Create an Item

Learn how to create Items and Questions using the Learnosity Author Site.


In the last tutorial, we learned about the basics of Learnosity Items and Questions. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create new Items and Questions using an example of a simple MCQ question.

Creating a New Item

Authoring a basic Item requires nothing more than a couple of clicks in the Learnosity Author Site. To begin creating a new Item, click on the + Item button in the upper right corner of the Item List page.

New Item

Figure 1 - Add a new item.

New Items will take on a default reference based on your organisation, and can be renamed. The Item is a blank container where you add Questions and Features. By default, the item will open on the Edit view. You can also preview the Item to see it from a student view.

Adding a Question to the Item

To add a question to the Item, click on the + in the center of the item.


Figure 2 - Add a question to an item.

The Learnosity Question Editor will open, and our default set of Question templates will be visible. They have been organised into a number of categories. On the left side, you will see the list of these categories, and a group of templates will be available under each category. Each template has been given a name and a short description underneath.

Question Editor view in the Item

Figure 3 - Set of Learnosity default Question templates.

Create a Multiple Choice Question

Once you select the template (in this case MCQ Block UI), you will see the Question Editor used to create the Question on the left side of the screen. On the right side, we can see a preview of the question.

The initial entry point for question creation is typically the basic parameters shown in Figure 4. Here, you can enter the question stimulus, or stem, and a variable number of answer options. You can also specify single- or multiple-response behavior.

Figure 4 - Basic parameters of the Question Editor with stimulus and a list of possible answers.


Validation criteria can be found below basic parameters, as shown in Figure 6. Here, you can select the correct answer, set scoring points, and add optional alternative correct answers. Under More Options accordion you will also find Question-type-specific scoring types and an option to add instant feedback.

Figure 5 - MCQ validation.


You can change the look of the question in the Layout section, found under the More Options accordion. Here, you can change things like font size, number of columns, horizontal and vertical orientation, and the label type (such as uppercase or lowercase letters, or numbers, which appear beside presponse options).

As you create the Question, every change you make is rendered in the Preview section on the right side of the screen. Here, you can see how your Question will look to a student.

Figure 6 - MCQ layout options.


The Metadata options such as Distractor Rationale, Sample Answer, Rubric Reference etc. provide a mechanism for entry of any custom data a client wants to add to the question. These fields can be populated when editing a question, in the Details section under More Options. Examples include sample answers, hints, and distractor rationales (feedback). Learnosity can even add new custom fields to a client’s organization settings allowing for extensive customization. Clients can then use this custom content by providing display logic and formatting that is best suited to their specific delivery.

Note that you will not be able to view a preview of changes you make in the Details section. Your developers will decide how to display this. For more information about using metadata in Learnosity visit our Metadata tutorial.

More Options

Under the More Options accordion, you will find additional advanced options. You can add LaTeX or MathML to content, shuffle distractors, and even edit an alternate view of the question’s stimulus in review mode.

Question Preview

A preview of the question is always available throughout editing. As shown in Figure 7, you can test your progress by selecting an answer and checking the validated result.

The score will be updated based on the test input.

Figure 7 - Question preview.

Saving the Item

When you are happy with your question, click on the Save button above on the top right of the question and you will be redirected back to the Item. Figure 8 shows a view from the edit screen of an Item with just one question on it. To add more questions to the Item, simply click the + below the Item.

mcq question

Figure 8 - Item Edit screen with an MCQ question.


In this tutorial, we covered how to create an Item and add questions to Items. We also learned the basics of question authoring. In the next tutorial we will learn how to create different Item layouts.