Extended Text Interaction

The Extended Text Interaction provides the means of examining the Test-taker’s ability to reproduce a phrase, sentence, or text passage exactly. The answer must not deviate from the original in any way.

Usually, these Items are scored manually by a human scorer. In TAO 3.3, authors can define outcome variables on the item level for scoring rubrics, for example for grammar, spelling, and contents.

Extended Text Interaction
Extended Text Interaction

Once you have generated a new item, and clicked on Authoring in the Action Bar, follow the steps below to create a new Extended Text Interaction:

1. From the Common Interactions Library on the left, drag the Extended Text icon Extended Text onto the blank Item and drop it onto the Canvas.

This opens a new Extended Text Interaction window. There is a question field at the top, with an extended text field below it.

2. Fill in the question field, where it says define prompt.

The test-taker will be expected to remember the answer exactly, without any variation. Even an extra space will result in the answer being marked as incorrect.

Note: See the chapter Word Processing Options for details on text editing options such as using italics or bold text in your item, and inserting features such as shared stimuli or media, tables or formulae.

3. Complete optional configuration of the interaction if required.

4. Click Response on the right of blue interaction header to define the correct answer(s).

Enter the expected answer in the answer field. Again, the test-taker is expected to answer exactly. Any variation(s) will result in the answer being marked as incorrect.

5. Complete optional configuration of response if required.

You can choose to configure the interaction response in the following ways:

  • insert modal feedback

These options are available in the Response Properties Panel on the right. See the section Configuring Interactions for details.

6. Click the blue Done button. Your extended text interaction is now complete.

After this step, you can preview and test-run your interaction by following the instructions given in Steps 5 and 6 in Creating a Test Item.