Zoho Challenge: Export Questions from Question Bank

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Zoho Challenge users have this oft repeated query, “How do I export my questions from Zoho Challenge?” We have addressed this by introducing the “Export Questions from Question Bank” feature. Using this option, you can export all your questions as a CSV file and Zoho Challenge will send you an email, with the exported questions as an attachment. 





The above feature also solves the other requirement that Zoho Challenge users typically have – copying bulk questions from one question bank to another. For this, you can export your questions from one question bank and import them back into the other question bank.

Note:

  • Import/Export feature is available from the Standard plan.


  • You can import/export about 1,000 questions at a time. 
Try the new Export Question Bank feature in Zoho Challenge.

Challenge New Features: Email Results To Candidates, Rich Text In Answer Options

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Hello again from the Zoho Challenge team! As you might have known, we’ve constantly added new features to Zoho Challenge based on user feedback. Previously, we’ve added

bulk questions import

,

comprehension questions

,

embedded tests

and 

more

. This holiday season, we’ve refreshed the application with a couple more features that we think you’ll find useful.


Automatically Email Test Results To Candidates
Previously, you were able to show your candidates the results of an assessment immediately, at a specific time or after test closure. From now on, your candidates will be able to receive an email with test results once they complete a test. All you need to do is enable the

‘Send results by email automatically’

option when you assign tests to your candidates.

The email that your test candidates will receive will contain the maximum and obtained marks, the test result (pass/fail) and a chart that shows correct vs. wrong answers. Students use email not just as a means of communication but also as a tool to archive important information. This new feature will be of great use to them and we encourage you to use it when delivering assessments.

Add Rich Text To Answer Options
Zoho Challenge’s powerful text editor that allows you to add rich, formatted and multimedia content to questions is now available for answer choices. You can leverage the same editor to add rich text to your answer options. We believe this small addition to the already existing power house of answer types and options will help you in providing improved and refined answer choices to your students.

We’re continuously improving Zoho Challenge based on what users have been telling us. If you’ve got anything to say, don’t forget to tell us. We’re always active in the

forums

or

on Twitter

.

“Zoho Challenge is a dream come true” – Anand More, More Training Consultancy Private Ltd

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Anand More of More Training Consultancy Pvt Ltd. (MTCPL) has been an
ardent fan of Zoho Challenge for quite some time. More Classes, a unit
of  MTCPL, provides supplementary training to the students of Mumbai University, ICAI & ICSI. Over 750 students from his classes take
their assessments using our very own quiz maker app, Zoho Challenge.
Thanks to Zoho Challenge, almost all of them take these tests
from multiple locations.
Over the weekend, we talked to him about how Zoho Challenge has helped
him administer tests better to his students. Here’s what he had to say:

1)
What made you look beyond the pen and paper based model of testing, for
an online testing solution? Was the traditional way of testing
inadequate for your needs?

We provide structured, supplementary coaching to students as well as
workshops to corporate executives. Our students appear for exams
conducted by external institutes. Our aim is to guarantee success in
such external examinations. The success of our coaching is determined by
the understanding of the students.

Many of the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), due to their schedules,
are either unable or unwilling to do the assessment of the candidates.
Lack of assessment reduces our ability to convince the parents or in
some cases even the corporate client about the effectiveness of our
training programmes.In such cases, it becomes all the more necessary for us to
help understand how the candidates understood their subject. It becomes
an indirect assessment of the SMEs too.

Further, when an experienced SME leaves,
we are left with no knowledge about how the assessment was done by him.
We suffer from lack of organizational knowledge bank, and our procedures
remain as effective as the SME only.

The traditional pen and paper method emphasizes on testing the
presentation skills and what we want is testing the level of
understanding.

Elaborate arrangements just like examination [halls] involve considerable costs, are time consuming and are labour intensive
for us.
What we wanted was a solution which will give us:

  • total control over assessment, 
  • streamlined processes for initiating, conducting and assessing the tests
  • control over cost of printing
  • automated evaluation 
  • organizational knowledge bank of how to assess the preparation for a subject
  • collaborative and location independent platform for accommodating varying schedules of SMEs
  • search-able storage of student performance for future reference.
  • ability to deliver the tests at any location
  • ability to reuse the questions once created
  • empower the SMEs with a
    dashboard indicating KPIs of the students, or tests based on his choice,
    without spending his time on mundane work.

This is where
Zoho Challenge came to our rescue. Although our wish list is unending,
Zoho Challenge with its ever co-operating support staff has always come
with innovative and stable solutions.








2) How did you stumble upon Zoho Challenge? How long
have you been using it?

I am a member of the eLearning Guild. In one of the weekly newsletters, there was a mention of Google Docs and Zoho Docs. That was my introduction to Zoho. I got hooked to
both Google Apps and Zoho for my coaching activity. Somewhere in 2008 (to be precise on September 19, 2008) I stumbled
upon Zoho Challenge. At that time, Zoho Challenge 1.0 was at a nascent
stage. I was fascinated by the potential of this product. The
fascination is still continued.


3) Could you please
name 3-5 specific features that made you stick to Zoho Challenge?

  • Hosted solution
  • The structure of Question Banks: Multiple tests and test reusability
  • Importing questions
  • Multimedia enabled questions
  • Batch feature and IP restricted tests







4) Has Zoho Challenge helped you in administering tests
faster, quicker and more efficiently? What benefits have you gained out
of using our quiz maker?


Yes, my organization has benefited



on all the following counts
:

  • Reduced paper cost
  • Reduced efforts in coordinating with SMEs to get the question papers before test dates
  • Reduced pressure and costs in arranging the location for the tests
  • Providing error free and unbiased assessment
          

My subject matter experts have become decision makers rather than data gatherers. For students, testing has become fun just like online gaming. We are even planning to use Challenge to give scholarship to the most deserving candidates


5) What would you say to those teachers and schools
who are planning to switch to online tests, but haven’t jumped the gun
yet? Should they do it as soon as they can? What are they missing out?

It
is an old saying – when the pupil is ready the master appears. In our
case the master has already appeared in the form of Zoho Challenge, only
the pupils, (i.e. the schools) must be ready to work with the master.

For all the schools waiting to jump in, I can tell that the value proposition put by Zoho Challenge, i.e.

  • to enable the SMEs with student’s understanding
  • to give a hosted, subscription based solution to testing
  • to bring fun in testing & assessment
  • at a very low cost

is a dream come true. This is how technology should be used to make an efficient, productive and responsible society.

Zoho Challenge exists to make tests easy and we were thrilled to see yet another case of it being used to deliver tests to a large number of students in one go. If you’re another such passionate user of Zoho Challenge, talk to us on how you’ve been using it in your classroom or organization: email us at support@zohochallenge.com. We’re all ears!



Bulk Question Import into Question Banks – Zoho Challenge

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It has been more than a month since we wrote about any thing new in Zoho Challenge. However, our friends and fans out there have made sure that it was not quiet on the media front. In the past 6 weeks, Zoho Challenge was covered in several blogs, newspapers and was also mentioned in

BBC’s WebScape
program and just yesterday at

Teacher Boot Camp
.  Not only that, in the period, the volume of users using Zoho Challenge has almost tripled – of course without any strain on the

service’s availability
:)
Consistent with serious usage, we have received lot of feedback and feature requests from our users. We have been continuously adding power to Zoho Challenge and the precious feedback we received from users like you have helped us refine and fine tune the product significantly. Over the next few weeks, we will unveil each of these features and enhancements done to Zoho Challenge.
To begin with, we have answered the oft repeated query – “How do I import questions into question banks“? Zoho Challenge now supports a “bulk question import” feature. Using this feature, you can now import CSV or MS Excel (xls) files containing your questions directly into the question bank of your choice.


You can upload about 1,000 questions at a time. This feature is available in all our

paid plans
. Stay tuned to this space for more announcements.

Track School Test Schedules using Google / Zoho Calendar + Zoho Challenge

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If you’re a student, you’re probably using an online calendar to keep track of your homework assignments, projects and plenty of other things that are a part of your schedule in school. Tests also go hand in hand with other academic activities, and it’s more important to keep track of them because you can’t afford to miss them.
Tests that are scheduled in Zoho Challenge can be added to your preferred calendar in just a click of a button. A test administrator can schedule a test at a specified time interval and add candidates using their email addresses, as you can see below:
As a candidate for the test, you will immediately receive an email with a link to the test. The email will also show the scheduled time and in addition, the test duration. 
Now that you’ve glanced over all of the information, you don’t want to forget it, right? Just click on the appropriate link to add the test to Google Calendar/Zoho Calendar from the bottom of the email message:
emaillink
You’ll now be taken to the calendar of your choice where you can add the event. You can choose to get reminded of the event via email or SMS (in Google Calendar). You will never miss an online test thanks to these reminders. 
That is not all. If you are a professor or test administrator, you can create a public calendar listing the tests along with classes. Encourage your students to subscribe to the calendar(s). Once subscribed, these events appear in your own calendar and you can stay abreast with happenings across your study circle. The following screenshots illustrate how you can subscribe to a public calendar in Zoho and Google Calendar.
In Google Calendar, all you need to do is hit the ‘Add to URL’ option in the bottom right and paste the calendar’s address in the pop in window that appears.
In Zoho Calendar, go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Subscribe to’ and add the calendar URL, and hit ‘Subscribe’
Keeping track of tests, we bet, was never this easy. If you’ve got questions, please feel free to approach us in the forum . We’ll respond as quick as we can!

New in Zoho Challenge: Comprehension Questions

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Today, we are announcing a feature that will be very useful for both our academic and business users alike – Zoho Challenge now has support for comprehension questions. In Zoho Challenge, a comprehension question is one that first presents a paragraph, a passage, a graph/image or maybe a combination of them, and then makes a series of follow-questions about that introduction. Typically, these questions measure how good the test-taker is at comprehending what is being discussed in the introductory part, how well he can extrapolate based on information presented, or, for example, his abilities to analyze and arrive to conclusions based on some information being presented.

So now you can get that psychometric test for your [potential] employees or you can you include graphic interpretation questions – that test a candidate’s ability to answer questions that involve more comprehension or broader skills than normal, single questions. Here is a video that illustrates the workflow. You can also refer to the online help documents

Some users in the academic space have been using form-generators to solve the online testing/quick problem, but that’s not the best way to go around it. And with Zoho Challenge’s Free plan, it has never been so easy to get started! Comprehension questions now make the experience even better. Several passionate educators have been in touch with us via email or blog posts and have been offering incredible feedback – and we will be releasing another round of community-driven features shortly.

What better way to experience this feature than to take a test? Below is a comprehension passage based test that is embedded right into this blog.

Community Driven Features @ Zoho Challenge

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The number of users using Zoho Challenge heavily has been steadily increasing. With that increased use, we have also been receiving valuable feedback. All Zoho products have evolved significantly owing to feedback and feature requests by active customers. It is an internalized concept @ Zoho to give high priority for requests from the “field” as they solve “real” problems that exist today, sometimes, even over other carefully evaluated features planned by our product management teams.
And Zoho Challenge is no exception. For more than a month now, the engineering team has been busy implementing features that were requested by our customers. I thought of consolidating all those we have rolled out so far and what we have lined up for the next week or so.
Test from your site with Embeddable Tests
Now you can embed in your site tests that a candidate can take, and then have them take the test right there as well – all the time without leaving your website. Embedding tests is available across all of our paid plans.
embedCandidateView
Help Candidates Remember Their Exams with Reminders
All test invitation emails have a convenient iCal attachment that will be auto-recognized / imported into several calendering systems including Zoho Calendar and Google Calendar and also Outlook / Notes like email software. This will help candidates set up test reminders in their calendering system.
mailReminder
Fill-In-The-Blanks Auto-Evaluation
Almost everyone who gives Zoho Challenge a try has used the Fill-in-the-blanks question type. Until recently, those had to be manually evaluated. Sometimes this caused a slow down of the entire evaluation process. We’re happy to report that now we can also evaluate fill-in-the-blanks questions. Of course, we deal with upper/lower-case and white-spaces so as to not disqualify correct answers. To cater to complex cases, all fill-in-the-blanks questions can always be manually evaluated and the auto generated score over-ridden. Same applies for descriptive questions too. We are constantly working on improving our evaluation logic to include keyword patterns etc.
tagBasedSearch
Tag-based question search
Many customers are now putting a larger volume of questions into their question banks. With so many questions around, it is important to be able to search and locate them as quickly as possible. We introduce full-text-search for our questions a while ago, but we also encourage our users to tag all their questions. For example, a full text search would not know whether a question is “Hard” of whether “What year was Napoleon Bonaparte born?” refers to a “History” question. Initially, tags were only used when defining rules in the random question generator. Now, you can also easily see all the questions related to a particular tag.
tagBasedSearch
Improved Test Results UI
The test results page has been improved to make the results more readable. Sort order and improved export features are coming shortly.
And… we have also thrown in a far more powerful feature into Zoho Challenge. That will have to wait for a post of its own =)
Dhan
ps. Napoleon was born on August 15th, 1769. Did you get that right? :)