question Groups
A group is a set of two or more questions with common instructions or reference text. Consider using a group when:
• Several questions refer to the same set of instructions – View: “Daily Grammar”.
• Questions center on the same reading passage – View: “Four Freedoms”.
• Using a word bank for fill-in-the-blank questions – View: “Memorial Day Matching“.
• Asking questions about a graphic – View: “Electromagnetic Spectrum”.
• Referencing a set of data – View: “Data Table”.
When in doubt ask yourself, “Can this be used as a stand alone question as written?” If the answer is no, then it should most likely be added to a group with the instructions it depends on.
How to Create a Group
Creating a group takes only a minute, yet it can save you much more time than that by reducing the need to enter the same instructions multiple times. Once logged into HelpTeaching.com, creating a question group is very similar to creating a test. Start by selecting the “Test Maker” tab then the “create a question group” link under the advanced option description. From here, you can name a group and add common instructions. Clicking on the “Add This Question to a Group” button will insert a question in the chosen group. If you wish to group a question, but haven’t yet created a place for it, select “Add Question to a New Group”. Groups can be customized as needed by arranging question order and altering the common text.
Like a standalone question, a group can be added to a test or worksheet by clicking the “Add This Group to a Test” button. Locate your question groups by selecting the “My Content” tab at the top of the page. Questions in the Help Teaching database that appear in groups have a blue box that states it is part of a question group. Select the “View Group” link to see the entire group of questions and instructions. Remember, worksheets can include stand alone questions, groups, or a combination of groups and stand alone questions.
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