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Creating a new assessment

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Permissions and roles

To complete the procedures in this article, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. This often excludes Students and TAs by default. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles.

For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles.

Note: You should not use the feedback option in Tests & Quizzes when assessing learning, as it may provide information students can use to correct their answers before submitting a test.

In the menubar of the relevant course or project site, click Tests & Quizzes. From the Assessments page, you can create a new assessment from scratch or by using a template. (For more information about using templates, see the document Adding/creating, editing, or deleting an Assessment Type.) You also can import an assessment by using the Import feature. For more information, see the document Importing or exporting an assessment.


[edit] Name your assessment

In the "New Assessment" area, under "Create a new assessment":

  1. In the "Title" field, enter a title for your assessment.
  2. Select the method you would like to use to create your questions:
    • Create using assessment builder (default): Allows you to create your assessment questions using a graphical user interface.
    • Create using markup text: Allows you to create your assessment questions by typing appropriately formatted text.
  3. Click Create. This will take you to the editing screen.

[edit] Configure the settings

The Settings link, available from the Assessments page or from the editing screen, allows you to specify various parameters for the assessment (e.g., delivery dates and security settings). For more information on the possible settings for an assessment, see Assessment settings.

[edit] Create parts

When you create a new assessment, a part (i.e., section) called "Default" is created automatically. If you leave it named "Default", its title will not appear on your assessment (i.e., your assessment won't display a part's title if its title is "Default"; to change the part's name, click Edit). You can begin adding questions immediately to "Default", or you can add your own parts.

To add a part to your assessment:

  1. On the editing screen, click Add Part.
  2. On the part editing screen, next to "Title", type a name for this part.
  3. Under "Information", you may use the WYSIWYG editor to enter a brief description or instructions.
  4. If you want to add attachments, click Add Attachments.
  5. Under "Type", use the radio buttons to indicate that you'll be authoring questions one-by-one, or using a random draw from one of your question pools. For the latter option, use the drop-down list to choose the name of the pool from which to draw them, and use the accompanying text boxes to indicate the number and point value of questions. Use the radio buttons to indicate the type of randomization.
  6. Under "Question ordering", use the radio buttons to either dictate the order of questions, or allow a random ordering within the part.
  7. Under "Metadata", you may use the text boxes to record any objectives, keywords, or rubrics.
  8. To save your changes, click Save. To cancel them, click Cancel.

New parts will be listed in the order you create them. To switch the order of two parts, before a part's name, change the number in the drop-down list (i.e., next to "Part"). For example, if you have three parts, and you want the third part to appear first, use the drop-down list to change the 3 to 1. The third part will become the first part, the first part will become the second part, and the second part will become the third part.

To edit the name, and any of the information and settings associated with a part, next to that part's name, click Edit.

Your assessment must always contain at least one part, but you can remove any of the parts you create. You can also remove the "Default" part, as long as you've already created another part to replace it.

[edit] To remove a part

  1. Next to the part's name, click Remove.
  2. On the subsequent confirmation screen, use the radio buttons to choose between the following:
    • Remove part and all questions
    • Remove part only and move question(s) to (use the accompanying drop-down list to choose another part)
  3. Click Remove.

'Note:' The first part listed on the editing screen will not have the Remove option. To remove the first part, you must switch its order with another part (if you don't have another part, you'll have to create one), and then click Remove.

[edit] Create questions

You can either create a new question to add to the assessment, or you can add a question from a question pool. To add your first question, first create an assessment, then from the drop-down menu next to "Add Question:", choose the type of question to add. For more information, see the Create Questions or Available Question Types help documentation. Once you've selected the type of question, the question editing screen will open.

To add a question from a Question pool, click the drop-down menu next to Add Question and select "Copy from Question Pool."

On the question editing screen, the available options will depend upon the type of question you are adding. If you'd like to change the type of question, you can choose another option from the "Change Question Type" drop-down menu. Options common to most question types include:

  • Answer Point Value: Specify the point value for each response in a question, or specify 0 (zero) for a survey or ungraded question.
    'Note:' The total points you assign will be divided among all the blanks in the question. For example, take the following question:

Roses are {red} and violets are {blue}, but not always. If you assign 10 points to this question, students will get 5 points each for filling in "red" and "blue".

  • Question Text: State the actual question to be asked.
  • Answer: Indicate the correct answer or answers. You have the option to include feedback for specific responses (item-level feedback).
  • Assign to Part: If you have created your own parts, you may assign a question to any of those parts; otherwise, it will be assigned to the default part.
  • Assign to Question Pool: Add this question to a question pool that you've created. For information about question pools, see Add Questions to Question Pool.
  • Feedback (optional): Provide feedback for a correct or incorrect response to the question (question-level feedback).
  • Save: Click Save to add the question to your assessment or to save any changes to the question.
  • Cancel: Click Cancel to abort the question or changes and return to the editing screen.

After you insert a question into your new assessment, a drop-down list, Insert New Question, will appear in the assessment editing screen at the end of each part. Use this button to add a question directly to a specific part. Near the top, within the assessment's title bar, clicking Preview Assessment allows you to preview the assessment as it presently stands. After you've saved questions within your assessment, you can use the corresponding Edit and Remove buttons to alter or delete questions.

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Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

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Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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