FAQs

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FAQ about WirisQuizzes, all frequent asqued questions about our product.

WirisQuizzes installation and deployment

Where can WirisQuizzes be installed?

WirisQuizzes has turnkey integrations for Canvas and Moodle. It is built as an LTI integration for integration into Canvas. In Moodle, it is a plugin a Moodle admin can install. Your IT staff should integrate it into an LMS other than these two using our public API.

How do I install WirisQuizzes in an LMS?

For Moodle, your administrator can download and install the WirisQuizzes plugin for Moodle. Similarly, if you are using Canvas, your Canvas admin can download and install WirisQuizzes for Canvas.

If you are developing a learning application, you can check WirisQuizzes generic, where you will find the tools for integrating WirisQuizzes into your system.

How does WirisQuizzes integrate into my LMS?

WirisQuizzes for Canvas, Brightspace, and D2L uses LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) integration. WirisQuizzes for Moodle provides new question types that enhance existing ones.

Can I install it on my own platform?

If you are developing a learning platform with a quiz system, you can integrate WirisQuizzes to get the math & science features. You'll find technical documentation at WirisQuizzes generic. Contact us for more information.

Using WirisQuizzes

Must I write my own questions, or can I choose questions from a question bank?

One of the great features of WirisQuizzes is that you can write your own questions to your own specifications, covering the same material in your lessons. If you prefer, though, you may choose questions from the STEM Collection. This collection of thousands of WirisQuizzes questions comprises content contributed by schools and universities worldwide. Most of our contributors are happy to share the content that is shared with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. Some colleges and publishers prefer to let you use the content but not share it. We've made it easy to do if you have created your own content for WirisQuizzes and would like to share it with others by contributing to the STEM Collection. Please email us at collection@wiris.com.

How do I start creating a question?

We have a Basic Guide to get you started, but the simple steps are to

  • Select a question type.

  • Write the question and the correct answer.

  • Preview the question and save the changes.

  • Assign a full grade and save the question.

Can I create a quiz that presents questions randomized for each student?

This is one of WirisQuizzes most robust features. You can also choose to have WirisQuizzes randomize coefficients, constants, graphics, and feedback in a question such that no two questions are alike, and no two quizzes are alike. WirisQuizzes gives you complete control over this process. The calculation engine integrated into WirisQuizzes is CalcMe.

Moreover, the order in which your questions are presented is (optionally) randomized for each student (an LMS feature, not WirisQuizzes and if you allow multiple attempts at the quiz, the order is randomized for each attempt by a student.

Is WirisQuizzes only for advanced math? At what levels is it appropriate?

WirisQuizzes can be used at literally all levels and for mathematics and disciplines such as physics and engineering. It's entirely appropriate for teaching ten-year-olds, for teaching 17 year-olds and adults. WirisQuizzes is just as helpful in teaching Econometrics or Physical Chemistry at the university level as it teaches functions and fractions at the primary school level.

What kind of questions can I create?

WirisQuizzes for Moodle, Canvas, and other LMS has 6 question types described in more detail on the Question types page: Essay, Short Answer, Multiple Choice, Matching, True/False, and Cloze. The most commonly-used question type is Short Answer.

General

What is the relation between WirisQuizzes and MathType?

The MathType editor is integral to WirisQuizzes. You as a teacher will use MathType when creating the question, and your students will use MathType when answering questions that require mathematical input. The MathType toolbar in the WirisQuizzes student interface is simple, requiring little to no learning curve. If you or your students prefer, MathType also provides an interface that recognises handwritten input, thus preventing the need to learn a point & click interface.

If you need to use exclusively MathType in connection with an LMS or other integration, that is covered under a separate license.

MathType for Office Tools is a separate product, purchased under a separate license, that can be used with a variety of software applications, websites, and web applications, but is most commonly used with word processing or presentation software such as Microsoft Word or Apple Keynote.

Requirements

Does it work in every OS and browser?

Yes, as long as the browser is capable of handling JavaScript. Specifically, WirisQuizzes works in all major browsers -- Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Edge, as well as others supporting JavaScript.

As a teacher, do I need to install something on my computer?

No. WirisQuizzes is browser-based, so there’s nothing to install.

WirisQuizzes 4

How different is WirisQuizzes 4 from WirisQuizzes' previous versions?

WirisQuizzes 4 introduces a much more intuitive interface than in previous versions new user interface. The new user interface filters the input and validation options based on the correct answer set using an advanced algorithm. Besides, the new graphical answer type will also be available. You can see all the changes that the tool undergoes and its unique features on its dedicated page.

When will WirisQuizzes 4 be available?

WirisQuizzes 4 is currently available for generic integration. You can find how to download it and a public demo here.

You can find the new plugin on its dedicated Moodle plugin page if you want to use WirisQuizzes in Moodlehttps://moodle.org/plugins/local_wirisquizzes. On the other hand, if you are already using WirisQuizzes , you can upgrade it by following the instructions you can find here. It's also available for LTI, so Canvas, Blackboard and D2L can enjoy the new version without updating anything.

Is the update mandatory?

We strongly encourage you to update the latest version of WirisQuizzes to have the best and more stable experience possible. You have no obligation to update WirisQuizzes to the latest version, but if you don’t, you won't be able to enjoy the new features and functionalities of WirisQuizzes 4.

What changes is the WirisQuizzes Studio user interface experience?

The new WirisQuizzes Studio is no longer divided into tabs. There is a homepage 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 problem quickly and test the evaluation criteria, automatic feedback, and variables.

What changes will the questions creators notice?

WirisQuizzes 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 the WirisQuizzes 4 documentation page.

Furthermore, a new graphical answer type allows students to draw their answers, and the system will validate them. You can see more details here.

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.

What changes will my students notice?

Although WirisQuizzes 4 presents a wide range of new features, all aim to improve the tool's usability for teachers and students won't notice any change in the latest version.

Will I have problems using questions created with previous versions?

No, you won't. All your old questions will work exactly as they used to in the previous versions. Furthermore, you will always have the choice to translate an old algorithm to CalcMe or keep it in its original format. Both options will allow you to change any part of the algorithm, but we strongly recommend you to start using CalcMe and enjoy all of its features.