In these release notes
assessmentQ 2.6 contains the following new features and improvements:
- Full-text search in items
- Extensive support for math
- Display option for the schedule time on the portal
- Monitoring the remaining session time
- Improvements to the Interpreting item
- Expanded Integrations management
- New sign-in method for users without a SSO account
- Support for LTI 1.3
- Various improvements in the assessmentQ backoffice and player
- Removed features
In the item bank, you can now search not only on the item’s name or ID, but also on any word that appears in the item content, including the feedback, hint and source. This powerful full-text search will support authors in a fast and user-friendly way to easily find the items they are looking for.
To add a LaTeX formula, you now have two options:
- by pasting LaTeX code directly in the HTML editor
- by typing or pasting your LaTeX code in the new LaTeX editor
A new scientific calculator has been added to the assessmentQ supporting tools.
As an author, you can now choose to activate either the standard calculator or the new scientific calculator. Activating or deactivating supporting tools in an assignment is done via the assignment template.
A new portal option is available allowing administrators to define if the remaining time of a schedule should be displayed on the portal or not.
In the sessions overview page in the Monitoring module, an extra column Remaining time can be activated allowing supervisors to see the remaining time participants have for an exam.
Our customers' feedback to the new Interpreting item has resulted in the following improvements for both participants and authors:
- Participants can now use the keyboard shortcut SPACE to start or stop the recording and to switch between source playback and recording in a consecutive interpreting item.
This way, the participants can focus on the challenging task of interpreting and do not have to worry about clicking the correct button.
- Until now, authors creating an Interpreting item had to wait for the upload and file transcoding to be completed. For large source files, this could take a while. Starting from assessmentQ 2.6, authors only have to wait for the upload of the file to be completed and can then continue working on this or another item while the transcoding of the file takes place in the background.
assessmentQ supports a wide range of integration options with third-party platforms. Until now, only the configuration for webhook subscriptions could be managed by our customers. The configuration of any other type of integration was done by Televic.
From assessmentQ 2.6 onwards, assessmentQ administrators can manage the following types of integrations themselves in the Integrations module:
- SSO (OIDC and ADFS)
- LTI 1.3
If an SSO integration with your assessmentQ environment is set up, your assessmentQ URL (<your domain>.assessmentQ.com) was up to now only accessible for users with an SSO account.
Starting from assessmentQ 2.6, if you want your assessmentQ environment to be accessible both to external users who do not have an account in your domain/network as well as to users who have an account in your domain/network, you can activate the sign-in method with email and password:
- External users will only be able to sign in via their assessmentQ credentials (e-mail address and password).
- Users who have an account in your domain can only sign in via your domain/network account. They cannot retrieve their assessmentQ password nor set their password via their profile.
Both sign-in methods are shown on the sign-in page.
As an assessmentQ administrator, you can now configure your SSO sign-in method in the assessmentQ backoffice under Settings > Integrations.
In assessmentQ 2.6, we have implemented the new LTI 1.3 standard. LTI stands for Learning Tools Interoperability and aims for a rich integration between Learning Platforms (typically LMSes) and tools like assessmentQ.
Advantages of an LTI 1.3 integration:
- Deep linking: as a teacher, you can select an assessmentQ assignment from within your LMS by searching for it in a custom popup.
- Synchronisation of results:
- When participants finish an assessmentQ assignment that was started via an LMS, their results will be available in the LMS immediately.
- When an assignment still contains items that need grading (e.g. an open question) the participant’s result will show “Needs grading” in the LMS. This way, as a teacher, you are informed that grading still has to be done in assessmentQ. When you select the status “Grading completed” in assessmentQ's Grading module, the participants’ final scores will be sent to your LMS.
- Extended search options:
- It is possible to search by assignment name, ID, and description in Assignments.
- It is possible to search by assignment name, ID, and description in Grading, Analysis and Reporting.
- Possibility to export the list of assignments to Excel from within the Assignments module. More information.
- The recycle bin is now also accessible via the Search bar.
- The character map in the player contains additional German characters.
- SSO users can no longer sign in via email and password
Users who sign in via SSO can only sign in via your domain/network account. If your Identity Provider cannot be accessed from outside your network, SSO users cannot sign in. They can no longer retrieve their assessmentQ password to sign in via e-mail and password.