Getting Started Guide for New Users

This Getting Started Guide offers new XpressLab users information and guided video tutorials to help you access, navigate and successfully use the core features and tools found within the XpressLab platform. Specifically, this Getting Started Guide includes detailed instructional videos to help you:

  1. Importing Courses & Premium Content from the Library
  2. Getting Students Started in XpressLab (Adding Students to a Course)
  3. Creating Activities Using Built-In Activity Types
  4. Authoring Activities Using the Test Planner
  5. Evaluating Student Submissions

The information detailed below is intended for use by XpressLab users with a Teacher or Administrator account. Before reviewing the following instructions, it is recommended that you login to the XpressLab platform using your Teacher or Administrative credentials.

Begin by logging in to XpressLab at app.xpresslab.com. If you have forgotten your login credentials, select the Reset Password Tool found on the Login screen, or enter app.xpresslab.com/ForgetPassword into your web browser address bar.

Getting Started Step #1: Importing Courses & Premium Content from the Library

Importing a ready-made Premium Content course from the XpressLab Library will help you save time and resources as you boost language learning in your classroom. To import a course from the XpressLab Library, follow the steps below.

  1. To access the XpressLab Library, click the Library link from within the main navigation bar in the top right corner of your screen.
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  2. Each Premium Content course is available in 4 different Levels. Use the Level search filters found on the left side of the XpressLab Library to view Premium Content courses according to Level.
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  3. Use the additional search filters found on left side of the XpressLab Library to view XpressLab Library resources based on the Competencies evaluated, the Activity Types utilized in course activities, the Question Types utilized in course activities, the Resource Types (i.e. courses, activities, slides) available, and Library sharing settings (i.e. Account, Private, and Public).
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  4. To search for a specific XpressLab Library resource, use the Search Bar located at the top of the Library. As you type your keywords into the Search Bar, suggested search terms and tags will appear. Click on any of the suggested keywords to help refine your search. Clicking inside the Search Bar will also generate popular search terms. Click on a popular search term suggestion to locate additional Library resources.
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  5. Preview an activity, course, or slide within the Library by hovering your cursor over a Library resource tile and then clicking the View button. This will direct you to the Activity Details page.
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  6. Use the Preview Slides on the left side of the Activity Details page to scroll through each activity slide or activity question found within the Library resource you are previewing.
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  7. Use the Preview Slides on the left side of the Activity Details page to scroll through each activity slide or activity question found within the Library resource you are previewing.

  8. Click on the Activities in This Course heading, found below the Resource Overview, to preview that activities within a course. Click on the name of an activity within this list to preview the course activity.

  9. Click on the Details heading, found below the Activities in this Course information to learn more about the Library resource you are previewing. Activity Details include: the Language being evaluated, the Levels of learning/curriculum being covered, the Competencies evaluated,  and the Activity and Questions Types utilized by the activities in the course. 

  10. To preview the Library resource as your students will see it, click the red Preview This button, found above the Resource Overview, at the top of the Activity Details page.

  11. When you’re ready to import a resource from the XpressLab Library into your XpressLab Teacher account, click the red Import Course/Import Activity button, found at the top of the Activity Details page, directly to the left of the Preview This button.
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  12. If you are importing a course, click the red Finish button in the bottom of the Import Course pop up window. If you are importing an activity, select a course from the Course Send To button drop down within the Import Activity pop up window. This will allow you to import and deliver an activity from the Library using one of your existing XpressLab courses.
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The following video provides step-by-step instructions on how to import and assign Premium Content Courses.

Step #2: Getting Students Started in XpressLab
(Adding Students to a Course) 

There are two ways to create student accounts. You can either create student accounts manually by (1) adding students to your course, or (2) you can give students the Course Access Key and have students create their own accounts

1. Helping Students Create Their Own XpressLab Account

    1. Access your Course Access Key, navigate to the My Courses list by clicking on the Courses link at the top of your screen.
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    2. All of your XpressLab courses are listed in the My Courses list. The Course Access Key is displayed to the right of the Course Name, below the column labelled Course Access Key.
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    3. Copy the Course Access Key and share it with your students. Direct students to app.xpresslab.com.

    4. On app.xpresslab.com, students should click the red Create Account button, and then select the I Am A Student option.
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    5. Students will enter the Course Access Key that you have provided, and then click the Continue button.

    6. If the student has never had an XpressLab account, she/he will click the red I Need An Account button. This will direct the student to the Create New Account form. When the form is complete, the student will select the Create An Account button.

    7. Once the Student Account has been create, the student can access his/her Course.

2. Creating Student Accounts (or "enrolling students in your course")

    1. Access the My Courses List by clicking on the Courses link at the top of your screen.
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    2. Use the My Course List to select an existing course. Click on the name of the course below the Course Name column in the My Courses List. Clicking the Course Name will bring you to the Course Dashboard page.
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    3. Click on the Students tab, located on the left side of the Course Dashboard page. This will open the Student List.
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    4. Click the red ADD TO COURSE button, located at the top of the Student List. 
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There are three (3) ways to add or enroll students in a course:

      1. Manually adding individual students to a course
      2. Bulk adding multiple student accounts via Excel or CSV file import; and
      3. Re-adding archived or past student accounts to a new course

Method #1: Adding a Single Student to a Course

  1. Selecting the Add a Single Student option will direct you to the Student Information page.

  2. Complete the Student Information Form by adding details about the student you wish to add to your course.

  3. When creating a Username, it is best to use a unique identifier such as the student’s Student Number  issued to the student by your school district.

  4. Then, set the Password to be the same Username you have just created. When creating a default Password, it is best to use the same the user ID. Students will be able to change their password in their Profile once they have successfully logged in to XpressLab.

  5. Click the red Save button once the Student Information Form is complete.

  6. Students must then visit app.xpresslab.com and enter the Username and Password you created in the steps above.

Method #2: Adding Multiple Students to a Course (Manual and CSV Upload)

  1. Selecting the Add Multiple Students option allows you to manually add multiple students to your course. This option also allows you to upload an existing class list using an Excel (CSV) file.

  2. To manually add multiple students, use the Add Student table to enter each student’s Last Name, First Name, E-mail, Username, and Password.

  3. When creating a Username, it is best to use a unique identifier such as the student’s Student Number as issued to the student by your school district.

  4. Set the Password to be the same Username you have just created. When creating a default Password, it is best to use the same the user ID. Students will be able to change their password in their Profile once they have successfully logged in to XpressLab.

  5. To upload an existing class list, ensure that you have saved your class list to your local computer in an Excel (CSV) file format. Then, click the Upload CSV link located at the top of the Add Students table.

  6. Locate the CSV file from your computer using the Upload File pop-up window, then click Open. This will automatically add each student entry to the Add Students table. Note: Ensure that your saved CSV student list follows the format specified in the Add Students table (i.e. Last Name, First Name, E-mail, Username and Password).

  7. If there are student records on your class list that you do not wish to add to your course, remove the student entries from within the Add Students table, prior to adding all of the students represented in the Add Students table to your course. Select the checkbox to the left of each student you wish to remove and then click the Delete Selected link.

  8. Click the red Save button when you are ready to add each student account to your course.

  9. Students must then visit app.xpresslab.com and enter the Username and Password you created in the steps above.

Method #3: Adding Archived Students (Searching for Students)

  1. Select the Search for Student option to add archived student records to your course. Selecting this option allows you to search through a saved database of all students who previously participated or enrolled in an XpressLab course.

  2. Use Keywords (such as: First Name, Last Name, Username or Email) to locate archived student records. Type your keywords into the Search box at the top of the Search for Students page, and then click Enter on your keyboard.

  3. To view only the students who previously enrolled in a course, click the checkbox labeled Include only previous students.

  4. Click the checkbox to the left of each student name you wish to add to your. Then, click the red Add to Course+ button. Note: You may multi-select as many students as required.

  5. Students must then visit app.xpresslab.com and enter their Username and Password to login.

The following video provides step-by-step instructions on how to add or enroll students to a course in XpressLab.

Step #3: Creating Activities

XpressLab includes seven (7) built-in Activity Types. Each Activity Type has its own unique configurable settings, which relate to purpose of the activity you are creating. For example, some activities, such as the Practice Exercise, are not submitted for marks. Therefore, you will not be able to specify an overall value for the activity. Selecting an Activity Type also determines which Question Types are available within the Test Planner.

Activity Types

When creating activities in XpressLab, you may select one of the following built-in Activity Types:

      • Dropbox Assignment: This activity type requires students to create a text composition or to complete a worksheet that is then submitted to the Dropbox for marking. Teachers can download student submissions, make comments in the submitted file and post it back to XpressLab for student review. The student's original assignment file is left unchanged.
      • Oral Discussion: This activity type provides all of the students in your course with an opportunity to use extended speech, by posting voice-recorded messages in response to a topic or theme that you present. Students are also able to post responses to forum posts made by other students.
      • Practice Exercise: This activity type uses self-assessment style questions to reinforce listening, speaking and reading skills. A Practice Exercise can include a mix of XpressLab’s built-in question types, which includes: Audio Response, Multiple Choice (Oral and Text), True/False, Text Passage Correction, Written Response, Fill-in-the-blank, and Matching questions. Student answers are not submitted for marking in this activity type. At any time, practice activities can be converted into a Standard Test, which can then be submitted for marking
      • Standard Test: This activity type is submitted for marks. A overall Time Limit can be applied to a Standard Test in order to make it a Timed Test. In addition, Time Limits can be added to test Sections and/or Testlets to add additional time limits within the test itself. A Standard Test can include a mix of XpressLab’s built-in question types, which includes: Audio Response, Multiple Choice (Oral and Text), Text Passage Correction, Written Response, Fill-in-the-blank, and Matching questions.
      • Student Journal: This activity type offers a private discussion area used by teachers to present reflective-style assignments to students as well as providing a space for student mentoring. Each student is given his or her own journal, which may only be accessed by the teacher. Journal assignments typically require students to express their thoughts concerning lessons, events, readings and other course related themes that relate a course's content. In language courses, Student Journal activities are often used to support the development of extended speech.
      • Student Presentation: This activity type allows students to create a virtual class presentation. Students can create PowerPoint style slides with voice recorded audio, text, pictures and video. When marked and at the teacher's discretion, student presentations can be published for the entire class to see and comment on in an integrated discussion forum.
      • Teacher Presentation: This activity type is best used as a way to present lessons or assignments, or to supplement class lectures and course material. Presentation authors can include voice recordings, text, pictures and video within their presentation as well as including links to external web sites and text documents or worksheets to support the presentation material. Mastery-style or reflection questions can also be included within a presentation to encourage student engagement and support the retention of concepts presented. This activity type includes the Oral Questions with Sample Answers, and Multiple Choice (Text and Oral) question types.

Creating Activities

Once a Course is imported (or created), an activity or test can be added to a course using the tools found in the Course Dashboard.

Each Activity Type has its own unique configurable settings, which relate to purpose of the activity you are creating. For example, some activities, such as the Practice Exercise, are not submitted for marks. Therefore, you will not be able to specify an overall value for the activity.  Selecting an Activity Type also determines which Question Types are available within the Test Planner.

Creating a new activity allows you to configure and apply the following settings:

  • Test Settings
  • Test Taker and Permission Settings
  • Evaluation Settings; and
  • An Introduction and End Messages for students and test takers.
  1. Activities are created within the context of a Course. Access the My Course List by selecting the Courses​ ​link found in the main navigation bar at the top of your screen.

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  2. Select an existing course from within the My​ ​Course​ list. Or, create a new course by selecting the red New​ ​Course​ button located in the top left corner of the My Course page. Clicking an existing course or creating a new course directs you to the Course​ ​Dashboard​ where activities are created.
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  3. Click the red New​ ​Activity​ ​+​ button, found in the top left corner of the Course tab located on the Course​ ​Dashboard​. Clicking the New​ ​Activity​ ​+​ button brings you to the Add​ ​Activity​ ​page. 
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  4. Complete the 4-Step Add Activity form by configuring the settings detailed below.

Step 1: Activity Settings

 

  1. Select​ ​an​ ​Activity​ ​Type:​ Select one of the seven built-in Activity Types using the options listed here. The remaining configurable Settings will​ ​change​ depending on the Activity Type
    selected here. The remaining Settings described before refer to the selection of the Standard Test Activity Type. You may or may not see all of the fields detailed below, depending on which Activity Type you selected.

  2.  Activity​ ​Name:​ Enter the name of your activity.

  3. Description:​ ​Enter a brief description of the activity.
  4. Activity Code: If you wish to apply and Activity Code to your activity, enter it in the field provided here. Entering an Activity Code is not required. If there is not code associated with this activity, you may leave this field blank. The Activity Code entered here is used to integrate student test results into the Student Information System (SIS). When completed activities or tests are submitted by test takers, the XpressLab system will automatically send a student’s result code along with the activity code entered here, to the Student Information System (if any) associated with your XpressLab account.

  5. Mark Out Of: Specify the overall value of the activity by entering a numerical value here. The numerical value entered here represents the total possible marks a test-taker can earn by achieving a perfect score on the activity. Note: Entering a Mark Out Of value is mandatory. This field is not available in all Activity Types.

  6. Activity Language: Identify the target language of the new activity by selecting a language from the options listed here.

  7. Require test to be taken in a single session: If students are required to complete the Standard Test or activity you are creating within one test session, select the Yes option. Selecting No will allow students/test-takers to save their progress and return to the test/activity at a later date prior to completing and submitting the activity for evaluation.

  8. Allow Retake After (in days): If you wish to allow retakes for tests that are associated with this Activity (or Test Purpose) after a certain number of days following initial completion, select the appropriate numerical value representing the days following initial test completion in which the test should be made available for retake.

  9. Test Requires Payment: If students are required to pay before completing the activity, select the Yes option here. Selecting Yes will open the Payment URL field. Enter the URL to the payment processing web page in the Payment URL field. If completing the activity does not require payment, select the No option. Note: By default, the No option is selected.

  10. Activity Time Limit (in minutes): This Setting appears if the Activity Type you are creating supports an overall Time Limit. In order to apply a Time Limit to your activity, your activity must require students to complete the activity in a single session (i.e. you must select Yes to the Require test to be taken in a single session item). Selecting the Activity Time Limit (in minutes) checkbox opens the Activity Time Limit field. Enter a numerical value to represent the number of minutes in which test-takers are required to complete the activity.

  11. Set the order in which questions will be displayed to students: Select Sequential to ensure that students answer questions in order, from first to last. Select Non Sequential to allow students to answer questions in any order they choose.

  12. Default or Randomize: By default, the questions in our test/activity will be displayed to students in the order in which they appear in the Test Planner. Select the Randomize option to shuffle the order of questions in your activity for each student. The Randomize option is recommended in computer lab settings so that each student views questions in a unique order.
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Step 2: Test-Taker & Permission Settings

  1. Auto Assign: Select the Yes option to automatically assign all test-takers enrolled in the course to this activity. Select the No option if you do not wish to automatically assign all test-takers enrolled in the course to this activity.

  2. Is Restricted: Restricted activities require students If the activity is Restricted, select the Yes option. If the activity is not restricted, select the No option. Note: By default, the No option is selected.

  3. Test Takers Can See Evaluated Tests: To allow test-takers to review their completed and evaluated activity, select the Yes option. If you do not wish to allow test-takers to review their completed and evaluated activity, select the No option. Note: By default, the Yes option is selected.

  4. Test Takers Can View Comments in Evaluated Test: To allow test-takers to review comments added to their evaluated activity, select the Yes option. If you do not wish to allow test-takers to review comments made on their evaluated activity, select the No option. Note: By default, the Yes option is selected.

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Step 3: Evaluation Settings

  1. Tests are Invigilated: If the activity is invigilated (i.e. proctored) select the Yes option. Invigilated activities require teachers to grant manual student access to the activity. This means that you must manually accept each student who has been assigned the activity, before the student can begin completing the activity. If the activity is not proctored, select No. Selecting No allows students to gain access to the activity, once the activity status is set to Activity. Note: The No option is selected by default.

  2. Rubric: If you wish to assign a Rubric for the marking of human review questions within this activity, select the Rubric using the options provided here. If the activity is marked on a Rubric, human reviewed questions are based on the levels defined in the selected rubric and no longer based on the values assigned to the question during test authoring.

  3. Results Report Template: Assign a Test Report Template to the activity by selecting the appropriate template from the options provided here. Any test (or activity) that uses the Test Purpose defined by this activity will use the same Report Template defined here.

  4. Scorer’s Guide: You may provide scorers that inherit this activity with a guide to help facilitate the scoring of manually marked items within this activity. To upload a Scorer Guide file, click the Browse button. Clicking Browse will open your local file manager. Locate the Scorer Guide file from your computer and then click open. Note: Acceptable Scorer Guide file formats include: PDF, doc, docx, rtf, txt, etc.
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Step 4: Introduction & End Message

  1. Introduction Message: Use this field to enter an introductory message (either text based or HTML based) to be displayed to students prior to beginning the activity. Use the formatting toolbar provided along the top of the Introduction Message field to format your message to students.

  2. End Message: Enter a closing message (either text based or HTML based) to be displayed to students following the completion of the activity. Use the formatting toolbar provided along the top of the End Message field to format your closing message to students.

  3. Save: Click the red Save button to create the new activity. Clicking Save directs you to the Course Dashboard page.
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Your new Activity will appear at the top of the Activity list within the Course tab on the Course Dashboard. Click on the activity from below the Activity Name column to access the Activity Dashboard. Use the Activity Dashboard to access the Test Planner, where authoring occurs.

The following video provides step-by-step instructions on how to create an activity in XpressLab.

Step #4: Authoring Activities in the Test Planner

The Test Planner is found within the Activity Dashboard. You must create a new activity or test before you can access the Test Planner and begin authoring. 

The XpressLab Test Planner allows teachers to create and structure tests and activities using Sections and Testlets. The Test Planner also provides more control over a students progress  through an activity using configurable Section and Testlet Settings.

The Test Planner also includes Design Mode, which allows each question to be authoring in a single slide, environment. Design Mode is used to add additional click and drag audio recordings, video clips, images, and more, directly within activity questions.

Adding and Editing Sections and Testlets

The Test Planner uses Sections and Testlets to structure language tests and activities. Sections are used to define the common content groups or learning objectives within a activity/test. Sections are also used to contain Testlets, which are used to group together similar question types or learning objectives. Questions are then added within a Testlet.

By default, a Section and Testlet are already created for you within the Test Planner. To create a new Section, simply select the red New Section + button found in the top left corner of each Section. Similarly, to create a new Testlet, click the red Add Testlet + button found in the top right corner of each Section (see image below).

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Section Settings

Section Settings allow you to configure a student’s progression through an activity or test. It is important to note that Section Settings are dependent on the Activity Type you are currently authoring as well as the Activity Settings you applied during the 5-step activity creation process.

To access the Section Settings, click the Edit icon Edit.JPG located to the right of a Section name to modify or configure the Section Settings:

  1. Name: Enter a name for your Section to assist in the organization of your activity or test. Note: Students will not see the Section Name. The Name entered here is for your personal use.

  2. Description: Enter a Description for your Section to assist in the organization of your activity or test. Note: Students will not see the Section Description. The Description entered here is for your personal use.

  3. Identifier: Section identifiers support the seamless identification of Sections for future use (e.g. importing or exporting tests and/or third party system integration). Enter a unique identifier to your Section to facilitate future use cases using the field provided here. Adding a Section Identifier is optional. Leave this field blank if you do not wish to add an identifier for the Section.

  4. Random Selection Amount: By default, the Testlets contained within a Section are delivered in the order in which they are added/arranged within the Test Planner interface. Use the Random Selection Amount field if you wish to randomize the order in which testlets are delivered within the Section. Enter the number of Testlets you wish to randomize in the delivery of the Section. The numerical value entered here indicates which Testlets will be randomized during test delivery. Any remaining Testlets within the Section will be displayed in the order in which they appear within the Test Planner interface.

  5. Set Time Limit: Specifying a time limit for the Section allows you to control how much time students are given to complete all of the Testlets within that particular Section. To add a Section Time Limit, select the Set Time Limit checkbox. Selecting this checkbox opens the Minute and Seconds fields. Enter a Minute value (i.e. 1, 5, 10, 60, etc.) and a Second value (i.e. 1 to 59). Note: Time Limits can only be applied to the Standard Test Activity Type, if the test is set to be completed in a single session. Note: Use the Activity Settings to specify whether or not a Standard Test must be completed in a single session.

  6. Set Minimum Score: A Minimum Score can be applied to Sections only if the question order is set to Sequential using the Activity Settings. Students must achieve the minimum score set here in order to progress to the remaining Section in the activity.

Testlet Settings

Testlets group together a test stimulus and the questions associated with that stimulus, which must be answered at the same time. Testlets act as a container for your questions, which means that a Testlet must be created before you can begin adding and authoring questions. Testlets are created in the context of a Section. Every activity must have at least one Testlet inside one Section. It is important to note that Testlet Settings are dependent on the Activity Type you are currently authoring as well as the Activity Settings you applied during the activity creation process. To access the Testlet Settings, click the Edit icon Edit.JPG located to the right of a Testlet name to modify or configure the Testlet Settings:

  1. Name: Enter a name for your Testlet to assist in the organization of your activity or test. Note: Students will not see the Testlet Name. Note: The Name entered here is for your personal use.

  2. Description: Enter a Description for your Testlet to assist in the organization of your activity or test. Note: Students will not see the Testlet Description. The Description entered here is for your personal use.

  3. Identifier: Testlet identifiers support the seamless identification of Testlets for future use (e.g. importing or exporting tests and/or third party system integration). Enter a unique identifier to your Testlet to facilitate future use cases using the field provided here. Note: Adding a Testlet Identifier is optional. Leave this field blank if you do not wish to add an identifier for the Testlet.

  4. Set Time Limit: Time Limits can be applied to Testlets if the test is set to be completed in a single session. Add a Testlet Time Limit to specify how long students have to complete all the questions in the Testlet.

Adding Questions

Questions are added to Testlets within the Test Planner. To add a new question to your activity, click the New Question button located within a Testlet. Then, select a Question Type using the drop down list of options (see image below).

Selecting a Question Type directs you to the Add Question / Question Properties page. The Add Question or Question Properties, as well as the authoring steps, will vary depending on the Question Type selected.

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All Question Types allow teachers and test-authors to provide either a written, text-based question prompt or an audio question prompt.

  1. To add a written or text-based question prompt, select the Text Question option found at the top of the Add Question or Question Properties page. Type your question prompt in the Text to Display window. Use the Formatting toolbar to adjust the format of your question prompt.

  2. To add an audio question prompt, select the Audio Question option found at the top of the Add Question or Question Properties page. Click the red Record button within the audio recording widget to record your an audio question prompt. To upload an existing audio file from you local computer, click the Upload Audio icon Upload_aud.JPG, located in the right corner of the audio recording widget. Use the Upload File window to locate the audio file from your local computer. To limit the number of audio question prompt replays, enter a numerical value in the Limit question replays to field. Select the Autoplay checkbox if you wish to have the question prompt play immediately, when a student arrives to the question slide. If the Autoplay checkbox is not selected, students are required to select the Play  button within the audio widget in order to play the question prompt.
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Accessing Design Mode

Each question within the Test Planner can be edited in Design Mode. Design Mode offers a slide based authoring environment in which additional audio recordings, video clips, images, text, shapes, and multimedia elements can be added directly within your question slides.

  1. Edit a question in Design Mode by clicking the Design Mode button Design_B.JPG, found on the right side of the Test Planner.

  2. Clicking Design Mode opens the slide-based authoring environment. To add audio recordings, video clips, images, additional text, or other multimedia elements, click the Add Object button within the navigation bar at the top of the Design Mode authoring screen

  3. Click and drag any object within the slide to re-position the element.

  4. Use the Formatting toolbar along the top of the Design Mode authoring screen to adjust text or multimedia elements on the question slide.

  5. Click the red Exit button in the top left corner of the Design Mode authoring screen to return to the Test Planner.

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The following video provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the Test Planner to author activities in XpressLab

Step #4: Marking Student Submissions

Subjective style questions, such as Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank, Matching Questions, and Text Passage Response Questions, are auto marked within the XpressLab system. These questions will be automatically evaluated by comparing the student’s answer with the correct answer selected during the activity authoring process.

Objective style questions, such as Audio Response and Written Response questions, require human review. These question types and the corresponding student response, are made available within the Marking interface.

There are two methods of accessing student submissions within the Activity Dashboard:

      1. To access the Submissions page, where all activity submissions are listed, click on the Submissions button, located at the top of the Activity Dashboard, directly above the Student Activity graph, and to the left of the Test Planner button.

      2. To access a specific student’s submission within the Marking interface, click on the Submission Notification icon notification.JPGor the Student’s Name within the Recent Activity list, located on the left side of the Activity Dashboard.

Reviewing the Submissions Page

The Submissions page details all of the student submissions within an activity. This list includes completed submissions that have already been marked, as well as recent submissions that still require teacher evaluation.

Use the Submissions page to review:

  • the Student Name
  • the date and time on which the activity was submitted
  • the Progress or status of the submission. This column indicates whether the student has Start the activity, Submitted the activity, or any other pending actions
  • the Mark Status; and
  • the final mark or grade the student received
  1. Use the Progress Filters to refine the Submissions page. Applying the Submitted Filter will update the Submissions page to display only the submissions that require your evaluation. To clear any Progress Filters, click the red (Clear) text link located at the top of the Submissions list.
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  2. To begin marking a student submissions, click on the name of student from below the Student on the Submissions page. Clicking on a student name within the Submission page will direct you the Marking interface.

  3. Once a student submission has been evaluated, the final mark will appear within the Mark column of the Submissions page. To review a student’s overall test results and/or the student’s overall performance on a completed and evaluated activity, click on the student’s name from within the Submissions page.  Clicking on the student’s name within the context of a fully evaluated submission, will direct you to the student Results Report page. This page details all activity questions and student answers, including the student’s mark within each question.

  4. Students can retake evaluated tests and activities. If you wish to allow a student to retake a submitted activity, select the checkbox to the left of the student name. Then, click the red Re-Take button located at the top of the Submissions page.
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  5. If you wish to re-mark an assignment or take back the activity results so a student can no longer review their results and teacher comments, select the checkbox to the left of the student name and then click the Undo Release button found at the top of the page.
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Marking a Submitted Activity or Test

 

Subjective style questions, such as Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank, Matching Questions, and Text Passage Response Questions, are auto marked within the XpressLab system. These questions will be automatically evaluated by comparing the student’s answer with the correct answer selected during the activity authoring process.


Objective style questions, such as Audio Response and Written Response questions, require human review. These questions and the corresponding student response, are made available within the Marking interface.

 

  1. To begin marking a student submission, click on the student name from within the table found on the Submissions page. Or, click on the Student Name or Submission icon submission.JPGfrom the Recent Activity list found on the Activity dashboard.

  2. The Marking interface is used to evaluate objective style questions. Use the Selected Question drop down, located in the top left corner of the Marking Interface to select the objective style question you wish to evaluate.
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  3. Review the Question prompt. Click the red View as Test Taker text link located next to the Question prompt to view the question in Student View Mode.
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  4. Review the student Response. The format of the response will depend on the question type you are evaluating. Written Response questions display the written passage entered by the student.
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    Audio Response questions display the audio recording saved by the student.
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  5. Enter a score or grade value by typing a numerical value within the Value field.
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  6. Adding a comment within the context of each question and student response is optional. If you wish to provide a comment for the student, use the Item Comment options.

  7. To leave a written comment, select the Text Comment option. Enter your comment in the text field.
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  8. To leave an audio comment, select the Audio Comment option. Record your comment in the audio recording widget.
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  9. When you have completed the evaluation of an activity question, click the red Save button at the bottom of the screen. Note: It’s very important to save your marks and marking information at the end of each question review.
  10. Scroll back to the top of the Marking interface and select another question to evaluate using the Selected Question drop down in the top left corner of the screen (See Step #2). Complete the steps above for each subjective style question within the activity.

  11. When you have completed marking all of the questions within the activity, click the red Release Test button located in the top right corner of the Marking interface .The red Release Test button will be activated once all of the questions have been evaluated. Selecting this button will release the results back to the student for view.

  12. To move to another student submission, use the Selected Student drop down, found at the top of the Marking interface to the right of the Selected Question drop down. Any remaining student submissions will appear within the Selected Student drop down. Jump to another student submission by selecting another student name from within the drop down list of options.
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The following video provides step-by-step instructions on how to access and mark student Submissions.

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