Sapling Learning > Finding Questions for Flash-based Activities

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Click on an assignment title to open the activity editor. Once you have the activity editor open, there are several ways to find questions to add to the assignment.


Browse by topic

Click on the book icon to open the library.

Notice on the far left that the subject of your course is already selected, and all available questions for that subject are displayed in the middle of the page.
Click the + button to drill down to narrower topics. There are four hierarchical levels that we like to call taxonomy, chapter, section, and topic. 

Click to highlight a taxonomy, chapter, section, or topic to display its contents (i.e., a list of questions). The number of questions available in each taxonomy, chapter, section, or topic is shown after its title.


Highlight multiple

  • Shift+click will allow you to select multiple adjacent topics, chapters, etc.
  • Ctrl+click (PC) or Cmd+click (Mac) will allow you to select or de-select multiple non-adjacent topics, chapters, etc.

Locate a topic

If there are already questions in the Assignment pane on the right, you may wish to browse other questions in those same topics. Here's how to quickly locate those topics within the question banks.

  1. Click on a question in the Assignment to highlight it.
  2. Click the locate button. 
  3. You will be taken directly to that question's topic in the Question Banks panel.




In the Question Banks panel, clicking on any of the column headers will allow you to sort the displayed questions by that attribute. For example, click Difficulty to arrange the current question list from lowest to highest difficulty. Click Difficulty again to reverse the sort order. Keep in mind that a question's difficulty is relative to the subject it was written for, which you can see in the Source column. For example, a question with a General Chemistry source that is marked "difficult" may be considered "easy" in an Organic Chemistry course. 

Note that some columns may require you to scroll to the right to see them. You can also drag and drop columns to reorder them or expand the pane by clicking and dragging the handle under the book icon.

To add, remove, or change the order of the columns, click the columns icon.



Although the button is labeled as search, it is actually a filter of whatever you have already selected.

  1. Select at least one area of the Question banks panel to search within. To maximize your results, choose a whole taxonomy (the top-most hierarchical level) or Shift+click to select multiple taxonomies.
  2. Click the search button.
  3. Choose Title, Description, or ID.
  4. If filtering by title or description, type a keyword into the box. If filtering by ID, type the ID number of the desired question into the box.


Don't forget that you can Shift+click to select multiple subjects! This will maximize your search results and is a good option to try if you are aren't finding what you're looking for. 

Search for multiple-choice questions

Single-part multiple-choice questions with five or fewer options have the phrase "i>clicker friendly" in their description. Although searching by this keyword won't find all multiple-choice questions in our system, it will find most of them.

  1. Follow steps 1-3 in the "Search" instructions above.
  2. Choose Description.
  3. Type the word clicker into the box. 

Advanced search

For more advanced filter options, click Add New Criteria.


  • Each criterion can be individually set to look at Title, Description, or ID.
  • Each criterion can be individually set set to Contain or Does not contain the search term.
  • And, you can choose whether to match All or Any of the criteria.

Find your custom questions

  1. Select the subject of your course, or Shift+click to select multiple subjects.
  2. Click the column header labeled Source. If you don't see a Source column, you may need to scroll to the right, or change your display options with the columns button.
  3. Click the Source column header again to sort in reverse alphabetical order, putting all questions with a source of You at the top.

Important notes

  • Questions that you wrote from scratch get placed in a topic called Your Questions (uncategorized) which is found in section 1.1 of each taxonomy. So to find that topic, click the + to open the first chapter and first section of any subject.
  • Questions that you created as copies of an existing question get placed in the same topic as the original.
  • Exception: when editing a question, you can choose its location via the Information tab. If you have done this, it may negate the first two bullets above.
  • All of your questions (whether written from scratch or copied) get labeled with You as the Source. So the best way to see all of your custom questions at once is to highlight an entire taxonomy and sort by Source.