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Fill in the Blanks (FIB)

To create a Fill in the Blanks Question, do the following:

Fill in the Blanks Question selection





1. Click the New button and select Fill in the Blanks Question (FIB) from the drop down menu.

Tip: If you are using Question Sections to organize your questions make sure to click on the section you want to build the question(s) within first to ensure the question is created there. If you have already built a question outside of its designated Question Section use the Move button to move the question to the Question Section it belongs in. For more information about moving questions see the help page on Moving Question Library questions.

From within the New Question page, complete the following fields:

2. Title (Optional): While you may use this field to title your question, we suggest leaving it blank. Doing so will cause the Question Text to be inherited as the title, allowing you to see the text of each question in the Question Library.

3. Points: Assign a point value for the question. This value will be carried over to the Quiz when the question is imported and will be used to determine the sum of all question points in the quiz.

4. Difficulty (Optional):  While optional, assigning a difficulty level (1 through 5) to each question allows you to add and sort your questions, and to view statistics based on question difficulty.

New Fill in the Blanks Question screen

5. Image (Optional): If you would like to attach a picture to this question, do so by clicking the Insert and Image button. Use the Description field if you need to provide information about the image.

6. Add and Remove Text and Blanks: By default, the Fill in the Blanks question type consists of a starting text field, a Blank field and a finishing text field. If you would like to have more than one blank within the paragraph or sentence, click the Add Blank button to add an additional blank field to the end of the text. Unless the blank needs to be at the end of the text, you will need to add an additional text field, which you can do by clicking the Add Text button. If you need to remove a text and/or answer field, click the trash can to the right of each text or answer field.

7. Question Text and Blanks: Enter the text of your sentence within the text fields, and the word(s) you would like your participants to fill in within the blank field(s).

For example: If the first text field contains the words "The color red is a", the blank contains the word "primary", and the second text field contains the word "color", the sentence would appear to participants as "The color red is a ______ color", with the word "primary" being the correct answer.

8. Answer Options:

  • Size: Specify how wide, in characters, the answer field should be.
  • Add Answer: If your question calls for more than one answer, click the Add Answer field to add additional fields. To add multiple answer fields at a time, type the quantity of answer fields you want to add, then click the Add Answer button.
  • Answer: Enter the correct answer in the Answer field.
  • Weight: Enter a 100 in the Weight field to assign full (100%) credit for the correct answer. You may also create multiple variations on the correct answer. For example, if the answer is "10 cm", you might include separate answers for "10 centimeters" and "10cm", and assign each 100%. You may also assign partial credit to an answer that is close, but not correct. For example, you might assign 85% to just "10". If your question requires multiple answers, make the combined weight of the 'most correct' answers equal to 100. That will ensure participants earn 100% for that question if all of the most correct answers are selected.
  • Evaluation: Select Case Insensitive to have D2L auto-grading compare the participant answer to the correct answer regardless of letter case. Select Case Sensitive to have D2L auto-grading compare the participant answer to the correct answer while requiring letter case correctness. Select Regular Expression to have D2L Auto-grading use alpha-numeric and meta-characters to determine the correct answer. Case sensitivity is determined by meta-character parameters you set. For more information about Regular Expression see the Regular Expression help page.
  • Check Answers: Use the Check Answers button to verify your answers are in a format D2L understands.

Tip: Limit the length of the answer you place in the blank fields to 1-2 words in order to help ensure the best accuracy of D2L auto grading.

9. Question hint and feedback (Optional): Click Expand question hint if you would like to provide a question hint to participants. Click Expand question feedback if you would like to provide feedback to all participants, regardless of how they answered the question.

10. After completing all above items, choose from the four options below:

  • Save: Saves and closes the question, returning you to the Question Library.
  • Save and Copy: Saves the question, creates a copy, and displays the copy for you to edit.
  • Save and New: Saves the question and opens a new, blank, Fill in the Blanks question for you to edit.
  • Preview: Use to preview your question to see how it will appear when being taken by participants and when being graded by a member of the instructional team. This does not save the question, so when you are finished previewing the question click the Done button to return to the question, then use one of the three save options above to save your question.


If you are editing a question that has already been imported into a Quiz, Survey, and/or Self Assessment, you will be presented with the option to also update the question in those locations (shown above). Be sure to update the question in every location that you want to apply the change. Any location that you do not choose to update will be left with the old version of the question and D2L will consider it an entirely different question from the modified version in the Question Library.

Important:  Never update a question in a live Quiz or Survey, as doing so can cause a variety of issues with participant attempts, grading, reports and statistics. Please wait until after the Quiz or Survey period has passed to make modifications to your questions. If you need to modify a question in a live quiz because it is not configured properly, contact the D2L support team using the Online Help Request form to determine the best way to correct the problem.

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