How do I get started in Authoring?

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Author privileges are not automatic. Generally, before you apply, please make sure that

  • you have completed your account profile, including your portrait photograph.
  • you have experience of using Yacapaca with existing materials.
  • you have been confirmed by colleagues as being a member of a recognised educational institution.

Basic authoring concepts

  • Questions are the fundamental unit of Yacapaca. There are 288,000 questions in the Yacapaca question bank (as of Jan 2014) so the questions you need probably already exist. Any questions you write automatically become a part of this bank.
  • Quizzes are compiled collections of questions. Questions are always presented in random order within quizzes. A question may be used in many different quizzes.
  • Topics are subsets of syllabi, generally defined by an exam board. Quizzes are automatically matched to topics by Yacapaca. Additionally, you may compile a quiz from within a topic to link them manually.
  • Courses are collections of quizzes compiled by an author. Courses may also contain teachers' notes, downloadable worksheets or other resources. They must always contain at least brief notes explaining their function. A quiz may belong to many different courses.

Now get started authoring

  1. Start by reviewing these authoring articles in the blog. Yacapaca authoring is different from any system you have come across, and if you try to short-circuit this step you will just make a fool of yourself - remember, all authoring in Yacapaca is fully public.
  2. Visit "Apply to become an author" in the More tab. Make sure your profile is up to date and apply. You will usually get a response within 24 hours. We currently approve about 40% of applications.
  3. On acceptance, go to My Quizzes in the More tab. The page will currently be empty, but you can create your first quiz using the "Build a new quiz" (duh) button.
  4. Name your quiz! Use a descriptive name that will help other teachers understand its function. This is a required step; our moderators delete quizzes that do not have adequate names, in order to protect the integrity of our overall content.
  5. Search for and select your questions. If you are compiling a quiz using several different keywords, add each to the quiz in a separate cycle. You can go around as many times as you like. 30 is a reasonable maximum for the number of questions you use. More than this will undermine the quality of assessment as students start to lose attention.
  6. Edit the quiz parameters - things like how many questions are shown on each attempt; it does not need to be all you selected.
  7. Compile your quiz. Now it is ready to assign.