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Branching configurations in a review workflow

Available from1812 1901 (approximately December 2018January 2019)
Rollout paceGradual rollout - users will have visibility over several releases
Last updated 

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  • ‘Accept’ and ‘Reject’ will be renamed ‘Advance’ and ‘Return’ respectively, in order to indicate the direction that an item is travelling through the workflow.
  • For each review state, project managers will be able to configure the ‘outcomes’ that are available to the reviewer when they decide to advance or return an item, for example:
    • Allowing reviewers to skip a state when advancing a question (to other review states, validate, complete and obsolete).

    • Restricting the reviewer to a specific state or states when returning a question; or offer no ability to return a question.

    • Requiring a reviewer to add a comment when advancing a question.

    • Configuring whether the reviewer should decide to retain statistics or not (i.e., automatically retain them without offering the choice.)

  • If multiple reviewers are required to advance or return a question, then the last reviewer required to trigger the state change will continue to choose the outcome.
  • A reviewer will be able to modify a question during review and save their changes without that modification automatically counting as advancing the question.
  • Question history  / user tracking will reflect the outcomes and path that a question took through the review workflow at the time, even if the project’s review workflow configuration is modified later.
  • The user tracking tab will continue to reflect the review workflow in the order that it is sequenced, meaning:
    • If an outcome returns a question to a previous state in the workflow, then user tracking is reset back to the new state.
    • If an outcome advances a question through the workflow, and a state is skipped, then the latest question revision will show that skipped state as ‘Not reviewed’.
  • Existing review workflow configurations will continue to behave as they currently do, but can be updated to take advantage of the new functionality.

  

Rich Text Editor upgrade

 

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Available from

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Gradual rollout - users will have visibility over several releases

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We are enhancing the Rich Text editor in ExamDeveloper to the latest version. We will also be streamlining the editor to allow only the HTML elements that are supported by the Pearson VUE test drivers. The upgrade will not only result in enhanced user experience with content authoring, it will also lead to UI being more consistent with content rendering in Pearson VUE test drivers.

The editor is used to author Metadata (Block Text), Comments, Item contents (Stem and responses), References and Cases. Upgrade will be gradual, starting in 1809, first feature to roll out with the upgraded editor will be Metadata (Block Text).

For more details on the supported HTML elements and changes see the Rich Text Editor Upgrade topic.

Ability to save and export alt attribute for Assets

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Today ExamDeveloper does not allow users to save the description (alt attribute of <img> tag) for assets. This change allows content authors to save the description for Assets in ExamDeveloper that will eventually be part of the QTI export. This change will help in creating exams that are accessibility friendly.

Ability to convert single quotes into apostrophe in QTI Builder

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Content created in MS-Word with an apostrophe (') is 'smart'-converted to a left or right single quote character ( and ). On pasting this content in ExamDeveloper, these characters are carried forward as lsquo (&#8216;) and rsquo (&#8217;). Athena wraps content containing quote characters mid-word making letters after the quote e.g., ’s move to the next line. This change introduces an ability to convert the single quote characters into an apostrophe character while generating QTI. 

Ability to add Multiple Timer warnings on an Exam

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Athena supports Multiple timer warnings for a form or section, but ExamDeveloper can only configure 1 at present. This change allows the Duration element in the QTI Builder to allow for more than 1 Trigger Duration and reduces manual work from Test Publishing. Multiple trigger Duration element can be added to both form and section Durations.

Ability to add MinItemsPresented scoring model for Forms and Sections

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Available from

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Athena supports MinItemsPresented scoring model for CAT Exams, which is currently not an option in ExamDeveloper. This change allows users to add MinItemsPresented scoring model for an exam in the QTI Builder, and reduces manual work. MinItemsPresented scoring model can be added to both form and section Durations.

Ability to Search on Manage Item Bank - Add Content - Sections

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Available from

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Add/Remove content feature, available through Manage Item Bank screen, does not allow users to filter sections fulfilling certain criteria thus restricting its use. As a result, we intend to bring search on Section name functionality for Sections similar to Add Sections tab on Create/Edit Exam page.

  • The change makes it possible to search for Sections on Add/Remove content screen.
  • It will not be possible to save a search with certain criteria.

 "Feedback" feature is being removed

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Available from

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Currently ExamDeveloper has "Feedback" link to provide ability to get feedback. We are retiring this feature as it is not widely used.

 

Ability to move Return modal pop-up

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Currently when Reviewers and Approvers are rejecting an item, they can not move the modal pop-up in which rejection Comment is entered. This modal covers the item content making it hard to provide the comments. With this work, they will be able to drag and move Reject / Return modal pop-up around.

QTI Builder - Ability to duplicate Sections

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Currently ExamDeveloper does not allow users to create a duplicate of a Section while creating Exams. With this enhancement, users will be able to create a copy of an existing Section to save time when they want to build multiple Sections with the exact same configuration.

QTI Builder - DT items set as unscored by default

 

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1812 (approximately December 2018)

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Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

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Bulk remove Exhibits & change Split-screen Configuration

 

Available from

1901 (approximately January 2019)

Rollout pace

Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Currently it is possible to add Exhibits through Batch Edit and not bulk remove them. With this work, Batch Edit feature is being enhanced to allow ability to 

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  • Change Split-screen exhibits configuration in bulk 

Remove “Feedback” feature

 

Item check-out and near real-time notifications

Available from

1901 1902 (approximately January February 2019)

Rollout pace

Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of upgrade

Currently ED has a configurable Feedback link which is not used much. It is getting removed to make way for more useful features in future. 

Item check-out

 

Available from

To be determined

Rollout pace

Gradual rollout - users may have visibility over several releases

Last updated 10-January-2019

Whenever a user starts editing an item today in ExamDeveloper, that item is automatically ‘checked out’ (or ‘locked’) so that no other users can make modifications.

We will be are enhancing this mechanism so that reviewers and project managers can manually check-out an item for a fixed period of time, preventing it from being edited by others (even while they are logged out.)

  • Only one user can check out an item at any point in time; while checked-out, no other user can edit it (but they can still add comments.)

  • When an existing item is opened for modification, it is will be automatically checked-out until the system checks it in as a result of the user doing one of the following:

  • Saving
    • Save their changes and are redirected away from the modify page.

  • Leaving
    • Leave the

  • modify
    • editor page for more than five minutes.

  • Getting
    • User logged out through inactivity.

    • Change the state of the item.

  • On the Modify modify page, the user is will be able to see that they hold the check-out for that item.

  • When another user tries to edit a checked-out item, they get will receive an error telling them who holds the check-out.

  • Users on the Review, Validate or Examine questions page will receive notifications in near real-time when the item they are viewing is checked out or in by the other another user.

  • A reviewer is will be able to check-out / check-in an item manually on the Review review questions page:

    • This is performed on an item-by-item basis.

    • A reviewer can only check-in items they have checked-out.

    • Enabling/disabling reviewer check-out

  • is
    • will be configurable per review state in the

  • project configuration.Manual check-outs persist beyond saving the item, leaving the page, or logging out,
    • project’s review configuration, and can be configured to last for a day, week or month before the system automatically checks them back in (the reviewer will receive an email notification the day before this occurs.)

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  • A reviewer is will also be able to see how many other reviewers are viewing the same item as them on the review questions page - updated in near real-time - even if they don’t have the check-out.

  • A project manager is will be able to check-out / check-in an item manually on the examine questions page:

    • They are not bound to any time limit like reviewers are.

    • They can check-in any other users’ items from this page, and

  • do not have
    • will need to take this step in order to make the item editable again, since the existing

  • pop-up
    • popup overrides in other areas of the system will be removed.

  • All manual check-outs will persist beyond logout until the period configured, but check-in still automatically occurs when saving an item in an edit screen or changing its state.

  • A new page for the project manager to view and check-in another other users’ items in bulk may also become will be available in the future.manage users area.

Button changes on edit item pages

Available from

1902 or 1903 (approximately February or March 2019)

Rollout pace

Full rollout - users will have immediate visibility as a result of the upgrade

Last updated 

We are making some changes to the existing button on our Edit Question pages, to streamline some existing functionality and terminology:

 Review Question  Modify page

  • Remove the Reset button
  • Remove the Finish Later button
  • Rename the Cancel button to Exit
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Examine Question → Modify page 

  • Remove the Rest button
  • Rename the Cancel button to Exit
    Image Added

Develop Question → Write Question page

  • Remove the Revert changes button
  • Rename the Save changes button to Save
  • Rename the Save and Finish Later button to Save and Exit
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 Add/Edit Case → Write Question page 

  • Rename Save changes button to Save
  • Rename Finish case button to Submit All
  • Rename Return to Case button to Exit to Case
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Add/Edit Case page

  • Rename Cancel button to Exit
  • Rename Save button to Save All
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Reference editor changes

 

Available from

To be determined

Rollout pace

Gradual rollout - users may gain visibility over several releases

Last updated 

This change enhances the overall layout and alignment of the reference editor, as well as allows users to add up to 15,000 characters to the existing Item/Key/Distractor ‘component’ field (up from 100 characters.)

Example of existing layout:

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Example of new layout:

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