This may have been suggested before. If so, please forgive me!
I would like to suggest a very simple enhancement to the Choice activity that would allow us to implement what I call blind choice
. Here is an example of blind choice in a brick and mortar classroom:
Assignments are placed in blank (unlabeled) folders. Each student is asked to choose a folder. Note that students are offered a choice, but from among alternatives about which they have no information until they open the folder. Typically, the folder will contain an assignment.
Choice currently has two fields for each alternative:
In a blind choice, the options would be meaningless values like A, B, and C or 1, 2, and 3, and we would need a third field that is hidden until results are published (i.e., until after the Choice is closed):
- Actual choice
The Actual choice corresponds to the assignment in the unlabeled folder. Typically, it will identify an assignment. For example, if students are studying American history, the Actual choice might be the name of a president, such as Washington, Lincoln, or Roosevelt about whom students are to write an essay. Or, it might be the name of a file in a folder resource (the file contains the assignment).
Teacher could use blind choice with limits to effectively randomize assignments (currently, only Exercise randomizes assignments -- a very nice feature!).