Partner teacher users can organize formatives by creating sections that group several questions together.

This feature allows teachers to maintain the order of sections that should be answered in a certain sequence, while also offering the option to randomize the order of the questions within each section.

When assigning a formative with sections, toggling on the "randomize questions" button will cause only the order of questions within each section to be randomized. The sections will remain in the original order.

NOTE: In teacher-paced, each question in a section is still shown individually

To create sections on a formative:

  1. Click the blue + button and choose "Add a section" under Layout

  2. If you have the more recent version of Formative, you would only need to click the "Add a section" icon

  3. Rename the section's title

To add questions and/or content into a section:

  1. Click the blue + button (or the "add" icon) and choose your question or content type

  2. Proceed to create your question

  3. Repeat these steps to add as many questions to the section as you'd like

NOTE: questions will continue to be added to the section until a new section is created. When a new section is created, the following questions will be added to it until another section is created, and so on.

Adding more sections to the same formative:

Once you are ready to start another section, repeat the steps above. You can add as many sections to a formative as you'd like, and as many questions to a section as you'd like.

If you started creating your formative without sections, and mid-way through decide to add them. Adding a section anywhere in the formative, will automatically create a section at the top of the formative too. This will ensure all questions are assigned to sections.

Copy / Duplicate a section:

  1. Click the 3 dots next to the section's title

  2. Choose "Duplicate Section"

  3. The section will be duplicated along with all the questions inside it

What if I have a question to add to a section I worked on before, but I already moved on to another section?

No problem! Scroll back to the section you want to add a question to:

  1. Hover over the small gray + symbol located above or below any question in the section you would like to add a new question to

  2. From the 4 icons that appear, choose the "add question or content" icon

  3. Choose your question type

  4. Proceed to create your question

  5. Repeat these steps to add as many questions to the section as you'd like

What if I entered a question into the wrong section?

Questions can be moved between sections:

  1. Click the 3 dots next to the question

  2. Choose "move"

  3. Scroll to the correct section and click the "move here" banner where you'd like to place the question

Can I re-order the sections on a formative?

Yes! To re-order sections:

  1. Click the 3 dots next to the section's title

  2. Choose "move"

  3. Scroll to the location you would like the section to move to and click the "move here" banner

NOTE: Moving a section will move all the questions that are in it as well

How do I delete a question from a section?

  1. Click the 3 dots next to the question

  2. Choose "delete"

  3. Confirm the deletion in the popup window

How do I delete a section?

  1. Click the 3 dots next to the section's title

  2. Choose "delete"

  3. Confirm the deletion in the popup window

NOTE: Deleting a section will also delete all the questions within that section. Make sure to move out questions you would like to save prior to deleting the section. Otherwise, you will need to restore the deleted questions (see steps below).

I accidentally deleted a question, can it be restored?

Yes! To restore a deleted question:

  1. Click the 3 dots on the top right menu, next to your profile icon

  2. Choose "Restore deleted items"

  3. A view of all items deleted from the formative will open on the right side of your screen

  4. Hover over the item you would like to restore and click the black "+ Restore" button that appears next to it

NOTE: If the deleted question was associated with an existing section, it will be re-added to the same section.

If the deleted question was associated with a section that no longer exists (the section was deleted), it will be added to the first section of the formative. To move the question to a different section, see steps above.

Can I restore a deleted section?

Restoring sections is not optional at this time. If you accidentally deleted a section, re-create it and then restore the questions that were associated with it.

Student View:

On the student side, when entering a formative with sections, the questions progress bar at the top will indicate the existence of sections by batching the questions for each section together, and separate these batches by a vertical line.

Each section will be displayed as a separate page on the formative, the section's title will appear at the top of the page.

For sectioned formatives, students can access the next and previous buttons at the footer of student pages. The last section has a submit button, instead of a next button. The "Submit" button will appear at the bottom right of the last section of the formative.

Here is an animation showing the appearance and navigation of formatives with sections from the student's point of view:


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