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What Is the Sorting Element?

The sorting element is a knowledge check that tests learners' comprehension by giving them a list of answers that must be arranged in a particular order. Learners can rearrange the items in the list and check their answer until they get it right. The sorting element is not graded, so learners can practice as many times as they like without penalty, thereby increasing engagement and promoting retention of the information.

Where is the Sorting Element Located?

Navigate to the lesson builder, then open the Add Element menu. Hover over Knowledge Check, then select Sorting from the list.

πŸ’‘ Note: If you don't see this element in your lesson builder contact your Account Manager for information on obtaining access.

How to Create a Sorting Element

First, enter a prompt, the knowledge you wish to test, then add up to 10 answers for learners to place in the correct order. Items are limited to 65 characters apiece.

To rearrange an item, select the arrows to move it up or down the list, or hover over the item to reveal a triple bar icon (☰). Click and drag this icon to move the item from one place to another.

πŸ’‘Note: Quiz items will be randomized when learners attempt to sort them.

Learner Experience

When learners encounter a sorting element, they'll see your prompt followed by the items to be ranked or reordered. These items will be randomized on each fresh attempt of the element. When learners have finished sorting they can check their work by selecting Check Answer.

Sorting elements are automatically graded, so learners will immediately see which items they've placed in the correct position. Green checkmarks indicate correct answers while red X's indicate wrong answers. A count of each kind is shown at the top of the element. To revise an answer, the learner must select Try Again.

Checking an answer will freeze items in place, allowing the learner to see which answers were correct or not. Once the learner selects 'Try Again,' the items will again be interactive, allowing the learner to reattempt the question.

Once the learner answers correctly, the 'Try Again' button will be disabled and the learner will be prompted to continue the lesson.

πŸ’‘ Note: Knowledge checks are required and cannot be made optional at this time. Moreover, it's not sufficient that learners merely answer the knowledge check. They must solve it by clicking 'Check Answer' to verify their choices. Should a learner attempt to complete a lesson without checking their knowledge, they'll be met with a notice like this one:


Users with access to Insights, Lessonly's training analytics dashboard, can generate two reports on knowledge check activities, one that aggregates all attempts recorded in your account during the previous 90 days, and one that calculates the percentage of correct attempts. Both reports can be found under the More Reports tab.

Sorting element data is also included in the export report, located directly above the bar graph on the lesson overview page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the sorting element graded?

A. No, learners can retry it without penalty.

Q. Do learners need to complete the sorting element to finish a lesson?

A. Yes, this knowledge check must be answered correctly before learners can finish a lesson.

Q. Is a prompt required?

A. Yes, a prompt is required to complete the sorting element. The element must be completed before the lesson containing it can be published.

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