Passing the value of free text entry field to an LMS

May 19, 2014

Hi, I'm trying to get the value of a free text entry field to report out to our LMS but with little success. I have followed the steps of the existing thread to the letter, but I still can get it to work. 

I have 2 multi choice questions and a free text entry field on the first slide, and have converted this to a free form pick many slide. Slide 2 is a short answer question slide, and slide 3 is the results slide which makes reference to both the pick many and short answer questions.

I have added references to each variable on the results slide, and can see that the various variables are changing correctly, but the LMS is ony receiving the values of the 2 multi choice questions, and is returning a null value for the free text/short answer.

If I add another trigger to the results slide (submit interaction: results slide 1) then the value of the short answer is output to the lms, but unfortunately I get a warning message of "Invalid answer. You must complete the question before submitting" as I'd guess it is expecting some sort of value to be input into the short answer.

Any clues as to what I need to do to get my text entry field output to the lms?


1 Reply
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi David,

First, you may want to review this article on troubleshooting common LMS issues with reporting and tracking. I would specifically look at testing your course at SCORM Cloud to see how it behaves there and if you're able to see the short answer. If so, it may be that your LMS is unable to report out on user entered responses. 

In regards to the second part of your post, the trigger you'll want on the results slide is to "submit results" - if you set it up to submit interaction, it's looking for a question type, and since there isn't one you'll receive that error message. 

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