How do you manage the status of an item?
You can change the status of an item by choosing from a list of options in the selection field. We can work with you to define and amend these options, if necessary. These could include status levels. such as 'in development,' 'for correction,' 'ready for 1st, 2nd, 3rd review', 'ready for pre-testing', 'adjustment required,' 'final', or 'not for use'. Status fields can be defined/configured at the application level. They are linked to actions, such as 'allow', 'alert' and 'forbid'. This means that if you link the status 'draft' to the action 'alert', then an alert will be displayed when attempting to publish tests containing draft items.
What item types can be used in Questify?
Questify Builder features a wide range of item types, based on item templates. We select or compile these templates together with the client. if required, new templates can also be developed. This makes it possible to have multiple templates associated with an item type (for example, a multiple-choice item). Templates could be created for a single-column or two-column display, for example. Items are based on the IMS international standard (QTI). This means that they can be played back seamlessly through the Questify Player. We currently have more than 100 item templates in use. Examples of these are as follows:
Questify Builder uses the above item types (templates). These can contain moving images such as Flash or a video file. We are happy to deal with any special requirements you may have. New item types can be developed, based on existing templates, or new templates can be developed from scratch.
- ChoiceInteraction: multiple-choice item, multiple response
- TextEntryInteraction: short-answer question, single line of text/textbox
- ExtendedTextInteraction: essay (open-ended) question, cannot be scored automatically – usually requires manual assessment.
- OrderInteraction: ordering question, place in the correct order
- PositionObjectInteraction: click object in an image; drag & drop question in which elements can be positioned freely on a stage (graphic image)
- GapMatchInteraction: drag & drop question, in which elements must be placed in pre-defined gaps in a text or on a stage (stage in graphic version)
- GraphicGapMatchInteraction: drag & drop in a graphic image
- InlineChoiceInteraction: multiple-choice item, usually a drop-down
- ChoiceInteractionLikert: unscored survey item, e.g. answering on a scale of excellent - good - satisfactory - mediocre - unsatisfactory)
- MatchInteraction: matrix item
- HotspotInteraction: hot spot item
What information can I add to an item?
If you are assigned the role of item author, you can add comments and information to items. This can be done either via the text input fields or by adding parameters/characteristics to the item. The parameters of an item could include domain, context (traffic situation), item type, scoring (number of points), key, name, keyword(s), subject, target group, item number, objectives or difficulty index. If parameter information is available, then there is no limit to the number of parameters which can be added. Psychometric data can also be incorporated as an item parameter at a later date (after pre-testing, for example).
This is useful because parameters can then be used as item selection criteria (search function). This will also improve the quality of the test and item banks.
What metadata is assigned to an item?
Building an item can involve various stages. When you save an item, metadata is normally generated automatically. Items are assigned a version number and, where necessary, a code. The item's creator is also recorded, as well as the date, time and bank from which the item was taken. You can manually add the status description, version, status, item type, context, domain and test score. You also have the option of defining specific parameters (open-ended, list, multiple-choice) at the item bank level. These could include the structure, domain and origin of the material.
How are item versions managed?
All changes are saved. This includes any changes made to items, media files, tests (and test packages), templates and test blueprints.
Items with the same identification number are assigned a version number. Additional data is also stored, including the item's creator, the date and time. The most recent version is saved and the version number is retained throughout the entire production process. Sometimes, an item with a previous version number may have already been published. This doesn't matter as the version number will be included during analysis and reporting until the item has been replaced with a copy with the new version number (and ID number). When this item is published in a new item bank, the system will always use the most recent version.
Can we create tests ourselves using Questify?
The Questify team provides in-depth training. We would be delighted to put together a training package proposal for you. We can provide training on an individual basis, or it can be based on the 'train-the-trainer' concept. The training course will prepare you fully for creating your own tests.
Can we log in from a different location and work on our tests?
We will define the architecture with you during the consultation. We can implement a customised solution, depending on your security requirements. It is also possible to log in remotely from home.
Can we control user access levels and permissions?
User roles and associated permissions can be set up for the Builder module. These can include guest, item author, test developer, item bank manager and application manager. These roles and permissions can be customised.
Can we keep our own candidate administration system?
You can continue to use your current administration module or e-learning environment. Questify is module based. Because we use open standards, we can use 'Learning Tool Interoperability' (IMS LTI standard) to link your candidate data to our playback environment (Player).