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=Overview=
 
=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 scoring methods in BetterExaminations, how to use them, considerations for using particular methods, and which question types the scoring methods are to be used for.
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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 scoring methods in BetterExaminations, how to use them, considerations for using particular methods, and which question types the scoring methods are to be used for. Questions that require these alternate scoring methods are '''Math''' and '''Chemistry''' type questions.
  
 
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=Scoring Methods Comparison=
 
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| !scope="col" style="text-align: center; font-weight: bold;border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | Scoring Method
 
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | equivSymbolic
 
| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | equivSymbolic
| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/portal-create-screen-recording Recording using Stream]
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| rowspan="1" | The equivSymbolic scoring method checks that the entered value is symbolically equivalent.  
Recordings can be created using Stream's built-in video recorder. All recorded videos are automatically uploaded to Stream under '''My Content'''.
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| rowspan="1" | [https://filmora.wondershare.com/youtube-video-editing/record-screen-and-upload-to-youtube.html#:~:text=Part%202%3A%20How%20to%20Record%20Screen%20Online%20in%20YouTube&text=Go%20to%20Live%20Streaming%20and,on%20Air%20page%20will%20open. Recording using YouTube Studio ]
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Can create recordings using YouTube Content Studio's '''Go Live Now''' feature.  
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'''Note:''' Video privacy settings must be set to either Private or Unlisted to prevent the video from being viewed publicly.  
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'''Ex.''' Given that the answer to a question is 50, then 25x2 is accepted, 500/10, 5000%, etc.  
| rowspan="1" | You can record with '''YuJa''' by downloading and using desktop software or by using a web browser recorder. <br />
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
* [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360042295893-Creating-a-Recording-with-the-Software-Capture-for-PC-Application Creating a Recording with the Software Capture for PC Application ]<br />
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| rowspan="1" | Significant decimal places, Allow interval, Ignore text, Compare sides, Treat 'e' as Euler's number, Allow decimal marks, Treat all letters as variables.
* [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/1500000335021-Overview-of-the-Software-Capture-for-Apple-Application#downloading-the-software-capture-for-apple-application-0-0 Creating a Recording with the Software Capture for Apple application]
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* [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360046033333-Using-the-Browser-Capture-Studio Creating a recording using the browser capture studio recorder].
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info. 
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/equivsymbolic-scoring-method/ equivSymbolic documentation page]
 
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | equivLiteral
 
| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | equivLiteral
| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/portal-upload-video Uploading Videos to Stream]
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| rowspan="1" | The equivLiteral method checks that an expression is literally equal to the answer set. Both expressions should have the same form, order, elements, and values. Meaning the answer provided by the student must match exactly with the specified answer.  
Supports uploading of video and audio files. For a full list of supported file types view the [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-ca/stream/input-audio-video-formats-codecs Microsoft Stream formats and codecs] article.
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| rowspan="1" | [https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en Uploading Videos to YouTube]
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Only supports video files. A list of supported file types can be found on the [https://support.google.com/youtube/troubleshooter/2888402 YouTube help page].
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| rowspan="1" | [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041319034-Uploading-Media Uploading Media to YuJa]
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Supports documents, audio files and video files. For a full list of supported file types, refer to the [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360041319034-Uploading-Media#monitoring-uploads-0-2 Monitoring Uploads] section of the YuJa support article. 
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" |equivValue
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/portal-share-video Sharing Videos using Stream]
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Can share videos by providing a direct link or by emailing select users. Can edit permissions to restrict access to specific users/groups or to all users enrolled in the university.
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'''Note:''' Can only share videos with users who have a valid UWindsor email address. Currently no way to share videos to users outside the university.
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'''Ex.''' tan(x)= sin(x)/cos(x)
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57741?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en Sharing Videos and Channels using YouTube]
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
Public access is available for all videos shared on the site, unless the video is set to unlisted or private. To share unlisted/private videos the user must provide a direct link to the video.
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| rowspan="1" | [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045798873-Sharing-Media#sharing-media-0-0 Sharing Videos using YuJa]  
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[https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360046800934-Publishing-Media-to-the-Media-Channels Publishing Videos to Course Channels]
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[http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Chemistry Chemistry questions]
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| rowspan="1" | Ignore order, Inverse result.
  
All media types can be shared by providing a direct link found in the '''Links''' menu accessed from the '''More''' menu item visible when hovering over the video.  
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.  
 
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/equivliteral-scoring-method/ equivLiteral documentation page]
Alternatively, instructors can also choose to publish uploaded media to their course channel (created when activating YuJa from a Blackboard course site by adding the YuJa tool to course menu) or to shared university channels where user has permissions.  For main YuJa channels (e.g. All Instructors, All Students, Library) content can added (where appropriate) upon request through a Service Request at http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp and indicate YuJa channel in description.
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" |Embedding Media in Blackboard
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" |equivValue
| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Adding_Embedded_Microsoft_Stream_Videos_to_Blackboard#Add_Stream_Video_to_Blackboard_Content_Area Adding a Stream Web Link to a Blackboard Content Area]
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| rowspan="1" | equivValue compares numerical values that may be represented in different ways. equivValue will evaluate the expression to a numerical form for comparison.
  
Can Embed videos using the Blackboard '''Web Link''' tool or by pasting the html embed code using the '''Source Code''' tool in the text editor.  
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'''Ex.''' 700g=0.7kg
| rowspan="1" | [https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Original/Course_Content/Create_Content/Create_Course_Materials/Add_Files_Images_Audio_and_Video#add-audio-and-media-files-in-the-editor_OTP-4 Embedding YouTube Videos in Blackboard]
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
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| rowspan="1" | Tolerance, Inverse result, Significant decimal places
  
Videos can be embedded using the '''Web Link''' tool or by using the '''Add Content''' tool (plus sign) in the text editor and selecting ''YouTube Video'' to search for a YouTube video based on title or link.  
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.  
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360050931634-Adding-a-Video-to-a-Blackboard-Assignment-Submission#adding-a-video-to-the-blackboard-assignment-submission-0-2 Embedding Videos in Blackboard using YuJa Media Chooser]
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/equivvalue-scoring-method/ equivValue documentation page]
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" |isSimplified
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| rowspan="1" | The isSimplified method checks if a value is in its most simplified version. The method does not take any value and is most commonly used in conjunction with ''equivSymbolic''.
  
YuJa videos can be shared using the '''Web Link''' tool by providing a direct link or by using the '''Add Content''' tool (plus sign) in the text editor and selecting ''YuJa Media Chooser'' and selecting a video from the list of videos uploaded to '''My Media'''.
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'''Ex.''' 4/6 must be in the form 2/3 to be accepted as a correct answer.
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| rowspan="1" |  [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
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| rowspan="1" | Allow decimal marks
  
Videos can also be inserted by selecting the '''Yuja Media Chooser''' tool found under '''Build Content'''. This method of embedding is the exact same as inserting via the text editor. Both methods embed the video as an item.
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.  
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/issimplified-scoring-method/ isSimplified documentation page]
 
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" |Editing Videos
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" |isFactorised
| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/portal-edit-trim Trim Videos in Stream]
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| rowspan="1" | The isFactorised scoring method checks that a mathematical expression is in its factorized form. The method can handle polynomials up to degree 2, with a single variable (x/y). Make sure to specify the '''Field''' box to the appropriate factorised expression (''integer, real numbers, complex numbers'') . The method does not take any value and is most commonly used in conjunction with ''equivSymbolic''.
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'''''*Limited Functionality'''''
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Can only trim videos.
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'''Ex.''' 9x^2-16 = (3x+4)(3x-4)
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9057455?hl=en Trim Videos using YouTube Studio ]
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
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| rowspan="1" | Allow thousands separator
  
'''''*Limited Functionality'''''
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.  
 
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/isfactorised-scoring-method/ isFactorised documentation page]
Can only trim videos.
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| rowspan="1" | [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360045477574-Video-Editor-Overview#video-editor-overview-0-0 YuJa Video Editor Documentation]
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'''''*Extended Feature Set beyond trimming'''''
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Offers a variety of editing tools. Only available via browser.
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | Downloading Media
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | isExpanded
| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/portal-download-video Download Microsoft Stream videos]
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| rowspan="1" | The isExpanded scoring method checks that an expression is in its most expanded form. isExpanded doesn’t take any value and is most commonly used in conjunction with ''equivSymbolic''.
  
Can restrict download capability in admin settings. Refer to the [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/default-video-permissions Set the default video upload permissions] help article.  
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'''Ex.''' 4(x+2) = 4x+8
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6308116?hl=en#zippy=%2Cdownload-videos-to-watch-offline Download Videos to Watch Offline]
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
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| rowspan="1" | Allow thousands separator
  
'''''*Limited'''''
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.
 
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/isexpanded-scoring-method/ isExpanded documentation page]
Requires the YouTube app and a paid subscription to YouTube Premium to download videos.  
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| rowspan="1" | [https://youtu.be/2fkBxHgP6g4 Downloading Media with YuJa Video]
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Download permission settings can be adjusted in the '''Download''' menu.
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | Live Streaming Functionality
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" |isUnit
| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/live-event-overview Live events in Microsoft Stream]
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| rowspan="1" | The isUnit scoring method is used for unit comparison and checks if the expression has the expected units in it. The isUnit method is commonly used in conjunction with ''equivValue''.
 
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Can host scheduled interactive live events in Microsoft [https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/produce-a-teams-live-event-using-an-external-app-or-device-b0026c9d-fd37-4bb3-bffc-6961f221fbe9?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us Teams] or [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/live-event-overview#get-started Stream].
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| rowspan="1" | [https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2474026?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en Get started live streaming]
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'''''*Not Recommended'''''
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No way to restrict users from outside the university from accessing the live session.''
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| rowspan="1" | [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043245733-Watching-a-Live-Stream Live sessions in YuJa]
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Live interactive sessions can be organized using the '''YuJa Software Capture''' application for PC/Mac (no browser support).  
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'''Ex.''' 25mg
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
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| rowspan="1" | Inverse result
  
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/isunit-scoring-method/ isUnit documentation page]
 
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | Embedding Quizzes in Videos
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | isTrue
| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/stream/add-forms Add a survey, poll, or quiz to a Microsoft Stream video ]
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| rowspan="1" | The isTrue scoring method checks that an expression has a comparison or equality, that is true; mainly used with Boolean operators. This method does not accept any value. When used alone, it will validate any mathematical expression that is true.
  
'''''*Not recommended''''' as feature is not integrated into Blackboard.
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'''Ex.''' 27 = 27 or 42 > 12
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
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| rowspan="1" | Allow thousands separator
  
Manual columns must be created in Blackboards Grade Center to record attempts.
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.
| rowspan="1" | N/A
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/istrue-scoring-method/ isTrue documentation page]
| rowspan="1" | [https://uwindsor.yuja.com/V/Video?v=343802&node=1270806&a=1294919990&autoplay=1 Using Video Quizzes]
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Direct LTI Integration. Attempts are automatically synced to LMS Gradebook (Blackboard Grade Center).
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | Accessibility & Video Player Options
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | stringMatch
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/make-your-stream-videos-accessible-to-people-with-disabilities-c2f0ba69-3bb2-4d7d-af44-6734beb52ba0 Make your Stream videos accessible]
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| rowspan="1" | The stringMatch scoring method is used for literal string comparison. This compares the value set by authors in validation against a student's response, and evaluates if the two values are the same. stringMatch is a simple comparison method, and it does not take the syntax and data type that's set in the validation area into account.
  
Autogenerates captions. Feature can be toggled on/off when uploading videos or in the '''Update Video Details''' menu.
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'''Ex.''' 5 =  5 ''(multiple spaces included)'
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6373554?hl=en Accessibility Options]
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
  
Features auto-captioning for uploaded videos and auto-captioning for live streams hosted on the site.
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[http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Chemistry Chemistry questions]
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360048783614-Accessibility-Features-in-the-Media-Player#accessibility-features-in-the-media-player-0-0 Accessibility Features in the Media Player]
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| rowspan="1" | Ignore leading and trailing spaces, Treat multiple spaces as one, Inverse result
  
[https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360050257613-Using-the-Media-Player#using-the-media-player-0-0 Using the Media Player]
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.
 
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/stringmatch-scoring-method/ stringMatch documentation page]
Provides a number of accessibility features such as auto-captioning, re-adjustable caption bar and many others.
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | Analytics
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| !scope="row" rowspan="1" style="font-weight: bold; border-width: 2px;border-color: #000000;" | DRAFT [equivSyntax]
| rowspan="1" | N/A
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| rowspan="1" | The equivSyntax scoring method compares a LaTeX string against a syntax pattern specified in the validation settings.
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9002587?hl=en#zippy= YouTube Studio analytics]
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Reports general audience, watch time, real-time activity and much more.
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This method is a purely syntactic check and is unaffected by numeric values. equivSyntax is used as a supporting method in combination with ''equivSymbolic'' and ''equivValue'' to constrain possible response options.  
| rowspan="1" | [https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043303554-Content-Analytics Content Analytics]
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| rowspan="1" | [http://mediawikibe.uwindsor.ca/wiki/index.php/Question_Types_in_BetterExaminations#Math Math questions]
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| rowspan="1" | Ignore text, Rule
  
Provides a number of useful statistics such as user access, access date, access platform and many more.  
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Refer to the '''Resources''' column for more info.
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| rowspan="1" | [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/equivsyntax-scoring-method/ equivSyntax documentation page]
 
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=Relevant Resources=
 
=Relevant Resources=
 
For more information on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following resources:
 
For more information on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following resources:
 
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<!--* For an instructor quick start guide on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following [https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/uwindsorbe/ instructor press book]. -->
* For an instructor quick start guide on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following [https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/uwindsorbe/ instructor press book].
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*For additional documentation on all question types, please refer to the official [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/ BetterExaminations help page].
 
*For additional documentation on all question types, please refer to the official [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/ BetterExaminations help page].
  
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*For additional documentation on all scoring methods, please refer to the official [https://docs.betterexaminations.com/betterexaminations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/scoring-methods-overview/ BetterExaminations scoring methods overview ].
 
*For instructional BetterExaminations videos, click the following link <'''LINK'''>.
 
*For instructional BetterExaminations videos, click the following link <'''LINK'''>.
  

Latest revision as of 17:00, 10 November 2021

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 scoring methods in BetterExaminations, how to use them, considerations for using particular methods, and which question types the scoring methods are to be used for. Questions that require these alternate scoring methods are Math and Chemistry type questions.

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.

Scoring Methods Comparison

Comparison
Scoring Method Description Applicable Question Types Additional Scoring Options Resources
equivSymbolic The equivSymbolic scoring method checks that the entered value is symbolically equivalent.

Ex. Given that the answer to a question is 50, then 25x2 is accepted, 500/10, 5000%, etc.

Math questions Significant decimal places, Allow interval, Ignore text, Compare sides, Treat 'e' as Euler's number, Allow decimal marks, Treat all letters as variables.

Refer to the Resources column for more info.

equivSymbolic documentation page
equivLiteral The equivLiteral method checks that an expression is literally equal to the answer set. Both expressions should have the same form, order, elements, and values. Meaning the answer provided by the student must match exactly with the specified answer.

Ex. tan(x)= sin(x)/cos(x)

Math questions

Chemistry questions

Ignore order, Inverse result.

Refer to the Resources column for more info.

equivLiteral documentation page
equivValue equivValue compares numerical values that may be represented in different ways. equivValue will evaluate the expression to a numerical form for comparison.

Ex. 700g=0.7kg

Math questions Tolerance, Inverse result, Significant decimal places

Refer to the Resources column for more info.

equivValue documentation page
isSimplified The isSimplified method checks if a value is in its most simplified version. The method does not take any value and is most commonly used in conjunction with equivSymbolic.

Ex. 4/6 must be in the form 2/3 to be accepted as a correct answer.

Math questions Allow decimal marks

Refer to the Resources column for more info.

isSimplified documentation page
isFactorised The isFactorised scoring method checks that a mathematical expression is in its factorized form. The method can handle polynomials up to degree 2, with a single variable (x/y). Make sure to specify the Field box to the appropriate factorised expression (integer, real numbers, complex numbers) . The method does not take any value and is most commonly used in conjunction with equivSymbolic.

Ex. 9x^2-16 = (3x+4)(3x-4)

Math questions Allow thousands separator

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isFactorised documentation page
isExpanded The isExpanded scoring method checks that an expression is in its most expanded form. isExpanded doesn’t take any value and is most commonly used in conjunction with equivSymbolic.

Ex. 4(x+2) = 4x+8

Math questions Allow thousands separator

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isExpanded documentation page
isUnit The isUnit scoring method is used for unit comparison and checks if the expression has the expected units in it. The isUnit method is commonly used in conjunction with equivValue.

Ex. 25mg

Math questions Inverse result

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isUnit documentation page
isTrue The isTrue scoring method checks that an expression has a comparison or equality, that is true; mainly used with Boolean operators. This method does not accept any value. When used alone, it will validate any mathematical expression that is true.

Ex. 27 = 27 or 42 > 12

Math questions Allow thousands separator

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isTrue documentation page
stringMatch The stringMatch scoring method is used for literal string comparison. This compares the value set by authors in validation against a student's response, and evaluates if the two values are the same. stringMatch is a simple comparison method, and it does not take the syntax and data type that's set in the validation area into account.

Ex. 5 = 5 (multiple spaces included)

Math questions

Chemistry questions

Ignore leading and trailing spaces, Treat multiple spaces as one, Inverse result

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stringMatch documentation page
DRAFT [equivSyntax] The equivSyntax scoring method compares a LaTeX string against a syntax pattern specified in the validation settings.

This method is a purely syntactic check and is unaffected by numeric values. equivSyntax is used as a supporting method in combination with equivSymbolic and equivValue to constrain possible response options.

Math questions Ignore text, Rule

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equivSyntax documentation page

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