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# Can you force the sum of two answer to equal a specific value?

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Sep 24, 2019 Sep 24, 2019

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I have a project where I want students to compare two statements and then rate them (scale of 0-10) relative to each other. Is there a way to create questions so that the sum must equal 10?

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Sep 24, 2019 Sep 24, 2019

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Without going to a JavaScript solution - (as I often do) - you might consider having them rate one item which will then automatically set the value of the second to the difference from ten. This was the first thing that popped into my head.

As I consider more while typing - I thought there might be a need for additional context. I would have made this scenario from scratch - that is typically my default position. However, if you are wanting to use the Likert Scale Quiz slide - well, that probably changes things. I don't have an answer for that - I have actually never used that type of quiz slide.

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Explorer ,
Sep 24, 2019 Sep 24, 2019

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Thank you! I do not have any experience with JavaScript (which I am now feeling would be EXTREMELY useful!) or programming for that matter. I am new to this world!

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Can be done with advanced or shared actions as well. But you need to give more details. How do you want this to happen? Do you need to transfer the results to a LMS?

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Hi! So there is no right or wrong answers for this activity. This is more like a survey so no results need to be transferred to a LMS.

Assignment Directions:

Assign a weight from 0 to 10 to EACH STATEMENT IN EACH PAIR to show the relative strength of your belief in the statement compared to the other pair.

The points assigned for each pair must total 10.

Be as honest with yourself as you can be, and resist the natural tendency to respond as you would "like to think things are.”

This instrument is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers. It is designed to be a stimulus for personal reflection and dialogue.

1.

_____a. It's only human nature for people to do as little work as they can get away with.

_____b. When people avoid work, it's usually because their work has been deprived of its meaning.

2.

_____c. If employees have access to any information they want, they tend to have better attitudes and behave more responsibly.

3.

_____e. One problem in asking for the idea of employees is that their perspective is too limited for their suggestions to be of much practical value.

_____f. Asking employees for their ideas broadens their perspective and results in the development of useful suggestions.

Solution

Add the points assigned to the following:

·Theory X score - Sum of a, d, e, g, j, l, m, o, r, and s.

·Theory Y score - Sum of b, c, f, h, i, k, n, p, q, and r.

Then there is a section on interpreting the results of the survey.

Does this make sense?

Thanks!

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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You want 10 questions on 1 slide? Would be easier to have each question on a slide. Each question needs two scores, where sum needs to be 10. And the appropriate score needs to be added to X or Y score. You do not want to have the 'X' answer always in the first place.

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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From a design stand point I think it would be overwhelming to have all ten questions on one slide. One question per slide would be best I think.

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Also my idea. Shuffling is necessary....I suppose? Will try to lay out a solution and create a blog. I will not make 10 quesstions of course, but may I use the text you posted for 3 questions?

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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I don't think there is a need for shuffling. The questions came from Kolb, David A., Rubin, Irwin M. Organizational Psychology: An Experiential Approach, 2nd ed.(c)1974. Electronically reproduced by permission of Pearson Education, Inc. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. A blog post would be great!

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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So - if the sum of both A and B must equal 10 - the question is, as you originally stated - how do we force that?
My idea would be to create a single Text Entry Box for each pair and a variable for every question.
When a value for the first TEB is entered - the variable for the second is calculated such that the sum of the two is 10. We can simply display the value for the second.

If you require that the learner actually enter a value for every question then you would need to make it so that updating the second TEB would auto calculate and modify the first in order to keep it equal to 10. It is do-able but makes it a bit more complex, I think.

This can be done with actions.

Lieve may have another idea for this - looks like she is gonna get you hooked up with a solution.

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Sep 25, 2019 Sep 25, 2019

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Yes, have an idea, and as you know, I don't like to force a learner. Would prefer to give a warning when the sum is not 10, and let them correct the entry. Would be possible to use the learning interaction 'radiobuttons or even a custom interaction to show them a nice 'rating scale'.

As a diehard trainer, I never like 'forcing' anything. You are correct, Greg, that was the original question, but the learning experience is for me much more important.

Have a working solution, without JS. But have to leave now for a dinner meeting. Writing out the blog will be for tomorrow.

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Sep 26, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

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I have uploaded two blogs to the eLearning community, they are waiting moderation. I will try to combine them in one post on my personal blog. As soon as possible, will add the links here.

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Explorer ,
Sep 26, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

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Thank you!!!

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Sep 26, 2019 Sep 26, 2019

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I have uploaded two blogs to the eLearning community, they are waiting moderation.

You can find it also in my personal blog: