Creating a new drill
This is a list of questions related to the creation of new drills.
- What is the difference between a drill's subject and name?
- Do I have to supply a description?
- What are tags and do I need to supply any?
- What is the difference between the Known and Unknown sides?
- How do I change a column's title?
- Can I add an extra column?
- Can I remove a column?
- What kind of question style can I use?
- Can I change the question style for each column?
- How can I change a column's type?
- Can I configure in what way a drill will be practiced?
- What are practice restrictions?
- What are introductions?
- How do I save my drill?
- Can I add feedback to my questions?
- Can I add remarks to my questions?
- Can I use subscript and superscript in my drills?
- Can I include mathematical equations in my drills?
- How can I add a MathML equation to my drill?
- How can I preview a question?
What is the difference between a drill's subject and name?
The subject reflects the field to which the drill belongs. For example: 'French', 'Maths' or 'Geography'. The name of the drill allows a more precise description of the content, such as: 'Difficult words, chapter 5', 'Multiplication table of 9' or 'Capitals in Europe'.
Do I have to supply a description?
Yes. The description summarizes what the drill is about. This allows users to see in one glance what may be expected of this drill. Also, you can challenge the users to practice their knowledge about this subject.
Tags are short keywords about the drill to aid in finding it back. Tags make it easier to find your drill in the Drill Store. To ensure that your drill is found easily, think carefully about which tags make the most sense. Try to think of how another user would search for your drill in the Drill Store.
What is the difference between the Known and Unknown sides?
The known side is the part of the learning material that the user already knows. In the example of an idiom list English-French, the known side would be the English words. In the drill editor, this is always the most left column.
The unknown side is the part of the content that is to be absorbed by the user. In the example of the idiom list, the French words reflect the unknown side. It is possible to use multiple unknown columns in a drill.
How do I change a column's title?
Just click the name of the column. A window appears enabling you to change the column's name. Alternatively, click the drop-down button next to the column and select 'rename'.
Can I add an extra column?
Just click the grey plus.
Can I remove a column?
Yes. Click on the drop-down button next to the column's name. Select 'Remove' to remove the column. Not all columns can be removed. There should always be at least one known column (left) and one unknown column.
What kind of question style can I use?
Drillster has different options for you to create questions. In this article will be explained how to create these different type of question styles. Different types of question styles make learning fun. Besides, the learner can practice knowledge in different ways.
- Multiple Choice
- Open question
- Multiple Choice:
To create a multiple-choice question, fill in the question and the correct answer(s) option. Then start with adding the incorrect alternatives. These answers are also called distractors. When incorrect answers are introduced Drillster will also show these answers when practicing or testing the questions with the multiple-choice option.
To create an 'Answer set' or an 'Answer sequence' fill in the multiple answers and set the setting on 'answer set sought' or 'answer sequence sought'
Answer set sought
There are several correct answers and all correct answers must be selected or typed in. An example of a question with several correct answers is “Name all 4 properties of process X?” The answers will only be counted as correct when all 4 correct answer options have been selected or entered. The order in which the answers are given is not relevant.
Answer sequence sought
There are several correct answers. All correct answers must be selected or typed in, in the right order. An example of a question with several correct answers is “In which sequence are the seasons played in Vivaldi's Four Seasons?” The answers will only be counted as correct when all 4 seasons are entered in the right order.
Sorting answer options
If all answer options represent quantitative values, the list should be sorted. Sorting should be numeric and not alphabetic. This means that the sorting should only take into account the extracted numeric value of each answer option.
- 50 km/h
- 80 km/h
- 90 km/h
- 100 km/h
(The 100 km/h represents the largest quantity and should come last, even though alphabetically it comes first.)
- $ 9,000
- $ 9,000.50
- $ 10,000
It does not always work
Scientific notation (i.e. 3.456x10^23) will not be supported. Spelled out number are not supported (i.e. “seven”). Technical notation (i.e. 4K7) is not supported. Units are not interpreted (i.e. there is no way to evaluate that 500 cm is smaller than 6 m)
Can I change the question style for each column?
Yes, you can.
To change the (un)known column:
How can I change a column's type?
Click on the drop-down button in the intended column header. There are several options. You can turn an unknown column into the known column, or turn the known column into an unknown column. You can also assign a column as 'context' or 'feedback'.
Can I configure in what way a drill will be practiced?
Yes, that is possible.
1. Click on the Settings button
2. Click on Preferences
3. Click on Practice Direction and choose the option you want.
What are the practice restrictions?
Using practice restrictions you can configure whether a drill can be practiced in productive mode or receptive mode only. If you do not enforce a practice direction, the user of the drill can decide the practice direction.
What are introductions?
An introduction shows the question and the correct answer to the user for any entry that is shown for the first time. Drillster does this because it is a learning tool, meaning that it is not necessary to memorize the content before starting out with Drillster. The use of introductions is only useful if the content is actually new to the user.
How do I save my drill?
When editing the drill, you have to click on <save> after you did all the changes in that question.
Can I add feedback to my questions?
Yes. The Feedback column is already included when creating a new drill. You can now add feedback information for each individual line. To indicate that some particular feedback should be displayed only when a wrong answer is given, select 'This feedback is displayed after an incorrect answer’.
Try to ensure that there is positive feedback. Explain why an answer is correct, rather than why other options are wrong. So you only remember the desired and important information.
Can I add remarks to my questions?
Yes. Add a new column to your drill by clicking the grey vertical bar labeled '+ Add column'. Assign an appropriate name to the column, for example, 'Explanation'. Click on the grey drop-down button in the column header and select the option 'Assign as context column'. You can now add context information for each individual line.
Can I use subscript and superscript in my drills?
Yes, it is possible to use subscript and superscript.
Can I include mathematical equations in my drills?
Drillster supports mathematical equations according to the MathML standard. See our documentation about the use of equations in drills. Simple equations may perhaps be expressed using normal text with superscript and subscript.
How can I add a MathML equation to my drill?
Drillster supports mathematical equations according to the MathML standard. See our documentation about the use of equations in drills.
How can I preview a question?
Drillster has a feature to preview a question. For this, you have to go to the editor and hover over the answers. A play-button will be shown. When you use this option, the player will open and let you see how a student will see the question.
When previewing, you don't get a score on the drill.