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Smartlearning includes an extensive mechanism for creating and disseminating assessments. An assessment is created by combining questions from a central pool under a variety of usage scenarios. Assessments are created from professors.
1.Questions creation
1.1. True/False
1.2. Multiple choice - Single correct answer
1.3. Multiple choice - Many correct answers
1.4. Free text
1.5. Empty Spaces
1.6. Drag and Drop - Match
2. Adding tests
2.1. Adjust questions
3. Completed tests
Questions creation
Using the "tests" link on the lesson's homepage and entering the "questions" tab, professors can create a pool of questions to be used in the tests. Smartlearning supports the following types of questions: open answer, multiple choices-single correct answer, multiple choices-many correct answers, match, true/false, empty spaces, drag and drop.
 
All questions are corrected automatically, apart from open text questions that must be corrected manually by the professor. Professors have the option to provide students with explanations of answers, generated directly after test submission, indicating the correct answers and explanations.
While compiling questions, the professor must define various details. For example, which unit of the lesson the question refers to, the difficulty level and the estimated time to complete each question. These options will help Smartlearning group similar questions and generate random tests, when required.
 
Different Types of Question.
True/False
We type the question text and the define if this text is true or false.
 
Multiple choice - Single correct answer
We type the question text and then we add the multiple choices. We can insert an explanation for each one of these choices that will be shown to the student  in case he selects this option. Finally we define the correct answer from the drop down list.
 
Multiple choice - Many correct answers
We type the question text and then we insert as many multiple choices as we want. By clicking on the tick box next to these choices we define the right answers. We are able to insert an explanation for each one of the multiple choices.
 
Free text
We type the question text and then we can insert an example answer to show the students how they have to answer or to give them a hint. The example answer is shown to the student before submitting their answer, so we should never type the right answer in the example answer text box. We are able to define that this question will not be taken into account in the correction of the test, usually if the question will be used in a feedback. Free text questions can be automatically corrected by using key words. We have to enter some key words and define the points that each one them gives to the student. Finally we define the points that the student needs to accumulate for his answer to be considered as correct.
 
Empty Spaces
We type the question text and wherever we need to insert a blank space we insert ### . If we want to specify a specific size for text boxes, we can enter its size (in pixels) next to the hashes. For example, ###300 will create a text box 300px wide. When we are done, we have to click on the "Create empty spaces" button and we will see the spaces below. As a next step we can either type the right answer inside the space boxes separating multiple correct answers with | ,
 
or we can type alternative choices inside the space box with only the first option to be correct and then click on the option "Display alternatives in select box" . In this case, a drop down list will appear to the student and he will have to select the right answer to fill in the empty space.
 
Drag and Drop - Match
The creation of the drag and drop and match type of questions follows the same rule. The difference is in their appearance to the students. What we have to do is type the question text and then insert the matching pairs.
 
 
Adding tests
Once the questions pool is created, professors can create tests by entering the "tests" tab.
In order to create a test, the professor must first define the characteristics of the test:
 
The "Duration in minutes" box allows professors to define the duration of the test. However, this is not obligatory, since questions set up correctly with assigned completion times, can be used to determine the total test time.
In the "Test repetitions" box we can set the number of times that the student will be able to take the same test. From the moment that we allow the test repetition we can allow students to redo only the wrong answered questions, by selecting this option from the test advanced characteristics. The "Maintain history" box defines the number of test executions that will be kept for each student.
The "Mastery score" box must define the minimum threshold score, enabling Smartlearning to assign test attempts with pass or fail evaluations.
Apart from the basic test options, there are some advanced settings available to the professor, as shown in the image below. For example, using the retain best score option, the system will show the student's best results by default. Another interesting setting available only in the Educational and Enterprise editions, is that the professor can define a password for a specific test and only the users who have this password will be able to take this test, after submitting it in the test's first page.
 
Once test characteristics are defined, we can add a test description, save it and then continue by selecting the questions.
 
After saving, the "Test questions" tab will appear, listing all previously created questions to choose from while also allowing the assignment of question weights for the particular test.
 
Professors can either select questions one by one, ticking the "use question" check-box next to the questions to be included, or using the "adjust questions" function.
Adjust questions
Professor's can use the "Adjust questions" function to generate tests compiled of questions with certain characteristics assigned by a variety of parameters.
 
•The Basic parameters include the duration of the test and/or the number of the questions to be included. Priority can also be set between the number of questions Vs the duration of the test, allowing Smartlearning to generate an accurate test.
•Through the Adjust difficulty tab the difficulty level (low, medium, hard, very hard) of questions to be included in the test can be defined.
•The Adjust type tab allows for the allocation of question types (true/false, open text etc.) to be included in the test.
•The Questions by percentage tab offers the ability to define the percentage of questions from each unit of the lesson, to be included in the test. For example, if we want to create a test referring only to one unit of the lesson, we will set a 100% percentage in this unit. Of course, this parameter requires that we have assigned each question to a specific unit of the lesson when creating it.
•Finally , there are the Advanced settings. This tab allows for the allocation of questions from the total number selected, in order to generate a different when re-attempted by the user. Every time a student starts the test, the system will automatically combine the question allocated from here, and in conjunction with the other parameters, generate a new random test. Apart from that, the professor can allow the students to define themselves how many questions they want to use in each test execution.
Completed tests
Every time a student submits a test, the professor will see it on their Tests page. There is a list of the Recently completed tests where professors can view when a student submitted which test, with what score etc.
 
If the test contains open text questions, then the Pending indication will show "Yes", prompting the professor to evaluate and assign scores.
Once submitted, professors can preview solved tests, add student feedback to tests or test questions, view test analysis based on student's scores for each lesson unit or delete test executions.
 
 
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Date added: 12-Mar-2013 4:38pm
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