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Understanding the Extras Section of the Question Editor

The Extras section allows you to add more information about the question - information that we refer to as metadata.

There are a number of fields available: Acknowledgements, Distractor rationale, Rubric reference, Stimulus (review only), Instructor stimulus, Sample answer, Distractors, Contains math.

You can add in your own custom metadata fields if you wish. If you are using the Author Site, please contact Learnosity support to implement custom fields. If you are not using the Author Site, your development team will be able to configure these fields for you.


Copyright Acknowledgements can be added here. Content entered in this field can be configured in the Author Site Activity Editor to appear in the Activity Outro. This is particularly useful for Adaptive Activities, as you won't know which Items will appear in the Activity.

Distractor Rationale

This will allow you to explain the rationale behind each individual response in the question. Your developers will implement the distractor rationale on the assessment page, so you will not be able to preview this in the Author Site.

See our Formative Distractor Rational demo for more information.

Rubric Reference

Enter details of a rubric you want to use with the question you are authoring, then your development team will configure this rubric to appear to the test instructor in review mode. Like the Distractor Rationale field, you cannot preview a rubric reference in the Author Site.

Rubrics can be used to aid the instructor in manually scoring the question, e.g. the rubric reference field could be a URL for a PDF file that contains key points required for an essay.

Rubrics can also be used to aid the instructor in supplying feedback to the student, e.g. the rubric could be an Audio Recorder Question that allows the teacher to record their feedback for the student to playback. In this case, the Rubric reference field would contain the Item reference for the Item that contained the Audio Recorder rubric, which lets your development team know which Item you want to display as the rubric.

See the Teacher Feedback section of our demos site for more information.

Stimulus (review only)

This is intended as a field that contains an alternative/abbreviated version of the Question's stimulus, that will only display in review mode. This means that the content in this field is not visible to the student, and it is also not possible to preview it using the Author Site.

Instructor Stimulus

Content entered in this field is intended for review only by the proctor/instructor during the assessment, e.g. it could be some extra instructions that need to be read out to the students. This can be previewed in the Author Site, as a blue box above the stimulus.


Figure 1: Demonstration of an instructor stimulus


This serves the very same purpose as the Distractor Rationale field above, except that you have the option of having multiple different fields of feedback, rather than just one generic one. For example, if you had an MCQ with three response options, you could have three distractor fields configured so that a different line of feedback will appear to the student depending on what response option is selected.

It is important to note that Distractor 1 is not tied to the first response option - these distractors aren't tied to anything. Your development team will do the job of tying the distractors to the responses; numbering the distractor fields in the Question Editor is to assist the author in organising the distractors. 

Because these distractors are configured on the page by your development team, you will not be able to Preview them in the Author Site.

Contains math

When this setting is turned on, math is rendered properly in the Question. This setting is turned on by default in both our math question types and also when you input any math into the Question using the math editor. 


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