Exam Features in BetterExaminations

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Overview

BetterExaminations is an online examination software integrated with UWindsor's directory that automatically syncs all courses and students to the site. The software has a plethora of question types and can serve as an alternative to Blackboard's assessment tool for instructors who are looking for more advanced and customizable questions. This wiki article will cover all feature types in BetterExaminations, how to create them, how to combine features with questions, and important considerations when constructing features.

Accessing BetterExaminations

To access BetterExaminations, go to https://uwindsorca.on.betterexaminations.com/ and it should automatically log you in using the University of Windsor's Single Sign On (SSO).

Alternatively, you can login to Blackboard by going to https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/ and navigate to your course, then go to Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Better Exams to launch the software in a new browser window.

Creating a Feature

To create a feature in BetterExaminations:

  1. Click the Create new Question button to start creating a new question.  
  2. Enter a title for the feature. 
  3. You can change the question display properties by clicking on the Settings icon and choose a layout from the available six formats.  
  4. In the details menu, you can set the status of the questions and scoring type.  
  5. Once you have adjusted the questions settings, click “Add new” to open the questions/features menu. 
  6. In the Features tab, you can select a feature type from a list of 9 feature types. 
  7. Select the question you would like to create to launch the question creation window.

  To add features from a question bank in BetterExaminations:

  1. Click the “Add from Question Bank” button to add previously created questions in the course. 
  2. In this menu, you search for a feature by its title or click the down pointing arrow for more filter options, such as by content, type, tags, etc.
  3. Can also click the Sort button to change the sorting type to by last updated, creation date, and alphabetical.
  4. To view more results, click the Next button to navigate to additional pages(if applicable).
  5. Once you have found the features you would like to add, check the box to the left of the feature name to select it.
  6. When you are done selecting questions, click the Add n Question(s) button (where n is the number of selected questions) to add the selected questions to the exam.

Note: Creating any questions/features in a course will automatically add those questions to the course question bank. Questions/features in the course question bank can be used for future exams in the course.

Editing/Deleting a Question/Feature

To edit a question in BetterExaminations:

  1. Click the question/feature title to launch the edit window.
  2. Hover over the right side of the question/feature text and click the pencil icon to launch the question in edit mode.
  3. Once you are done making changes, click Save. 

To delete a question/feature in BetterExaminations:

  1. Click the question/feature title to launch the edit window.
  2. Hover over the right side of the question/feature text and click the Garbage can icon and click Confirm? to delete the question/feature.

Features

Protractor

The protractor tool can be provided as a feature on its own or more appropriately, as a feature added to a math question where students are required to calculate an angle. The tool can be dragged around the question screen if it is provided as a feature added to a question.

  1. You can add Image alternative text to the tool, add a Label to the image and modify the Width (px), and Height (px) of the tool.
  2. You can also toggle the Button functionality to be able to assign an image/text to the tool to be able minimize/maximize the tool. To customize the button icon, either enter text in the Button icon section or click the blue Edit under the Button icon section.
  3. You can toggle the Show rotate icon button to show/hide the orange rotate button to the left of the protractor.
Steps 1-3


4. To preview the tool, click the Preview button. Once you are done making changes, click Save.
Step 4


Ruler

The ruler tool can be provided as a feature on its own or more appropriately, as a feature added to a math question where students are required to measure a parameter on a graph/image. The tool can be dragged around the question screen if it is provided as a feature added to a question.

  1. You can add Image alternative text to the tool, add a Label to the image and modify the Width (px), and Height (px) of the tool.
  2. You can also toggle the Button functionality to be able to assign an image/text to the tool to be able minimize/maximize the tool. To customize the button icon, either enter text in the Button icon section or click the blue Edit under the Button icon section.
  3. You can toggle the Show rotate icon button to show/hide the orange rotate button to the left of the protractor.
Steps 1-3


4. To preview the tool, click the Preview button. Once you are done making changes, click Save.
Step 4


Imagetool

The Imagetool feature can be provided as a feature on its own or more appropriately, as a feature added to any question type to aid students in responding to a question or to help formulate an appropriate response. The tool works similarly to the Protractor and Ruler tool, as it can be dragged around and rotated. The reason why you would want to use this feature as opposed to the other two, is if you want to upload a custom image.

  1. Under the Image URL section, click the blue EDIT button to upload an image or host an image from an external website.
  2. You can add Image alternative text to the tool, add a Label to the image and modify the Width (px), and Height (px) of the tool.
  3. You can also toggle the Button functionality to be able to assign an image/text to the tool to be able minimize/maximize the tool. To customize the button icon, either enter text in the Button icon section or click the blue Edit under the Button icon section.
  4. You can toggle the Show rotate icon button to show/hide the orange rotate button to the left of the protractor.
Steps 1-4


5. To preview the tool, click the Preview button. Once you are done making changes, click Save.
Step 5


Scientific Calculator

The scientific calculator tool can be used to assist students on math questions. The feature is best provided in conjunction with math questions.

Note: You don't need to provide this feature in an exam or a specific question if you have already provided the tool under Exam Tools when scheduling the exam.

  1. You can specify the type of the calculator under Mode. The available options are Scientific and Basic.
  2. To change the measurement unit for the calculator, click the drop-down under Default Unit. The available options are " ", Radian and Degree.
Steps 1 & 2


3. To preview the tool, click the Preview button. Once you are done making changes, click Save.
Step 3


Calculator

Audio Player

Passage

Video Player

Line Reader

Relevant Resources

For more information on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following resources:

  • For an instructor quick start guide on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following instructor press book.

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