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.

IMPORTANT: Features on their own cannot be assigned a grade based on use. They are merely tools to be used in conjunction with questions to aid students in the exam taking process. If you would like to assign a grade to a feature, you must attach a question to the feature. To clarify, the scoring of a question and feature combination will be done based on the correct answer for the attached question and not the use of the feature itself.

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 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.

Adding a Feature To a Question

In BetterExaminations, you can add a feature to a question to be used as a stimulus for context or as a tool to aid students attempting certain questions.

To add a feature to a question or vice versa, do the following:

  1. In the exam tab, click the question/feature title to launch the edit window.
  2. In the edit window, click the large + icon under the created feature/question to begin creating a new question/feature.
  3. Follow the question creation process and once you are done making changes, click Save.

Features

The following section demonstrates the creation process for all features and considerations when creating the different features. Please refer to the attached screenshots for clarity on any of the steps or options.

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.
"Protractor menu"
Steps 1-3


4. To preview the tool, click the Preview button. Once you are done making changes, click Save.
"Save and preview buttons"
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.
"Ruler menu"
Steps 1-3


4. To preview the tool, click the Preview button. Once you are done making changes, click Save.
"Save and preview buttons"
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.
"Imagetool menu"
Steps 1-4


5. To preview the tool, click the Preview button. Once you are done making changes, click Save.
"Save and preview buttons"
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 on 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.
"Scientific calculator menu"
Steps 1 & 2


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


Calculator

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

Note: You don't need to provide this feature on a specific question if you have already provided this tool or the scientific calculator 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. Once you have selected Basic under Mode, you will not have the option to change the measurement unit for the calculator. Instead, you can choose to toggle the Extended option to provide more functionality such as square roots on the basic calculator.

Note: It is recommended you provide a scientific calculator as opposed to the basic one, as the former has the same functionality, plus extra functions.

"Calculator menu"
Steps 1 & 2


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


Audio Player

The audio player tool can be used to assist students on short answer and essay questions by providing more context to the question. The feature is best provided in conjunction with essay type questions as well as audio/video recorder type questions. You can upload your own audio files or use audio hosted on an external website.

  1. Click the blue ADD button to upload an audio file or provide a URL for an audio file hosted on an external website to embed it.
  2. You can specify the Player type, set a Playback limit, add a Heading, and provide a Description, if desired.
"Audio player menu"
Steps 1 & 2


3. Click More options to change additional settings. Under UI settings, you can change Playback options, change the Layout of the feature, and add a Waveform image.
4. Under Extras, you can add a Transcript and specify a File format for the transcript.
"Audio player more options menu"
Steps 3 & 4


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


Passage

The passage tool allows you to insert a highlightable block of text that can be used for various questions (essay type questions, math problems, and chemistry questions).

  1. You can add a Heading to the passage, and construct the passage by inserting text in the Contents field.
  2. Under More options, you can enter a Flesch-Kincaid grade for the text, assign a Lexile reading level and toggle whether or not you would like to Enable paginated content to add additional text fields.
"Passage menu"
Steps 1 & 2


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


Video Player

The video player tool can be used to assist students on short answer and essay questions by providing more context to the question. The feature is best provided in conjunction with essay type questions as well as audio/video recorder type questions. You can upload your own video files or use videos hosted on an external website, such as YouTube/Vimeo/Brightcove.

  1. Select the video platform by clicking Video type and selecting the appropriate option from the drop-down. Once selected, upload the video by clicking ADD or provide the Source URL if you are embedding a video hosted on another platform.
  2. You can also provide a Heading for the video as we well as provide a Summary, if desired.
  3. Under More options, you can change the embedded video dimensions.
  4. Under Extras, you can add a Transcript.
"Video player menu"
Steps 1-4


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


Line Reader

The line reader tool allows users to drag and drop a resizable line reader to view one line/ several lines at a time while blocking out the rest of the text. This tool is best used in conjunction with questions that contain large amounts of text, to help aid students who have difficulty focusing which line they were last reading.

  1. Make sure to toggle the Button and Initial visibility options.
"Line reader menu"
Step 1


2. To preview the tool, click the Preview button. Once you are done making changes, click Save.
"Save and preview buttons"
Step 2


Relevant Resources

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