How do I use question pools?

A pool is a collection of questions. Echo can be set up to randomly draw a certain number of questions from a pool and use them to create an assessment.

Define a question pool


 From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon in the course for the assessment.


Click the "+Add to..." link to add a new assessment, or click on the Edit pencil icon next to a current assessment.


Click "Assessment" in the pop-up window if creating a new activity.

In the Activity Editor create or edit the assessment as needed. To set up an assessment to draw questions from a pool, click on the Settings tab. Scroll down to the "Assessment pool settings" section. Once a desired number of questions is entered, more settings will become available.

Desired number of questions indicates how many questions to be drawn for the assessment. For example, if there are 50 questions in the assessment and students are to answer 10 of them, enter 10.

  • Indicate how you want the question to break down by pool. Pools can be organized:
    • By groups you create. If you check this box, you must provide the question group Name and the number of questions you'd like chosen from this group
    • By learning objectives. If you check this box, complete the Select at least this many questions per learning objective field. Echo ensures the guideline is followed; if there aren't enough questions aligned with the objective, Echo just uses all of the available questions
    • By question type. If you check this box, you must indicate how many of each question type you want represented in the assessment by completing the fields below it (multiple choice, multiple answer, matching questions, etc.)

Be sure to click Save at the top to ensure settings are confirmed.




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