About publications: assessments vs. practice publications

Assessments versus practice publications

There are two types of publications:

  • Assessments, which you can recognise by .
  • Practice publications, which you can recognise by .

The main differences between assessments and practice publications are:

Assessments  Practice publications 
An assessments test the users' knowledge on a certain subject. A practice publication is meant for users to do exercises on a certain subject.
Users can take an assessment only once. Users can do the exercises an unlimited number of times*.
There is no correction or solution shown for the assessment items. The correction and solution of the exercises are shown.
There is no feedback shown. Feedback is shown.

*Note that users can do the exercises an unlimited number of times provided the practice publication is scheduled on the Edumatic portal. When accessing a practice publication via an access code, the user can do the exercises only once. 

About the Edumatic HTML5 player

Edumatic publications are displayed to the user in the Edumatic player. Edumatic incorporates a HTML5 player, allowing users to access Edumatic content on all standard browsers (recent versions), operating systems (including iOS) and on fixed or mobile devices.

Item types that include the Edumatic voice recording functionality still contain a Flash component and thus require Flash support in the browser. This is the case for recording exercises and dialogue exercises including voice recording.

The behaviour of these exercises will be as follows:

  • On desktop devices with Flash support the voice recording will work.
  • On desktop devices without Flash support a message will be shown informing the user that a Flash browser plugin needs to be installed.
  • On devices that do not allow the installation of Flash support (iOS, Android via Google Play Store since V4.1 Jellybean) the content of the exercise will be shown, but the recording button itself will be disabled.

Publication status

A publication can either have the status:

  • In creation
    This is the first status of a publication. As long as a publication is in creation, there are no restrictions on editing the publication. For publications in creation, there is a link between the items in the publications and the items in the workspace. If you make changes to the items in the workspace, the corresponding publication items will change accordingly.
  • To validate
    When you are done with creating / editing a publication, but you want a third person (e.g. a colleague or supervisor) to check and validate the publication, you can send a notification mail to this person and the publication will move to the To validate status.
    See Validating a publication via a third person.
  • Validated
    Items in validated publications are no longer linked to items in the workspace. Consequently, if you make changes to items in the workspace, this will not affect the items in the validated publications.
    See Validating a publication.
    Editing validated publications is only possible for practice publications and not for assessments.
    See Editing a validated practice publication.

    Warning: For a publication to be scheduled for a user, it needs to be validated first.

  • Archived
    Validated publications (and their logging) cannot be deleted. You can, however, archive validated publications. Archived publications will move to the status Archived.
    By default, the results of archived publications are not shown in the reporting module, but you can at any time retrieve the results for archived publications.
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