Creating Descriptive Assessments in E-learning with Articulate Storyline

Creating Descriptive Assessments in E-learning with Articulate Storyline

Creating quizzes is not only easy but also fun with the new version of Articulate Storyline. The powerful quizzing features provide flexible options to create eLearning assessments. Requirements pertaining to assessments vary from one client to another. Here is the requirement of one of our clients.

Our client, who is a training manager, wants to use descriptive assessments in his course.  The learner should provide a description in a text entry field.  He wants the learners to limit their description to 300 characters.

Do you think this is possible?

Yes! This is possible using the Essay type questions feature in Articulate Storyline. Assessments containing descriptive questions can be developed very easily, using built-in features.

In this post, I would like to share how to create a descriptive question and specify the maximum number of characters using Articulate Storyline.

But, first let us see a few important things about this question type.

  • It is a widely used in assessments of eLearning courses
  • This enables the learner to  describe  a topic
  • As this belongs to survey type quizzing, we can’t score the learner
  • It is difficult to validate the description given by the learner
  • We can restrict the learner to type limited number of characters
  • Articulate Storyline counts the characters typed but not the words

Now, follow the steps to below to meet the requirement.

Step 1: Go to the Insert tab and click on the New Slide option


Step 2: From the window opened, select the Quizzing category and then choose the Survey option.


Step 3: You will find 9 types of questions here. Select the Essay type and click on the Insert button to insert an essay type question into your eLearning course.


Step 4: A window with all properties of essay questions will open. Here, you can enter the question/ title of the topic.

Step 5: The very next option displayed on the window allows you to specify the maximum number of characters in the text entry field. There are two ways to set this limit.

  1. Clicking the up and down arrows as shown in the screenshot below or
  2. Typing the number of characters in the field provided


Step 6: Now, click the Save and Close button on the top left corner of the window to complete the process.

Now, you can preview the slide for the output. After reaching the limit, you will notice that no characters are added in the text entry field, even if you type.

We can thus limit the number of characters of the description provided by the learner.  We can also count the number of words typed by the learners (which is possible only through customization).

Hope you find this post informative. Do share your views.

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