Open Assessment Technologies - TAO User Guide Open Assessment Technologies - TAO User Guide User Guide 3.1

Creating a New Item

Together, questions and other types of Interaction form Items, which comprise parts of Tests. Items are created and populated with Interactions, and can be combined to assess Test-taker performance.

There are more than 17 types of interaction in TAO. For information on the types of Interaction available, see the Interactions section. Note that an Item generally contains only one Interaction type.

The videos below will demonstrate how to easily create some of the most popular items using TAO.

How to create a Choice (multiple-choice) Item using TAO:

Choice Interaction

How to create an Inline Item using TAO:

Inline Interactions

How to create an Associate Item using TAO:

Associate Interaction

Now, let's walk through the steps of creating an Item.

1. Click on the Items icon in the Assessment Builder Bar.

This will take you to the Items page. The Library on the left-hand side will show existing Items. The last Item to be edited (either by you or a previous user) will be highlighted in the Library. In this tour, however, you will create a new Item.

2. Click on the New item icon in the button bank under the library.

This will create a new item in the selected folder.

Note: To create a new item in a different folder, click on that folder in the Library, and then select the New item icon in the button bank. To create a new folder (in TAO these represent classes), click on New class in the button bank. Select a location within the Library, and the new folder (class) will be created there.

3. Label and save your Item.

Creating a new Item will bring up a new dialog box with the option to name (or label) your item. After labeling your item, click Save. This produces an empty item, which you can now populate with interactions.

4. Click on the option Authoring in the Action Bar.

This will take you to the empty Item you have created. You can now start to fill this with your interactions. In the Library on the left, you will now see the Common Interactions catalog. You will find the other types of interaction below this catalog: Inline Interactions, Graphic Interactions and Custom Interactions. You can navigate these catalogs to choose the types of interaction you want to use for your item. The Interaction section will tell you about the different types of interaction which you can use in TAO.

Note: Items are 'locked' when you (or another user) are working on them.