Improvement ideas for Formative - wish list

The students see folders entering goformative , e.g. Classroom course math, english, etc…

In each folder are the goformatives which were posted in that classroom course…

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Currently you can filter formatives by class by clicking on the tabs! Was there something you’d like in addition to this?

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did’nt know that… That’s cool!!! Thank you!!

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Yes, I was aware that students could filter by their classes, but I would like a sub-folder, I guess you’d call it, where they could see their Open assignments and Closed Assignments separately. Maybe they’d need a subfolders that say “Open Assignments” and “Archived/Closed Assignments”.

I hope this makes sense.

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@cshattuck sorry, I was directly replying to @florianmaechler since he didn’t know about that existing option. I have noted you want sub-folders and would also be curious to see if others would like to primarily control the organization of them or leave it up to students :slight_smile:

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unassign vs. close:

Dear @mike, @david and developers of Formative, please rethink the concept about closing or unassigning a Formative:

I assign a test to a class. Everybody is there except student X. After the test lesson I am going to click on close so that student X is (should!) not able to access the test in advance. Then two days later, student X is healthy again. At a time I decide I click on “open” and student X is able to access the test.

open door = door is open; closed door = door is closed! :wink:

The concept at the moment leads to confusion and might enable students to have a sneak peak of a test in advance.

If I have to unassign all the tests, I’ll get a mess in the overview within three years because all the recent answers from former students are in the overview “All”.

I am convinced that my approach would help simplify procedures.

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Thanks for bringing up the need to clarify the assign process and what happens on the student end. Currently, if you click on “un-assign”, it makes it so that students are unable to access the formatives from anywhere (from their dashboard, the link, or quick code). You can then re-assign it when you want your students to see the formative again. Does this match what you are looking for in terms of having an opened door and close door respectively? We are definitely working on the wording of things (Ex: “Closed” being confusing) and really appreciate your feedback.

If you are looking to post a link to Google classroom while still having that same control, you can follow the strategy outlined here:

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@david I’d rather prefer to click on close, knowing the Formative is not accessible (less clicks compared to un-assign: click the Formative -> click on assign -> select one class -> click un-assign, then choose my second class … and my third class)

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Gotcha! We can definitely work on making it easier to remove access to the formative entirely!

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I second the need for typing math characters in answers. Also, is there a way for students to type math character responses?

One more big wish: have an “explain” option to add to multiple choice/multi-select questions, so students have a place (within the same question) to write about their thinking. (I know I can work around this by adding another questions, but the fewer instructions my students have to read, the better responses I get).

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1.) a highlighter or pen option for students to highlight, underline, or note important information
2.) a place on each question for students to send the teacher a question about a specific problem - for example, if they keep getting the math problem incorrect I would love for them to be able to comment or ask a question right there instead of possibly forgetting about it before they see me next

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Where would you like your students to use the highlighter or pen option (ex: when reading questions)?
Thanks for the feedback!

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I really love the icon (exclamation mark) that indicates that my students did a copy paste in a Formative:

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I agree! It’s useful on a number of levels which again mirrors the versatility of this awesome platform! It not only can ascertain whether a learner has cheated but also that they have followed instructions.

The latter is an important variable in English (and a plethora of other subjects too, I imagine) where learners fail to comprehend the question. In literature exams, we often ask them to ‘support their answer with reference to the text’ and this Formative update will enable the teachers to affirm whether the class have read that question correctly. I know @Lisa_Scumpieru will love this for that reason too!

This update has significant pedagogic value like all the others we have seen. Many thanks indeed, @admin1 !

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yeaaaah!!! Aaaawesooooooome!

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Hey! I would also like the highlighter function for show your work and also directly on the text doc. For a reading comprehension, this would be greaaaaat!!!

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I would also like an option that requires students to submit the formative before it becomes available for grading. It is frustrating that often my students do not submit and therefore I do not have the benefit of the timestamp.

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When checking student responses, I would like to be able to check just those who have them incorrect or not responded. It would make it easier to look through to see who I need to help answers for and provide feedback for the first time or maybe again. Myabe if we could click the red or gray bars at the top of the results page to sort the students.

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That’s a very interesting idea, @lara.applegarth!

Hey Lara,

This a great idea! In our old version, you could sort the student responses by score. Would this meet your needs?

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