Maple T.A.

Maple T.A.

Warning: On July 20, 2020 Maple T.A. was upgraded to a new version called Möbius. All Brightspace courses of 2020-2021 only have Möbius available. MapleTA is still available in old Brightspace courses of 2019-2020 and before. Go to the Möbius page to learn  more about this new version.
Any content created in MapleTA after July 20th only exists in MapleTA not in Möbius. However, it is possible to export content from MapleTA and import it to Mobius. All Maple T.A. content from before July 20, 2020 is copied to Möbius.

Maple T.A. is a web-based system for creating exams, tests, quizzes and assignments. It automatically assesses student responses. Maple T.A. can be used  for formal testing (exams) and for homework assignments:

For formal testing Maple T.A. offers Unproctored, Proctored and Online Proctored Exams. Proctored exams are exams that are written in a secure environment in a computer room, where students are monitored by invigilators. Online proctored exams are exams where the audio, video and screen of the student is recorded and later reviewed to see if any fraud has been committed. (Maple T.A. uses RPnow for online proctored exams. Watch this short video to see how RPnow works: https://youtu.be/9MV37qK2cmg. This video represents the process until 2:38 then the video switches to “Canvas” TU Delft students will be redirected to MapleTA.)

If you want an Unproctored or an (online) proctored exam; send an email to digitalexams@tudelft.nl.

They will help you with:

  • Advising you on the process of online exams with or without an online proctoring system.
  • Supporting you with the use of Maple T.A.
  • Setting up the final policies on your exam.
  • Adding your students to your Maple T.A. class.
  • Monitoring the course of events during the exams.
  • Solving technical problems during exams in cooperation with the functional application manager.
Note: Unfortunately we don’t have the capacity at the moment to convert your questions. You will have to do this yourself. You can schedule an appointment with the functional application manager for an introduction: Kasja de Jong (k.m.dejong@tudelft.nl).

The homework server of Maple T.A. is used for non-formal testing, similar to Brightspace quizzes. In this case Maple T.A. is linked to your Brightspace course and students are automatically logged on to Maple T.A. when they click on a Maple T.A. link in Brightspace. Their scores are visible in Brightspace Grades.

 

The differences between Maple T.A. and Brightspace Quizzes

  • Maple T.A. has some question types that are not available in the Quizzes tool in Brightspace and vice versa. (See table below)
  • If you want to use Maple T.A. in a formal testing situation (now or in the future) it’s better to start creating questions in Maple T.A. as you can reuse them and your students will familiarise themselves with the system.
  • Questions made in Brightspace Quizzes can’t be imported in Maple T.A. (and vice versa)
  • Maple T.A. can handle very complex questions, Brightspace Quizzes can’t.
Brightspace Quizzes Maple T.A.
True or False Question (T/F) True/False
Multiple Choice Question (MC) Multiple Choice/Multiple Selection
Multi-Select Question (M-S) Multiple Choice/Multiple Selection
Written Response Question (WR) Essay
Short Answer Question (SA) List Text Field
Multi-Short Answer Question (MSA) Multiple Essay
Fill in the Blanks Question (FIB) List Drop-down Menu or List Text Field
Matching Question (MAT) Matching
Ordering Question (ORD) Sorting
Arithmetic Question (2+2) Mathematical Formula or Numeric
Significant Figures (x10) Mathematical Formula or Numeric
Likert Question (LIK)
Text Information (TXT) yes, just plain text within the question
Image Information (TXT) yes, just plain text within the question
Clickable Image
Sketch
Free Body Diagram
Maple-graded
Math App
HTML questions
Adaptive (or scenario) questions
Scanned document (only used in exams)

Setting up Maple T.A. Homework assignments

If you want to use Maple T.A, please contact Brightspace Support at brightspace@tudelft.nl. They will activate Maple T.A. on your course.

Parent and Child classes
Once Maple T.A. is activated, you will you will have 2 Maple T.A. classes on your course in Brigthspace:

1. Question Bank (Parent)
2. (2019-2020) Year class (Child)

Note: To keep it organized we advise you to create and manage your Questions in the 1st Class (Question Bank). And create and manage your Assignments in the 2nd Class (Year class ).
Why? First, the Question Bank is the Parent of the Year class (Child) therefore changing questions in the Parent class automatically updates those questions in your Child class.
Second, the students and their results will be neatly stored in the corresponding Year class.
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A compilation of various questions is called an assignment in MapleTA.

  • Click on the link in Brightspace to your Maple T.A. Year class
  • Click on Content Repository
  • The Assignment section is shown by default
  • Click on Create New > Assignment

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  • It’s a 3-step process you have to go through
    • 1. Choose Name: give your assignment a name (don’t fill in the Short name section)

    • Click on 2. Select Questions
    • Click on: Import Questions

  • You will see an overview of the questions you have made, select the questions you want by ticking the boxes
  • Click on Import

After you have done this, a new page will appear in which you can do the following:

  • Change the points
  • Delete questions form the list
  • Add questions to the list
  • Don’t use the SAVE button, but click Save & Close

  • On the tabs in the navigation bar, click on: 3. Set Policies
  • There are 5 sections to consider: the settings depend on the sort of homework you want to give in regard to your lectures and teaching activities.

Type of Assignment
Here you can decide:

  • to allow multiple attempts (selected by default)
  • which information to maintain throughout the multiple attempts
  • to present the questions in random order

Please note: to allow additional attempts, fill in the number in the “General properties” section.

  • Always select Homework or Quiz (this is selected by default)

General properties
Here you can specify the number of attempts allowed, the duration of each attempt, and the passing score.
Setting a passing score can be useful if you want to allow students to proceed with the next test only if they passed the current test (See the settings in Brightspace).

Scheduling & Visibility
Here you can arrange:

  • the start and end date. These can also be set in Brightspace and are preferred as it shows the student when the assignment is due plus the student will receive a Brightspace notification when the assignment is near to its end date.
  • when feedback will be visible (set also sections “Feedback (during)” and “Feedback (after)”)

Feedback (During)
Here you can manage the feedback you want to show during the test itself.
Please note: the feedback will not be shown as long as there is a restriction on the feedback in the section “Scheduling and Visibility”.

Feedback (After)
Here you can decide what you want to show immediately after the test is submitted:

  • the final score
  •  a Grading Message (standard or designed)
  • a Pass/Fail Message (standard or designed)
  • feedback (results and scoring, correct answers optional)

Please note: the feedback will not be shown as long as there is a restriction on the feedback in the section “Scheduling and Visibility”.

 

  • After you’ve added the questions and set the policies, click on Save & Close (Never click on Save)

  • You will see a Summary of all the settings of your Assignment

  • Click on Save & Close
  • Go to the page in Brightspace where you want to add a Maple T.A. test
  • Click on Existing Activities
  • Select Maple T.A.

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  • A new window appears
  • Select the right Class from the list
  • Select the test (Assignment) from the list
  • Click on Link to Assignment

  • The assignment is placed on your page:

  • Click on the properties to edit: start and end date, time, appearance, draft/publish status

1 – The total score of a test is saved in Maple T.A. and pushed to Brightspace where automatically a Grade item is made. See Grades:

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2 – You can view the results and answers in the Maple T.A. Gradebook.

  • Click on the link to the Maple T.A. year class

  • Go to Gradebook
  • Click on Class Grades

  • Select the test (assignment)
  • List: Students with Grades
  • Click on Search

  • You will see the list of students with their total scores

  • Click on the grade to see all the answers

Shortcut: place the link to the Gradebook on your page:

  • Don’t use the Save button when creating or editing an assignment in Maple T.A.. It will delete all the questions you have added to it.
  • Always use Notepad if you want to paste text into Maple T.A.
  • After moving, importing or adding questions. Click on F5 to refresh the screen. This applies to more actions in Maple T.A..
  • It is not possible to delete a Grade item with Maple T.A. results in Brightspace. So, once you have placed a Maple T.A. link to an assignment on your Brightspace page, never delete it but adjust it.
  • The time on the first page of a test doesn’t match the time you’ve set in the policies of the assignment. The time in the policies is leading:

Time in the Policies:

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Time when opening a test in Brightspace:

FAQs

General

You can use the commonly known types: open questions, multiple choice questions and numeric questions. This is the list of all question types in MapleTA:

  • Clickable Image
  • Essay = Open question
  • Scanned Document
  • Free Body Diagram
  • HTML
  • List
  • Maple-graded
  • Matching
  • Math App
  • Mathematical Formula
  • Multiple Choice
  • Numeric
  • Sketch
  • Sorting
  • True/False

Yes, after the exam has taken place you can open the so-called Gradebook for each student to view. This is only possible if ALL questions have been graded. Even the questions that do not count for points.

You can randomize variables in a question (algorithmic code). You can randomize (shuffle) the answers of a question. And you can randomize your questions. For example: you can give 5 randomized questions from a group of 10 questions.

Formal testing

Yes, MapleTA offers both unproctored and proctored exams. MapleTA uses RPnow for online proctored exams. To get a better understanding of how RPnow works, watch this short video: https://youtu.be/9MV37qK2cmg (This video represents the process until 2:38 then the video switches to “Canvas” TU Delft students will be redirected to MapleTA.)

If you want an unproctored or proctored exam send an email to digitalexams@tudelft.nl.  They will help you with:

  • Advising you on the process of online exams with or without an online proctoring system.
  • Supporting you with the use of MapleTA.
  • Setting up the final policies on your exam.
  • Adding your students to your MapleTA class.
  • Monitoring the course of events during the exams.
  • Solving technical problems during exams in cooperation with the functional application manager.

The honour pledge is the first assignment that a student needs to “pass” in a session. Otherwise the student can’t start the (second) actual exam.

We don’t have the capacity at the moment to convert your questions to MapleTA. You will have to do this yourself. You can schedule an appointment with the functional application manager for an introduction: Kasja de Jong (k.m.dejong@tudelft.nl)

We advise you not to let students upload any written work in a proctored exam.
If you want them to upload written work in an unproctored exam you can let them do that in Maple T.A. They will need to take the following steps:

  • Students should take pictures with their mobile phone of all the solutions worked out on paper.
  • Students must send these photos to their personal TU Delft e-mail address.
  • Students have to go to the inbox of their TU Delft email address to download the documents they just sent to themselves.
  • Students must check the quality of the photos and change the name of the document.
  • Students should go to the correct question to upload the relevant document in the corresponding answer field.

Students with a valid declaration get 10 minutes per hour extra.

Yes, you could use the Brightspace discussion board for this, but be aware that you have to refresh this board to see the questions. A second option is to let the students send you an email. Make sure it is clear to the students how they can reach you during the exam.

Digital Exams creates 2 exams with different duration (for example 60 minutes and 70 minutes). The students choose the version in which they belong and the instructor can check afterwards if every student was in the right group.

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