Categories are critical for managing questions in any large module. Questions are assigned to categories. Activities are then defined using the categories. Questions can be assigned to as many categories as you wish.
- The question "In which year was the Battle of Hastings?" might be assigned to the categories "easy", "history" and "England".
- The question "Give the real name of Confucius" might be assigned to the categories "difficult", "philosophy" and "China".
- Activities could then be defined which use the "easy" and "difficult" categories, or the "history" and "philosophy" categories, or any combination of these. In this way, large groups of questions can easily be moved around and combined in different ways to produce endless varieties of testing material.
The following diagram shows the main category controls.
There are icons for:
- creating a category
- viewing all the categories (lists names and how many questions are in each category)
- renaming a category
- deleting a category (takes effect when the module is reloaded)
You can create any categories you like. You can create as many as you like. All you have to do is give the category a name. The Qedoc Quiz Maker does everything else for you.
Assigning questions to categories
The following screenshot segment shows a module in which six categories have been defined. The current question (number 56) is being edited and the 2nd editing tab (entitled "categories") has been selected. The author has moved two of the categories across into the "live" box for this question. Question 56 will now be part of any assessment which includes either of these two categories.
Creating tests on the basis of categories
There are a number of ways of creating tests, including specifying questions by number. The most powerful way involves the use of categories. Each test (or "activity") can be defined simply by selecting from a list of categories. Bear in mind that this is the ultimate purpose of categories, and define them accordingly.
The diagrams below showing the editor panel for defining activity content. The editor panel will appear when you (1) switch to the activity bank view and then (2) click on any activity in the list of activities.
In the second screenshot, the combobox with the list of current categories is show activated. Defining a quiz or level is as easy as selecting a category from this list. Everything else is automatic - questions do not have to be individually transferred into your quiz or level.