Documentation:Connect/Create an Either Or Question (How to)

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In Connect instructors can create Tests, Surveys and Pools that they can use to pose different types of questions to their students. An Either/Or Question is a preformatted binary question offering the following answer pairs: True/False, Right/Wrong, Yes/No, and Agree/Disagree.

This document will:

  • Guide instructors through the process of creating an Either/Or Question for their tests, surveys and pools
  • Identify instructor best practices facilitated by this function


Watch the video below to go through the steps in video format:

Create an Either/Or Question

  1. After building, importing or selecting a new test, survey or pool you will be taken to the Canvas for that item. Just below the title of your item, hover over Create Question in the Action Bar and select Either/Or from the drop-down list.
    Either/Or is found inside the red circle in the image above.
  2. Now you are on the Either/Or Question form. To begin, you can title your question. You must input the text of your question into the text box.
    The Either/Or Question form.
  3. You can set your Answer Orientation to either horizontal or vertical.
  4. You must select your desired answer pair (True/False, Agree/Disagree, etc.), and (not applicable to surveys) identify the correct answer.
  5. You can customize the feedback received by respondents after selecting the correct or incorrect answers (not applicable to surveys). Type your desired feedback for both types of answers into the text boxes provided.
  6. You can attach categories, topics, levels of difficulty, or keywords to the question.
  7. You can record Instructor Notes related to the question for your own records.
  8. You must click submit to save the Either/Or Question you have created.

Effective Practices

The Connect Learning Management System significantly expands the toolsets of teachers and learners. This function directly:

  • Streamlines test and survey design as one of several preformatted question forms
  • Leverages ease of centralized online assessment
  • Immerses students in effective and innovative use of the LMS encouraging participation and exploration in these learning technologies

This function supports a number of Chickering and Gamson's Seven Principles, including:[1]

1. Good practice encourages student - faculty contact
4. Good practice gives prompt feedback
5. Good practice emphasizes time on task

We encourage both students and instructors to read more about the Seven Principles to discover how they can inform your teaching and learning.


  1. Chickering, A. W., & Ehrmann, S. C. (1996). Implementing the seven principles. AAHE Bulletin, 49(2), 2-4. [1]