What Answer Types can be used to create student Interaction?

Mapping Interactivity

Mapping interactivity is quick and easy.  You can map interactive fields right over the top of the base PDF format activity file you link to Google Drive or load directly.

The awesome functionality of what you can do is explained here.

Answer type

Used for


This field is used for short-answers of no more than one line. 

e.g. “Cat”  or  “The cat sat on the mat.”


Paragraph text is used for multi-line answers, such as paragraphs or essays.


The numeric field limits input to numbers only. 

Text and long text support all text, including numbers.


This answer type is used to multiple-choice answers. 

You can enter up to 6 possible answers, and check the correct answer(s) in the properties window. 

Multiple-choice answers are best auto-marked.


Checkbox, or tick-box answers allow the student to make a selection, where necessary. E.g. Tick all of the 6-sided figures.


The draw field is used to replace the ability to draw on a printed page. During mapping, the “draw” field should cover the area on which you would like your students to be able to draw. Draw using your finger, a stylus or a wonderful Samsung Pen, it doesn't matter what you use. You can use a Draw field to overdraw on screen.

This image serves as the palette for the student's over-draw.


The photo field lets students use the device camera to take a picture and then save the picture back onto the activity. Example: 

Use a draw field for the chemical experiment, use a photo field for a picture of the experiment. The photo will be uploaded to Literatu and Teachers will see the photo when marking.


Annotations are not an answer type, but are used to place text onto the page, as if it were part of the original PDF.

Annotation fields were added to Literatu to enable teachers to change some of the content of their PDF page, where they either did not have time to change the editable document, or could not access the editable document that the PDF was based on. 

The PDF page beneath an annotation can not be seen. A use case for an annotation field may be to change a question on the PDF page, or to give extra information. 

Annotations support variable sized text of different fonts and font colours. The annotation box also supports background and border colours, allowing the teacher to closely match the source PDF. 


Help fields allow on form Help to be added anywhere you like.

Help fields support variable sized text of different fonts and font colours. The help box also supports background and border colours, allowing the teacher to control how Help works on form. Help can be any amount of HTML text and is displayed in an on screen Help bubble when requested.

Answer Properties

When you map an answer field, you are automating your activity. For each answer you map, you can add as much or as little interactivity you need, using the activity property fields.

Property Name


Basic properties

Question reference

Enter the question reference, as it appears on your PDF. 

This is essential so that you can refer the answers back to the question on the PDF. 

Answer type

This drop-down displays the answer type that you selected. 

You can change the answer type at any time, via this drop-down.

Correct Answer

You can enter a correct answer for any question that has a single correct answer

e.g. 100.356

The correct answer field also supports “or” processing, so you can  define a set of correct answers.

e.g. cat [or] dog [or] aardvark

When checking the answer, Literatu ignores capitals. Dog = dog = DOG


Score / Points

If the activity has a scoring level of “question”, then this field is used to enter the maximum score for each answer,  e.g. 2.  

If the answer is being automatically scored, then the student will get the full score (2) if they answer the question correctly. If they answer the question incorrectly, the student will receive 0. 

If the answer is being manually scored, then the maximum score will appear in the marking window, and the teacher can award any score, up to the entered score. 

Note: If the activity has a scoring level of “activity”, then this field is ignored.  

Marking type

Choose one of the following marking types for the question:- 

Automatically Mark 

For those questions that have fixed correct answers, or a defined range of correct answers

Teacher Manual Mark 

For questions that need to be marked by you, e.g. variable responses, essays. 

Literatu offers an innovative marking interface that allows you to view only those questions you need to mark, either by student, or by question number for all students. 

Do not mark  

The answer won’t be marked.  Used for practice activities.

Font family and size

The font and font size relate to the text entered by the student when answering the activity.

This is defaulted from your activity settings, and can be changed for each answer, if necessary. 

Advanced  properties

Help Label

There are four Help labels that can be flexibly named, each one with a choice of color. If you would like to call on screen help, Secret Info, you do that here. The Help Label appears on the top of the screen when the Student is completing the Activity.

Helpful information

This is guidance information that can be displayed while the student completes the activity, for example, advice on how to answer the question, a reminder of a process covered in class, or your expectations for the length of the answer provided.
Helpful Information will not appear if the activity properties are set to Exam = YES


This is information that is displayed after the student completes the activity, for example, how the correct answer was derived.

Information links 

Add up to 5 links to external websites, including audio or video links 

Grouping answers

Literatu allows you to group answers, so that they share a single question number and a single score for the group.  The most common use of grouping is for checkbox fields. 

Feedback and helpful information can be added at the group level, where it will show the same information for any answer in the group.  Alternately, feedback and helpful information can still be added at the individual answer level, if required. 

There are still some properties you will need to set on the individual answers, such as the answer types, the marking method, and the correct answer. Once you have added your individual answers, you are ready to create a group. 

To group answers:-

  1. hold down the “shift” key
  2. select each answer you would like to add to the group
  3. right-click with your mouse, and select “group controls”

Your grouped controls will appear in green, and you will see the grouped properties window

You can now set the single question number for this group, the score, and any helpful information or feedback.

To see properties for an individual answer (e.g. scoring method, etc), click on the individual answer.

To see properties for the group, click on any space between or around individual answers.

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