Authoring / content administration
In bizExaminer, users of the user group “Author” can create and manage question items and exam configurations. Many useful functions such as the preview function for question items, try out exam, full-text search, tagging, and topics tree help authors in their daily work in bizExaminer.
Automatic question versioning
Question items have to be approved manually in order to use them in exams. If you subsequently change question items that have already been approved, a new version of this question item is automatically created. However, this does not affect exams that have already been taken or are currently in progress.
It is possible to define several “content owners” and to give the individual user accounts of the user group authors either “full access” or “read-only” permission to these “content owners.”
In contrast to “personalized, real examinations,” authors can also create demo exams that can be called up anonymously and as often as they like, independent of examination dates.
Exam modules and achievements
Exam configurations consist of one or more exam modules. You can also set the order in which these modules must be completed. Several exam modules can be combined into “achievements.” This means, for example, that a certificate can be automatically generated when an achievement is obtained because the associated modules have been successfully passed.
Exam structure and question selection rules
There are many ways to structure an exam and select the question items for it from the topics. Question items that belong together can also be randomly selected together.
When and where should which feedback appear? As an author, you can specify in detail what should and should not be displayed for the exam review on the screen or in the review PDF.
A WYSIWYG formula editor helps to create mathematical formulas. LaTeX and MathML can also be inserted.
“Legal notices” can be defined for examinations. These are legally required or other texts that must be accepted by means of a checkbox before the exam can be started.
Question items and exam configurations can be created in any language. The languages available for this can be defined for each “content owner.”
Open and closed question types
“Closed question types” are question types that can be evaluated automatically by the system. “Open question types” such as “Coding,” “Essay,” “File Upload”, or “Photo-Based Answer” require manual assessment by an assessor.
Organize content using the topics tree and tagging
The question items and the exam configurations can be managed in a “topics tree” similar to the usual folder structure on the computer. The elements can be organized using drag & drop and cut/copy/paste. This guarantees a structured overview for a large amount of content. Tagging the question items is another way of structuring the content.
Preview function for question items
The preview function is very helpful when creating, editing and managing the question items. With the help of the preview function, you can immediately check every change you make to a question item. You can also see how it affects the examination interface without having to save it every time.
If several authors work together on content, then one author can protect his or her content from being accessed by other users.
Question items can be exported as QTI files. Selected question types can also be exported as Excel files.
For selected question types, there are import options as CSV, Moodle XML, QTI, and as a structured MS Word file.
For each exam configuration it is possible to set the passing threshold, and whether a result is displayed to the examinee after submission. Direct certificate download, automatic delivery by email, or direct viewing are also possible after submission.
Question items and exams can be found quickly using an efficient search function. Via the additional full-text search, the question items can also be found via their contents.
Settings for the exam interface
A timer can be defined per exam block or per question item. Is navigation between the question items allowed or not? Should a calculator be available in the interface? This and much more can be set per exam configuration for the user interface.
Try out exam
The “Try out exam” function helps authors evaluate the exam configuration and ensure the quality of the content. As an author, you can use it to test the created exam. Additional functions for checking the evaluation are available.
Every exam has a “welcome screen” with general explanatory texts. These texts and contents can be adapted by the author.