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The Maths cloze manual marked task

How to use the Maths cloze manual marked task for authors.

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Written by Michele de Bes
Updated over a week ago


The Maths cloze manual marked task is like a fill in the blanks task, but for maths equations, i.e. learners must enter a maths equation into one or more response boxes. The answers can be placed either inline with text, or on more than one line as part of an equation. You can also set up clozes for each stage of solving an equation for learners to show their working.

When should I use a Maths cloze manual marked task?

This task type can be used by authors when:

  • you want learners to input maths characters and/or equations, and

  • there are too many possible answers or ways to format the answer to create an auto-marked task, so you want to mark it manually.

For example:

Example math cloze task showing the answer to a mathematical question as a manually inputted maths equation.

How do I create a maths cloze manual marked task?

Watch the video below to see the process in action. If you need more, then follow our simple step by step written instructions.

Written instructions

All tasks load with an example task to give an idea of what each field is for. To add your own task details, you can type over the existing content in the fields or select Clear task content, to start completely fresh.

Clear task content button on right of task element below task type choice.

Standard fields

This task has the standard fields/options that all tasks have.

At the top:

  • Question: Where you set the main question/task which tells learners what to answer or do.

And at the bottom:

  • Hint: Add a hint to give pointers or clues to give learners extra guidance to complete the task. Learners can choose to See hint so it allows them to get this help “on demand”.

  • Feedback: Add feedback to give learners an automated response when they submit the task. See Writing feedback for tasks for pointers and ideas.

In between the top and bottom standard fields we have the following areas and fields.

Setting the clozes for learners

In the Text area, add the text, math, and clozes you want learners to be able to enter math into.

To access the Maths editor click the sigma icon (Σ) in the text formatting toolbar to input maths characters or symbols.

You can add your clozes or response boxes using the insert response button in the toolbar:

Toolbar in Text area of cloze task creation highlighting the r button for inserting response blanks.

Setting keyboard options for learners

This part of the task set up area lets you customise the keyboard shown to learners.

Screenshot of options for learners' keyboard showing things like: Type, Number pad, Symbols etc.

For most purposes, a floating keyboard with keypad hints enabled will suit. You can choose, add and remove symbols (groups that learners get to choose from).

Automatic feedback and individual feedback

Authors can add automatic feedback so that learners can compare their answer to the automatic feedback given (as opposed to having the answer auto-marked). Automatic feedback should be helpful so that learners can figure out whether or not they are on the right track, such as worked-steps or a quick list of alternative solutions.

Authors should then select a marking template that requires a facilitator to add feedback, such as complete/incomplete with feedback. This option allows the facilitator to mark and provide feedback in a text box. For more information see the article on marking templates.

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