How do I import QTI content into Schoology?

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Overview

Content from third-party platforms can be imported into Schoology in a variety of formats. See this article for more information on which formats are supported and the general workflow for importing content into Schoology Resources from another system.

QTI is used to import tests and questions on question banks into Schoology. When importing content into Schoology using QTI, exports from another system must be QTI v2.2 or lower compliant. 

While Schoology adheres to IMS Global specifications, third parties may have their own interpretation of these specifications. This means that features or styling available in another system may not be supported in Schoology.

QTI Import Tool

There are two QTI import tools available in Schoology to support different QTI formats:

  • QTI v1.2
  • QTI v2.1 and v2.2

QTI Import Tools

The QTI v1.2 import tool supports QTI v2.1 though it is recommended to choose QTI v2.1 and v2.2 for optimal performance.  

Supported Question Types

The following question types can be imported into Schoology with QTI v2.1 and v2.2:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True/False
  • Matching
  • Ordering
  • Fill in the Blank Text
  • Fill in the Blank Dropdown
  • Fill in the Blank Drag and Drop
  • Short Answer/Essay
  • Audio
  • Video
  • File Upload
  • Label Image
  • Highlight Hotspot
  • Highlight Image
  • Highlight Text

The following question types can be imported into Schoology with QTI v1.2:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True/False
  • Short Answer/Essay
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Matching
  • Ordering
Note: Multi-part items or questions paired with passages will be imported as individual questions.

Question Metadata

Questions may be mapped to attributes like grade level or depth of knowledge in the manifest file. 

How the attribute metadata imports and displays in Schoology depends on the QTI version and content being imported. 

Schoology does not currently support passage metadata (e.g., Lexile levels).

QTI v1.2 Import Metadata Limitations

Bloom’s Taxonomy, Depth of Knowledge, Grade Level, and Subject, and Learning Objectives (with the exception of AB Certica standards and GUIDs) attributes import as “hidden” metadata. This means that metadata attributes are stored in Schoology when the question is imported, but they are not exposed to the user.

QTI v2.1 & 2.2 Import Metadata Limitations

Bloom’s Taxonomy, Depth of Knowledge, Grade Level, and Subject, and Learning Objectives (with the exception of AB Certica standards and GUIDs) attributes do not import to Schoology. 

AB Certica GUIDs Metadata

Learning standards containing AB Certica and GUIDs metadata do import to Schoology on both QTI import tools. The values for these attributes are attached to the question definition in Schoology. This means that the questions are aligned to learning objectives when they are imported into Schoology, which can then be modified by the user and used to measure student proficiency on mastery reports.

Types of Assessments in Schoology

There are multiple tools for assessing students in Schoology. Test/Quiz is a legacy content type that supports the six standard question types (multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, matching, ordering, short answer/essay). Assessments are a newer content type that supports 15 technology-enhanced question types. Test/quizzes and assessments are both available to all instructors within an Enterprise subscription. 

Important Notes:
  • If you use Schoology Enterprise and there is no Test/Quiz option in your organization, please reach out to your Schoology representative.
  • The option to create a test/quiz is no longer available on Schoology Basic. Learn more here.

Schoology also has an Assessment Management Platform, or AMP, which districts use to create, administer, and report on benchmark, common, or high stakes assessments. This is licensed separately from the LMS and is usually managed by the assessment or curriculum teams at a district.

When content from an external system is imported into Schoology, the questions and tests are imported into the test/quiz format. They can then be converted into assessments or moved into the AMP platform.

Important Notes:
  • As of April 30, 2020, test/quiz content from a QTI file imports to Resources as Assessments, instead of Test/Quiz for new Schoology Enterprise organizations and instructors using Schoology Basic. Enterprise instructors that previously imported content (QTI v1.2 import tool) as tests/quizzes are not affected by this change. If you’re a system administrator and you wish to import third-party content as tests/quizzes instead of assessments, contact your Schoology representative.
  • Content uploaded via the QTI v2.1 and 2.2 tool imports to Resources as assessments only.

Importing Tests or Questions into Schoology Resources

When tests or questions banks are imported into Schoology from a QTI file, they appear in Schoology Resources as test/quizzes or test/quiz question banks.

Important Notes:
  • As of April 30, 2020, test/quiz content from a QTI file imports to Resources as Assessments, instead of Test/Quiz for new Schoology Enterprise organizations and instructors using Schoology Basic. Enterprise instructors that previously imported content (QTI v1.2 import tool) as tests/quizzes are not affected by this change. If you’re a system administrator and you wish to import third-party content as tests/quizzes instead of assessments, contact your Schoology representative.
  • Content uploaded via the QTI v2.1 and 2.2 tool imports to Resources as assessments only.

List view of test/quiz and question bank in Resources

Above: List view of test/quiz and question bank in Resources.

 

Detail view of test/quiz in Resources

Above: Detail view of test/quiz in Resources.

 

Detail view of test/quiz question bank in Resources

Above: Detail view of test/quiz question bank in Resources.

From Resources, users can take the following actions:

  • Move or copy into other areas in Resources
  • Share with other users
  • Copy into courses
  • Convert test/quizzes into assessments
  • Convert test/quiz question banks into managed question banks (AMP)

Converting Test/Quizzes to Assessments

Content that is imported into Schoology in the Test/Quiz format can be converted into an assessment by following these steps.

All question metadata (e.g., aligned learning objectives, depth of knowledge) move with the question when it is converted into an assessment, even though only aligned standards (AB Certica only) are visible in the UI.

Detail view of an assessment in Resources

Above: Detail view of an assessment in Resources.

Moving Content into Schoology’s Assessment Management Platform (AMP)

Content imported into Schoology in the Test/Quiz or Assessment format can be moved into AMP by following these steps.

Moving this content into AMP converts them into the technology-enhanced format used by Schoology Assessments.

All question metadata (e.g., aligned learning objectives, depth of knowledge) move with the question when it is converted into a managed question bank, even though only aligned standards (AB Certica only) are visible in the UI.

Question in a bank in AMP

Above: Question in a bank in Schoology’s Assessment Management Platform (AMP).


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