Announcing the Edulastic Question Type Showcase!  

Edulastic offers over 50 different technology-enhanced items (TEIs). From traditional multiple-choice to advanced math and graphing, there are question types in Edulastic that are exemplary for all subjects and grade levels. The variety of TEIs helps teachers engage students, ask robust questions, and assess student knowledge. We’re excited to highlight the benefits and strengths of each item so you can make informed decisions when creating learning tasks and assessments for students. 

TEIs, or questions item types, in Edulastic are easy to create, and utilizing them effectively will enable you to develop comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and tests. While some people enjoy the ability to create and customize their own items, other people prefer pre-made content. You can browse our public question bank with over 80,000 standards-aligned questions, and sort the pre-made content by item type to choose from specific TEIs. 

All TEIs are similarly structured and allow you to enter and format a question stem, enter and format potential and correct answers, embed multimedia, include a hint, link learning standards, choose DOK level, and assign difficulty levels. In addition, 96% of question types in Edulastic are auto-graded, so you’ll save time and be able to provide immediate feedback to your students. The only questions that aren’t auto-graded are free-response or essay type questions. 

Tips for Getting Started with Question Types

When creating assessments and assignments on Edulastic for the first time, most teachers recommend starting simple. Start with the classic question types — such as multiple choice, true or false, and fill in the blank. Then, once you and your students have mastered these basic styles of questions, you can begin to incorporate additional TEIs. Chemistry teacher and Edulastic Innovator Team member, Jen Lee explains, “Start small! Initially stick to 2 or 3 question types that you know well, and branch out from there.” 

It’s easy to get started. Once you do, you’ll never look back! 

Drumroll Please…

Presenting 11 Categories of Items!

This showcase highlights each of the 50 technology-enhanced items available to you for free in Edulastic, organized by category. Within each category, you’ll find an overview of how each different question type works, a tutorial, ideas for how to use them, and applications for different subjects and grades. 

We will link each category below as each blog is published! Check back soon to deep dive into the different TEIs.

1.Multiple Choice

A true classic and our most used question type category! Students work from information provided in the stem and several answer choices to choose from.

Items included in this category:
Multiple Choice – Standard, Multiple Selection, True or False, Multiple Choice – Block Layout, Match Table – Standard, Match Table – Inline, and Match Table – Labels.

2. Fill in the Blanks

Great for any subject or grade level, Fill in the Blank questions ask students to type or select a word to fit an empty space.

Items included in this category:
Drag and Drop, Text Drop Down, Text Entry, Label Image with Drag and Drop, Label Image with Drop Down, Label Image with Text, Editing Task, and Math, Text & Dropdown. 

3. Classify, Match, and Order

These items test your students’ ability to identify relationships or connect ideas.

Items included in this category:
Sort List, Classification, Math the Following, and Re-sequence. 

4. Writing

This is where students can write essays (short or long) or upload files. Please note, written responses are not auto-graded.

Items included in this category:
Essay with Rich Text, Essay with Plain Text, Short Text, and Upload File. 

5. Passage

Have students read an article or excerpt and respond to adjacent questions in the Passage category.

Items included in this category:
Passage with Questions and Passage with Multiple Parts. 

6. Highlight

Students can draw, highlight, shade, or select in this category. It’s interactive and dare-we-say fun!

Items included in this category:
TEI options include: Drawing Response, Shading, Hotspot, and Sentence Response. 

7. Math

Math teachers, get excited! This category is perfect for all your question needs.

Items included in this category:
Expression and Formula, Numeric Entry, Complete the Equation, Equations and Inequalities, Matrices, Units, Mass Essay, and Math, Text & Dropdown. 

8. Graphing

X-axis, Y-axis, number lines, and more! Find basic graphing questions and advanced graphing questions in this category.

Items included in this category:
Graphing, Graphing in the 1st Quadrant, Graph Placement, Range Plotter, Number Line, and Fraction Editor. 

9. Charts

Students demonstrate their understanding of numbers and data in the charts category.

Items included in this category:
Bar Chart, Line Chart, Histogram, Dot Plot – Categories, Dot Plot, Line Plot – Categories, and Line Plot. 

10. Multipart

Craft two, three, or four part questions!

Items included in this category:
Math, Text & Dropdown and Combination Multipart. 

11. Instructions

Add a video or detailed text instructions to the top of your quizzes, tests, or lessons.

Items included in this category:
Video and Text.


There you have it — over 50 different technology-enhanced items broken down into 11 categories that you can use to engage your students and drive your instruction. You also can get creative with your TEIs by embedding multimedia right into your question types. Easily add photos, videos, audio recordings, music, simulations like PhET Sims, and more.

Expanding your understanding of different question types will help you uplevel your ability to ask rigorous questions, engage students, and make the most of online learning. Have fun exploring and creating! 

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