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Improve fill in the blanks questions #788

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rgaiacs opened this Issue May 10, 2018 · 3 comments

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rgaiacs commented May 10, 2018

I don't like how the "fill in the blanks" type of question is render.

screenshot from 2018-05-10 16-47-35

The use of ____ as the blank is not 100% clear to me. I would prefer to have something like

screenshot from 2018-05-10 16-44-17

In the previous screenshot, I have <input> to make clear to the reader were are the blanks. The limitation is that we can't use

$ cat sample.md 
> ~~~
> $ cp <input></input> .
> ~~~

since

$ kramdown sample.md 
<blockquote>
  <pre><code>$ cp &lt;input&gt;&lt;/input&gt; .
</code></pre>
</blockquote>

And I don't know of any way to tell kramdown to escape the HTML tags. I would like to suggest to use &#9617;&#9617;&#9617;&#9617; instead of ____ to represent the blanks.

screenshot from 2018-05-10 17-10-46

I know that the rendering doesn't look like blanks but is the [UTF-8 block elements](https://www.w3schools.com/charsets/ref_utf_block.asp that I found more suitable. We can reword the exercise to "fill the shade" instead of "fill the blanks".

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rgaiacs commented May 10, 2018

@ErinBecker what do you think about this from the pedagogical point of view?

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ErinBecker commented May 10, 2018

I haven't personally had trouble with learners understanding the use of ___ as blanks, but I've only taught this lesson once. If you've noticed that people have trouble understanding those as blanks, then I'm all for changing the formatting to make that more clear. The shaded blocks look nice to me.

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gcapes commented May 11, 2018

I've taught the lesson several times and it's always been clear to the learners. I think adding &#9617 to the .md files is more confusing, and time consuming if someone wants to add or change a fill in the blanks exercise.

See here google image results for fill in the blanks --- they're all lines (underscores).

So sorry, but this is a very strong vote against the change.

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