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What is a multiple choice skill and how can you create one?

A multiple choice skill provides an alternate skill type to a yes/no skill. Multiple choice skills provide a more comprehensive way of assessing student progress by allowing multiple skill levels to be set under a single skill. This allows for a wider spectrum of student understanding to be captured, guiding the AI in more detail, and enabling more sophisticated data analysis.

To create, edit and delete multiple choice skills, follow these steps:

Add a skill

Step 1: Add a skill

You can create a skill by clicking on the ‘Add a Skill’ option, which is found at the bottom of the skill list. It is highlighted in light blue text and circled in light blue. This action will generate a new skill. Alternatively, you can edit a pre-existing skill from the list.

Write out the skill

Step 2: Write out the skill

In the text box, write out the skill you want to assess. You can phrase it as a question (e.g., "Has the student...") or as a statement (e.g., "They can..."). The way you phrase the skill here will appear on the assessment form, so it's important to phrase it in a way that suits your task.

Convert to multiple choice format

Step 3: Convert to multiple choice format

On the top right corner of the selected skill, you will see the option to select between yes/no and multiple choice. Click on multiple choice – or the small circle beside it – to select this skill type.

Expand the skill details

Step 4: Unfurl the skill details

Click on the arrow button on the right side of the skill box. This will expand the skill, allowing you to see all of the information within it.

Add Levels

Step 5: Add Levels

Once the skill details have been expanded, click the yellow button sitting at the bottom right of the text box to add levels. Levels can be removed by clicking on the trash bin icon at the right of the level you wish to delete. The higher the level, the harder it is to achieve and the more it's worth. The lowest level is always worth a score of "0", meaning the skill was not achieved.

Write Medals and Missions

Step 6: Write Medals and Missions

For each level, write a medal and mission statement. Medals acknowledge and praise the student's achievement at that level, while missions provide guidance on how they can progress to the next level. The top level does not require a mission because a student performing at that level is already demonstrating complete control over the skill. Similarly, the bottom level does not require a medal, because a student performing at that level is not achieving any part of the skill, and therefore will not receive a positive statement. Note: an explanation and example of the skill can also be included at this point, though this is optional.

Determine scores

Step 7: Determine scores

Assign a score to each level. This score should reflect the complexity and importance of achieving that level of the skill. The scores will play a critical role in the feedback students receive.

Delete unwanted skills

Step 8: Delete unwanted skills

If you decide that a multiple choice skill is not appropriate, you can easily remove it. To do this, expand the skill you wish to delete and click on the delete button located at the bottom of the skill.