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Wiris Quizzes 4

A new Wiris Quizzes version with a more modern interface and new capabilities will be available soon. This page intends to present all the changes that the tool undergoes and all its new features a few months before its publication, so you can come up with an idea of what you will find.

How different is Wiris Quizzes 4 from Wiris Quizzes' previous versions?

Wiris Quizzes 4 introduces a much more intuitive than in previous versions new user interface that, among others, incorporates the possibility of filtering the input and validation options based on the correct answer set using an advanced algorithm. You can see the changes that the tool undergoes and its new features below.

What changes is the Wiris Quizzes Studio user interface experiencing?

The new Wiris Quizzes Studio is no longer divided into tabs. There is a home page where you must define the question’s correct answer and through which you can browse the following sections:

  • Input options: to choose the input method and the expected input by the student.
  • Validation options: to set the criteria for comparing the correct answer with the student’s one.
  • Define random variables and functions: to create a CalcMe algorithm defining random variables and functions.
  • Test this question: to simulate the question quickly and test the evaluation criteria, automatic feedback, and variables.

What changes will the questions creators notice?

Wiris Quizzes 4 places several options in different sections compared to previous versions. Don't worry about it, you can find the main changes in the input options and validation options section of this documentation page.

On the other hand, Wiris CAS is removed by default from the Studio and it's not possible to create a new Wiris CAS algorithm anymore. You can only use the old calculator if you have a question in your platform with a Wiris CAS algorithm.

In this case, you have the choice to translate the old algorithm to CalcMe or keep it in its original format. Both options allow you to change any part of the algorithm, but we strongly recommend you to start using CalcMe and enjoying all its features.

What changes will my students notice?

Although Wiris Quizzes 4 presents a wide range of news, all of them are facing the best usability of the tool for teachers and students won't notice any change with the new version.

Wiris Quizzes 4 introduces a new user interface, much more intuitive than in previous versions. With this new interface, you will be able to use Wiris Quizzes's artificial intelligence to filter the input and validation options, based on the correct answer set. This way, when you evaluate the additional properties of the question, the Studio options are much clearer and easier to apply.
All numeric answer types fall into the Equation type and there is no need to distinguish between answers with and without units or currencies. Just enable the corresponding units and prefixes in Input options > Input syntax, and Wiris Quizzes will handle the rest. Later on this page, we'll show you how.

In previous versions of Wiris Quizzes, when you selected the answer type there were three options (shown in the screen shot): general (for generic mathematical expressions), quantity (for answers with units and currencies) and text (for pure text answers without mathematical content).

In the sections that follow, we've described the new Answer Type options available in Wiris Quizzes 4.

Now it's possible to filter the options that appear as input and validation options. This is based on an analysis of the established correct answer, hiding options that aren't relevant. If you want to show the hidden options, click Show all options.

For instance, imagine you want to create a question involving mathematical constants such as straight pi. After you have established the correct answer, the Input options and the Validation options sections will have the two choices mentioned:

There is a new section called Input options that concentrates the choice of input method and the expected input by the student. It's divided into three parts: Compound answer (to ask for more than one answer in the same question), Answer input method (to select the type of editor with which the student will answer and the presence or not of auxiliary editors) and Input syntax (to define which syntax elements are correctly recognized).

In general, these sections work similarly as in previous versions. You just have to manually activate those units and prefixes that you want to enable as discussed above.

In previous versions, when you selected the method and the expected input of the student, it had to be defined between the Correct answer and Validation tabs.

From the Correct answer tab in Wiris Quizzes 3:
From the Validation tab in Wiris Quizzes 3:
There is a new section called Validation options, which sets the criteria for comparing the correct answer with the student's one, taking into account its format. It's divided into four parts: Comparison with student answer (with the same goal as in previous versions, but without entering specific intervals of acceptance), Numbers (to define the tolerance and accuracy with which the system will accept the student's response), Simplification (with the same goal as the old additional properties section) and Units of measure (to impose if units of measure have to coincide).

This section has no significant changes to its purpose or organization, beyond the two new validation options presented below. In previous versions, there were two main sections beyond the aforementioned allowed entry: comparison with the student response (to define which values are accepted as correct) and additional properties (to describe which formats are allowed).

Symbolic answer

The first one is called Symbolic answer and is intended for those occasions when we want the student response to be a combination of operations, fractions, roots and functions, and no solution is allowed in decimal format.

In previous versions, this option was included in additional properties such as has fraction form, has polynomial form ... From now on, it will be unified in a single option that will encompass many more possibilities.

Exact answer

The second new option is called Exact answer and will be what is called zero tolerance. This is an option that didn't exist in previous versions and will only accept answers that are exactly the same as the correct one. If the correct answer is square root of 2, for example, an answer of 1.414 is not acceptable.