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Using Sakai 2.8 Tests & Quizzes, how do I add, edit, or delete an Assessment Type?

Note: To complete these procedures, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles. For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles: Overview.

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About Assessment Types

An Assessment Type is a pre-selected set of assessment settings that can make it simpler for you to create assessments. You can use any Assessment Type you create in all of your sites.

When you create or edit an Assessment Type, you determine what changes to settings you can make when you use the Assessment Type to create assessments. For more, see Creating a new assessment and Assessment settings.

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Creating an Assessment Type

To create an Assessment Type:

  1. In the menubar, click Tests & Quizzes.

  2. On the Assessments page, click Assessment Types.

  3. Under "New Assessment Type", in the "Title" field, type a name for your Assessment Type, and then click Create.

  4. Under "Edit Assessment Type", you'll see a list of settings. To reveal the options for a setting, click its name or the triangular icon next to it. Then, check the boxes to select the settings and options you can edit. Also, some of the settings have default values that you can set. For information on the settings and options available, see the Assessment Type settings section below.

  5. When you're finished, click Save. You will see your Assessment Type listed under "Saved Assessment Types".

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Editing an Assessment Type

To edit an Assessment Type, from the Assessment Types screen, under "Saved Assessment Types", click the name of the Assessment Type. For information on settings and options, see the Assessment Type settings section below. When you're finished, click Save.

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Deleting an Assessment Type

To delete an Assessment Type, from the Assessment Types screen, under "Saved Assessment Types", click the Remove link beneath the Assessment Type to be removed. Click Remove again to confirm.

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Assessment Type settings

When you create or edit an Assessment Type, you determine what changes to settings you can make when you create assessments based on the Assessment Type. The following settings and options are available:

  • Assessment Type Information: In the fields provided, set the title, author, and description for your Assessment Type. To make this information appear in the settings for any assessments that use this Assessment Type, check Can be viewed?

  • Assessment Introduction: Check these boxes to make it possible to edit the "Author" and "Description" fields.

  • Assessment released to: Use these radio buttons to determine who can take an assessment that's based on this Assessment Type.

  • High Security: Check these boxes to make it possible to set optional security restrictions on assessments. If you leave these boxes unchecked, the "High Security" settings will be unavailable in assessments created with this Assessment Type.

  • Timed Assessment: If you check this box, you'll have the option to make the assessment timed and to auto-submit answers if time runs out. If you leave this box unchecked, the "Timed Assessment" setting will be unavailable in assessments created with this Assessment Type.

  • Assessment Organization: These settings control the flow of the assessment as students take it. Use the radio buttons to choose the default values for these settings; use the checkboxes to allow changes. If you leave the checkboxes empty, the default values will always take effect in assessments created with this Assessment Type.

  • Mark for Review: Enabling the Mark for Review option adds a checkbox labeled Mark for Review under every question in an assessment. Students can check the boxes to mark questions they would like to return to before submitting the assessment. This feature is not available when the assessment is configured for linear access. In the settings for your Assessment Type, use the first checkbox to determine whether or not you can change this setting; use the second checkbox to select the default value for this setting.

  • Submissions: These settings control how many times students can take the assessment, and whether or not they can take the assessment after the due date. Use the radio buttons to choose the default values for these settings; use the checkboxes to allow changes. If you leave the checkboxes empty, the default values will always take effect in assessments created with this Assessment Type.

  • Submission Message: The Submission Message and Final Page URL appear on the last page of the assessment, after the student has clicked Submit for Grading. Check these boxes to allow the insertion of custom messages and URLs here. If you leave the checkboxes empty, these options will be unavailable in assessments created with this Assessment Type.

  • Feedback: Under "Feedback Authoring", you can choose Question-Level Feedback, Selection-Level Feedback, or Both. Under "Feedback Delivery", you can choose if and when students will see feedback. Under "Feedback Components Students Can See", you can choose what kinds of feedback they'll see. You can also choose whether or not you'll be able to change these settings.

    Note: You should not use the Immediate Feedback setting in Tests & Quizzes when assessing learning, as it may provide information students can use to correct their answers before submitting a test.

  • Grading: The grading options control the following:

    • Whether or not graders can see student names
    • Whether or not assessment scores are sent to the Gradebook tool
    • How scores for multiple submissions are handled

    Use the radio buttons to choose the default value for these settings; use the checkboxes to determine whether or not you can change them. If you leave the checkboxes empty, the default values will always take effect in assessments created with this Assessment Type.

  • Graphics: Check this box to allow changes to the assessment's background color or background image. If you leave this box unchecked, the "Graphics" options will be unavailable in assessments created with this Assessment Type.

  • Metadata: The "Metadata" settings are text fields for recording useful information about an assessment or a question. The three metadata fields available are "Objective", "Keyword", and "Rubric". If you leave these boxes unchecked, metadata can't be recorded in assessments created with this Assessment Type.

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Last modified on June 12, 2013.