What is the Fill-In element?

The 'Fill-In' element allows you to create quizzes requiring learners to type in responses to questions rather than choose from options.

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Written by Lou Monsour
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You can create a 'fill-in' quiz anywhere in your topic or article with the Fill-in element. The element allows learners to respond to a quiz question requiring an exact word or number answer (with or without being case sensitive).

You can then provide feedback to be shown to the explorer after their submission. This includes the option to leave separate feedback for correct and incorrect submissions (or generic feedback to be shown either way).

Expand the following sections to learn more.

Steps to add a fill-in quiz to a course

Add the element to your topic or article by selecting the 'Fill-In' option from the Content box, then follow these steps:

  1. Optionally choose a template (Answer, Blank or Math) depending on the type of question you want to ask.

  2. Prepare your fill-in quiz question (or edit the template question, as required) and provide up to ten acceptable answers.

  3. Optionally include an image with your fill-in quiz, and specify feedback to be displayed once an explorer has selected their response(s).

  4. Manage your quiz settings, as preferred

  5. Click Save.

Settings and options

Let's review some of the options for fill-in quizzes.

Option - Templates

At the top of the Fill-In element are a number of templates to inspire or accelerate your quiz creation. These include Answer, Blank and Math.

When you select a template, we populate the Fill-In element with the structure for your question and acceptable answers which you then edit as required.

Note: Selecting a template will overwrite any existing Fill-In text (i.e. the question and responses).

Option - Fill-In quiz settings

  • Answers are case sensitive. - By default, this option is not selected. When selected, responses by learners must exactly match the case of the acceptable answers you provide. For example, if 'Apple' (with a capital 'A') is listed as an acceptable response but 'apple' (with a lowercase 'a') is not, 'apple' would not be accepted as a correct answer.

  • Explorers must retry the quiz if incorrect submission (and cannot progress until correct) - If you enable this option, explorers will need to retry the quiz if they answer incorrectly. This option only works for quizzes used within a topic (not when a quiz is used in an Assessment - see below). When this option is enabled and the submission is incorrect:

    • Explorers will see an incorrect message and a 'Try again' button to reset the quiz.

    • Explorers will see the 'Incorrect feedback' message, if that option has also been enabled. Otherwise, they will not see any feedback (to avoid giving away the answer).

  • Display this quiz in this part, the assessment or both (topics only) - If your topic has the assessment module enabled, you will see an extra option in your quiz settings regarding where the quiz should be displayed. Quizzes can be displayed:

    • In the topic at that point.

    • In the assessment module at the end of topic.

    • In both locations (so it is asked first as the explorer completes the topic and then asked again at the end during the assessment module). This option allows you to re-use important quizzes to reinforce content in the topic and again in the assessment.

Option - Fill-In quizzes with images

You can also add an image to your quiz by checking the related option below your quiz question. You can then upload an image or import an image from our library, which will be displayed between your quiz question and the answers.

Images can be edited, as required, using our Image Editor.

Option - Feedback

Optionally, you can specify the feedback you want to show explorers after they have entered their response. If specific feedback isn't provided, explorers will simply be advised whether their response is correct or not and thanked for answering.

You can also choose to show different feedback for incorrect responses by ticking the applicable option and specifying your feedback for correct and incorrect answers.


When the Assessment module is enabled for a topic, you are required to create a minimum number of quizzes (including fill-in quizzes, standard quizzes and match quizzes) which are toggled for display in the assessment.

If you're unsure, you can always ask Sage if your topic is ready to publish and you'll then find out if you have created enough quizzes.

You can create more quizzes than the minimum required for the assessment too. If you have extra quizzes, the platform treats them like a question pool and will draw random quizzes from the pool for each explorer.

Note: When you enable the assessment module, be sure to manage the settings for where to display each quiz accordingly (i.e. you can choose to include each quiz where you create it, in the assessment only, or in both).

Reporting and analytics

All responses are available in the reporting for the relevant topic or article, and when using the Answers report in Analytics.



Let's look at some examples of the Fill-In element in action!

Example - Specific answers

The Fill-In element works well to confirm knowledge by requiring learners to respond to questions with specific answers.

Example - Math questions or questions requiring numeric responses

You can also use this type of quiz for questions requiring numbers as a response.

Example - Fill-in-the-blank style questions

The Fill-In element can be used to capture fill-in-the-blank responses from learners.

Example - Questions where more than one response could be correct

This element is ideal for confirming knowledge when more than one answer is acceptable.

In this case, learners are only required to provide one of the correct responses from your specified list.

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