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Coming soon to ExamDeveloper

Item check-out and real-time item review notifications


Available from

1903 (approximately March 2019)

Rollout pace

Gradual rollout - users may have visibility over several releases

Last updated10-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 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 will be automatically checked-out until the system checks it in as a result of the user doing one of the following:

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

    • Leave the editor page for more than five minutes.

    • User logged out through inactivity.

    • Change the state of the item.

  • On the modify page, the user 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 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 another user.

  • A reviewer will be able to check-out / check-in an item manually on the 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 will be configurable per review state in the 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.)

  • A reviewer 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 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 will need to take this step in order to make the item editable again, since the existing 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 other users’ items in bulk will be available in the manage users area.

Button changes on edit item pages

Available from

1903 (approximately March 2019)

Rollout pace

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

Last updated18-February-2019

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

Examine Question → Modify page 

  • Remove the Reset button
  • Rename the Cancel button to Exit

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

 Add/Edit Case → Write Case Question page 

  • Rename Save changes button to Save
  • Rename Finish case button to Submit All
  • Rename Return to Case button to Exit to Case

Add/Edit Case page

  • Rename Cancel button to Exit
  • Rename Save button to Save All

Reference Editor changes


Available from

1903 (approximately March 2019)

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:

Example of new layout:

QTI Export Enhancements

Available from

1903 and 1904 (approximately March and April 2019)

Rollout pace

Gradual rollout - users may gain visibility over several releases

Last updated18-February-2019

When an Exam QTI is generated from ExamDeveloper, multiple Assessment and Section files are generated. There is one Assessment and one Section file created for each Assessment and Section, respectively. Due to this, a large number of QTI files are generated for an Exam. 

In order to reduce the number of files generated, with this work ExamDeveloper will consolidate Assessment and Section files into single files. After the consolidation, there will be a single Assessment and a single Section file.

With this change, users will have an option to export Delivery Template (DT) itembank items in a separate Itempool file. If users opt to "Generate separate itempool file for DT items" then QTI export will contain additional ItemPool-DT.xml file that will only contain items belonging to DT itembank.

Replacing Point & Click canvas editor

Available from

1905 (approximately May 2019)

Rollout pace

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

Last updated 

The current Point and Click item type in ExamDeveloper has a Shape Editor that is developed using Flash. According to Adobe, they plan to end support for the Flash media player by the end of 2020. As a result, ExamDeveloper is replacing the Shape Editor used in authoring this item type.

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