If you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about the new education features in SharePoint 2013. I’m passionate about education and learning, but as I realize not everyone shares that passion, I’m trying to limit my focus on these features in the series.
Note: I’m already considering a USP Journal issue on SharePoint Education, but I need to think a bit more about whether it is viable, considering its possibly limited audience. If you’d like to see such an issue, however, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below.
One area, however, that I’ve received a few requests to cover, is that of the Quiz module in SharePoint 2013, so I want to write at least a bit about that.
A quiz, in the context we’re using now, is connected to the Education features of SharePoint 2013 and resides in the Microsoft.Office.Education namespace. Most of the findings in this issue is based on the MS-QUIZCSOM protocol specification document, which details the client-side object model interfaces. This indicates that Microsoft either delivers or plans to have third-party vendors deliver client software to both create and take quizzes.
Quizzes are either standard quizzes or surveys, although it’s not clear how these will differ. Of course, you likely won’t have the option to grade a survey, but you can do so for regular quizzes.
A quiz contains one or more questions, and can be taken by everyone or be limited to specific users. Quizzes can also be taken by anonymous users if you allow that.
During its lifespan, a quiz has one or more states, which are:
Editable state where only the quiz author can access or modify the quiz
Published state where users to whom the quiz has been assigned (or everyone) can enter responses to the questions of the quiz
The quiz is not available to anyone except the course author
The quiz can be reviewed by those who have submitted answers. This is intended as the grading stage, and users can view both their submitted answers and the associated grades for their answers.
You can specify whether users can take a quiz several times or only one time. Regardless, all responses are stored to you can see all responses from users for example to track progress.
You can also copy or duplicate quizzes so that if you’re running the same quiz for multiple classes, you don’t need to redo the entire thing. This even works across sites, so you can copy a quiz from one site to another.
Interestingly, you can set a quiz to be automatically graded. If you use questions that can be automatically evaluated only, for example multiple-choice or fill-in the-blank questions, then users can get an automatic score based on points you assign to questions.
The questions of a quiz are of one of the following types:
- Fill In the Blank
- Multiple Choice
- Rating Scale
Note: In addition to question types, you can also attach an assignment to a quiz, which will be an external URL.
For essay responses, the input can be set to either plain text, rich text, or enhanced rich text, as is the case of normal multiple lines of text input in SharePoint. You can also limit the length of input in number of characters.
For fill in the blank questions, responders need to find the correct word or phrase to add. The question contains several options for determining the correct answer, including specific phrases or patterns that must match for the answer to be correct. In addition, the response can be set as case insensitive, so “Power” will be treated the same as “power” in terms of correctness.
For each question, you specify a difficulty and a potential number of points that is used to calculate the score of the quiz. You can also specify hints for a question and whether this will be made available to users.
Each time a user responds to a quiz, it is recorded as a response. A response contains both the answers from the user and metadata such as the time the response started, whether the response is complete or partial, as well as which attempt number this is for the user, if you allow multiple responses. If you do allow multiple responses, all responses will be recorded and will be available to the course author.
Note: This article is part of the SharePoint 2013 Information Weekend, so it is shorter than regular articles. Check back with my blog or follow me @furuknap during the weekend of July 13-15 2012 for lots of SharePoint 2013 information
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