Everything you need to know about iRATs
When creating a TBL Lesson, the easiest way is using the TBL Design Wizard. Thought you can create the design for your lesson manually, it is more time consuming.
For iRATs you can use Multiple Choice (single best answers), Mark hedging and Very Short Answers question types.
LAMS has a powerful editor for content that will allow you to create complex formatted questions/answers that might include inline tables, LaTeX, images, videos and a whole range of other media. It also provides pre-formatted templates to ensure that your content adjust perfectly to any device and screen size that your students use (responsive web design).
Moreover, you can import your questions into your design using Microsoft Word (including images, tables, etc) and IMS QTI (an interoperability specification to exchange exam questions between e-Learning applications).
Yes, and there are three types of time limits to better suit your teaching:
When you set up a this time limit, then each individual student get a pre-determined number of minutes to complete the exam from the moment they start the iRAT (say 10 minutes). The time starts to countdown from the moment that the student begins the iRAT, so in our example, everyone gets 10 minutes regardless which date they start. You can set this up when authoring the iRAT or in Monitor as follows:
You can increase/decrease the allocated minute amount any time.
This option is ideal if you are planning to run your TBL lesson asynchronously.
When you are running a synchronous iRATs -when all the students are doing the iRAT at the same time -whether this is online or face-to-face in the classroom, you might want to set a hard deadline for it (ie: ‘Let’s get everyone to finish the assessment in 2 minutes’).
Unlike the relative time limit before, now you are able to set a hard deadline in minutes.
You can increase or decrease the allotted time by lots of one or five minutes, giving you plenty of flexibility.
Tip: To better know how much time left the student might need, you can take a look at the students’ progression in the assessment. If about half of the students have already completed the assessment, you might want to add just two more minutes for the rest to complete it.
Once the time expires, all student responses will be saved up until the point when the time expires and the assessment will automatically be completed.
However, sometimes a student might have arrived late, so you might need to grant exceptions…
In these cases, you can grant a particular student or team (in the case the assessment is to be performed as a team).
These extensions are additions to the previous two time limits.
For instance if you are have given all students 10 minutes from their relative start of the iRAT, you can grant a single student (or group) an extra 10 minutes (adding a total of 20 minutes) to finish the assessment.
If you have set up a hard time limit, then you can grant a student an extra number of minutes for him/her to complete the iRAT.
These time extensions provide a very powerful tool to manage time limits for students with special needs that might require extra time to complete an assessment.
Yes, you can enable confidence levels for iRAT questions. To include them in your iRAT, check the option to enable it in the Assessment Authoring
Enabling confidence level for iRAT
Note that confidence levels are based on confidence based learning -which allows students to select an answer and then say how confidence they are on their chosen option. However, if what you need is mark heading (the ability for the students to spread their marks across multiple answers), then you are after Mark hedging questions.
When we implemented confidence levels, we began with a 0 to 100% scale. So students could say in this scale how certain they were that the answer they have chosen was the correct one.
However, students' feedback suggested to add a bit more fuzzy logic to these scales so now you can choose from three:
- 1.0 to 100% scale (the original)
- 2.Not confident; Confident; Very confident
- 3.Not sure, Sure, Very Sure.
Scale types for confidence levels
Yes. This is why we wanted to implement confidence levels in the first place. If you enable confidence levels in the iRAT, then you can allow students to see the confidence level they selected (as well as the option they chose) in the tRAT. Here's an example of how iRAT confidence levels show to students in their team's tRAT:
Why do I want to show the iRAT confidence levels in the tRAT? Well it speeds up discussions as all the students answering the tRAT know what option they chose as well as how confident they were of their selection.
As the students know where everyone stands, the discussion to reach consensus as to what option to scratch in the tRAT is faster (yes, we've got research on this -see research section).
Yes. See the option
"So not display students' names with confidence level"in the Advanced tab in Scratchie (tRAT) authoring.
Indeed. Pick any number of questions per page. However, for TBL, you will find that having all the questions in one page makes life easier to students.
"Shuffle questions"in the Advance tab in Assessment Authoring.
Technically, yes. We have used Safe Exam Browser and Respondus LockDown Browser for iRATs before but in the context of synchronous online TBL, this might not make a lot of sense as Zoom or any conferencing tool that you might be using for your students is shutdown.
We recommend to use other techniques if you are concern with academic integrity. These range from shuffling questions/answers, limiting the amount of time given per each question, enable webcam recording or screen recording when examination is taking place. But lockdown browsers bring a world of technical complexity that is hard to justify.
Yes. Enable the option
"Notify instructor when learner completes attempt"in the Advance tab in Assessment Authoring.
Note that you will receive an email every time students submit.
You can slice and dice the flow of your activities as it best suits you. If you want to do just iRAT you can do just that. Or just tRATs. Or just AEs and/or Self & Peer evaluation.
When you create your TBL design using the TBL Design Wizard, you can opt for adding just the activities you want.
Alternatively, you can create your entire TBL lesson and then just use gates to control when students can do the different activities.
Certainly. This is how:
Exporting iRAT to MS Excel
Any change you do to a question in the iRAT or the tRAT will automatically update on the tRAT and iRAT respectively.