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3.4 Details on Using the Adaptive Assignment Editor

With Maple T.A., you can create flexible adaptive assignments that let you separate questions into different branches or difficulty levels. When a student takes an adaptive test, each new question is selected from the appropriate branch, depending on their earlier responses.

Creating an Adaptive Assignment

To create a new adaptive assignment, do the following:

  1. From the Class Homepage, click Content Repository.
  1. From the Create New menu, select Adaptive Assignment.
  1. The Assignment Editor screen opens.

Choose Name Tab

For information on the assignment name, assignment instructions, and how to define what text is shown upon grading, see Assignment Editor Step 1: Choose a Name.

Select Questions Tab

Add Branches to Adaptive Assignments

1. To add a branch to an assignment, click Add Branch which is located underneath Step 2. Select Questions.

2. Give a name for the new branch click Save. If you would like to cancel the creation of the new branch, click Cancel instead.

Changing Properties of Branches

To change various properties of a branch, do the following:

1. To change the properties of a branch, you need to first select the branch whose properties you want to change. To do this, click the name of the branch. The selected branch appears white compared to the other dark gray branches.

2. Underneath the heading Assignment Questions you will see the following three options:

  • Scramble Questions – if checked, questions shown from this branch will be picked at random
  • Recycle Questions – if checked, questions that a student has already answered will have the possibility to be shown again to the student
  • Branch Weight – the value entered here is what each question from this branch will be worth

Deleting Branches from Adaptive Assignments

To delete a branch, do the following:

  1. Locate the branch you want to delete from your assignment.
  1. Click the drop-down menu next to the branch.
  1. Click Delete.

Note: Deleting a branch also deletes all questions within that branch

Adding Questions to Branches

To add questions to a branch, do the following:

1. Click the branch name you would like to add questions to. The selected branch appears white compared to the other dark gray branch(es).

After the above step, adding questions to a branch follows the same procedures as adding questions to a non-adaptive assignment. To find these procedures, click Assignment Editor Step 2: Select Questions.

Deleting Questions from Branches

To delete questions from a branch, do the following:

1. Click the branch name you would like to delete questions from. The selected branch appears white compared to the other dark gray branch(es).

After the above step, deleting questions from a branch follows the same procedures as deleting questions from a non-adaptive assignment. These procedures can be found by clicking: Assignment Editor Step 2: Select Questions.

Defining an Exit Strategy

How a student finishes an adaptive assignment is called an exit strategy. A student can finish in a number of different ways.

To define an exit strategy for an adaptive assignment, do the following:

To define how a student completes the adaptive assignment:

  1. Click 2. Select Questions.
  1. Then, click Policies.
  1. Choose at least one grading trigger that will dictate when a student is finished the assignment. There are three options to choose from which can be used by themselves or in conjunction with each other:
  • <integer> Questions Seen – the student is finished the assignment after seeing a predefined number of questions. It does not matter if they got these questions correct or incorrect.
  • <integer> Correct Responses – the student is finished the assignment after correctly answering a predefined number of questions.
  • <integer> Incorrect Responses – the student is finished the assignment after incorrectly answering a predefined number of questions.

Defining An Exit Strategy

Figure 3.8: Defining An Exit Strategy


Defining Branch Switching Procedures

To define how a student will move from branch to branch within an adaptive assignment, do the following:

1. Click Policies, as shown below.

2. Under the Grade Policy and under Adaptive Policy, select the Basic radio buttons (as shown below). The basic options you select define how a student moves between branches by specifying the number of correct or incorrect responses permitted before the system jumps to a more or less difficult branch.

Defining Branch Switching Procedures

Figure 3.9: Defining Branch Switching Procedures


3. Using the Algorithmic option, you can customize exactly how a student will move from branch to branch using Maple syntax.

Details on Grade Policy and Adaptive Policy

The Grade Policy determines how the assignment is graded (when complete). Each option is explained below:

  • Basic: Each correct question is worth 1 * branch weight
  • ELO: Responses are graded between 0 and 1, where 0 indicates no correct responses and 1 indicates all correct responses. Otherwise, the grade is calculated based on branch weight and difficulty.
  • Algorithmic: The user supplies an algorithm in the space provided (Note: Choosing Algorithmic as the Grade Policy automatically changes the Adaptive Policy to Algorithmic as well)

The Adaptive Policy determines when to change branches (or the difficulty of the assignment).

  • Basic: Use the drop-down menus to determine when to increase and decrease the difficulty of the assignment, as shown in Figure 3.9.
  • Algorithmic: The user supplies algorithm in the space provided (Note: This option can be used with any Grade Policy).

Set Policies Tab

When creating an adaptive assignment, the set policies tab is similar to the set policies tab when creating a regular assignment. There are only two differences:

  1. When creating an adaptive assignment, you can only choose between three assignment types: Anonymous practice, Homework or Quiz, and Proctored exam.
  1. There is no passing score in an adaptive assignment.

For detailed information on the Set Policies tab, see Assignment Editor Step 3: Set Policies.

Summary

A summary of the Adaptive Assignment policies is presented at the very end of the authoring process. This screen is similar to the information presented for creating a regular assignment. One of the differences is that branches are listed on the an Adaptive Assignment, as shown below.

For more details, see: Summary Screen.