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Question Metadata

You can create metadata values for questions to help organize them for future use. You can use the metadata values you create for one question when you create other questions in the same course. On the Find Questions page, use these metadata values to help search for questions to reuse. To learn more, see Reuse Questions.

You can add the following metadata values to questions:

  • Categories
  • Topics
  • Levels of Difficulty
  • Keywords

The question metadata options are only available if Add categories, topics, levels of difficulty, and keywords to questions  selected in Question Settings.

Example: Question Using Metadata

You create the following True/False question: The capital of Slovenia is Ljubljana.

You apply the following metadata to the question:

  • Category: Geography
  • Topic: Former Yugoslavia
  • Levels of Difficulty: Low
  • Keywords: World Capitals

This question appears in the active filter on the Find Questions page when you select Geography, Former Yugoslavia, or Low.

How to Add Metadata to a Question

  1. On the test, survey, or pool canvas, point to Create Question and create a new question -OR- click Edit in an existing question's contextual menu.
  2. The Categories and Keywords section appears in different places depending on the type of question, but always just before Instructor Notes. To add a category, topic, level of difficulty, or keyword, click Add.

    If the Categories and Keywords section does not appear on the Create/Edit pages for a question, this usually means you did not select the check box for Add categories, topics, levels of difficulty, and keywords to questions in Question Settings for the assessment.

  3. Type a new category, topic, level of difficulty, or keyword in the box and click OK. You can also type multiple items, separating each with a comma.
  4. Click Choose from Existing to select an existing category, topic, level of difficulty, or keyword. If no choices exist, this option does not appear.
  5. Click Submit.

How to Manage Question Metadata

  1. Access a question's contextual menu and click Edit.
  2. To delete a category, topic, level of difficulty, or keyword, click the X next to the metadata element.

    -OR-

  3. Click Add and type a new category, topic, level of difficulty, or keyword in the box and click OK.
  4. Click Submit.

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