# Video: Creating Your Own Questions

In this video, we will show you how to create your own questions for your portal.

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### Video Transcript

In this video, we will show you how to create your own questions for your portal.

To create your own questions, you must be a portal educator and be signed in to educators.nagwa.com.

Once you’re signed in, click on “My Library”, then click on the “Questions” tab.

In this area, you’ll be able to see all of the questions you have previously added. We’ll go over this interface later, but for now let’s create a new one by clicking “+ Add Question”.

You’ll now see the screen where you can add the details of your new question.

On the left-hand side of this screen, you will see three drop-down menus. The first of these is the “Question Type” box. Here, you’ll be given the option of creating a multiple-choice question or a short-answer question.

For a multiple-choice question, you’ll need to provide the answer along with some distractors so the question can be automatically marked.

A short-answer question is one for which students will need to provide a written response. This type of question is not automatically marked, but instead you can write a model answer that can be used as a reference.

Let’s first go through creating a multiple-choice question.

Next, you’ll need to choose the subject of the question. It’s worth noting that you can only create questions for the active subjects on your portal. Inactive subjects will be shown in this drop-down menu, but you won’t be able to select them. It is also possible to create new subjects in your portal.

Changing the active subjects of a portal and creating new subjects can only be performed by a portal admin in the admin area. We’ll have a separate video guide that teaches you how to do both of these things.

By default, Nagwa has a comprehensive list of subjects that are all activated on your portal; however, your portal admin may change the settings to restrict them or even to add new ones.

We have a separate video guide that teaches you how to create new subjects for your portal.

For this example, we are going to create a mathematics question, so let’s select it from the drop-down menu.

Next, you’ll need to select the grade for which your question will be used. For this simple example, we’ll choose “Grade 7”. Selecting a grade is important because once you have done so, you’ll see an extra section appear on the left of the page titled “Select Lesson”.

In this section, you’ll need to select the lesson in which your question belongs. Expanding the drop-down menu shows you all of the chapter titles for “First Year of Preparatory School • Second Term” mathematics course. Let’s choose the chapter “Numbers and Algebra”.

Clicking this chapter shows you the lessons contained within the chapter. Now click on the lesson you want to write a question for, and the lesson title will be formatted in bold text. This bold text shows you the selected lesson. In our case, we have selected the lesson “Square Roots of Perfect Squares”.

We are now ready to move on to the question creation. The first thing to do is to write the stem of our question in the question box.

For example, we might want to ask our students to find the square root of 25.

Along the top of this box, you’ll see some standard formatting options.

In particular, you should note the “Upload Image” button. Clicking this allows you to drag and drop an image file or to select it from your file browser. The image can then be used as part of your question.

Another button to note is the equation editor. In our example, we might want to represent the square root of 25 using mathematical symbols.

Nagwa portals allow you to write equations using a code called LaTeX. You can preview what your equations will look like by clicking the equation editor.

Let’s delete the last part of our question to illustrate this.

We’ll have a dedicated video that guides you through using the equation editor. As a quick reference, you can also visit our online reference to math symbols, found at https://www.nagwa.com/en/math.

For now, here’s a quick preview using the square root function.

Once you’ve typed your code into the equation editor, you’ll be given a preview in the gray box below. Once you are happy with this, click “Insert”, and your code will be properly formatted and inserted into the question box.

As we are creating a multiple-choice question, we will need to provide the answer along with some distractors. You’ll need to provide a minimum of two and a maximum of five options for each question.

You might also notice that each of these boxes has an “Upload Image” button, much like the question box. Instead of typing your answers, you can upload images here.

You can also insert equations into the answer boxes, but you must write the LaTeX syntax between open and close parentheses preceded by a backslash, for example, $$\frac{2}{3}$$, for math. For chemistry, you must include your expression in the same parentheses but also the expression “backslash ce open and close braces”, for example, $$\ce{H2O}$$. This is explained in more detail in the dedicated videos for inserting equations.

For this question, we’ll simply type in some numbers.

Once you have filled in all of your answer boxes, make sure to click the tick mark on the right-hand side next to the correct answer.

Note that this arrangement of multiple-choice answers will be the one displayed to the students. When writing your answers, make sure to mix up the order to deter any students from guessing!

Once you’re finished with your question, you have two options: you can either click “Add” if you’d like to stay on the page and continue creating more questions, or you can click “Add and Finish”, which will take you back to your complete list of created questions on the “My Library” page.

Let’s click “Add”. You should now see a banner saying “Question submitted successfully. It is currently processing.”

Once the question has been processed, you’ll see it appear under the “Questions” tab of “My Library”, and you’ll be able to find the question when creating your next assessment by searching for the lesson that you linked the question with.

Let’s now illustrate how to create a short-answer question. A short-answer question is one for which students will need to provide a written response.

When creating a short-answer question, picking the subject, grade, and lesson works in exactly the same way as we saw earlier.

In contrast to this, when creating a short-answer question, you will need to provide a model answer rather than multiple-choice options.

For example, we might choose to upload a picture of a graph and ask our students to identify the error. We can do this by clicking the “Upload Image” icon in the question stem and selecting the correct file.

Once you have written the question itself, you will need to provide a model answer. This is the response that you would expect from a student in order to correctly answer the question.

If the question you are uploading is image based, note that your students can either create a digital image or draw their image using a pen and paper and upload it as the question answer.

Remember that when a student solves this type of question, it will not be automatically marked, as is the case with multiple-choice questions.

Instead, when creating an assessment that includes a short-answer question, an educator will decide the maximum number of marks that can be obtained from the question.

When marking assessments, the educator will be able to view the model answer and to compare it with the student’s response. They will then decide if the student has answered correctly or incorrectly and award them a number of marks.

When a student views the results of an assessment containing a short-answer question, they will see how many marks they were awarded, alongside the model answer, which they can compare with their response.

Once you are happy with your question, it can be submitted using the “Add” button below. Let’s click “Add and Finish”. This takes us back to the “Questions” tab of the “My Library” page. Here, we can see the confirmation message: “Question submitted successfully.”

On this page, we can also see all of the questions that we have created. Each question exists in its own box, with a title bar containing the name of the associated lesson and the associated subject.

If we refresh the page, we’ll see that the question that we just created has appeared, and it has a message in the bottom right of the box to tell us that it was successfully processed.

On the left of the page, you will notice a small drop-down menu. Here, we are currently viewing all of the questions that were successfully processed by the system; however, we can also view any questions that failed processing by selecting this option.

From this page, we can also perform a number of actions to manage the questions we have created. In the top-right corner of each question box, you will be able to see a small icon with three dots. Clicking this expands an action menu.

Clicking the “Edit” button takes you to a similar page to the one we saw when creating the question. From here, you’ll be able to edit the type of question, the wording of the question stem, and the answers.

Note that once a question is created, we cannot change the subject, the grade, or the lesson that this question is associated with; hence, these options are grayed out.

If you have made a mistake in any of these fields, you’ll need to return to the “Questions” tab of the “My Library” page. You can then click on the action menu of the question and click “Delete”.

Once you confirm this action, you should see a confirmation message that your question was successfully deleted.

A couple of final notes: By default, this page shows you all of the questions you have created. These questions will be sorted in the order that you have most recently added them to the library.

There are a number of ways to organize and filter this list. The first is by clicking the filter button to the left of the “+ New Question” button. This reveals two drop-down lists. The first list allows you to see all of the questions uploaded by you or any of the other educators who share the same subjects and grades as you, on your portal, if the settings have been set as such.

The second of these drop-down lists allows you to filter by whether a question has been successfully processed by the system or not.

Another way you can filter the list is by using the fields on the left of the page. Here, you can more easily narrow down the list to find questions in a particular subject or grade. You can also filter by both at the same time.

Finally, there is a drop-down list that allows you to view all of the lessons you have created. From here, you can also view the questions that have been written for your lessons.

You also have the ability to edit the lessons’ titles or delete them entirely if you need.