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Sharing Tests with Other Instructors

If you have developed tests that you would like to share with other instructors, you can export the tests and question pools by themselves, without any other course content.

Exporting Your Tests

  1. From the Control Panel, go to Packages and Utilities, and select Export/Archive Course
  2. Click the Export button to go to the Export Course page.
  3. In the Select Course Materials section, put a check next to Tests Surveys and Pools
    • If you also check both the Grade Center Columns and Settings and the Content Area where they are posted for students, it will also also export links to your tests, along with the deployment settings that you used (dates available, date due, time allowed, etc).

      However, it also copies all the other files in that Content Area, as well as all your gradebook columns, reducing your ability to share only the tests and question pools. If you have added a content area to the course menu specifically for your tests, then that will prevent any additional content from being copied, but may still include other Grade Center columns.

  4. Click Submit - Ted should confirm that it has started creating the archive: Success: This action has been queued. An email will be sent when the process is complete

  5. When you receive the confirmation email (with the subject "Export: [course_id]"), you can return to the Packages and Utilities > Export/Archive Course page. There you will see a link to the archive (.zip file) containing the exported tests - click the link to download the archive: Table with two rows and a column for each export. First column File Name contains link to ExportFile_course_id_timestamp.zip

Importing Into Another Class

You can then share that .zip file with anyone who wants to use the tests, who can then import it into their class:

  1. From the Control Panel, go to Packages and Utilities, and select Import Package / View Logs.
  2. Click the Import Package button
  3. Next to Select a Package, find the archive file on your computer
  4. Under Select Course Materials, select Tests, Surveys, and Pools, and click Submit.

It will send an email confirming the tests have been imported.

Posting the Imported Tests

The instructor can then post the tests to the Content Areas to assign them to students. You may prefer to add a content area to the course menu called "Tests" or "Assessments", and post the tests there.

  1. From the content area where you want to post a link to the test, go to the Create Assessment menu and selectTest
  2. In the Add Test box, all the tests that were just imported will be listed. Select a test, and click Submit
  3. The next page will offer all the options about how the test should be visible to students (Title, whether it's available, when students can see it, what should be advertised as the Due Date, and so on). Once you click Submit here, the test will be added to the content area.

Creating New Tests from Question Pools

The new class also receives all the pools of questions, allowing the instructor to delete the existing tests and create new ones using your question pools.

When you create a test and are editing the test's questions, next to the Create Question menu is a Reuse Questionmenu:

heading level 2: Reuse Questions link reveals the menu options

Each one of these options will let you select questions from a question pool (or previous tests) in your class to add to the test.

  • Find Questions is for when all questions must be answered by all students;
  • Question Set presents all the questions available, and lets you select which ones to include the set - put a checkmark next to the questions to use, and click Submit.
  • Random Block gives you search options; as you specify which sources to draw from and types of questions to use, it displays them on the screen. Once the search reflects the questions you want to include, click Submit.

For both the Question Set and the Random Block, you can then decide how many of the questions should be seen by each student, and how many points should be awarded per question. Displaying, for example, 5 out of 10 questions for each student can ensure that no two students can share answers with one another, or allow a student to take the test multiple times and see new questions each time.