The Assessment tool allows sequence authors to create a series of questions with a high degree flexibility in total weighting. In future revisions, the tool will interface with a 'question bank' allowing the author to automatically create randomised questions for learners.
Learners can re-attempt the assessment if they fail, and the tool allows for the customisation of penalties for each successive re-try.
All properties sheets contain two tabs:
- The Basic tab controls the content of the activity.
- The Advanced tab controls how the activity behaves.
There are two features on the basic tab common to all activities:
For the text-entry fields in each question type, you can use the full features of the HTML Editor toolbar.
There are several fields common to all question types in the assessment tool.
This question type presents learners with a question and several possible answers.
This question type presents learners with two lists, which they have to align in the correct sets.
This question type allows learners to write a short response to a question. Their response is then searched for specific words or phrases to create the final question mark.
The Numerical question type is ideal for mathematics based questions, as it allows learners to submit a number as their answer, as well as customise the acceptable error rate for each response.
To add additional units to the question, click the button + Add Blank Unit
The True or False question type presents learners with a statement that must be classified as either true or false.
The essay question type requires learners to submit an extended text-based response to a question.
The ordering question type presents learners with a list of possible answers which they must move into an ordered state.
Overall Feedback Section
This area allows authors to give different feedback for different levels of achievement.
For example, learners who achieve 100% may receive one message, while learners who score between 50% and 99% will get another.
Finish test or Submit All?
You should make clear to your learners the difference between clicking Finish Test and Submit All.
Clicking Submit All allows learners to see which questions they have incorrect, and gives them an opportunity to correct those responses and Resubmit the assessment.
Finish Test submits all of the learner's responses as Final, and does not allow them to revise their assessment.
The Summary page allows monitors to view responses and scores on the assessment. Statistics can be compared as an entire set, on a per-user basis, or a per-question basis.
Click on a learners name to sort by that learner.
Choosing a question from the Report by Question drop down gives this new window, showing all the responses to the question.
Clicking the Edit Activity button opens a new screen identical to the 'Basic' tab in the authoring environment. Edit Activity allows modifications to be made to the Assessment activity while the lesson is being run.
These are important implications for changing questions on ongoing assessments:
Note that if you change a question that already has been taken by a learner, the score given to the learner for the question you change will be reset to zero.
Unlike Live Edit, this form of Editing can only modify the content of an activity, as opposed to the structure of a sequence.
The Assessment Statistics screen displays a list of all learners who have attempted the assessment and their total mark for the activity.