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Create a New Delivery
Assembled deliveries provide the means of publishing and administering tests. These govern when a Test is taken by selected individual or groups of Test-takers and how long Tests will be. A delivery can only be assembled after the creation of interactions, the assembly of the Test, the creation of Test-taker profiles, and the gathering of Test-takers into formal Groups.
Now, let's walk through the steps of creating a Delivery.
1. Click on the Deliveries icon in the Assessment Builder Bar.
This will take you to the Deliveries page, and will show the last Delivery which you, or the user before you, created. On the left-hand side of your screen you will see the Delivery Library of existing deliveries. The last delivery which was created will be highlighted in the Library. In this tour, however, you will create a new Delivery.
2. Click on the New delivery icon in the button bank under the library.
This brings up a dialog box entitled Create a New Delivery, which asks for a Test selection. From the pull-down menu, select the Test that is to be sent to Test-takers in this delivery. Once selected, click Publish.
A properties panel will come up.
Note: To create a new delivery in a different folder, select the desired folder in the Library, and then click on the New delivery icon in the button bank. To create a new folder (in TAO these represent new classes), click on New class in the button bank, and then give it a label. Highlight where to put the new folder relating to the new class.
3. Set the delivery properties.
Label: The default name of the delivery is 'Delivery of Test Name'. This can be changed as needed.
Maximum number of executions: if left empty, test-takers may take the delivered test an unlimited number of times. Setting this number to any non-zero integer will limit the test-takers to that number of attempts at the Test.
Start Date and End Date: this establishes the earliest date and time and latest date and time that the test can be taken. Clicking on either date field provides a graphical interface which allows you to set the date and time (using a calendar, and slider controls for hours and minutes). However, it is also possible to provide the date and time by manually typing them in in the following order: year, month, day, and 24-hour clock (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM)
The Result Server allows you to choose where the results should be stored (the default is RDS ResultStorage).
The Display Order allows you to specify the order in which the deliveries are presented.
As a test-taker you are presented with a list of all the deliveries which are assigned to you. These are normally unordered unless you set display order to a numeric value. This numeric value defines the position of delivery in the Available list.
Access: If the Guest Access box is checked, people who are not registered as test-takers can view the delivery.
4. Assign the test to a group of test-takers in the panes on the right of the Properties panel.
The Assigned to pane contains all available groups of Test-takers. Select a Group, and click the blue Save button below. If there are Test-takers in the Group who, for whatever reason, should not take this exam (due to absence, remedial assignments, etc.), click the blue Excluded Test-takers button at the bottom of the Test-takers pane.
The Assigned to pane contains all available groups of test-takers. Select a Group, and click the blue Save button below. If there are test-takers in the Group who, for whatever reason, should not be taking this exam (because of absence, remedial assignments, etc.), click the blue Excluded Test-takers button at the bottom of the test-taker's pane. To move a person from assigned status to excluded status, simply click on that person's name in the assigned column. Click save to close the pop-up window.