Improve comprehension by re-stating ‘not’ questions into positives

Here is a question from our database, with one of its distractors (incorrect answers), and a feedback statement written by a student:
Question Distractor Feedback statement written by student
Which one of the following is not a network topology? Bus Bus is not a network topology.
Do you see the problem? ‘Bus’ is indeed a network topology. By stating the question in the negative, the distractor becomes a double negative – ‘bus’ is NOT NOT a network topology. And guess wha Continue reading

Understanding checkbox questions

Understanding checkbox questions

John Davies from Kings School in Gütersloh asked me today about the scoring for Checkbox questions. It’s not obvious because the colour-coding in the Detail markbook is simply red or green, leading one to assume that a question would score a simple 1 or 0. But not so. A Checkbox can return a partial mark.


A Checkbox question is a list of items. For each item, the student must answer whether or not it fulfils a certain condition. In the example screenshot here, it’s whether the Continue reading