Authoring

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The concept of writing tests on Yacapaca is one of Group Authoring. An author group contains:

  • questions
  • tests
  • members
  • a group-relevant message board.

A group may have one or more members. The creator of the group automatically becomes the group moderator. The group may be:

  • private (i.e. not present in a public search but available to join by invitation from the moderator)
  • moderated (i.e. available in a public search but able to be joined on application to the moderator)
  • open (i.e. available in a public search and able to be joined by anyone without permission)

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.

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.

So, you will go through two completely separate stages when creating resources:

  • building a bank of suitable questions
  • assembling the desired combination of these questions into one or more tests to use with students.

More about Author Groups and Writing/Sharing Your Resources