Video: New features in Questionmark Live

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We are constantly adding new capabilities to Questionmark Live browser-based authoring. The latest release includes the ability to copy and paste questions and topics, as well as enhanced question selection capabilities when creating or editing an assessment.

In this video you will learn how to use these new functions:

  • Copying and pasting questions
  • Duplicating a question for use within the same topic
  • Copying a topic
  • Selecting questions for an assessment:
    • All questions in a topic
    • A specific number of random questions from a topic
    • Individual questions

There are always new features in the works, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can view more videos like this one in our Learning Café.


Please Note: Doug will be leading two sessions at the Questionmark 2013 Users Conference in Baltimore March 3-6 on how to use Questionmark Live. Bring your own laptop for hands-on practice in creating items and topics and/or assembling assessments and QPacks.

If you haven’t already registered for the conference, there’s still time! Register by this Friday, January 18 and take advantage of the early-bird discount!

Top 5 Questionmark Videos in 2012

Posted by Julie Delazyn

Last week we highlighted our five most popular presentations on our SlideShare page. This week, we’re happy to focus our attention on videos – which offer such an easy way to share information.

You can find more than three dozen videos, demos and other resources in the Questionmark Learning Café about assessment-related best practices and the use of Questionmark technologies.

So which videos have attracted the most interest this year?

Here are the top five:

5. iPhone App
4. Questionmark Live Multiple Choice Demo
3. Course Evaluation Survey in Questionmark Live
2. Auto-Sensing and Auto-Sizing Assessments
1. CSV Question Creation and Import

Thank you for watching, and look for more videos in 2013!

Easier collaboration in Questionmark Live

Posted by Julie Delazyn

We always like sharing news about Questionmark Live, our browser-based assessment authoring tool, on the blog, including the recent addition of hierarchical topics. Another big change is the new interface, which makes it easier than ever for subject matter experts and test designers to collaborate on an assessment. We’ve made it very easy to share topics and subtopics.

How does it work? Simply click the share button, as you can see in the screen shot below, and type the email of the person you would like to share the subtopic with. The recipient will receive an invitation to view the topic in Questionmark Live (to see context) and the sub-topic they can work in. It’s that easy.

The subtopic folder that you shared will now display a green arrow, as shown in the screenshot below. Click on the number beneath the “No. of Revisions” column to track a question’s revision history as well as to see who edited the question and which changes were made. You can also compare the different versions of the same question and roll back to a previous version. Learn more about revision history in Questionmark Live in this blog post.

Revision History in Questionmark Live

Revision history is an collaborative authoring capability of Questionmark Live. Here are the basics:

What it does: This feature enables users to track and manage edits made to questions:

    • View a question’s full revision history
    • Compare different versions side-by-side with marked-up changes
    • Roll back to previous versions of questions to undo edits made by others

Who should use it: Subject matter experts can use this feature to easily review, keep track and roll back to a previous version of the question.

How it looks: Each revision of a question is listed in the table. Where:

  • Revision – identifies how many revisions have been created
  • Version ID – identifies the version of the question (Used to identify which version of the question any rollback has been reverted to)
  • Modified On – states the date that the revision was made
  • Modified By – highlights who made the actual revision
  • Change Type – describes what the revision entailed
  • Comments – lists the notes made by the author that revised the question

By selecting a revision you can view the question. It is possible to select more than one revision to compare the differences. To roll back to a previous revision, select the revision and click Rollback.

Creating an Extended Matching Question Type

Extended Matching Questions are similar to multiple choice questions but test knowledge in a far more applied, in-depth way. This question type is now available in Questionmark Live  browser-based authoring.

What it does:   An Extended Matching question provides an “extended” list of answer options for use in questions relating to at least two related scenarios or vignettes. (The number of answer options depends on the logical number of realistic options for the test taker.) The same answer choice could be correct for more than one question in the set, and some answer choices may not be the correct answer for any of the questions – so it is difficult the answer this type of question correctly by chance. A well-written lead-in question is so specific that students understand what kind of response is expected,  without needing to look at the answer options.

Who should use it: It is often used in medical education and other healthcare subject areas to test diagnostic reasoning.

What’s the process for creating it? This diagram shows how to create this question type in Questionmark Live:

How it looks:  Here is an example of an Extended Matching Question

Importing content into Questionmark Live

Questionmark Live, Questionmark’s browser-based authoring tool, makes it easy for subject matter experts to collaborate in writing and editing assessment questions. They can create new questions or import content from elsewhere.

They can import text-based content from many different systems:

  • LXR Test 6.1 Merge
  • Blackboard 6/8/9 Pool
  • Blackboard Upload
  • Questionmark Live CSV – This is a new format that allows users to quickly create questions in Excel or other text tool that is in the format of a CSV file.
  • Questionmark Qpacks (Questionmark QML files)
  • Moodle XML

The imported questions will be stored in their own question sets, where they can be reviewed and modified before they are exported to Questionmark Perception.

To import questions, go to the Question Sets page and click Import Questions or Import Qpack from the Import menu, then assign a title and description to your question set.

You’ll also need to select the format of the questions you want to import and browse to the file you wish to import. You’ll be led through the process of uploading your file to the Questionmark Live server. Once your question set is there you will be able to view and edit the questions just as you would any questions created within Questionmark Live.