Creating Assessment Questions in Laulima

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Covered on this page are simple ways to add questions in the assessment tools in Laulima. Both the Tests & Quizzes and Tasks, Tests and Survey tools do not come default in your Laulima space. To add these tools to your space, click "Site Info" then choose "Edit Tools". You can check off the tools you want to use then click to continue and confirm.

Tests & Quizzes (Samigo)

Using a word processor document to create questions in Tests & Quizzes
You can create questions or use an existing file as the basis for creating quiz questions in Tests & Quizzzes (Samigo). One advantage to doing this is that you can work offline and not within a web interface, but you can also input this straight into the tool (using Quick Create) if you choose to.

You will need to create the questions in a specific format that Tests & Quizzes (Samigo) can read. To start with, the format must have this basic structure (from the instructions within the tool):

Each question must start with one of the following:

  • The word ’Question’, followed by a number, followed by the number of points to assign enclosed in parentheses, as in ’Question 23 (10 points)’.
  • The word ’Question’, followed by this same parenthetical indication of points, as in ’Question (10 points)’.
  • The word ’Question’, followed by a number, as in ’Question 1’. In this case, zero points will be assigned to that question.
  • A number, followed by a period, followed by the same parenthetical indication of points to assign, as in ’1. (10 points)’
  • A number, followed by a period, in which case zero points will be assigned to that question.

The question will follow that starting text and will differ depending on what kind of question you want to create:

Multiple Choice

Each answer should begin with its appropriate letter, in alphabetic order. The correct answer should be prefixed with an asterisk (*).
Example:
1. (1 point)
Who was the first president of the United States?
*a. Washington
b. Jefferson
c. Lincoln
d. Clinton

Multiple Choice, Multiple Correct Answers

Each answer should begin with its appropriate letter, in alphabetic order. The correct answer should be prefixed with an asterisk (*).

Example:
2. (2 points)
Which are colors in the United States flag?
*a. Red
b. Puce
c. Purple
*d. Blue

Fill in the Blank

The correct answer should be prefixed with an asterisk (*).
Example:
3. (1 point)
What color is a lemon? ____

*Yellow

Short Essay

No answer should be provided for this question type.

Example:
4. (10 points)
Describe what distributed learning is.

True/False

Similar to multiple choice. The correct answer should be prefixed with an asterisk (*). The incorrect answer can also be included, as below, though this is not necessary.

Example:
5. (2 points)
Earth’s atmosphere is mostly Nitrogen.
*True
False

If you choose to create the questions in a text file, you can then copy the text. Click on the Tests & Quizzes tool, then enter a title for your quiz or question pool in the "Title" field and click "Quick Create":

Laulima Samigo Enter Title Quick Create

Paste your copied questions into the "Questions" field, then click "Next >" button. Note the instructions for formatting your questions to the right of the Questions field, also you can type in your questions in the correct format if you choose to.

Laulima Samigo Quick Create, paste questions

The next screen shows you a preview of your questions and the given correct answers. You can go back to edit questions if something is incorrect. If things look okay, you can either click to "Create Assessment" (which will create a test with the questions) or "Create Question Pool" (you will need to assemble the quiz from the question pool questions, but you can use them in multiple assessments).

Laulima Samigo Quick Create, choose output

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Adding a Question to a Question Pool in Samigo
To add a question into the Question Pools in Samigo, go to the Question Pools link near the top of the tool. If you do not have a question pool yet you need to add one by clicking on the "Add New Pool" link.

After creating the pool, click the pool’s title to add questions to the pool.

Laulima Samigo Add to Question Pool

Click the "Add" link to the right of Questions near the bottom of the question pool.

Laulima Samigo Add to Question Pool 2

You will then be taken to the screen to creating a question. There are several types you can choose from in the "Select Question Type" popup menu.

Laulima Samigo Add to Question Pool, Choose Question Type

Fill in the point value, question text, and correct choices (if applicable). Click to "Save" the question and it will appear in your question pool.

Laulima Samigo Question Pool Question Added

You can create another question for the pool by clicking the "Add" link in the question pool.

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Adding a Question to an Assessment in Samigo
You can add a question to an existing assessment directly in the tool. To do this, you need an existing assessment. If you don’t have an existing assessment, you can create one in Samigo by filling in a title in the "Title" field, then clicking the "Create" button.

Within the assessment you will see an "Add Question" popup menu. Click that to choose the question type you want to add.

Laulima Samigo Add Question to Assessment, Choose Type

Fill in the point value, question text, and correct choices (if applicable). Click to "Save" the question and it will appear in your assessment.

Laulima Samigo Add Question to Assessment, Question Added

To add another question, click the "Add Question" popup menu.

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Tasks, Tests and Surveys (Mneme)

Creating a Question Pool in Mneme
Tasks, Tests and Surveys (Mneme) uses question pools as a bank of questions from which assessments (also surveys and assignments) draw from. The question pool will contain the questions and also control how much each question in that pool is worth. To add a question pool to Mneme, click the "Question Pools" link near the top of tool (skip to creating a question if you already have a question pool you want to use).

Laulima Mneme, Add Question Pool

In the Question Pools area, click "Add Pool".

Laulima Mneme, Add Pool

Add a title in the "Pool Title" field, a point value (can be 0 if you don’t want to assign points), and click the "Done" button.

Laulima Mneme, Edit Pool settings

After creating the pool, you will be put into that pool. If you already have a pool that you want to add to, click the pool title. Clicking the page icon next to the question pool’s name will allow you to edit the settings of the question pool.

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Creating a question in Mneme
To create a question in Mneme, click the "Question Pool" link, then on the title of the question pool you want to add a question to (if you are not already in the pool). Click the "Add Question" link in the pool.

Laulima Mneme, Add Question

Choose the question type, then proceed to type in the question text and correct answer(s) if applicable. Click the "Done" button when you are finished. You can also opt to click the "Add Another" button at this point to immediately start working on another question. After creating the question, you will see it listed in the pool. You can add another question at this point by clicking the "Add Question" link.

Laulima Mneme, Choose Question Type

After clicking done you should see a list of the question(s) you have added.

Laulima Mneme, Question Added

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Importing Questions from Samigo (Tests & Quizzes)
Another way to get questions into the question pools of Mneme is to import them from Samigo (Tests & Quizzes, T&Q). Not every question type will translate correctly. Matching type tends not to translate well. Multiple choice questions with no correct answers in Samigo will not transfer at all.

Click "Question Pools" in Mneme then "Import".

Laulima Mneme, Click to Import

You can choose from one of the following to import:

  • Import Pools from T&Q (Tests & Quizzes, Samigo)
  • Import Assessments as Pools from T&Q
  • Import from Assignments (from Assignments tool)

Laulima Mneme, Choose What to Import

You will then be asked to choose a specific pool, assessment, or course (for assignments only) to get the questions from. Click the "OK" button after choosing what you want.

Laulima Mneme, Choose Item(s) to Import

The question pool will be created and added to your pools. You can then click the paper and pencil icon to edit the pool’s settings. Note that the point value will average in Mneme from the source. Click on the pool’s title to preview/edit the questions.

Laulima Mneme, Question Pool Imported

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