Release notes assessmentQ 1.5

In these release notes

In the assessmentQ 1.5 release, we support the basic workflow from item creation to delivery in the assessmentQ backoffice We have made numerous improvements to the item bank and added new export and import possibilities

We have created an Edumatic desktop application as a solution for the decreasing browsers support of Flash and we have improved the collection of the results for offline exams. Furthermore, we have developed a new API

We will explain the new features one by one below:

Quick publish

The Quick publish feature is a fast way to make items available for your end users. From within the item bank, you can:

  • Create a draft publication from a folder
  • Create a validated publication and schedule it on the portal for your users
  • Create a validated publication and generate access codes for it

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This way, your basic workflow from creation to delivery is completely supported in the assessmentQ backoffice without requiring you to access the Edumatic backoffice. 

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Flexible block sizing

As an author, you can drag and drop blocks around in an item to create attractive layouts. However, so far, blocks took the same amount of space. For instance, 2 blocks next to each other would each take up half of the available space.
In assessmentQ 1.5, you have even more flexibility with blocks, as you can use fixed widths and/or heights for blocks.

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Support for embedding third-party assets

In assessmentQ 1.5 you can make your content even more attractive and / or interactive by integrating third-party content in your items, like a small animation or an applet.

Below you find an example of GeoGebra content embedded in an assessmentQ item. 

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You can also embed other third-party content, such as a Google document or survey. Please note that we cannot provide an exhaustive list of supported third-party content, so feel free to experiment with this feature yourself. 

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Overview of item usage 

In assessmentQ, you can now see in how many and in which validated publications an item is used. Further, and this is new compared to Edumatic, you can also see how many sessions there are for this item in each validated publication. With this information you can get an idea of how "exposed" an item potentially is in a summative context. 

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Export and import for cross-channel sharing

Our large EduQare community is sharing a lot of content cross-channel. Other customers may also want to collaborate and exchange assessmentQ items. In assessmentQ 1.5 you can now export items from your assessmentQ item bank for import in another channel.

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Export and import for translation purposes

assessmentQ authors who work with multilingual content require a reliable way to translate content in assessmentQ. By supporting export to XLIFF files and import of XLIFF files in assessmentQ, we now have a solution for content translation.

Please note that this feature is a paid add-on. Contact your account manager for more information.

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Import items from Excel

Subject matter experts or other authors can create multiple-choice and multiple response questions in Excel.

The Excel import functionality allows you to import the Excel in your assessmentQ item bank. Using item toggles you can subsequently change the multiple-choice and multiple response questions into other item types if you prefer a large variety of item types.

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Edumatic desktop application

As modern browsers are shutting down support for Flash, we have created an Edumatic desktop application that allows you to work in the Edumatic (Flash) backoffice independent of the browser you use by default.

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Improved collection of results for offline exams

Up to now, the collection of the result files after offline exams are all handled manually. Starting from assessmentQ 1.5, the collection of the result files can be automated by means of a Windows service.

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New API

The new Open API for assessmentQ is more secure, faster, and future-proof. As such it will replace the current Open API.
All new projects that require the Open API will be implemented using the new Open API. Existing API customers who need new features will be asked to update their implementation of the Open API. They will all be notified about this upgrade.

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