Item Banks for Course Assessments

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Item Banks allow you to create a repository of assessment questions that you can then use within course assessments. Item banks can be created in your Personal and Group Resources.

The current version of Items Banks gives instructors the ability to:

  • Create an item bank in resources.
  • Add questions to item banks.
  • Add questions from an item bank to an assessment.
  • Convert an existing test/quiz question bank to an item bank. Learn more here.

For more information on Schoology Assessments, see this article.

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Create Item Banks

Item banks can be created in Personal and Group Resources.

To create an item bank, follow these steps:

  1. Click Resources in the header and choose Personal or Group Resources from the left menu.
  2. Click the Collection or Group in which you'd like to add an item bank.
  3. Click Add Resources.
  4. Select Add Item Bank.
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  5. Enter a title and optional description for the item bank and click Create to complete.
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To edit the name or description of an item bank:

  1. Click the item bank in your Resources.
  2. Click Actions to the right of the item bank.
  3. Select Edit Name and Description.
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  4. Enter any changes and click Save to complete.

To move an item bank to another collection in Resources:

  1. Click the item bank in your Resources.
  2. Click Actions to the right of the item bank.
  3. Select Move.
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    Alternatively, click the gear icon to the right of the item bank directly in Resources and select Move to.
  4. Select the desired Collection and Folder.
  5. Click Move to complete.

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Create Assessment Questions in an Item Bank

Note: There is a limit of 200 questions per item bank.

To create a question in an item bank, follow these steps:

  1. Click the item bank in your Resources.
  2. Under Create Items, select an item type.
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  3. Fill out the question form.
  4. Click Create Question to complete.

 To edit a question in an item bank:

  1. Click the question in the item bank.
  2. Enter any changes.
  3. Click Save to complete. 

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Add Questions from an Item Bank to an Assessment

Once you have an item bank in Schoology, you can build assessments with items from the banks. Currently, Item Banks only support the ability to add individual items to an assessment. See Coming Soon to Item Banks for more information on future additions to item banks.

Notes:
  • There is a limit of 200 questions per assessment.
  • Questions added to assessments from item banks are copied, not linked. Any changes made to questions within item banks do not update the copies in assessments.

To add individual questions from item banks to an assessment:

  1. In your course, create an assessment or select one to which you'd like to add items.
  2. In the Questions tab, click Add From Item Bank.
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  3. Navigate to the item bank(s) you would like to import items from.
  4. Check the boxes next to the item(s) you'd like to import or select all.
  5. Enter the Set Points for each item. If none is set, it defaults to 1.
  6. Selected items are highlighted at the bottom for ease of reference. Use the links at the top to explore multiple item banks and select items from several banks.
  7. Once you are finished selecting items, click Add Items.
  8. To reorder items, drag and drop any item to the desired order.

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Coming Soon to Item Banks

Portability

We will be adding portable functionality to Item Banks, including:

  • Copy an item bank.
  • Copy one or multiple items to another item bank.
  • Add items from an assessment to an item bank.
  • Convert multiple test/quiz question banks to item banks.

Random Pull

Currently, you may add individual items from an item bank to an assessment. We will be adding the ability to add a set number of randomly selected questions from an item bank to your assessment.

Create Item Banks from within an Assessment

We will be adding the ability to create an item bank directly within an assessment.

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