Adding a problem to your Open edX course

You're probably going to want to assess your students to ensure they're learning material. This is done by adding problems to your course. Problems are what make up assignments, quizzes, and exams. Here's how to create them:

To begin, select the Unit to which you wish to add a problem. We're going to use this first on here.

At the bottom of each unit of content, you're going to see something that looks like this: 

This is where you begin nearlyevery step of adding any kind of course content.

In order to create a new problem, just click the green button that says "Problem"

You will now be presented with a list of options of problem types. If you select any option type other than "Blank Common Problem," a problem will be automatically generated with example information. Let's try it out by clicking "Multiple Choice."

As you can see, we're presented with a question all ready to go. However, you're going to want to change the text, which you do by clicking the "Edit" button in the upper right hand corner.

This is the Simple Editor, where you can easily change the content of the question, as well as the answer and explanation.

Here's what I did to make the question more relevant to my course:

Now, if you would rather create the questions more freely or create a multiple part question, you can always select "Blank Common Problem"

This gives you a blank slate upon which you can freely create as many or as complex questions as you like.

Don't forget you also have access to "SETTINGS" in the upper right hand corner where you can change a number of variables about your problem including number of attempts, whether or not the answer is to be shown, & randomization on numeric questions. 

Whenever you add or change content on a Unit, remember to Publish your changes (you can always hide them from students until you're ready).

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