Multiple choice and multiple response

Sep 12, 2012

I am creating a quiz for a client and I seem to be missing something.  I have both multiple choice and multiple response questions.  Is there a way to have radio buttons on multiple response questions?  That way they look cohesive with the multiple choice questions.  Thanks.

17 Replies
Phil Mayor

It may be possible to swap out the radio buttons, have you tried?

The issue I have, is that the user comes to your course with conventions they have learned from using other software and web pages, go and have a look radio buttons are never used for multi-select and check boxes are never used for for single select. options.

Your decision may confuse them instructions or not.  My advice to new  designers when designing GUI elements is to look at what apple and Microsoft have done in GUI design and work within that, these things are ingrained and really should not be discarded purely for design reasons.

Phil Mayor

Maybe this will help to explain what I mean

All  GUI standards and the official W3C Web standards have included the same definition of these two controls:

  1. Radio buttons are used when there is a list of two or more options that are mutually exclusive and the user must select exactly one choice. In other words, clicking a non-selected radio button will deselect whatever other button was previously selected in the list.
  2. Checkboxes are used when there are lists of options and the user may select any number of choices, including zero, one, or several. In other words, each checkbox is independent of all other checkboxes in the list, so checking one box doesn't uncheck the others.
  3. A stand-alone checkbox is used for a single option that the user can turn on or off.
Phil Mayor

I think it is your responsibility to tell the client what they want is wrong.  Conventions are there for a reason and help us instinctively know what to do when we have a dialogue box open, access a web page or take a quiz.  I am sure it is possible to swap out the elements, I just think it is wrong to do it, and never would and that is the advice I would give my clients.

On the other point maybe Storyline isn't the tool she need, but I have yet to find a course I cannot build using Storyline.

Bruce Graham

Randy Hill said:

I've been doing this for 14 years and although I can instruct the client on what they should do, in the end, the client is always right and you do what they want.  Even though I agree with you and the convention business is business.  


With the greatest of respect, the adage "...the client is always right" is seldom true (IMHO) in the world of elearning.

If that was the case, we'd still be in a world of linear, Powerpoint-based, SME-led boredom.

Hang many cases we still are!

As Phil said, the client sounds as thought he/she is advocating bad practice on buttons, probably as they are unaware that there is a standard. At least show them the way it looks when done properly, and help another client along the eLearning path of enlightenment?


Alain Dumais

Hello Phil,

I understand that this post has been around for many years now, but I have a similar question that I'm trying to solve...

In a table of 12 cells (3 cols x 4 rows - see attachment), the student must make only one choice, but there are 3 possible correct answers among these 12 cells (one in each col).

The radio buttons seemed to be the best choice (because they are mutually exclusive, which is what I need); but they only accept one correct answer by slide. I tried with graded question and freeform; but nothing helped.

Do you see a solution?

Thank you! 


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