Authors create a text-based activity where learners will provide a written response. Authors will provide a description of the task. Optionally, they may also provide a sample solution or text to guide learners. Authors are able to enter keywords or phrases and provide feedback based on whether or not the learner includes them in their text. Authors also have the option to restrict the number of characters students may use in their responses.
When to Use Essay
Essay is most useful when testing learner knowledge of a subject that cannot be tested through multiple choice question types. Learners have the ability to summarize, reflect, explain, or create with this content type, and receive feedback based on the content they provide. Essay is great to pair with additional activities via an Interactive Book, Question Set, or Column Layout.