In Aula, it is possible to create Questions with dynamic content to allow for multiple variations of the same question. This way each student will be assigned a randomly chosen variant from your data set.
Dynamic content works with all Question types but is utilised best in Math and Chemistry, Multiple Choice Questions, Matching, Sort, and Order Lists.
- Adding and using dynamic content
- Formatting data
- Adding images to a data set
- Using data set with distractors
Adding and using dynamic content
The data set for your dynamic content has to be added on the Item level. This means that you can use it for numerous Questions within one Item. That said, considering the complexity of the data set and questions that you'd need to prepare, it may be the easiest to add one Question for each Item with its individual data set. Whichever option you choose, here's how you can add it:
- First, prepare your data in a CSV (comma-separated values) format and copy it over.
- Next, you will need to add your data on the item level. To do it, head to your Quiz in Aula and click through to Create new Item > Cog icon > Data Table.
- Here, you’ll need to paste your correctly formatted data in a CSV format.
- Click Continue to preview your table.
- After reviewing your data, confirm with Apply. You’ll be able to edit this table later on if needed.
- Now that your variables are ready, you can add them to your Questions by clicking on the data symbol in the top right corner of the editor within questions and answers.
We recommend using an external spreadsheet tool (such as Google Sheets or Excel) to create a snippet with your data.
- It's important to make sure that there are no spaces or commas at the end of each row.
- To be able to nominate one variable as a correct response, you'll need to ensure that the correct answers are in the same one column.
- For maths questions, you'll be able to add tolerance by using a correct answer variable with a plus-minus symbol, followed by the tolerance of your choice. To do it, place your cursor within the answer editing window, and choose Σ Add Math button from the editing toolbar at the top.
Here's a sample data snippet that you can try:
Adding images to a data set
It's possible to add images as variables, using HTML code. Please note all images have to be hosted on a public server to be displayed within Aula. Here's an example:
Image 1 Correct, Image 2, Image 3, Country
<img src="https://www.worldometers.info/img/flags/small/tn_us-flag.gif" height="100" width="200"/>, <img src="https://www.worldometers.info/img/flags/small/tn_uk-flag.gif" height="100" width="200"/>, <img src="https://www.worldometers.info/img/flags/small/tn_ca-flag.gif" height="100" width="200"/>, United States
<img src="https://www.worldometers.info/img/flags/small/tn_af-flag.gif" height="100" width="200"/>, <img src="https://www.worldometers.info/img/flags/small/tn_al-flag.gif" height="100" width="200"/>, <img src="https://www.worldometers.info/img/flags/small/tn_ag-flag.gif" height="100" width="200"/>, Afghanistan
Using data set with distractors
Value, correct, wrong1, wrong2, wrong3, distractor1, distractor2, distractor3
Melbourne, VIC, NSW, NT, QLD, Oops that’s a pretty unfortunate mistake! Not sure if residents of Melbourne would be happy about this one., That’s a bit far isn’t it?, That’s a bit far isn’t it?
Brisbane, QLD, WA, SA, TAS, I think you’re looking in the wrong direction., Oops that’s a bit far., We’re on a wrong island!
Perth, WA, NSW, NT, VIC, Almost but not there yet, This state is also not densely populated but that’s not it., Nice try but Victoria is famous for a different lively city.
Sydney, NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD, Oops that’s a pretty unfortunate mistake! Not sure if residents of Sydney would be happy about this one., Sydney is not an Australian capital. Do you remember which city that was?, Also on the east coast but that’s not quite it.
Add a Question to your Item, and use variables from your data set to compose your questions and answers. You can find all variables by clicking on the Data button in the top right corner of the editor.
Nominate the correct answer(s). In this example we chose to shuffle options as well.
Click on More options at the bottom of the question editing window, and scroll down to Distractors. Add all relevant distractors. The order of your distractors should match the order of options at the top of the page.
In this example, the first response was correct and we didn't create a custom distractor for all correct answers, which is why we typed in a "Well done!" message.
You can scroll back up to the very top and click on the Preview button in the top right. Select Show Distractor Rationale and click on different options to see what feedback would be displayed to students. Click on arrows to navigate between different variants.
Note that in this example we chose to shuffle options, which is why the correct answer is not always in the same position.
Save your Item when you're ready!
If you'd like for your distractors to be visible to students, don't forget to enable the Check answer button under More options in the question editing window. If you leave the number of attempts as 0 (which is a default), students will have an unlimited number of attempts. Changing it to 1 will give students 1 attempt at checking their answer.