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How do I adjust Desmos item bank question details?


If your institution has a paid Desmos upgrade, you may be able to add a Desmos item type questions to an item bank. After you select the question type, you can use the LaTeX editor to add details for the question, view and adjust a student preview, and verify auto-grading is working correctly. Once the question is published to an item bank, you can add the question to an assessment.

Note: If you do not see the Desmos Items (Paid Upgrade) section in the Question Type drop-down menu, your institution does not have a paid Desmos upgrade.

Compose Question

Compose Question

You can adjust how the question displays and functions for students using the tools and settings on the Edit Question page.

To add question details, click the Compose Question field [1]. A toolbar displays question editing and formatting options [2]. To insert math formulas in your question, click the LaTeX Editor icon [3].

Compose Math Formula in LaTex Editor

Compose Math Formula in LaTex Editor

Click the Math Formula field [1] and use the buttons in the LaTeX calculator to compose your math formula [2]. To access additional math function symbols, click the Calculator Options arrow [3] and select the functions you need available to compose your question. To make all function symbols visible at once, click the All Symbols option [4].

When you finish composing your formula, click the OK button [5].

Modify Graph

Modify Graph and More Options

To expand additional settings for the question, click the More Options arrow [1]. In the Modify Graph section, you can create a graph that students will interact with to answer the question.

To define parameters for the question, type in the Expression fields [2].

To adjust the graph settings, click the Graph Settings icon [3]. This will open the Graph Settings menu, where you can adjust things like graph boundaries, units, and appearance [4].

Note: If you cannot see the Graph Settings icon in the Modify Graph section, zoom out your view in your browser. To do this, hold down the Control or Command key on your keyboard and press the - (minus) key. Continue pressing the minus key until the Graph Settings icon displays in the Modify Graph section.

Change Point Boundaries and Step Size

Change Point Boundaries and Step Size

To change the boundaries of how far the points on your graph can move, or to change the width of the step, click the equation of the variable [1].  Enter the appropriate numbers in the equation text fields [2] and click outside the graph to save your graph changes.

Save Question

Save Question

When you have finalized the details for the question, you can save the details.

To save a draft of the question, click the Save As Draft button [1].

To publish the question to the item bank and make it available to add to an assessment, click the Publish button [2].

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