Get the Details on Pencil Pad in WebAssign

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We’ve been listening and we’re one step closer to making WebAssign completely Flash-free! As we continue to improve the student experience and eliminate Adobe Flash, we’ve removed our Pencil Pad questions as of December 2019.

This update should only require changes to your course if you’ve created your own custom Pencil Pad questions by selecting ‘Pencil Pad’ in the question editor during creation. Keep reading to learn more.

What is it?

Built in Adobe Flash, Pencil Pad is a tool where students draw the solution to a problem.

How Do I Know if I Have a Pencil Pad Question in My Course?

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If you received a notification in WebAssign , you’ve assigned a question using this feature in your course recently. If you’re unsure if you have a question in your course, you can:

Review ‘My Questions’ or use the question ‘Search’ tab on your WebAssign dashboard to view all questions you’ve created. If a question uses Pencil Pad, it’ll look like the image above, or you’ll notice an error message in place of where the question used to be when you preview it.

If you’re still unsure and would like an extra layer of assurance, contact Cengage Support who will be able to check for you.

How Will the Removal of These Questions Affect My Course?

Your course will utilize the same content, but the question format will change for students. Furthermore, if you’re using these questions in your course, below are the key things you’ll need to know:

  • If you’re a tech-savvy user who created your own custom Pencil Pad questions, you’ll need to remove the questions from all associated assignments. If you don’t remove the questions, students will receive an error message in place of the question.
  • However, WebAssign will automatically update Pre-built Pencil Pad questions associated with your textbook to remove the feature. You will not have to take any steps to update these questions.

Are There Other Similar Question Types?

If you’re looking for other interactive question types to engage your students using pictures, consider using an File Upload question or utilize Show My Work to allow students to upload their own drawing in place of their answer. If you’d like help determining which question type will work best for your assignment contact the WebAssign Content Support team.

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