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Akindi assessments (integration with Brightspace)

Akindi is an assessment tool used to deliver bubble sheet or online multiple choice examinations. It is integrated with D2L Brightspace, which means it is accessed through your  course shell

There are two types of Akindi assessments:

  • Paper-Based Assessments, where you can print and scan the bubble sheets yourself using any printer and scanner, or easily send it off to be done for you on campus. 
  • Online Assessments, which are delivered entirely online via Brightspace. 
See the benefits of each option below, with instructions for use.

 Support

For more information please visit the Akindi Help Center, external link, Akindi’s Getting Started Guide or contact Akindi Support using the blue live-chat button in the bottom right corner of the screen while using the tool.

Getting Started

Access the Content tab in your D2L Brightspace course shell. Add a module to the left-hand navigation bar by clicking Add a module… and give it a name.

For online assessments, the module must be visible for students to access the quiz.

Student-facing pages are not necessary when using Akindi only for Paper-Based Assessments. If you are not running any online assessments, and would like to hide the module from students, click on the eye icon in the top right corner and switch the visibility to off. This is confirmed by the eye icon displayed below the name of the module in the side-bar navigation.

Inside your new module, select External Learning Tools from the Existing Activities drop down menu.

Scroll down, and select Launch Akindi.

Click the drop-down arrow beside “Launch Akindi” and select Edit Properties In-place.

Enable Open as External Resource.

Access the tool by clicking on the link or by selecting View Topic under the arrow to the right. Then, click the big orange Launch Akindi button in the bottom centre of the new window, which will take you into Akindi on an external site.

Akindi Online Assessment

If using an Online Assessment, you can distribute directly to learners via Brightspace or email. 

  • Integrated with D2L Brightspace
  • Brightspace Quiz alternative
  • Import questions from a Word document
  • Set a hard deadline for completion
  • Easily update grading

1. After launching Akindi, click Create Assessment.

2. Select your course from the drop-down.

3. Name the assessment.

4. Assessment Type: Set to “Online”.

5. Multiple Versions: If enabled, this feature can be used to automatically shuffle the order questions are presented to students, or support up to six separate versions of the assessment. As you change options, the preview to the right will update. 

6. Test Question Display: The options available will vary depending on your version selections. 

  • Display full PDF will replicate the bubble-sheet experience. You will have to select the layout, and ensure that your questions match the settings you select.   
  • One question at a time presents each question above with clickable answers. This option is more flexible, supporting any number of questions and multiple choice options, and can be set to allow or prevent backtracking. 
  • If you are sharing questions with students using an external platform, and would like them to only select answers, you can choose I don’t want to upload test questions

7. Click Save and Continue.

8. Drag-and-drop your test question document into the box. For One Question at a Time assessments, the upload will only accept a .docx file. If you have opted to Display full PDF, the file must be uploaded as a PDF. 

9. When successfully uploaded, click Continue.

If creating a One Question at a Time assessment, individual questions will be loaded with the answers below them.  

 a. Identify correct answers by clicking on the letter beside them, turning it blue. Questions can have multiple correct answers. Prior to uploading, the correct answers can be identified in the document by using boldface, italics, or a different coloured fonts.
 b. Question type and weighting can be changed using the advanced marking options, accessed through the 6-dot grid beside the question.
 c. When finished, click Save & Continue.

If creating a Display full PDF assessment, a separate answer sheet is displayed.

 a. After uploading the PDF of questions, create an answer key by clicking on the correct option for each question. Questions can have multiple correct answers.
 b. You can bulk upload answers using the Copy and Paste Answer Key option. Details about formatting can be found at Akindi’s Copy and Paste Answer Key, external link resource. 
 c. Question type and weighting can be changed using the advanced marking options. 
 d. Continue.

If you are presented with error messages or unexpected behaviour, please visit Akindi’s Question and Answer resource, external link.

You can toggle advanced marking by clicking the on/off slider at the top right of your screen. If the slider is orange, advanced marking is turned on. Setting advanced marking options is only necessary for your assessment if your assessment has bonus questions, questions worth different amounts, or questions with multiple answers.

 

For questions with multiple answers: 

  1. Exact Mark Question: the student’s answer must match the answer key exactly. If the student doesn’t select all of the correct answers they will receive a zero for that question. This is the default option in Adindi.
  2. Partial Mark Question: The student is awarded partial marks for each correct response up to the full weight of the question, but will receive a score of zero if they fill in more bubbles than there are correct answers. If you select Deduct incorrect answers, Akindi will award students a partial mark for each correct response and deduct a partial mark for each incorrect response.

Either Or: A student will receive full marks for selecting any of the valid responses.

You can then set a value of how many marks each question is worth by inputting a number into the worth _ mark text box. This number can be a whole number or a decimal. Setting this number to zero will remove the question from the students final grade but still include it in your final results analysis, which is useful for survey questions. Clicking on the bonus check mark box will remove the question from your assessment’s total points value denominator, but will add a bonus mark to their final result.

  1. Time limit: Optional. Acts as an individual timer for each student, starting when they begin the assessment.
  2. Activation date: When the assessment becomes available to students. If they navigate to Akindi in advance, they will not be able to start before this time. 
  3. Deadline: After this date and time, even if their individual timer has not run out, students will not be able to continue the assessment. 
  4. Click Save & Continue.

Click Publish to Brightspace. This will make upcoming assessments visible to students when launching Akindi from within Brightspace, but it will only be accessible after the activation date. 

The option to alert students by email will be provided; this will inform them of the timing restrictions you set, but will not provide them with a direct link.

Additional or Alternate Time

1. Select the checkbox beside the name of the student who requires alternate timing. Multiple students can be selected, if the same change is to be applied to them all. 

2. Click the Actions option, and select Edit Assessment Timing.

3. If a time limit is enabled for the assessment, adjust to include the total time the student is eligible for.

4. Be sure to change the deadline to consider the additional time; if you do not do this, the student will automatically be stopped at the time of the default deadline. 

5. Click Save and Continue.

Additional Attempt

1. From the assessment Dashboard, Select the checkbox beside the name of the student who requires a new attempt. 

2. Click the Actions option, and select Reopen assessment attempt. If this option is not listed, confirm the Assessment status of that student in the table below to ensure that they  have completed an attempt.

3. Set the new activation time, deadline, and any changes to the time limit that you would like to implement for this student

4. The student's saved responses from their previous attempt will appear when they access the assessment. To remove all the previous responses, select the 'Clear saved answers from previous attempt' option.

Students cannot see the Akindi Online Assessment. 

  • Verify that you have published to Brightspace (see “Publishing Akindi Online Assessment to Brightspace” above) 
  • Ensure the Akindi Module in Content is set to visible (See “Getting Started” above)
  • Confirm that the Activation Date and Deadline are correct (See “Setting Time Restrictions” above).

I need to change which answer is correct

One of the benefits of Akinidi Online is the ease at which you can modify the answer key, both before and after students have completed attempts. Once the correct answers are modified, student scores are automatically recalculated. 

There are multiple possible ways of accessing the Answer key to make changes:

 

From the Course dashboard, select Edit Questions & Answers for the relevant assessment.

From the response summary, select the Actions button, then choose “Edit Answer Key” from the drop-down list.

1. Once at the Answer Key, you can click on the letter beside the answers to toggle  if they are considered correct (filled in orange), or incorrect (white). To remove a questions from the assessment calculation, set all possible answers to incorrect. 

2. When all changes have been made, click “Save and Continue”.

Akindi Paper-Based Assessment

Once complete, you can either print and scan the bubble sheets yourself using any printer and scanner, or easily send it off to be done for you on campus.

  • Integrated with D2L Brightspace
  • Scantron bubble sheet alternative
  • Use any scanner and regular printer paper
  • Innovative web based platform
  • Use any dark writing utensil to fill it out

1. Course Name - Select the name of your course under the dropdown menu. Never use the +Add new course option as it will cause syncing issues with D2L Brightspace.

2. Assessment Name - Name your assignment (ie. Final Exam).

3. Select Layout - Choose from 50, 100 or 150 question layout. If your assessment is comprised of an amount of questions that is greater or less than one of these preset amounts, round up. If your final answer key has questions on it without an answer indicated, it will skip the question entirely during the marking process.

4. Prefill Student Information - Print bubble sheets with your students first names, last names, and student numbers automatically filled in.

5. Sort printed sheets… - Choosing to sort your printed sheets by Student Name (orded by last name) can make it easier for students to find their seat in the exam room.

6. Show in Title - Choose what information is automatically displayed at the top of every bubble sheet. The preview window on the right will automatically update to reflect these changes.

Turn on multiple versions allows you to select the amount of versions of this test you would like to create, up to 6 versions. You will have to create a separate answer key for each version of the assessment. While writing the test, students will specify the version of the test they received by filling in the appropriate bubble built in to the Akindi bubble sheet. It wil be up to you how you split up the different version's question sheets in person.


Click Continue.

Option 1: Manual Input (Recommended)

  1. If you have multiple versions turned on, you can edit the different versions of the test by selecting them in the dropdown menu at the top (Version A, B, etc).
  2. You can manually input the answers to each question by selecting the letters next to each question, turning the boxes orange. You can select multiple boxes on each row if a question has multiple answers that are correct. When you input the answers for each question, you will see the changes immediately reflected on the bubble sheet preview on the right.

Option 2: Import/Export

  1. You can import an external answer key by selecting the Import/Export option at the top right of your screen. A new window will pop up. Answer keys must be typed or copy and pasted into the text box using the format indicated on the screen. Each new line will be counted as a new question.
  2. If you have already filled out your answer key in the tool using manual input, this text box will be filled automatically. You can export your answers as plain text by clicking in the text box window and copy and pasting them to an external location on your computer (ie. Word, Google Docs, etc).

Option 3: Upload Questions & Answers as a Document

If you have your questions and answers listed in a Word Document (.docx), you can upload them as a file and Akindi will select the correct answers, creating an an answer key. 

In your document you can identify correct responses by changing the text colour, making it bold, or italicized. 

Option 4: Upload A Filled-In Answer Sheet

You can print and complete an on-paper answer key by filling in "0000" as the student ID. 

Once this document is scanned itcan be:

  • Uploaded to your Akindi assessment as a response sheet in Brightspace
  • Emailed to the unique email address included on your Cover Sheet

You can toggle advanced marking by clicking the on/off slider at the top right of your screen. If the slider is orange, advanced marking is turned on. Setting advanced marking options is only necessary for your assessment if your assessment has bonus questions, questions worth different amounts, or questions with multiple answers.

 

For questions with multiple answers: 

  1. Exact Mark Question: the student’s answer must match the answer key exactly. If the student doesn’t select all of the correct answers they will receive a zero for that question. This is the default option in Adindi.
  2. Partial Mark Question: The student is awarded partial marks for each correct response up to the full weight of the question, but will receive a score of zero if they fill in more bubbles than there are correct answers. If you select 'Deduct incorrect answers', Akindi will award students a partial mark for each correct response and deduct a partial mark for each incorrect response.

Either Or: A student will receive full marks for selecting any of the valid responses.

  1. If you have multiple versions of your test and they are not worth the same amount of points, you will get this warning message. While it is possible for tests set up this way to be accurately graded, you won’t be able to take full advantage of Akindi’s statistics dashboard after your test is complete.
  2. Once you have completed entering your answer key, press the orange Continue button located in the bottom right corner underneath your bubble sheet preview.

From this page, you can select whether you want to

  1. Print bubble sheets yourself
  2. Order them from one of the Duplicating and Printing Services locations on campus.

Unlike other systems, Akindi scans for completed answers by looking for darkness in the bubbles, and not substance. This means students can use a pen, pencil, marker, or any other writing utensil to fill out the sheets as long as they leave a dark mark that accurately fills in the bubble.

NOTE: Currently (October 2021), you must print bubble sheets yourself.

Print Bubble Sheets Yourself

Selecting Print Bubble Sheets will generate a pdf file, ready to print with everything you have selected so far. If you have set your bubble sheets to prefill student information, it will generate individual pages for each student in the order you have selected. If you have prefill student information turned off, Akindi will generate a single test page that you can print as many single copies of as you need.

You can print your bubble sheets directly from this window in your browser if your current computer is connected to a printer or you can download it as a pdf file to print later.

 

Option 1: Scan Using Scanner

If you have access to a regular scanner, you can scan the sheets one by one in any order and upload the PDF to your Akindi Dashboard.

 

Option 2: Get Scanned by Print Shop

To get the sheets scanned for you on campus, you can bring the sheets to either of the Duplicating and Printing Services locations (TRS-1-154 at 55 Dundas Street W or 105 Bond Street). No need to sort sheets by section or version, as Akindi will automatically sort them. You will receive an email when the results are ready to be viewed. 

Time-Based Accommodations

As this assessment is completed on paper, the timing is not managed using the technology, but through the facilitation of the exam.   

Make-up Test or Rewrites in the Test Centre

For students completing make-up tests using Akindi, the instructor will have to scan and upload the exam sheets themselves. The Printshop will not be able to do this, as the Test Centre has generic bubble sheets, which will not be associated with a specific course and assessment (usually done through a QR code).
 
Alternatively, the instructor can provide bubble sheet(s) to the Test Centre. These are the bubble sheets that have the QR code specific for the course and assessment. These sheets can be scanned by the Printshop.

Grading System

Once your tests are completed, you can view your results from the Akindi Dashboard by clicking on Results under the relevant assessments.

The first tab of your results is the Overview. Here you can see statstics on how well your students did on the test, what questions were easiest and most difficult for them, and a breakdown of your Akindi discriminatory score, breaking down how well your test was designed based on the results.

The second tab of your results is the Graphs. This displays visualizations of your student marks, grade distribution, answer breakdown, and point biserial.

The third tab of your results is the Responses. This will give you a spreadsheet of each students id, name, section, grade (percentage), mark, and their answers to each individual question. You can sort the order of each row by clicking on the columns at the top. You can search for students by ID or name by using the search bar at the top right corner.

When you're ready to export the grades to your D2L Brightspace course shell, click Send Grades to Brightspace in the top right corner.

In the window that appears, the recommended option is “Select an existing column” – this allows you to import the grades to a Grade Item that has already been configured within your Brightspace course, ensuring that the course weight, settings, and visibility are as you expect. Available Grade Items in your course will be listed in the selection box. 

In advance of this step, please be sure to create a numeric grade item in your Brightspace Course. Steps to complete this process can be found at Ryerson’s Brightspace Grades Resource.