on 15 Nov 21
Support for pool questions in the test-item family

- select random questions from some folder
(Currently siblings, i.e., fold… Show more
Support for pool questions in the test-item family


- select random questions from some folder

  (Currently siblings, i.e., folders of the same package instance)

- one exam can have multiple pool questions, potentially from other pools

- pools can be links to other folders (which are no siblings)

- The current folder can be used as well as a pool folder.  In this

  case, other not-used items can be selected as replacement items

  given these match the specified filter characteristics

- Question filtering

   * filter by item type:

     allow one to select from all/some/some item types

     (mc, sc, short text, reordering, composite, ...):

     use as replacement items only examples of these types

   * filter by minutes and/or points:

     use as replacement items only items with matching points/minutes

   * filter by language:

     use as replacement items only items in a certain language

   * Filter per item name pattern:

     use as replacement items only items matching a name.

     When (short-) names are used systematically, one can e.g.

     use the date in the name and specify only items from e.g.

     one year ago, via "*2020*", or from some chapter "*ch01", ...

     Certainly, it is also possible to use different item

     folders for this

Potential further steps:

- Currently, exams containing pool questions are treated as

 auto-correctable (which implies automated exam-review (Einsicht), when

 from the question pools only question from strictly closed questions

 are selected (MC, SC, Ordering). Depending on the detailed settings,

 also other item types could be possible (via correct-when), but this

 requires a deeper analysis of every question, which is so far not


- Categorized items: technically, the infrastructure is mostly here to

 allow also filtering by categories. This would allow one to select

 e.g. from technical questions, case examples, knowledge transfer

 questions, research-oriented questions... which are orthogonal to

 the filtering currently available. Every lecturer can define

 own categories depending on their needs, we could provide

 university-wide category-trees, etc. Of course, one could also

 define separate pools for these purposes, but categorizing is

 probably more convenient and more flexible.

- Performance: when question pools become large (500+ questions) and

 the cohorts as well (500+), the current version might require more

 tuning. The only critical time is the exam-start, where the random

 question placeholders have to be resolved for every student. The

 approach from this weekend uses basic caching, but maybe this has to

 be extended.

- Protecting selected questions: Question pools are more detached from

 an exam than single exercises, a lecturer might have in mind. One

 should not allow one to delete questions/question pools when these are

 in use. Probably deletion should be a move to a trash-can, which is

 actually, an issue for all exams, but getting more important with

 pool questions.

- Handling of potential duplicates: When items are pulled from a

 question pool, a replacement item is selected by making sure that

 this item does not occur already in the query selection.  Therefore,

 one can safely draw two questions from the same question pool

 without fearing that a student gets the same question twice.

 This duplicate checking might require some fine-tuning:

 * the system checks for duplicates in an exam via POOL/NAME.

 * if a lecturer uses two pool-questions in an exam pointing to the same pool,

   the systems makes sure, the same question is not used twice.

 * however, if a teacher adds a question q1 to pool1 and the same question to pool2,

   these two instances have different item ids and are regarded as two different

   questions. One could make a test for only checking NAME (without POOL),

   but then it might be the case that certain questions are not accepted

   although these are different, because they have the same name.

- Statistics: so far, i have not provided any special answer

 statistics for treating pool questions.

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