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Oct 11 2017

Tagging and Searching Questions in the Quiz Generator

Some courses have a lot of questions in the Quiz Generator for their course. Finding one specific question out of the 300 (or 500!) plus questions in a course can be tedious, at best. To that end, we've added the ability to tag and search on questions (and tags) in the Quiz Generator.

As you create or edit questions, you can add tags to them.

Form field to add one or more tags to a question.

Tags are simple words that can help you identify:

  • the subject area of the question
  • the course learning objective or departmental competency which the question meets
  • the lecture with which the question is associated

As you add tags to questions, tags are auto-suggested to you in the "Add Tags" field so you can re-use tags across questions. 

When you use the "Add/Edit/Remove" questions page to add questions to a quiz, you can now search by either tag or perform a search in the "Search" box at the top of the page. The search tool looks through the text of any question (not the answers or text contained in linked files), and displays only questions which match the search text.

Example of filtering questions by tag.

Example of searching questions by free text.

We hope that this addition will make the organization of quiz/exam questions in your courses much more efficient, and save you time when building quizzes and exams from large question banks. If you have questions about how this new feature works, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:20 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Oct 5 2017

A Tweak to Drop Boxes for Exams

The Drop Box is one of the most popular tools in CoursePlus. Many courses use it, and many use it to collect written, take-home or open-book exams from students.

Some faculty do not know that when a student submits a file to a Drop Box, that student can download the file that they submitted at any time. If the student is part of a degree program portfolio, the student can also send that file to their portfolio. This enables students a nice degree of flexibility in having access to their course work.

If the file that the student submits is an exam, however, some faculty do not want students to be able to have long-term access to their copy of the exam. To that end, we've added a new option to the Drop Box setup: flagging a specific Drop Box as being for an exam, and to disable student downloading of their submission or sending their submission to their portfolio:

Option indicating that the Drop Box is for an exam.

This option is turned off by default, and must be enabled on a Drop Box-by-Drop Box basis. 

Please note that this in no way prevents a student from storing a copy of the file they submit to the Drop Box  on their own computer, or in the cloud. CoursePlus cannot delete a file of a student's computer once it has been submitted to a CoursePlus site.

If you have questions about how this new feature works, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:36 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Sep 18 2017

Lots of New Statistics Data in the Quiz Generator

Faculty and TAs ask frequently for more information about the data captured in student exams and quizzes in CoursePlus. Having pre-computed statistics helps them make decisions about what is working (and what is not) in this kind of assessment.

We've added a number of new statistics to the Quiz Generator in CoursePlus. Here's a brief tour:

First, basic statistics about student performance on a quiz are now shown on the main "All Responses and Grades" page as soon as students start taking a quiz, and also appear on the main quiz overview page once the quiz is closed to students.

Basic statistics about student performance on a quiz

Next, statistics about student performance on each individual question in a quiz are now available. If you view the "Responses to Questions" report on the "Statistics" tab for a quiz, you will see the following information:

  • Number of students who answered the question
  • Number of students who skipped the question
  • Percentage of students who received full credit on the question
  • Percentage of students who received partial credit on the question
  • Percentage of students who received no credit for the question

Sample of the breakdown of student scoring on an individual question

This appears in addition to already existing data on the percentage of students who selected each different possible answer to the question. This data is also shown for essay and fill-in-the-blank questions, fulfilling a long-standing facuty and TA request.

Finally, there's an entirely new tab of statistical data for each quiz: the discrimination value tab:

Discrimination Value tab location

Briefly, this tab shows you information about the difficulty of each question in the quiz. Two pieces of information about each question are shown:

  1. The difficulty index of the question on a scale of 0-1 as measured by the percentage of students who got full credit for the question.
  2. The discrimination value for the question. The discrimination value refers to how well an individual question in an assessment differentiates between high and low scorers. The discrimination value can be in the range of -1 to 1. If the majority of students whose overall performance on the quiz was in the top 50% of all scores answered the question correctly, the value will be closer to 1. If the majority of students whose overall performance on the quiz was in the bottom 50% of all scores answered the question correctly, the value will be closer to -1.

Discrimination value report table

In addition to simply showing the difficulty and discrimination values for each question in the quiz, the report also highlights the following:

  • The questions answered correctly by the most students
  • The questions answered correctly by the fewest number of students
  • Questions with a negative discrimination value
  • Questions with a discrimination value less than .2, which is generally considered the cutoff for question discrimination desirability.

You can download the source data which splits students into low and high scorers used in calculating the discrimination values in Excel format.

We hope that all this additional data helps you create better quizzes and exams! 

If you have any questions about these new features, please contact CTL Help.

Posted by Brian Klaas at 11:35 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Previous Posts

Sep 6

Better Reminders for Students to Sign in to Class

Posted by Brian Klaas at 11:37 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Aug 28

Reminder: IE 11 is No Longer Supported for CoursePlus

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:59 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Aug 21

Let CoursePlus Randomly Assign Students to Groups

Posted by Brian Klaas at 1:45 PM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Aug 9

Pulling the Peer Assessment Tool for a While

Posted by Brian Klaas at 2:52 PM - Categories: CoursePlus |

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