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The drawing question allows the student to answer a question using different drawing tools such as a compass, straightedge (ruler) and text annotations on a provided image.


Figure 1: An example of the drawing question, using the compass.


Creating a question

Enter the question stem into the Compose question area. Then upload a picture you want to use for your question in the Image Source field or choose one of our predefined backgrounds. For information about image requirements visit our Images page.

Configuring the toolbar

You can control what tools* the student will see in their toolbar. The icons highlighted in grey have been enabled, the white icons are disabled. Click on a white icon to enable it, and click on a grey icon to disable it. Use the DIV icons to place dividing lines between icons. These tool options are draggable, you can drag and drop the tools into a different order, and the new order will be displayed on the toolbar.

Note: the compass tool has a minimum radius of 160px.


Figure 2: Creating a drawing question.


  • Special characters: This field will become enabled when you have enabled the special character map in the text formatting options above. What is entered in the field will override the default character map symbols (see example below).


Configuring line color options for the drawing tool

Here you can choose how the line painted over the image will look like. You can also add up to six colors to your color palette.



Figure 3: Line color settings for the drawing tool.


Authors can also select stroke colors and opacity using the color picker tool.



Figure 4: The color picker tool.

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