Creating Autogradable Assignments

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How do I import an existing assignment?

How do I create a new assignment?

How do I use the assignment editor?

How do I preview an assignment?


How do I import an existing assignment?

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Select Import from File

To import your existing assignments to Bakpax, click the  My Content link in the navigation at the top of the page and then select the Import from File option.

Currently, the import assignment feature is only compatible with image and PDF files. If your materials are in another format, you will need to export them as an image or PDF file. Most files can be exported as a PDF by selecting File from the toolbar and then using Save as... to save the file as a PDF. 

Select Your Assignment

You will then be prompted to select your assignment file(s) from your computer.

Assignment Settings

You will then be prompted to name your assignment and specify the assignment type, subject, and grade.

The assignment name will be what the students see when they are submitting work. It is advised that you try to be as specific as possible so that students can easily identify what assignment they are submitting.

Grab All Information from Assignment

Now you can use our import tools to start creating your assignment. Just click the text or image box you would like to fill from the fields in the right-hand pane. Then, draw a box around the information you would like to capture. The AI will read any text and symbolic math and create editable text to the right of the page. Images will be added as screenshots.

Please note that you can only add one solution to any question with these import tools. After adding all of your information to your assignment, you can add more acceptable solutions with the assignment editor.

Continue Building Assignment

Use the Add Question and Add Instruction buttons to continue building your assignment until you have captured all the information you would like to use from your file(s). 

Add All Information to Bakpax Assignment

Once you have grabbed all of the information for your assignment, click on the Create Assignment button to create your Bakpax assignment. You will then be taken to the assignment editor where you can customize your assignment if you would like.

Adding Additional Solutions

If there are multiple solutions you would accept as correct for a single question, click on the question in the editor and add each additional solution on a new line. 

Making Additional Edits

You can make further edits and customize your assignment using the editor. Details about what you can add with the editor can be found in the How do I use the assignment editor? section.

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How do I create a new assignment?

Select New Assignment

To create new assignments in Bakpax, click the  My Content link in the navigation at the top of the page and then select the New Assignment option.

Assignment Settings

You will then be prompted to name your assignment and specify the assignment type, subject, and grade. 

The assignment name will be what the students see when they are submitting work. It is advised that you try to be as specific as possible so that students can easily identify what assignment they are submitting.

Adding Questions, Instructions, and More

Now it’s time to build your assignment from the assignment editor. You can add instructions and four different types of questions. Sections and subsections can be used to organize your assignment. As you work, Bakpax will save your progress automatically.

You can always leave section and subsection titles empty if you do not wish to have your assignment divided with either.

Creating Questions

When you add a question to your assignment, you can edit the question prompt and correct solution(s). The question prompt that students will read and use to solve the problem should be written in the Question box. The solution(s) should be listed in the Answer Key section.

You can leave the question box empty if you do not require the question to appear on the assignment.

You must enter at least one correct solution for all autogradable questions.

Making Additional Edits

You can make further edits and customize your assignment using the editor. Details about what you can add with the editor can be found in the How do I use the assignment editor? section.

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How do I use the assignment editor?

Four Types of Questions

Add any of our four question types to your assignments.

  • Blank Question: Just add a question prompt and a solution. 
  • Multiple Choice Question: Add a question prompt, the multiple choice options, and indicate the correct answer. We'll automatically add the a), b), c), d), ...
  • True or False Question: Write your statement or question and indicate the correct answer. We'll automatically add "True or false? Write below." to handouts. 
  • Draw on Image Question: Describe what your students must draw and upload any image for them to draw on. 

Instructions, Sections, and Subsections

Use instructions, sections, and subsections to optimize your assignment layout and provide students with helpful tips.

Additional Components

Add images and work space as needed. Work space can be added to any question. One image can be added to any instruction or question.

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How do I add, edit, or remove sections and subsections?

Adding Sections and Subsections

You can use the section menu to add sections and subsections. Just click the plus icon on any section title to expand the section menu. Then select Section or Subsection to add the desired element.

Editing Sections and Subsections

Click into the section or subsection title to edit the section or subsection text. You can replace the Add Section Title and Add Subsection Title with your own section names or instructions. 

You can always leave section and subsection titles empty if you do not wish to have your assignment divided with either.

Removing Sections

Click the ellipsis icon on the section title to expand the section options. Then select Delete Section to remove the section from your assignment.

When you remove a section, everything within the section will be removed as well. 

Removing Subsections

Click the ellipsis icon on the subsection title to expand the subsection options. Then select Delete Subsection to remove the subsection from your assignment.

When you remove a subsection, everything within the subsection will be removed as well. 

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How do I add, edit, or remove instructions?

Adding Instructions

Use the section or subsection menu to add instructions. Just click the plus icon on any section or subsection title to expand the menu. Then select Instruction to add an instruction item.

From Section Menu From Subsection Menu

Editing Instructions

Click into the instruction item to edit it. You can add mathematical expressions, bullets, typographical emphasis, and images. 

Adding Images

Click the image icon in the upper right of the instruction area. You will then be prompted to select an image from your device to add to the instruction.

Removing Instructions

Click the ellipsis icon in the upper right of the instruction area to expand the instruction options. Then select Delete Instruction to remove the instruction from your assignment.

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How do I add, edit, or remove questions?

Adding Questions

Use the section or subsection menu to add questions. Just click or hover over a section or subsection title and the menu will pop up over to the right. Then select the type of question you would like to add it to your assignment.

From Section Menu From Subsection Menu

Editing Questions

Click into any question item to edit it. You can add mathematical expressions, bullets, typographical emphasis, images, and work space. Additionally, you can change the size of the work space and/or answer box.

Removing Questions

Click the ellipsis icon near the upper right of the question area to expand the question options.  Then select Delete Question to remove the question from your assignment.

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Blank Questions

You can type your question prompt into the Question box and add the correct answer(s) in the Answer Key section.

Blank Question Example

Here is an example of what this question would look like on a handout and for an online submission.

Handout Online

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Multiple Choice Questions

You can type your question prompt into the  Question box and add the answer choices in the Answers section. Click the box to the right of the answer choice to mark it as a correct answer. No need to list “a, b, c” - we do that for you! 

Please note that if you set multiple correct answers, Bakpax will grade each answer as correct, but grade a list of answers as incorrect. So, if the answer was “a” or “b,” a student would be marked as correct if they wrote “a” or “b” and they would be marked as incorrect if they wrote “a, b” or any combination of the answers.

Multiple Choice Question Example

Here is an example of what this question would look like on a handout and for an online submission.

Handout Online

For paper submissions: Students may circle or eliminate answer choices as they would on a typical multiple choice handout, but they ultimately need to write their answers in the answer box provided for the AI to grade the question. The AI will recognize the variety of ways the answer can be written, such as “d” or “d),” “green,” or “d) green.” 

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True or False Questions

You can type your question prompt into the  Question box and click the circle to the right of the answer choice to mark it as correct in the Answers section. We will automatically add "True or false? Write below." to the question. 

True or False Question Example

Here is an example of what this question would look like on a handout and for an online submission.

Handout Online

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Draw on Image Questions

You can type your question prompt into the Question box and add an image for students to draw their answer on in the Answer section. 

Draw on Image Example

Here is an example of what this question would look like on a handout and for an online submission.

Handout Online

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Graphing Questions

You can add graphing questions as Draw on Image type questions. You can type your question prompt into the Question box and add a blank graph for students to draw their answer on in the Answer section.  

Graphing Question Example

Here is an example of what this question would look like on a handout and for an online submission.

Handout Online

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How do I add, edit, or remove images?

Adding Images to Questions

Click the image icon in the upper right of the question area. You will then be prompted to select an image from your device to add to the question.

Adding Images to Instructions

Click the image icon in the upper right of the instruction area. You will then be prompted to select an image from your device to add to the instruction.

Editing Images

To make changes to an image, you will have to replace it with a new file. You can always remove an image and then add a new image as needed. 

Removing Images

Click or hover over the image and an "x" icon will appear in the bottom, right corner. Click on the "x" to remove your image.

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How do I add, edit, or remove work space?

Add a Work Area

Click the printer settings icon near the upper right of the question area to expand the print options for the assignment.

Set Work Area Size

Then, select short, medium, or tall to add it to your question. 

Removing Work Area

You can remove the work area from a question at any time. Click the printer settings icon near the upper right of the question area and select none to remove the work area from your question. 

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How/When do I turn off autograding?

How to Turn Off Autograding

You can turn off autograding for any autogradable question (Blank, Multiple Choice, or True or False questions). First, click into the question area. Then, use the Autograde toggle above the Answer Key to turn off autograding. When autograding is off, the toggle will appear grey. 

By default, all Multiple Choice, True or False, and Blank questions are set to autograde as long as a correct answer has been indicated. Draw on Image questions are not autogradable.

When to Turn Off Autograding

You should turn off autograding if the answers will vary greatly. For example,

  • Explanations: When a student will explain their reasoning and/or thought process.
  • Opinions: When students will explain their opinions. 
  • Infinite Possible Answers: When students are solving and the answer has a correct form, but infinitely many variations. (Write an equation in standard form, find a point of intersection for two parallel lines, determine the coordinates for a point on this line, etc.)

Bakpax is great for short responses, but unfortunately not long responses. Our AI matches student responses to the key provided by the teacher and marks answers as correct if they are equivalent to the key.

To see details about what grading equivalencies the Bakpax AI knows, check out our Bakpax Answer Equivalencies FAQ article. 

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How do I add, edit, or remove solutions to/from the key?

Adding Solutions to Blank Questions

Click into a Blank Question to add additional solutions to the key. You can add as many correct solutions as needed for any given question. Each solution should be added as a new line in the Answer Key section.

Adding Solutions to Multiple Choice Questions

Click into a Multiple Choice Question to add additional solution options. You can add as many options as needed for any given question and mark any number of them as correct. Each solution should be added as a new line in the  Answer Key section.

Please note that if you set multiple correct answers, Bakpax will grade each answer as correct, but grade a list of answers as incorrect. So, if the answer was “a” or “b,” a student would be marked as correct if they wrote “a” or “b” and they would be marked as incorrect if they wrote “a, b” or any combination of the answers.

Editing Solutions

Click into the solution row to edit the solution. You can use the standard keyboard to edit text or click on the square root icon to the right to use the math keyboard.

Removing Solutions

Hover over the solution row and an "x" icon will appear to the right of the solution. Click on the "x" to remove the solution.

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How do I edit the size of the answer boxes?

Editing Answer Boxes

You can adjust the height of the answer box to extra short (x-short), short, medium, or tall. Click the printer settings icon near the upper right of the question area to expand the print options for the assignment.

Set Answer Box Size

Select x-short, short, medium, or tall from the Answer Box options.

By default, answer boxes will be set to x-short.

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How do I use the math keyboard?

Select Square Root Icon

Click into the text box you would like to populate. Then use the square root icon in either the Question or Solution text box to access the math keyboard.

Insert Expressions

Select any symbol or expression to add it to your math item. Any blue boxes in an expression can be replaced with numbers and letters. 

Advanced Mode

You can also use the Advanced mode to type your equations with LaTeX, a typesetting system that can be used to format mathematical expressions. 

If you need any help writing expressions with LaTeX, the Help section will provide some tips. For a full list of the LaTeX functions supported by Bakpax, see this support page. You can also feel free to reach out to support@bakpax.com if you need assistance creating additional expressions.

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How do I edit the column formatting?

Edit Column Formatting

Use the section menu to edit the column formatting of the questions in that section. Click the ellipsis icon to the right of the section title to expand the section menu. Then select from the Print Layout options to set the column format for your section.

By default, sections will be set to auto adjust to content. This means, questions may be arranged in one, two, or three columns depending on the question text and quantity of questions. 

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How do I preview an assignment?

Go to Assignment

To preview an assignment, open it from the My Content page and scroll down the page to see the embedded preview.

Select Printer Icon

You can also click on the printer icon at the top of the page to view a print preview of the assignment. This will show where the page breaks.

Select Preview Only

To just preview the layout, select the Preview Only option.

Please note that the Preview Only copy of an assignment will not be autogradable. It will have a red watermark on it that reads "Preview: Assign to Classroom before Printing." You will need to assign work to a class in order to print out an autogradable handout that does not have this watermark.

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