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Exam Editor

Distance Education Exam Editor

The purpose of this article is to describe the basic functions of the exam editor used on distanceeducation.uoregon.edu.

 

New Exams: To generate a new completely new exam, contact the CASIT Lab Manager. The Exam object is tied to the deadlines displayed in the calendar, and therefore requires Administrative Rights.

Components of Exam Editor

  • Groups
  • Questions
  • Answers
  • Points

Groups

All exam questions fall into a Group. These can be ‘pools’ of question types (ie. True/False, multiple choice, short answer), ‘pools’ of point values, or individual questions.

Components of a Group:

  1. Question Type: Questions can be subjective or objective, and have only one correct answer. We do not currently offer “select all that apply” questions or “matching” with multiple correct answers.
    1. Objective Questions Include: True/False or Multiple Choice. These are graded by the system and the student immediately sees the grade at the conclusion of the exam.
    2. Subjective Questions Include: Short Answer, Essay, Fill in the Blanks. These must be awarded points by the Instructor after the student has completed the exam.
  2. Question frequency: There can me more questions in the exam pool total than a student will receive on the entire exam.
    1. To choose the number of questions from each group that will be assigned to each student, use the drop down menu on the Group Toolbar of the left side “include # question(s) per exam.”
      1. Example: Group 1 has 20 questions in total, but only 10 will be given to each student.
    2. Possible question count is limited to total question in the group. 
    3. This will default to 1 upon creation of the group. This needs to be manually adjusted. It does not update with new question creation.
  3. Point Value of questions in a group: Point values can be applied across whole groups from the top of the Group Menu in the Dropdown bar titled “set points for all questions to” as shown below.
    1. This will affect all questions in a group, including those that previously had unique values
    2. Question value can only be set to Integers. Our system will not allow decimals.
  4. Group Order: When a new Group is generated, it will be created at the top of the exam. Groups can be moved using the buttons titled ” Move Group Down” or “Move Group Up” in menu bar at the top of each Group.
    1. The top most group can only be moved down and the bottom most group can only be moved down. The opposite buttons of disable for the first and last group.
    2. This can be used to order the exam if an instructor would like a specific question set or type to come at a designated place in the exam.
      1.  Example: Short Essay at the end of the exam after multiple choice questions.
  5. Remove: Deletes the Group and ALL questions associate with it.

Questions

Each question has a menu bar which consist of four buttons. Question type is selected during Group creation using “Covert to Multiple Choice” Button in the question editor (Defaults to subjective).

Components of Questions

  1. View: How to question is displayed.
  2. Statistics: The frequency that each answer is chosen by students previously.
  3. Edit: Opens the editing mode for each question and Answer.
  4. Remove: Deletes the individual question

Editing Questions:

  1. The Instructions box is used for those instructions that are separate from the question text, such as answer requirements.
    1. Example: “Write two paragraphs from the following prompt.”
  2. The Question Text is what the student is actually responding too.
  3. Access to Rich text editor is located in the menu bar of each answer.
  4. Access to LaTex Editor is through the f(x) icon.
  5. Access to symbols is through the Ω icon.
  6. Table creation is access through the grid icon.
    1. Table must be stretch out before use.
  7. Pictures can be uploaded using the image icon.

 

Answers

Answers

Components of Answers:

  1. Subjective Questions: Short answer, fill in the blank, and essay questions do not display answer boxes.
    1. These answers are typed out by a student using a text box in the exam. Points are awarded by the instructor at a later time.
  2. Objective Answers: Question type is selected during Group creation using “Covert to Multiple Choice” Button in the question editor.

a: Defaults to 2 possible answers (one correct one incorrect)

b: Additional Answers can be added using the “New Answer” button.

c: Answers can be deleted using the red X button on the right side of each individual answer.

d: Correct/Incorrect status can be toggled using the drop down bar to the left of the answer.

e: Access to Rich text editor is located in the menu bar of each answer.

f: Access to LaTex Editor is through the f(x) icon.

g: Access to symbols is through the Ω icon.

h: Table creation is access through the grid icon.

– Table must be stretch out before use.

i: Pictures can be uploaded using the image icon.

Points

There are three parts of the exam that can affect the exams value.

  1. Points for Individual Questions: Unique point values can be applied to individual questions from the editing mode in the box  titled “Number of points” found in each question.
    1. Changing the point value of a group will set all questions to same value. Therefore a question requiring a unique value, which is part of a group of 2 or more questions, should have its value set at the individual level. 
    2. Question value can only be set to Integers. Our system will not allow decimals.
  2. Points for Whole Groups: Point values can be applied across whole groups from the top of the Group Menu in the Dropdown bar titled “set point for all questions to” as shown below.
    1. This will affect all questions in a group, including those that previously had unique values
  3. Points totals for entire Exams: The point total is different from the total questions in the pool (all possible questions), the questions in actual test (number of questions each student will receive), and the point of the exam (value of all possible points a student will receive).