To create an assignment objectives and blueprints can be used. The usage of these options are optional but recommended. The advantages of using blueprints and objectives to create assignments are:
- to match the questions to create an exam in line with the study goals of a course.
- to compose an exam faster and more efficient.
- to compose assignments that correspond better to assignments of previous years if the same blueprint is used.
Read below to understand what they exactly are and how to create and use them.
Objectives are goals or skills students have to reach or acquire after completing a course or assignment. Using objectives for questions, an assignment can be analyzed before taking the exam or test if it covers all objectives (at the right extent). In this article, it can be found how to couple a subquestion to an objective. But to couple an objective to a subquestion, first the objective has to be created. This can be done in the tab Objectives in the menu of an item bank as seen in the image below. Objectives are categorized into domains. A domain is a more specific subject in the subject of the item bank. For an item bank about biology, a domain can be the human body for example. A domain can be created by clicking the red plus in the bottom right corner. After creating a domain, objectives can be added by clicking ADD OBJECTIVE in the bar of a domain.
A blueprint is a composition of objectives which should be used for an assignment that corresponds sufficiently to the learning goals of the course which the assignment should test. This way an assignment can be created more efficiently and better corresponding to the learning goals than without blueprints. Also, the assignments of different years will be of the same composition.
To create a blueprint, go to the tab Blueprints in an item bank. Click the red plus in the bottom right corner of the screen. A new blueprint is instantly created. Change the title of the blueprint and select the number of times each objective should come back in a subquestion, changes will be saved automatically when you go back to another screen. When creating an assignment, this blueprint can now be selected to check whether the assignment corresponds to the blueprint.
Create assignments in an item bank
Assignments can be created in item banks as well as in the 'normal' way in Ans. The advantage of creating assignments in an item bank is that other teachers or users can review your assignments (in the same way as reviewing each other's questions) and that blueprints can be used.
To create an assignment in an item bank go to the tab Assignments and click the red plus in the bottom right corner. The next screen that appears, is an empty assignment window. Here you can change the name of the assignment, set the assignment to be an online assignment or a hand-written assignment, add resources for the assignment and add questions to the assignment by clicking the button Import questions, Copy questions from item bank or Create new question. This way a list of questions will appear as seen in the image below.
To check the objectives of the questions to a blueprint, a blueprint has to be added to the assignment. Go to the tab Blueprint and select a blueprint in the drop-down menu here. As you can see in the image below, this assignment needs yet one subquestion that is about objective 1 to complete this assignment. After the assignment is finished, other users can review the assignment and this way the assignment can be optimized.
To set the grading formula or grade calculation, go to the tab Grading calculation in the menu of the assignment in the item bank. Here the grading formula can be set. Also, a table can be imported if this is preferred using the drop-down menu under Mark calculation. More information on the grade calculation page can be found in this article. Do not forget to click SAVE once the changes are done.
Copy the assignment to a course
When an assignment is finished, accepted and reviewed by co-workers, the assignment is ready to be used. To use an assignment it needs to be copied to a course. Select a course by clicking the small box in front of the assignment which you wish to copy to a course. Next, click COPY TO COURSE at the top of the column of assignments. Note that the assignment will be either an online test or a handwritten assignment, according to what is set when creating the assignment.
A pop-up as the one in the image below will appear. Here you can select the name of the course and the assignment type the assignment should be. Click ADD to complete the copying of the assignment. You will be directed to the assignment in that course right away.