When creating an assessment, you have the ability to utilize an assessment blueprint to use as a guideline when creating your assessment. These blueprints may be utilized by you or your colleagues that have access to the course / assessment. Assessment blueprints create a free-form or category-based framework by which the assessment creator must fulfill when creating an assessment.
Free-form assessment blueprints allow for the department or course administrator to create a blueprint with requirements beyond fulfilling category requirements.These free-form requirements can include: A certain number of essay questions, distribution of multiple choice, true / false, and fill in the blank questions, a minimum number of distractors per multiple choice questions, the list can go on ad infinitum.
Creating an Assessment Blueprint
If you'd like to utilize either blueprint format, this feature must be enabled when creating a new assessment. Click Yes to begin the process.
You will be presented with another page. When using an assessment blueprint, you will still be able to access the List view (showing all questions added to the assessment), however, you will only be able to add questions from the Blueprint view. Click Continue to proceed.
You will be brought to a new page showing the assessment stats, as well as a panel to build your blueprint. Click Create New Content Area to begin.
Creating a Free-form Assessment Blueprint
By default, you will be able to create a free-form blueprint. If you wish to continue using free-form, enter a title for the new content area, and click Create.
Once you have the Content Area created, you will need to create a section or sections with a required number of questions that you or the assessment creator(s) will need to fulfill in order to post the assessment. Add a name for the section, assign the number of questions, and click Create.
With the free-form blueprint created, you can edit it to change the name. Note, you cannot switch freely between a free-form and category-based blueprints. You will now see a warning message showing that 0 / X# of Questions have been added to fulfill your requirement.
Creating a Category-based Assessment Blueprint
To create a category-based blueprint, follow the steps outlined above, and click to toggle on Categories.
With Categories toggled on, you will see a new drop-down menu that can be expanded to show the category types for your institution. Note, this list will only show the category types that you have been granted privilege to see. If you need to add a category type but do not see it within the list, please contact your Institution Administrator.
Open the drop-down menu, and choose the appropriate category type. With a category type chosen, you can then add the category within that category type to be used when creating the assessment. As before, you or the assessment creator(s) will need to fulfill the number of questions in order to post the assessment.
To add the category, begin by typing its name in the Add a Category text field, or, click Browse All to show all categories within the chosen category type.
From this window, you may scroll thru to find your category, or, utilize the Search function to find the category. Select the appropriate category, and click Save. Note, you may only add one category for each content area.
With the category selected, enter the number of questions tagged with this category in order to fulfill the learning objective requirements for the assessment. Click Create.
With the category-based blueprint created, you can edit it to change the name. Note, you cannot switch freely between a category-based and free-form blueprints. You will now see a warning message showing that 0 / X# of Questions have been added to fulfill the requirement.
To add questions to the assessment using your newly created assessment blueprint, click here to read our guide on Adding Questions to an Assessment Blueprint.