Use Articulate Storyline's freeform text-entry question to create your own fill-in-the-blank assessments.

Tip: You can add multiple text-entry fields to a single slide, but only one can be evaluated. If you need to evaluate more than one text-entry field on the same slide, consider this method instead.

Step 1: Insert a Freeform Text-Entry Question

There are two ways to create a text-entry question. If you've already added a data-entry field to an existing slide, you can convert it into a freeform question. If you'd prefer to start from scratch, do this:

  1. First, do any of the following to open the Insert Slides window:
    • Press Ctrl+M.
    • Go to the Home tab on the ribbon and click New Slide.
    • Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and click New Slide.
    • In Story View, right-click anywhere in the workspace and choose New Slide.
    • In Slide View, right-click anywhere in the Scenes panel on the left side of the screen and choose New Slide.
  2. When the Insert Slides window opens, select the Quizzing tab on the left.
  3. Click the Freeform tab at the top of the window and select Text Entry.
  4. Click Insert.

A new text-entry question will open in Slide View, and a text-entry field will automatically be added for you. Switch to Form View and proceed to the next step to define acceptable answers for the text-entry field.

Step 2: Define Acceptable Answers

By default, text-entry questions are graded assessments. Switch to Form View and type the acceptable answers for the text-entry field in the answer grid. If the acceptable answers are case-sensitive, mark the Answers are case sensitive box above the grid.

If your question doesn't have correct and incorrect responses (i.e., it's a survey question), go to the Question tab on the ribbon and select None from the Score drop-down to make it ungraded. (The answer grid will disappear.)

Tip: If you convert an existing slide with data-entry fields into a freeform text-entry question, use the Field to evaluate drop-down to identify the field you want to evaluate. Only one field per slide can be evaluated.

Step 3: Specify How the Question Will Be Submitted

Learners can click the built-in Submit button on your course player to submit their text-entry responses for evaluation. However, if you're not using the built-in Submit button or you want to provide an alternative method for submitting responses, do one or both of the following:

Use your own custom submit button:

If you've added your own custom button or hotspot to the slide that you'd like to use to submit the question, select it from the Submit Button drop-down.

Define submit keys:

Use the Submit Keys field below the answer grid to designate a keystroke or combination of keystrokes that will submit the learner's answer for evaluation. Just click in the Submit Keys field and press the key or combination of keys you want to use.

If you change your mind, you can either press the correct key(s), which will update the Submit Keys field, or click the X button to clear the field altogether.

Tip: The Enter key always submits a text-entry field for evaluation, so you don't need to define it here.

Step 4: Customize Question Properties

After creating a freeform text-entry question, you can customize several of its attributes, including feedback, branching, score, number of attempts, and whether learners are required to answer it or allowed to skip it. To learn how, see Working with the Question Editor.

Can I Convert a Freeform Question into a Non-Question Slide?

Yes. It's easy—Just go to the Insert tab on the ribbon and click Remove Freeform.

When you remove freeform functionality from a question, it becomes a standard content slide. Text and other objects remain intact. Only question-related properties, such as score and feedback, are removed. 

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