UCL Moodle Guides
E-Learning services for staff
Quickscan Dyslexia Screening Tool
The Freehand Drawing question type enables the simple and intuitive creation of digital freehand sketches/text mark-up on either a blank canvas or an uploaded background image. Once a sketch has been submitted tutors can, in addition to giving standard comments, optionally, add their own markup to the submitted sketch.
The main argument for choosing Freehand Drawing over other question types, such as Drag & Drop or Multiple Choice questions, is that students have to actively create their responses, rather than just recognising predefined answers as correct or incorrect. This facilitates assessing deeper levels of knowledge and understanding. Furthermore, students don't have the opportunity to simply guess the correct answer.
Anyone with a Tutor or Administrator role within a Moodle course can create a Freehand Question type. Students are then able to create a response using Freehand Drawing.
Consider the following points:
From the right-hand-side of the home page of your Moodle course, under Administration click on Question bank.
Click the Create new question button and from the resulting screen select Freehand drawing (ETH) and click Add.
If the category shown is not the one you want select an appropriate category.
Give the question a sensible name in the Task title field.
If you're using a blank canvas then in the Stem text box, simply type in the instructions telling students about the sketch you want them to create.
In the Max points field choose the maximum number of points you want to give to the question.
If you want students to sketch or add text on top of a background image use the Background image section to drag and drop your image file or the Choose a file button to browse your computer to locate and select your image file - GIF, PNG, JPEG and SVG file types are supported.
Keep in mind to reduce the size of your background image to a width of 500/600 pixels to avoid horizontal or vertical scrolling.
Click Save and use the Preview button to view your question.
This question type may present accessibility problems for those with a visual impairment. Consider alternative methods of assessment for students where this may apply.
Following the recommendation to familiarise your students with Freehand Drawing questions prior to using them for assessment should help to highlight any potential issues.