Highlight item

A Highlight item asks participants to find elements in a text and highlight them with different colours. Netquiz Web+ offers a choice of 17 different colours.

At the top and bottom of the page, you can use the Save button to save the information you have entered, Cancel if you choose not to save the last changes, and Preview to see how the item will appear when published. This last command allows you to see the item exactly as it will appear to participants.

Note that when you add an item to the library of a given project for which you have invited people to collaborate with you, this item will also be available for them to consult or modify as needed. In addition, if one of the collaborators modifies an item, the modified version of the item will appear in all of the questionnaires and assessments that use this item.

Three tabs are used to define the item: Content, Add-ons and Parameters.


The Content tab is used to define what makes up the item.

Item title

The item title is the same as the question title. This is the title displayed for participants and in the Title column in the list of items.

Item type

The item type is Highlight.

Question text

Enter the instruction that will be shown to participants. Use the editing tools as needed.


Choose a colour and define its meaning.


Enter text for appropriate feedback. 

NOTE: The feedback fields should be used to give a meaningful explanation or feedback other than Correct answer or Incorrect answer, because this general feedback is given automatically upon validation. You are not required to write feedback, but it is worth the effort because it adds to the teaching potential of the questions.


  1. Write the entire text. 
  2. Select a word that you want to highlight (make sure to select only one word).
  3. Click on Add highlight.
  4. Move the cursor over the square to the right of Highlight colour, and select the appropriate colour.
  5. Enter the appropriate feedback.
  6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 for each of the words you wish to highlight. 
NOTE: You are not required to write feedback for each highlight, but it is worth the effort because it adds to the teaching potential of the questions.

The arrows over the highlight editing zone allow you to skip from one highlight to another, which can be very useful when reviewing feedback.

To remove highlighting:

In the text input field, select the highlighted text and click on Delete highlighted sections or, in the highlight editing zone, click on Delete this highlight.


The Add-ons tab allows you to add complementary information to the item.

Add-ons 1 and 2

Enter complementary information related to the question. Use the editing tools as needed. For example, you could give clues to help participants better understand.

Media in the header

The header of an item can contain one or more media files. Add a title and descriptive text to the media files (optional). Use the editing tools as needed.

Use the commands Add image file, Add audio file or Add video file to choose the media file or files for the header. You can use a file that is already saved in your library (see how), or you can import a new file from another source (see how).


The Parameters tab allows you to define the specific attributes for this item type.


An item can belong to a category or not. To associate an item with an existing category, select the category from the drop-down menu. To associate an item with a new category, enter the name for the category in the Add a new category field as needed. The new category will be created at the same time as the new item and will be added to the library under My categories.

Item parameters

  • Weighting: Enter the number of points given to the question.
  • Display correct answer: Choose whether or not to show the correct answer to participants once they validate their answer. Note that the option that displays the correct answer will be automatically deactivated in the case of a summative assessment.
  • Points deducted for incorrect answer: You can choose the value that you want, but try to adjust the weighting in relation to the number of possible incorrect answers in the text so that participants will not receive a grade of 0 as a result of a single incorrect answer, or 9/10 despite several incorrect answers.

General messages in the questionnaire language

The general messages appear when participants decide to validate their answers. By default, a Correct answer is marked in green, an Incorrect answer is marked in red, and a Partial answer is marked in orange. However, you can provide different messages when creating the item by clicking on Modify values for this item only

In order to add an image, a video or an audio file to a message, you can use a file that is already saved in your library (see how), or you can import a new file from another source (see how).


Notes can help you manage the content or work in collaboration with a colleague and items that are marked “To be reviewed”, “To be completed”, “Check copyrights”, etc.). Its content does not appear in the published assessments.