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Drag and drop question type migration and retirement

 

Available from

1711 (approximately November 2017)

Rollout pace

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

The shape editor in ExamDeveloper's Drag and Drop question type uses Adobe Flash, an end-of-life technology that all major browsers have already begun switching off by default and plan to retire completely by 2020. (Source: https://goo.gl/uXPNLb)

ExamDeveloper already has an alternative, the Enhanced Matching question type, and so we will be migrating existing Drag and Drop questions over to this and retiring Drag and Drop.

  • Existing Drag and Drop questions will be classified as Enhanced Matching questions.

  • The Enhanced Matching editor will need to be used to create and update Drag and Drop questions: this editor looks different than the current shape editor in Drag and Drop and offers some different functionality.

  • Any elliptical or polygonal target shapes drawn in the Drag and Drop shape editor will be redrawn as rectangular targets in Enhanced Matching to ensure they will deliver in our test driver.

  • If using elliptical or polygonal shapes, it is possible to schedule a migration to the Point and Click question type instead, but this must occur before upgrade.


Search label migration and retirement

Available from

To be determined

Rollout pace

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

The search label feature is incomplete functionality in ExamDeveloper: it is only possible to create via the batch edit screen, but is not visible on questions. Using collections overcome these drawbacks and so we will be migrating search labels over to collections and retiring search label functionality.
  • If you are using the search labels feature, in future you should use collections instead.

  • Existing search labels will be converted to collections and the default project manager will be the owner of that collection (e.g. if I have a search label named ‘Review Feb 2017’, then after the change there will be a collection with the name “Search label: Review Feb 2017” containing the same questions that had the search label.


“Move Content To” link retirement

Available from

To be determined

Rollout pace

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

The ‘Move Content To’ link on the manage blueprint screen is incomplete functionality in ExamDeveloper: this functionality does not create an audit trail in the question revision history when used today. Using the batch edit feature does not have this drawback, and is the recommended alternative for users. We will therefore be removing this link from the manage blueprint screen.

  • If you are using the ‘Move Content To’ link in the Manage -> Blueprints area, use batch edit to search for questions in a blueprint area and move the content to a new blueprint area here instead.


Treating case lead-in text as a question

Available from

To be determined

Rollout pace

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

Case lead-in text is intimately linked with the case, but this makes it difficult to define whether a case is a question type, a grouping of question, an exam section or a supporting display exhibit, which make cases near-impossible to enhance and maintain without impacting other areas of the application.

We are taking steps to define and separate the individual components that make up a case, so that we can deliver some additional case enhancements in future. The first of these changes will be to separate the lead-in text from the case, so that it is treated as a display-only question type that is attached to a case (as other question types are today).

  • New and existing case lead-in text will be treated as a display-type question with its own history and Question ID (and ability to set metadata, enemies, blueprints, etc.).

  • It will remain attached to the case, editable via the same windows, and deliverable to candidates in the same way.

  • Case enemies will be removed and migrated to the display-type exhibit question that gets created during the migration. Exams will continue to check for exhibit enemies when saving.


Changes to the way revision numbers are incremented

Available from

To be determined

Rollout pace

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

In order to ensure we can support larger item bank in the application, we are refactoring the way revisions are stored in the database. As part of this change, we have an opportunity to change the way that question revision numbers are incremented, as they are currently randomly set by the application whenever a new question revision is created

We will be moving to a more user-friendly system, which increments the question revision number by one each time a new revision is created, rather than assigning a random number.

  • When nothing is changed about a question and a user submits, a new revision will not be created (i.e. the system will no longer create duplicate revisions)

  • New questions will have a logical revision number that indicates the iteration of the question, starting at one and increasing by one each time a new revision is created.

  • Existing questions will no longer get a random revision number, but will start to increment by one each time a new revision is created (e.g. if the latest revision number of a question is 133905, the next revision number will be 133906 after this change)

  • Existing revision numbers will not be altered.


Improved user interface on the question history tab

Available from

To be determined

Rollout pace

Partial rollout - only the Examine questions page will show change initially

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