Create PencilPad (Drawing) Questions

PencilPad questions allow your students to create and submit a drawing in WebAssign.

PencilPad questions are not automatically graded by WebAssign; they must be manually graded.

  1. Click Questions > Create. The Question Editor opens.
  2. In Name, type a name for the question.
  3. In Mode, select PencilPad.
  4. In Question, type your question. Use the answer placeholder string <_> to specify where the answer box should be displayed.
  5. In Answer, type a key that will help the grader determine whether or not the student's answer is correct. The key must be on a single line.
    • Even if you will be grading the PencilPad answers yourself, you must enter something in Answer.
    • If an answer extends beyond the right side of the Answer box, it is wrapped to the next line, but it is still considered a single line so long as you do not press ENTER.
    Tip Because PencilPad questions require students to submit a drawing, you might want to add an image to the key to help the grader.
    1. Under Page Tools, click My Files. If you have already uploaded your image to WebAssign, skip to step 5.h.
    2. In the My Files window, click import icon Import File.
    3. Click Browse or Choose File, depending on your browser.
    4. Navigate to the file you want to upload.
    5. Click Open or Choose, depending on your browser.
    6. In the Import File window, click go.
    7. Close the Import File window.
    8. In the My Files window, navigate to the file you want to use and select its check box.
    9. Set Paste location of file (selected below) as to Image.
    10. Set Destination Field to Answer.
    11. Click go. A <userimage> tag is added to Answer on a new line.
    12. Move the <userimage> tag to the same line as the key for your question.
  6. Optional: Type a Solution.

    The solution helps your students understand the steps they need to take to determine the correct answer to the question. Your assignment settings specify when to show the solution.

  7. Click Test/Preview to test the appearance and behavior of the question. See Test Questions.
  8. Click Redisplay to show certain kinds of errors in the Display section of the Question Editor. Make any needed changes to your question.
  9. Optional: Click Show Additional Information and change the question's sharing permission or add descriptive information.
    • By default, other instructors can use your question only if you provide them with the question ID, and only you can edit the question or find it in search results. To change the permission, see Share Questions With Other Instructors.
    • If you make your question publicly available, you might want to provide descriptive information to help others search for it. See Add Search Metadata to Questions.
  10. When your question displays and functions correctly, click Save.

    WebAssign assigns it a unique question ID (QID), which is displayed in parentheses after the question name.

    You can use your question in an assignment and see it in your My Questions list only after it is saved.

Example PencilPad Question

The following table summarizes an actual question.




Template2 2.PP.01.




Draw a picture of a sine wave. Identify the Crest, Trough, Amplitude, 
and Wavelength.<br>
You can use the letters C, T, A, W for labels.<_>


<userimage(92022)><br>Student must correctly identify all parts for 

Key Display

key display

Display to Students

Question as displayed to students