30th July 2019
Help Guide: Question Banks
As we mentioned in our July release notes, Thinqi now allows you to create and edit randomised question banks in Playlists. What this means is that you can now create a learning programme packed with multiple questions in different topic folders, allowing you to generate a random test from these questions (or, if you like, specific topics). It’s a sure-fire way of keeping learners engaged and on their toes while testing their knowledge.
What’s more, you can also now send a quiz which will allow the learner to make their own test for revision. And by putting learners in the driving seat when it comes to their own learning journeys, it’s an approach that perfectly supports the needs and expectations of the self-led modern learner.
So the question is, how do you do this in Thinqi?
Simple. Let’s break it down.
Creating a Question Bank
To start, you’re going to have to create your Question Bank via Playlists. Then click on the ‘Add New’ tab. Here you will see the brand-new option: ‘Add a new Question Bank’.
Once you’ve done this, a box will pop up asking you to name your Question Bank. Type out your title, then hit ‘Create’ – and there you have it, you’ve created your first Question Bank.
Easy, right? Now it’s time to start authoring.
Authoring a Question Bank
Changing the Title and Adding a Description
The authoring section for Question Banks is your go-to place for adding new folders for questions, changing the title of your Question Bank and adding a description.
So, want to change the Question Bank title and add a description? Click on the little pen icon in the top right-hand side of the banner. This will trigger a window which will allow you to amend and add text.
When you’ve got a lot of questions to upload, the last thing you want is a chaotic mix of questions from all different topics. Instead, we need to organise these manageably into separate folders.
This folder structure can be used by both yourself (the Question Bank author) when configuring a test, as well as the learner (the Question Bank consumer) when building a revision quiz.
Adding a new folder is quick and easy. Click on the ‘Add Folder’ button, either in the middle of the page or on the right-hand side (if you’ve already created a folder and would like to add more).
You can then name your folder and click ‘Save’. Ta-da!
Now we’ll need to start adding some questions. On the right-hand side, you’ll see a whole range of question types you can choose from to keep things interesting.
- Sort – Users answer the question by dragging their answers into what they think are the corresponding columns.
- Multiple Choice Text – Users answer the question by clicking on the text answers.
- Multiple Choice – Users answer the question by selecting the correct images.
- Reordering – Users answer the question by putting the answers in the correct order.
- Either/Or – Users answer the question by selecting one of two answers.
- Cloze Text Entry – Users answer the question by filling in the blanks.
- Cloze Select Answer – Users answer the question by selecting the correct word to fill in the blank.
For example, quite fancy kicking things off with a good old-fashioned multiple choice? Simply click the little ‘+’ icon on the ‘Multiple Choice Text’ template to add it to your Question Bank.
Next, click on the question to trigger a new pop-up window. Here you can add the question and answers to your template. To set the correct answer, simply place a tick in the box next to the correct answer. Note that you can also add feedback and supporting content if you want to give your learners a little more to improve their knowledge
Finally, hit ‘Save and Close’. Voilà! Your first question is in place.
Sharing a Question Bank
Perhaps you want to share your Question Bank to a test. Or perhaps you just want to let your learners build their own revision quiz.
The good news is that both options are available by clicking the ‘Share’ icon in the top right-hand side of the page, which will trigger a pop-up window.
Preparing a Test
Say you want to prepare a test for your learners. You want to choose the topics to include, pick the number of questions and set a timer. Click on the ‘Share a Test’ button and then ‘Prepare a New Test’.
Now you’ll be greeted by a range of options – but don’t be intimidated! It’s actually dead simple. Enter the title and choose which topic (or multiple topics) you want to include in the test. Next, select which question types you want to include. Finally, set your chosen number of questions and, if you wish, set a timer by clicking the toggle button.
Now hit ‘Save’. You will then see a pop-up window which allows you to choose how you want to share your Question Bank. Perhaps you want it as part of an assessment? Or maybe a group? How about sharing it in your Library? Or you can simply copy the link and send it directly to users.
The choice is all yours.
Let Learners Build a Quiz
You can also choose to share the Question Bank with learners, so they can use it to build their own quiz and test themselves. It’s informal, self-led learning in action.
Previewing a Question Bank
Want to check what your Question Bank looks like from the learner’s point of view? Just click ‘Preview’ in the top right-hand corner to try out the questions yourself.
Deleting a Question Bank
Need to delete a Question Bank? No problem. Simply go to ‘My Playlists’ and click on the drop-down arrow next to the Question Bank you want to delete. Select ‘Delete’ to bring up a pop-up window asking you to confirm the deletion.
Click on the red ‘Delete’ button and it’s job done.
Please note: Once a Question Bank is deleted, you will not be able to retrieve it.
So there you have it! Now you should be equipped with all you need to start mastering the Question Banks feature. We hope you enjoy creating and sharing quizzes for your learners.
One thing’s for sure – their learning and revision just stepped up into the world of modern learning.
If you have any queries or would like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!