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.

When importing content into Schoology using QTI, exports from another system must be QTI 1.2 compliant. QTI is used to import tests and questions on question banks into Schoology.

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.

Questions and Question Metadata

The following question types can be imported into Schoology using QTI:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True/False
  • Short Answer/Essay
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Matching
  • Ordering
Note: 
  • Technology-enhanced question types like hotspot or drag and drop cannot be imported into Schoology at this time.
  • Multi-part items or questions paired with passages will be imported as individual questions.

Questions can be mapped to attributes like grade level or depth of knowledge in the manifest file. The table below describes the metadata that can be imported into Schoology using QTI:

Attribute

Mapping

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Multiple values per question

Depth of Knowledge

One value per question

Grade Level

One value per question

Subject

One value per question

Learning Objectives / Standards (ABStandardGUID*)

Multiple values per question

 * Each GUID must identify a leaf-level objective (i.e., the lowest level) in order to be imported. Any other GUIDs will be ignored.

Bloom’s Taxonomy, Depth of Knowledge, Grade Level, and Subject are “hidden” metadata. This means that metadata attributes are stored in Schoology when the question is imported, but they are not exposed to the user.

When one or more learning objectives are mapped to a question in the manifest file, 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.

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

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 new content type that supports 15 technology-enhanced question types. Test/quizzes and assessments are both available to all instructors within an Enterprise subscription. Instructors using the Basic version of Schoology do not have access to assessments.

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 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.

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.

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

 

Above: Detail view of test/quiz 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 is always imported into Schoology in the test/quiz format. From here, it 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 the aligned learning objectives are visible in the UI.

Above: Detail view of an assessment in Resources.

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

Content is always imported into Schoology in the test/quiz format. From here, question banks can be moved into AMP by following these steps.

Moving these questions 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 the aligned learning objectives are visible in the UI.

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


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