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Disclaimer: in order to ensure we make the right decisions for the future of the application, we may change or remove the information that appears here at any time

Coming soon to ExamDeveloperExamDeveloper 

Custom report updates 

Preserve incomplete review / validation data during batch edit  

Available from1908 1911 (approximately August November 2019)
Rollout paceFull Gradual rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrademay gain visibility over several releases
Last updated11 July, 2019

In the event that an item has been partially reviewed (but additional users are still required to agree on a decision to trigger a state change), then any modification that results in a new revision will reset the review for the current state, necessitating a ‘re-review’ of the item.

This enhancement will enable a project manager to override this rule during a batch edit, so that a partially complete review can continue where it left off, with the updated data, without requiring a ‘re-review’.

Note: this setting is ignored on review states that:

  • Only require one reviewer to complete. 
  • Have not been started. 
  • Have already been completed. 

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Translate Questions permission and Translate Assignments

Available from1909 (approximately September 12-September-2019

The following JSON data will be exported to provide key-value pair mappings, for values in Project.json and Question.json files: 

  • LookUp.json file: will contain the element and its key-value pair details in JSON format
  • Users.json file: will contain - userID, Firstname, Lastname, and Username details of all the users who contributed to the items in the extracted JSON export
  • In existing question.json, userTrackingInformation element data will be exported in an improved format:
    • The stateLabel property (which is always null) will be removed
    • reviewAction will have possible values as Advanced and Returned instead of Accepted and Rejected
    • outcomeState will be be null (not 0) when there is no outcome
    • sortOrder will be a value and not 0

Changes to default scoring for Display, Essay, and Compound items

Available from1911 (approximately November 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

Currently ExamDeveloper the only way to give a user translator permissions is to assign them as Project Manage. This gave them too many permissions that could include editing the original item along with all other items. To avoid this we are enhancing ExamDeveloper so that Translators can create translated items without full permissions to the application. With the enhancement:

  • A new Translate Questions permission is added to the Create Roles page.
  • Project Managers will be able to:
    • Create Translator roles with this new permission and assign it to various users.
    • Create Translate assignments for the translators - who can work on specific translate assignments.
    • Configure email notifications for Translate assignments and allow translators to view their translated (submitted) items.
  • Translators will see a new Translator tab on the ExamDeveloper landing page and a new Translate link under the Develop Questions tab.
    • Translator users will be able to do translation using the Side-by-side translation page similar to what they are currently using.
    • Based on the project settings, translators will have access to their translated items.
  • Translate assignments will work similar to Write, Review, and Validate assignments.
  • After this change Project Managers will not have the ability to perform Translate Side-by-Side from the Manage → Project Bank page. In order to perform the Translate Side-by-Side action, users must be assigned the Translate Question permission and they must be assigned a Translate assignment.

Project Managers' view of Translate assignments:

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Translators' view of Translate assignments:

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Batch Clear Formatting 

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In an Exam publisher, it is most likely that Display, Essay, and Compound items will be unscored. However, when these types are added to an exam, they're marked as 'scored' by default. Therefore, with this change, these item types will be marked as unscored by default when they are added to an exam.

Build QTI: Sort Metadata Key column in Content Balancer

Available from1911 (approximately November 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

Currently, when setting a Content Balancer the metadata keys in the table can not be sorted. With this work, QTI Builder will allow users to sort metadata keys and retain the sorting.

Image Annotation editor: Ability to Zoom in and out

Available from1911 (approximately November 2019)
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

With this change, the Image Annotation canvas editor and Point & Click shape editor will have the ability to Zoom in and out on the images and shapes drawn.

Internet Explorer Support

Available from2001 (approximately January 2020)
Rollout pace 
Last updated 

Starting January 1, 2020 we will no longer support any version of Internet Explorer. You can find more information on the future of Internet Explorer here: Lifecycle FAQ—Internet Explorer and Edge

Enhanced Matching items - Single target

Available from2001 (approximately January 2020)
Rollout pace Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

ExamDeveloper Batch Edit feature will be enhanced with this work. It will have the ability to remove font-face and/or font-size using Batch Edit. There will also be an option to clear formatting through Batch Edit.

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Currently ExamDeveloper requires Enhanced Matching item to contain at least 2 targets when 1 target is supported by Athena. This change allows users to submit Enhanced Matching items with a single token and a single target added to the item.

Changes to project sharing rules for items and cases

Available fromTo be determined
Rollout paceFull rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade
Last updated 

ExamDeveloper will support audio (.mp3, .wav, and .ogg) file types after this work. Users will be able to add these file types to the asset library, and attach them to item content.


In addition, users will be able to configure QTI attributes like - auto_play, auto_loop, loop_available, progress_bar, play_available, etc. for audio and video files in the item content.When an item or case is removed from a project, it is automatically added to the default 'itembank' project, which is not desirable behavior for many managers. We will be changing the rules around item and case sharing so that:

  • Users will not be able to remove an item or case from the current project if it is editable. They will see an error if this is attempted.

  • A user will still be able to make the item or case editable in a new project; doing so will also continue to make the item viewable in the old project.

  • Users will still be able to remove an item or cases from the current project if it is viewable. Furthermore, it will now be possible to remove the item from the default ‘itembank’ project.
  • Making items and cases editable, viewable or removing them from projects will no longer also share them automatically into the default ‘itembank’ project (this will now need to be a manual action.)

Note: this change will have no impact on sharing exams, sections, or collections, etc.

Legacy custom report retirement 

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By introducing the most recent custom report available to Project Managers on the the Manage → Reports page page, we are left with three older custom reports that have now been surpassed and are due for retirement. We will be removing the following three custom reports from ExamDeveloper:

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Project Managers who are still working with these reports should switch to the custom report available at Manage → Reports (in the Custom Reports tab).

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The following JSON data will be exported in an improved format to be consistent with the user interface: 

For metadata:

  • editor will be renamed type.
  • type will show the user interface name (e.g., Dropdown List, Block Text, etc.) instead of a number.
  • appliesTo will be renamed displayOn.
  • displayOn will show the user interface name (e.g., Question, Exam, Asset) instead of a number. 

For review workflow:

  • reviewStateName (e.g., Review 1, Review 2, etc.) will now show the name of the review state.
  • stateName is not populated and so will be removed.

For user tracking information:

  • state will be added (e.g., Draft, Review, Completed, etc.)
  • reviewStateName will be added (e.g., Review 1, Review 2, etc.)
  • stateName is not populated and so will be removed.
  • reviewAction will be added (e.g., Advanced, Returned, etc.)