Insert an Open Response question Block to allow learners to type and submit a response directly in the step. You can use this for short or long answer questions on an assessment, or just to encourage learners to engage and enter their thoughts, more like a private journal or workbook. Staff can optionally review, assign points, and leave feedback.

Sample Open Response Block: learner preview mode on the left and edit mode on the right

How to add an Open Response question Block

  1. Create a new step on your course Path and open the step.

  2. Select "Question" then "Open Response." You've added a Block to your step!

  3. Replace the template text with a question of your own or instructions.

  4. Optionally add more Blocks. When finished, hit Publish.


You can...

  • Add a question to which you require a typed response.

  • Optionally add an answer explanation. This will display after the question is answered, depending on your choices in the step settings.

  • Require review or let the step auto-grade the response based on completion.

  • Receive notification when an answer is submitted and leave comments, a video, audio, or file in your response, and assign points (optional).

Learners can...

  • Type and submit a response.

  • Complete the assignment in order to mark the step complete.

  • Depending on your choices in the step settings, learners can reset their response to take again and view the answer explanation immediately, if provided.

  • View points and feedback by email and in-app, when applicable


Q. How do I adjust points and grading notifications?
A. Open the step settings to adjust these settings and more for the step.

Q. How can I allow my learners to submit a paper or project as a file?
A. Insert a "Submit" Block instead and ask learners to submit their paper or project as a file.

Q. Can my learners upload files, video, audio, etc. to the question or include formatting?
A. The field permits only plain text and hyperlinks. If you'd like your learners to upload a more complex assignment, you probably want to use a "Submit" Block instead.

Q. Can I show feedback on each answer option?

A. If you'd like to add feedback that will show up after the learner has chosen his answer and submitted it, you can do this using the Answer Explanation field. ο»ΏThe Pathwright platform currently supports only one answer explanation per question, which means that whether the learner chooses the correct or incorrect answer, the feedback they receive will be the same.

Here's an example of how you could use this field:

You'll be able to choose when to display the answer feedback to learners under the step settings.

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