Creating and Editing Assessments

Assessments can be created in Content Manager by clicking on the Create button and selecting New Assessment. Assessments can be delivered as stand-alone assessments or as pre/post course assessments by including them in a Pathway.

Enter a name for the assessment and click Continue. Clicking on the Details section on the left will enable you to set an assessment code, provide a description and list objectives as well manage the assessment settings.

Here you can set a time limit, limit the number of attempts and manage what and when the feedback is presented. Note that in the Maximum Number of Attempts section, there is a checkbox called Allow retake if passed. Unchecking this box means that the User will only be able to retake the assessment if they have failed it.

When you are happy with your settings, click Save to keep the changes and click on the Questions tab in the left hand menu to select the questions to be included within the assessment.

Click on the Add Questions button to select your questions from an existing question bank. Choose the appropriate Question Bank from the list no the left. The questions in that question bank will then be displayed on the right. It will default to selecting all the questions. To pick individual questions click on the Pick individual questions link (as shown below).

When selecting questions, clicking on Details will show any related learning, the feedback that will be shown at the end of the assessment and the answers.

Once you have selected your questions, click on the Add Questions button in the top right. Now you can set how many question will be set in the assessment out of the total available and whether they should be randomised or structured by sections and question.

If using the section and question option to structure your assessment, click on Add Section and add more questions.

Next select your overall assessment pass mark or how many correct answers are required to pass the assessment. If using sections, you can name each section and set different pass marks.

If the option Mark as Completed even if failed is selected, the assessment will be marked as complete even if the user doesn't meet the required pass mark. The purpose of this is to allow users to still accrue CPD credits for the assessment attempt in accordance with the professional bodies’ CPD scheme. If you leave this second check box un-ticked and a pass mark has been set for the assessment, the user will only be able to add their reflective statement and gain the associated CPD credits if they pass it.

Under scoring mode you can select either Normal or negative marking from the drop down menu. When negative marking has been applied to an assessment the scoring on the assessment is changed so that if a user answers a question correctly they will score a point, however if they answer incorrectly they will be deducted a point. The scoring system is also customisable so you are able to increase the amount of points for incorrect/correct.

If the Show Don't Know answer is selected, you will also be able to set the value for any instances where a user selects 'don't know'. The purpose of this feature is to enable you to encourage your staff to admit when they do not know the answer to a question rather than simply guessing. Once you have built your assessment, click on Save. You will now be able to register users on to your assessment or include it in pathways. You will find your assessment in the Content Manager.

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