Adaptive mode

If you choose 'Yes' for this option, then the student will be allowed multiple responses to a question even within the same attempt. For example, if the student's response is marked as incorrect, then the student will be allowed to try again immediately. However a penalty will usually be subtracted from the students score for each wrong attempt (the amount of penalty is determined by the penalty factor, set by the next option).

This mode also allows adaptive questions that can change themselves in response to a student's answer. Here is how the IMS QTI specification defines adaptive questions (items):

An adaptive item is an item that adapts either its appearance, its scoring (Response Processing) or both, in response to each of the student’s attempts. For example, an adaptive item may start by prompting the candidate with a box for free-text entry but, on receiving an unsatisfactory answer, present a simple choice interaction instead and award fewer marks for subsequently identifying the correct response. Adaptivity allows authors to create items for use in formative situations which both help to guide candidates through a given task while also providing an outcome that takes into consideration their path.

In adaptive mode an additional Submit button is shown for each question. If the student presses this button then the response to that particular question is submitted to be scored and the mark achieved is displayed to the student. If the question is an adaptive question, then it is displayed in its new state that takes the student's answer into account, and will in many cases ask the student for another input. In the simplest adaptive questions, this new state may differ only in the feedback text and prompt the student to try again. In more complicated questions, question text and even the interaction elements can change in addition to feedback text.

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