Training with the Techs: Importing Items into Perception



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Training with the Techs: Importing Items into Perception

  • Presented by:
  • Wes Cloven

Importing Question Banks

  • Perception can import files from several sources
    • ASCII Import
    • Word Templates
    • QML
    • QTI XML
    • Questionmark Scripted Importer (QSI)

ASCII Import

  • By using markers you can prepare a text or word processor file containing questions to be imported.
  • The markers used can be fully customized.
  • A bulleted list or outline can be defined in your word processor to simplify adding the markers.
  • The following question types can be imported:
    • Multiple Choice
    • Multiple Response
    • Explanation

ASCII Import

ASCII Import

  • Once we have our markers set, we can add them to our questions.
      • 1. How many states share a border with Missouri?
      • a. Twelve
      • b. Six
      • c. Eight
      • d. Seven
      • e. Five
      • 2. Who was the sixteenth President of the United States?
      • a. Cy Rabinowitz
      • b. Abraham Lincoln
      • c. Gerald Ford
      • d. Millard Fillmore
      • e. Franklin Pierce

ASCII Import

  • Markers are case sensitive and must always be in the left column
    • How many states share a border with Missouri?
    • Shared border
    • Twelve
    • No, the correct answer is eight
    • Six
    • No, the correct answer is eight
    • Eight
    • That's correct!
    • Seven
    • No, the correct answer is eight
    • Five
    • No, the correct answer is eight

ASCII Import

    • Who was the sixteenth President of the United States?
    • President
    • Cy Rabinowitz
    • Wrong. It was Abraham Lincoln.
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Your answer is correct!
    • Gerald Ford
    • Wrong. It was Abraham Lincoln.
    • Millard Fillmore
    • Wrong. It was Abraham Lincoln.
    • Franklin Pierce
    • Wrong. It was Abraham Lincoln.

ASCII Import

  • Other items than can be added to the text file
    • Comments can be added
      • <#> This is a comment and will not be imported
    • Shuffling of choices can be turned on or off
      • Y
    • The question type can be designated
      • MC
      • MR
    • The text type can be specified
      • text/html
      • text/plain

ASCII Import

  • You can define bullets in a word processor to ease the task of adding the markers
  • The document must be saved as plain text prior to importing into Authoring Manager
  • See resources at the end of the presentation for more information

ASCII Import

  • Once the file is marked and saved as a standard text file, we can import it into Authoring Manager

ASCII Import

ASCII Import

Word Authoring Templates

  • Questionmark Word Authoring Templates allow questions to be created for Perception quickly and easily using Microsoft® Word
  • The types of question you can create are:
    • Multiple Choice In a Multiple Choice question, the participant selects an answer from a list of two or more possible answers
    • True/False In a True/False question, the participant selects either ‘True’ or ‘False’
    • Yes/No In a Yes/No question, the participant selects either ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.

Word Authoring Templates

  • Question Authors create questions and save them to a Word document

Word Authoring Templates

  • Question Administrators publish the questions to a Perception database where they can be used like other questions.

Word Authoring Templates

Word Authoring Templates

Word Authoring Templates

Word Authoring Templates

Word Authoring Templates

  • Demonstrate using Questionmark Word Authoring Templates

QML

  • Question Markup Language (QML) is the format that Perception uses to represent questions.
  • QML is defined by Questionmark and is XML compliant
  • All questions are stored in the database as QML
  • QML can be exported and imported from Authoring Manager

QML

  • Some key features of QML are:
    • Only individual questions are described (Assessments are not defined)
    • Each question is independent of any other
    • Sequencing of questions (for example, branching, jumps and selection of questions at random for a test) is outside the scope of QML
    • Several questions may be defined in the same QML file
    • There is no link or interdependence between different questions

QML

  • A QML question is divided into four components:
    • The question header, information identifying the question (for example its description and the topic it is in).
    • The question body, all the material presented, or made available, to the participant.
    • The question choice(s), the different responses made available to the participant
    • The outcome of the question, what score to set and what feedback to display depending on the choice(s) selected. All possible combinations of choices are mapped to a fixed number of outcomes, including (optionally) a default outcome which will apply if none of the other outcomes are valid.
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QTI XML

  • QTI XML is a platform and vendor independent language developed by the IMS
  • The IMS is an international organization which aims to create agreed specifications and standards for teaching and learning.
  • One of their principle areas of work is in Question and Test Interoperability
  • QTI XML is a specification for an XML test and question description language

QTI XML

  • QTI XML can make it easy to get questions from one software package to another
  • The following question types are supported
    • Multiple Choice
    • Multiple Response
    • Numeric
    • Pull-down list
    • Fill in Blanks, Matrix
    • Essay
    • Java
    • Matching
    • Ranking
    • Select a Blank
    • Macromedia Flash

QTI XML

  • Currently Perception supports version 1.2 of the IMS QTI specification
  • Only items (questions) in QTI XML can be imported / exported at this time
  • Functionality
  • Level of Support
  • Data File
  • Import
  • Export
  • Repackage
  • Explanation of optional functionality supported
  • Mandatory
  • N
  • N
  • N
  • N
  • Section level element support
  • Mandatory
  • N
  • N
  • N
  • N
  • Item level element support
  • Mandatory
  • N
  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • Response types
  • N
  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • response_num, response_lid, response_xy, response_str
  • Material
  • N
  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • text/plain, text/html, text/mathml, image
  • Scoring
  • N
  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • Default scoring model only (SumofScores)
  • Feedback
  • N
  • Y
  • Y
  • N
  • Candidate view for all item feedback

QSI

  • Question Scripted Importer (QSI)
    • allows you to convert complex but structured ASCII text format to a Questionmark import file
    • performed by referencing a powerful scripting language
    • intended for users that have items (questions) in other database structures and wish to import these into Questionmark Perception
    • The input file can be produced by printing to a file, or exporting from an existing database
    • QSI is provided with example scripts and most programmers will be able to produce derivative, and/or new scripts
    • Questionmark does provide a script writing service for a fee which depends upon the complexity of the input file.

QSI

  • QSI converts an ASCII file into a QML file
  • Conversion method can be either:
    • all questions in the source must be separated by the same delimiter (CSV)
    • or the data must be in a fixed record format where all questions are exactly the same length

QSI

  • A .qmscript file tells the QSI how the source data is formatted and how to perform the conversion
  • question content in a spread-sheet or database file will need to be exported to a text file

QSI

  • Once you have your source file and .qmscript file the process of converting your source to QML is simple
  • a debug window that will help you monitor the progress of your conversion is available by pressing Shift+Alt+D

QSI

  • All documentation for using QSI is included with the download
  • QSI can be downloaded from our Communities Downloads section under “Add-ons” http://www.questionmark.com/communities/downloads.asp

Resources

  • ASCII Import
    • I already have questions in word-processor format. How do I bring them into Perception? http://www.questionmark.com/perception/help/v3/kbase/star011.html
    • How can I use bullets in a word processed document to aid the importing of questions into Question Manager? http://www.questionmark.com/perception/help/v3/kbase/ques027.html
  • QTI XML
    • Can I use QTI XML with Perception? http://www.questionmark.com/perception/help/v3/kbase/prog027.html
    • IMS Question & Test Interoperability Specification http://www.imsproject.org/question/

Resources

  • QML
    • What is Question Markup Language (QML)? http://www.questionmark.com/perception/help/v3/kbase/prog025.html
  • QSI
    • Downloaded from Communities http://www.questionmark.com/communities/downloads.asp

Thank You for Your Attention

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  • Technical Services and Support:
    • (800) 597-3950
    • support@questionmark.com


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