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Adding questions to an assignment

Types of questions/responses

For each question, you’ll need to select which type of response students will submit. You have the choice between Image/PDF file, Text (with Markdown formatting) and Multiple choice. To learn more about how students interact with the different response types, see Completing and submitting an assessment.

Use the dropdown menu below the Question content to select the response type:

  • Image/PDF file: With this option, a student is submitting their answers as a PDF, JPG or PNG file upload. If you or your students have used Crowdmark before, this will be the response format you’re used to.

  • Text (with Markdown formatting): This response type allows the student to type their answer directly into the Crowdmark interface. They can use Markdown to include images, files, and links in their responses, as well as LaTeX for equations. Images will automatically be embedded in the text, while other files will show up as a link for the grader to view or download the file.

  • Multiple choice: Multiple choice allows for instructors to set questions with predefined responses for students to select from. An instructor can indicate one or multiple correct responses to a multiple choice question. Multiple choice responses are automatically graded by Crowdmark.

    After you have selected Multiple choice from the dropdown menu, enter up to 5 response options in the fields provided. The fields support Markdown formatting. Use the checkboxes to the left of the response field to indicate the correct response option(s).

Entering question content

To add questions, you can type question text directly into the Question content fields or copy and paste content from a Word or PDF document. If you paste question content, the formatting will not be maintained and you will have to re-format the text in Crowdmark.


The Question content field supports Markdown, which allows you to change text formatting and to add links and images.

Some examples:

Markdown Formatted
*italics* italics
**bold** bold
## Heading Heading
[Purdue Owl]( Purdue Owl
![Crowdmark logo]( Crowdmark logo
(with alt text “Crowdmark logo”)

The Markdown guide contains a full list of formatting options.

Adding diagrams, images, or files

Click Attach files or drag and drop the files into the Question content field. The files will be uploaded to Crowdmark. The Markdown code will automatically be generated to either embed (images) or link to the files (PDF and other files).

Mathematical expressions

Comments in Crowdmark support LaTeX expressions using MathJax. This allows graders to write mathematical expressions. Inline mathematical expressions can be created by wrapping LaTeX with single dollar signs and displayed mathematical expressions can be created by wrapping with double dollar signs. We thank the developers of MathJax for making this possible.


$$\zeta (s) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{1}{n^s}$$

Chemical expressions

We are grateful to the developers of the mhchem package in MathJax for making this possible.


$$\ce{SO4^2- + Ba^2+ -> BaSO4 v}$$