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The concept of writing tests on Yacapaca is one of Group Authoring. An author group contains:
 
  
*questions
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The essential theory about Yacapaca authoring:
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1. There is a very simple hierarchy: Courses->Quizzes->Questions
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2. The entire system is designed to facilitate use, reuse and modification.
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3. Everything you create is public. We provide the tools absolutely for free; you provide the content for free.
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4. When other teachers use assessments you have created, you earn extra quiz credits.
  
*tests
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'''How to start'''
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Once you are authorised as an author in Yacapaca, you gain access to two new pages:
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* My Courses
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* My Quizzes
  
*members
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'''Courses'''
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A Course is a collection of quizzes, to which you can add teachers' notes and downloadable files such as worksheets. A Course can be as simple as a couple of quizzes that you typically want to assign together, and as complex as a full scheme of work. Quizzes in a course can be assigned together in one assignment. As well as being quick and convenient, this means they will occupy only one column in the Gradbook, rather than one for each quiz.
  
*a group-relevant message board.
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To create a Course use the "Compile a new course" button from the bottom of your courses list. You must provide a sensible title and description (expect a midnight visit from ninjas if you don't!), and can then add quizzes. You do not create new quizzes in this module, but you can compile any quiz from our bank of 17,000+ into your own course. Remember to upload any other resources that will be needed to run the course successfully.
A group may have one or more members. The creator of the group automatically becomes the group moderator. The group may be:
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*private (i.e. not present in a public search but available to join by invitation from the moderator)
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'''Quizzes'''
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Unsurprisingly, a quiz is a collection of questions. The principles you need to know:
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1. When compiling a quiz, you have access to all 150,000 questions in the question bank. You may not need to write any new questions yourself.
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2. The order of questions in a quiz is randomised with each presentation. Therefore each question must stand alone.
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3. The order of options within a question is randomised within a question is randomised with each presentation. "None of the above" looks pretty silly at the top of the page!
  
*moderated (i.e. available in a public search but able to be joined on application to the moderator)
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Start a new quiz using the "Build a new quiz" button at the top of your My Quizzes page. Give it a ''sensible'' name, then start adding questions from the question bank. There is a 'new question' button in case you really can't find a question to meet your needs, but the bias is always towards re-using what is already there. When you have added all the questions you want, compile the quiz and you're done.
  
*open (i.e. available in a public search and able to be joined by anyone without permission)
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'''Useful Screencasts'''
Members have access to all questions and may edit existing ones or add their own. They may assemble their own tests from the bank of questions and may access tests created by other members. The moderator has further permissions for managing members and resources.
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*[[Question Creatr|Question Creatr]]: A short tour of our new question-creation tool. Includes images, sounds and tagging, but not Glyphs. They were added after this video was made.
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*[[The Quiz Statistics page|The Quiz Statistics page]]: To the a serious quiz author, this is the single most useful page in Yacapaca. Yet, hardly anyone knows about it.
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*[https://vimeo.com/57443713 Tagging Quizzes]: You can get very sophisticated analytics on quizzes that have appropriately-tagged questions. You can now add those tags at any time after creating the quiz, rather than having to have planned them at the time of authoring the individual questions.
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cw9_9iCWSU Edit a quiz direct from the Resources page]: As an author, you get complete question-by-question statistics to help you spot and correct problems in each question of a quiz.
  
Yacapaca separates the storage of questions from the actual tests that students will attempt. This means that you can assemble your questions into many different combinations according to your particular assessment needs. Once a test is assembled, it exists as a separate object. You can add, change or delete questions in the question bank without affecting tests that may already be in use.
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'''In-depth articles on Yacapaca authoring'''
 
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*[http://blog.yacapaca.com/tag/authoring-2/ Authoring articles]:
So, you will go through two completely separate stages when creating resources:
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*building a bank of suitable questions
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*assembling the desired combination of these questions into one or more tests to use with students.
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'''More about Author Groups and Writing/Sharing Your Resources'''
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*[[Group Authoring Instructions|Group Authoring Instructions]]
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*[[Breadcrumbs|Breadcrumbs]]
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*[[Index of Instructions|Index of Instructions]]
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Revision as of 01:11, 17 October 2014


The essential theory about Yacapaca authoring: 1. There is a very simple hierarchy: Courses->Quizzes->Questions 2. The entire system is designed to facilitate use, reuse and modification. 3. Everything you create is public. We provide the tools absolutely for free; you provide the content for free. 4. When other teachers use assessments you have created, you earn extra quiz credits.

How to start Once you are authorised as an author in Yacapaca, you gain access to two new pages:

  • My Courses
  • My Quizzes

Courses A Course is a collection of quizzes, to which you can add teachers' notes and downloadable files such as worksheets. A Course can be as simple as a couple of quizzes that you typically want to assign together, and as complex as a full scheme of work. Quizzes in a course can be assigned together in one assignment. As well as being quick and convenient, this means they will occupy only one column in the Gradbook, rather than one for each quiz.

To create a Course use the "Compile a new course" button from the bottom of your courses list. You must provide a sensible title and description (expect a midnight visit from ninjas if you don't!), and can then add quizzes. You do not create new quizzes in this module, but you can compile any quiz from our bank of 17,000+ into your own course. Remember to upload any other resources that will be needed to run the course successfully.

Quizzes Unsurprisingly, a quiz is a collection of questions. The principles you need to know: 1. When compiling a quiz, you have access to all 150,000 questions in the question bank. You may not need to write any new questions yourself. 2. The order of questions in a quiz is randomised with each presentation. Therefore each question must stand alone. 3. The order of options within a question is randomised within a question is randomised with each presentation. "None of the above" looks pretty silly at the top of the page!

Start a new quiz using the "Build a new quiz" button at the top of your My Quizzes page. Give it a sensible name, then start adding questions from the question bank. There is a 'new question' button in case you really can't find a question to meet your needs, but the bias is always towards re-using what is already there. When you have added all the questions you want, compile the quiz and you're done.

Useful Screencasts

  • Question Creatr: A short tour of our new question-creation tool. Includes images, sounds and tagging, but not Glyphs. They were added after this video was made.
  • The Quiz Statistics page: To the a serious quiz author, this is the single most useful page in Yacapaca. Yet, hardly anyone knows about it.
  • Tagging Quizzes: You can get very sophisticated analytics on quizzes that have appropriately-tagged questions. You can now add those tags at any time after creating the quiz, rather than having to have planned them at the time of authoring the individual questions.
  • Edit a quiz direct from the Resources page: As an author, you get complete question-by-question statistics to help you spot and correct problems in each question of a quiz.

In-depth articles on Yacapaca authoring