Collaborative Authoring and Item Management


Questionmark enables learning professionals, instructional designers, educators, testing professionals and subject matter experts to author questions and organise them into surveys, quizzes, tests and exams. Browser-based and SME authoring tools enable learning, assessment and education professionals to streamline the question authoring and content harvesting process.

Authoring and Item Bank Management

Questionmark’s Authoring module provides comprehensive authoring and item banking capabilities, enabling assessment, learning, education and HR professionals to: author and import items; manage items within a collaborative yet secure environment; organise items into tests, exams, quizzes and surveys and publish assessments for delivery.  The authoring module is browser-based and compatible with most popular web-browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. 

Authoring and Item Bank Management

Item Authoring Overview

Questionmark’s authoring environment provides secure, collaborative environment with intuitive, browser-based interfaces for creating and managing items. Authors can:

  • Create and edit questions/items
  • Include stimulus such as images, audio or video
  • Insert mathematical formulas using built-in editor
  • Choose from 20+ different item types
  • Organise questions by topic and sub-topic folders
  • Define feedback at question and topic levels
  • Define meta tags
  • Review and try out questions
  • Define sophisticated scoring algorithms 
  • Search item banks by keyword, author, meta-tags, stem text, choice text and more

Question Editor

Item Banking

Questionmark’s item banking capabilities provide a secure, collaborative environment for tests authors and administrators to keep exam content up-to-date and ready for deployment in production assessments.  Item banking from Questionmark enables awarding bodies and test publishers to:

  • Organise items hierarchically and by metatag to align with skills and competencies
  • Track changes to items and rollback to previous versions
  • Use item version histories for auditing and defensibility
  • Use advanced item search features to identify items that may need updating
  • Collaborate securely in creating, reviewing and selecting exam questions
  • Classify, categorise and structure item storage for enhanced automation and scalability in test form creation and maintenance

Item Banking

Organise Questions into Assessments

Questionmark provides a powerful set of tools for organising your items into tests, exams, quizzes or surveys. Authors may opt to create simple forms, selecting individual items to be included in the assessment. Or, they may opt to create assessments that pull items at random that meet specific selection criteria, and then define sophisticated branching within the assessment based on how the participant answers questions or performs on certain groups or blocks of questions.  A few of the assessment authoring capabilities include: 

  • Implement assessment and topic scoring schemesQuestion Selection
  • Select questions by metatag or topic
  • Define topic requisites to be met as part of an overall cut score
  • Randomise ordering of questions and choices

  • Require delivery of high-stakes exams via Questionmark Secure
  • Define outcomes based on score-bands and topic-level scores
  • Create automatic emails with assessment results to participants and/or other stakeholders 
  • Specify varying levels item, topic and assessment feedback provide to participants 
  • Set time limits for assessments (and override time limits if required for certain candidates/participants)

Item History and Version Control

Maintaining an easily accessible “Item History” that documents edits made and reviews performed -- can be crucial to defending the fairness of your assessment development processes. Questionmark records each version of an item as well as comments as items are changed. Item version history can also be helpful during the review process to understand what edits were made, when the edits were made and who made the edits. You can compare two revisions side-by-side to examine what changes were made -- and you can use the “rollback” function to discard edits and roll back to a previous version of an item.

Role-based Access to Items and Assessments

Involving subject matter experts (SMEs) in the item authoring process can be vital to ensuring valid content.  Within Questionmark’s authoring tools, you can provide SMEs access to just the content – specific folders of items -- that they need to work on… no more, no less.   You can assign varying levels of permissions to authors and reviewers based on what their role will be in the process.

Publishing Assessments for Delivery

Once an assessment has been authored and is ready to deliver it to participants, the author or administrator may “publish” the assessment and its items.  This workflow helps product “live” assessments and items from inadvertant changes, providing administrators with control over how and when updates occur.

Authoring Workflow

Translation Management: Multilingual Items and Assessments

Many organisations need to deliver assessments to participants all over the world -- and need the ability to deliver assessments in many different languages.  Questionmark's Translation Management System provides translation management features and project management capabilities to manage the process of localising items and assessments.  

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Translation Management: Multilingual Items and Assessments

Multilingual Authoring Interfaces

Questionmark's authoring module provides multilingual interfaces available in more than 30 languages:

  • Arabic (العربية)
  • Bulgarian (Български)
  • Catalan (Català)
  • Chinese, Simplified (简体中文)
  • Chinese, Traditional (繁體中文)
  • Croatian (Hrvatski)
  • Czech (Čeština)
  • Danish (Dansk)
  • Dutch (Nederlands)
  • English
  • Finnish (Suomi)
  • French (Français)
  • German (Deutsch)
  • Greek (Ελληνικά)
  • Hebrew (עברית)
  • Hindi (हिन्दी)
  • Hungarian (Magyar)
  • Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Italian (Italiano)
  • Japanese (日本語)
  • Korean (한국어)
  • Norwegian Bokmål (Bokmål)
  • Persian (فارسی)
  • Polish (Polski)
  • Portuguese, Portugal (Português)
  • Romanian (Română)
  • Russian (Русский)
  • Serbian (Српски)
  • Slovenian (Slovenščina)
  • Spanish (Español)
  • Swedish (Svenska)
  • Thai (ภาษาไทย)
  • Turkish (Türkçe)
  • Ukrainian (Українська)
  • Urdu (اردو)
  • Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)