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Posted in August 2011

How do I add or edit questions in my 2011 – 2012 MapleTA class

As mentioned in an earlier post. There was a change in set up using MapleTA in combination with Blackboard.

Teaching staff will notice that in the fresh MapleTA classes they will no longer be able to edit questions. And, when creating new questions, they will not be able to add the questions to existing question groups.

In order to easily reuse questions year after year, we’ve created Parent classes for each active MapleTA class of 2010 -2011. New questions should be added in the parent class and existing questions can only be edited in the parent class. In this blogpost I will describe how to get to this parent class, from the child class.

  1. Go to your Blackboard course and select ‘MapleTA Instructor Menu’ under ‘Course tools’. Now you enter the so called ‘child class’
  2. Go to a new tab in your browser and type https://mapleta1.tudelft.nl:8443/mapleta/
    You are now on the MapleTA home page were you will see all MapleTA classesyou have access to.
  3. Go to the ‘Parent’-version of your class by selecting the class that has “- Parent’ added to the class name
  4. You now can add, edit or delete questions in your question repositor. Any changes are immediately visible in the corresponding child classes.

For more information on the implications of using Parent and Child classes in MapleTA is available in the online manual to be found under ‘Help” in MapleTA


Preparing MapleTA classes for the new academic year

At the moment we are busy preparing the MapleTA classes connected to last years Blackboard courses for the start of the new academic year. As the new Blackboard courses are being created each summer, so will the corresponding MapleTA classes be ‘renewed’.

In order to improve MapleTA’s functionality we are introducing a slightly different way of working with MapleTA connected to Blackboard. This routine improves

  • re-use of questions over the years
  • re-use of assignments
  • sharing questions with different Bb-courses (for example the Math Question Bank)
  • item analysis over all child classes
  • class management

 The following scheme illustrates the way MapleTA is set up in combination with Blackboard.

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In the scheme you see that from an existing MapleTA class (connected to Course A in Bb), the content to be re-used (question repository, assignments and images) are exported to a newly created Parent Class A. The purpose of this parent class is to manage re-usable content for oncoming years or sharing content with different classes within one year.

In order to add new questions to a child class or edit an inherited question, the instructor needs to go to the parent class and add or edit the question there. Since inherited questions can not be modified in a child class. New questions can be created in a child class, but they cannot be added to the inherited question groups. Plus these questions will not be available in next years child class. 

In the child class an instructor can choose whether to re-use assignments from the parent class or create new assignments.  

Detailed instructions will follow shortly. If you have any questions concerning this set up. Either contact me or E-learning Support. 

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