A list of terms used by Learnosity, with definitions.
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Term Definition Further Reading action Learnosity actions are a category of executable code units that can be triggered by events within an Item. Actions such as “play”, “record”, or “next Item” can be automatically triggered. Knowledge Base: action builder action builder The action builder allows the client to define actions to perform in response to events triggered within the Item. For example, playing an audio Question after a video. Knowledge Base: action builder Activity (Learnosity specific) A Learnosity Activity is a group of Items which are presented to the student as a single assessment. Tutorial: Activity Activity builder Activity builder is the interface that allows authors to build an Activity using templates, and set the configuration. API Overview Activity description The Activity description is an optional text element that will allow you to enter more information about the Activity, which becomes searchable in the Activity list view. Tutorial: Creating Activities Activity editor Activity editor is the interface that allows authors to build an Activity using templates, and set the configuration. Knowledge Base: Activity editor Activity ID An Activity ID is used to group unique user sessions together. It is only required when submitting student responses to Learnosity and is mainly used for reporting purposes. Knowledge Base: Activity ID Activity list An Activity list is the interface where authors can see a list of Activities. Reference Docs: Author API Initialization Activity reference An Activity reference is a unique reference code assigned to each individual Activity. The Activity reference is used to identify and activate Activities, once created. Tutorial: Create an Activity Activity template An Activity template is a pre-defined collection of Items to be rendered as a single assessment. It can include configuration options to control the assessment’s behavior when presented. Tutorial: Activity templates analytics stack The Learnosity analytics stack allows developers to create analytics and reporting for their education products. API Overview: Analytics Assess API Assess API presents multiple Questions in a paged assessment format with navigation, time tracking, user flow management, reviewing progress and configurable accessibility options. Assess API Docs assessment A Learnosity assessment presents a set of Questions to a user and captures their responses. Learnosity Conceptual Overview assessment stack The assessment stack delivers robust digital assessment in your education product. The assessment stack offers configurable save, resume and submit functionality, which securely persists users’ assessment data in Learnosity’s infrastructure. API Overview: Assessment Author API Author API enables customers to create and maintain Learnosity content inside their own authoring system. Customers can browse and search existing content and build Learnosity Items, then preview their rendering layout. Author API Docs Author Guide The Author Guide is the user documentation for the Author Site, Learnosity’s online, cloud-based Question authoring system. Author Guide (Author Site Docs) Author Site The Author Site is Learnosity’s cloud authoring solution, available at author.learnosity.com. It is a standalone portal supporting Question and Item content creation and maintenance, testing and preview, search and browse, user security, organisation switching and revision history. Author Guide (Author Site Docs) authoring stack The authoring stack provides Question authoring tools which can be added to education products. API Overview: Authoring client developer A client developer is a developer that is integrating the Learnosity platform into their education product. Developer Guide Docs consumer A consumer is an account identity that is subordinate to a customer account, used to segregate the storage of student responses and sessions, control access to Learnosity APIs, and can be linked to one or many Item banks. One Learnosity customer account can have multiple consumers. Items API: Security and Authentication consumer key A consumer key is a unique identifier that is used like a "username" when a consumer is accessing Learnosity APIs. Items API: Security and Authentication consumer secret A consumer secret is a unique code that is used like a "password" when a consumer is accessing Learnosity APIs. Items API: Security and Authentication Data API Data API provides full programmatic access to Learnosity assessment data. With JSON endpoints for creating, retrieving and updating persisted data objects, it allows you to create analytics and customized reporting. Data API Docs Developer Guide The Developer Guide is the developer documentation for Learnosity APIs. Developer Guide Docs end user End users of an education product (powered by Learnosity), interact with Learnosity online assessments as part of their learning process. Wikipedia events Learnosity events are the software instantiation of actions associated with Learnosity API functionality (compliant with the xAPI specification). Learnosity Conceptual Overview
xAPI specification (Wikipedia)
Events API Learnosity’s Events API provides a simple way to publish and subscribe events (compliant with xAPI) via Learnosity products or public methods to the Learnosity event bus. Events API Docs
xAPI specification (Wikipedia)
Feature (Learnosity specific) Learnosity Features are interactive components similar to Questions except they do not capture a student response. Learnosity predefined Feature types include interactive calculators, rulers, text passages, protractors, embeddable audio players and video players. Learnosity Conceptual Overview
Calculators, protractors, and tools
formula keypad The formula keypad is the Learnosity user interface for entering math formulae. Learnosity Features: Math Questions
Author Guide: Keypad Types
Item (Learnosity specific) Learnosity Items are a container for multiple Questions and/or Features. Items define a layout for the included Questions and Features, which are used in preview, assessment and reporting views. Learnosity Conceptual Overview
Developer Guide: Questions and Items
Item action See action. action definition Item bank The Item bank is Learnosity’s store of Items which can be accessed to populate online assessments. The Item bank is secure, performant and hosted in the cloud. Learnosity Conceptual Overview Item bank pool An Item bank pool is a “frozen” copy of an Item bank, that is not supposed to change once defined. This can be a way to define the final set of Items for an assessment. Knowledge Base: Item bank pools Item editor The Item editor is the interface where authors can create an Item by adding Questions and Features. Authors can set formatting, lay out columns and add dynamic content. Tutorial: Items Item events Item events are Events specific to Items API. Items API: Events
Item events editor Now called action builder. action builder definition. Item list The Item list is an interface that shows authors a list of available Items. Tutorial: Item Search Item preview The Item preview allows authors to see how an Item will appear to the student or end user. Tutorial: Items Item reference An Item reference is a unique identifier assigned to each Item instance, used to activate the Item, once created. Developer Guide: Questions and Items Items API Items API presents multiple Questions in a paged assessment format, providing navigation, time tracking, user flow management, reviewing progress and accessibility options. It also enables access to the Learnosity Item bank. Items API Docs Learnosity LTI Learnosity LTI is a tool for delivering Learnosity assessments and reports in your LMS, through the LTI standard. Learnosity LTI Docs
Developer Guide: Questions and Items
Question Editor API Question Editor API is a tool for creating offline Questions stored in JSON format. Learnosity recommends customers implement their authoring experience via Author API. Question Editor API Docs Questions API Questions API is a rendering system for displaying Learnosity Questions in the browser. We recommend customers use the more recent Items API, which uses Questions API in the background. Questions API Docs Reports API Reports API is for exploring results and building interactive dashboards for activities, individuals, classes, schools and large cohorts of learners. Reports API Docs response A Learnosity response represents a student’s answer to a Question, for example, multiple choice answers selected by the student, or the text they provided for an essay Question. Tutorial: Question Validation score A Learnosity score is the numeric grade assigned to a student’s response, or to a student’s whole session. Scores can be calculated automatically for most types of Questions. Tutorial: Question Validation
session A Learnosity session represents a unique attempt of an assessment by a student at a specific time. It records all the Questions presented to the student in that assessment, their responses to those Questions, as well as metadata about the assessment. Tutorial: Create an Assessment Tag (Learnosity specific) Learnosity Tags allow you to categorise and manage the Items that you have created. Tags can also be used to set the parameters for Item selection for an individual assessment. Tutorial: Tag Manager Tag name A Tag name is a descriptive name for a Tag, chosen by the author. Tutorial: Tag Manager Tag type Learnosity Tag types allow you to create a hierarchy of Items. For example, a Tag type could be ‘Subject’ and the Tags below it could be ‘Math’, ‘English’, 'History' and so on. Tutorial: Tag Manager Tag Hierarchy Learnosity Tag Hierarchies allow you group related Tags together. The main use case is to generate a drill-down report based on Tags. Tutorial: Tag Hierarchies
Acronyms and technical terms
Learnosity context: Learnosity uses the CKEditor within Author API, Author Site and Question Editor API.
Learnosity context: Most Learnosity content is served as JSON.
Home page REST Representational state transfer (REST) is an architectural style that defines a set of constraints and properties based on HTTP. Web Services that conform to the REST architectural style, or RESTful web services, provide interoperability between computer systems on the Internet. Wikipedia wysihtml What You See Is Hypertext Markup Language (wysihtml) is an open source, WYSIWYG, HTML, rich text editor.
Learnosity context: Wysihtml is used for visual editing of Questions in the Author Site and Author API.
Home page WYSIWYG What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG). A WYSIWYG editor is a system in which content (text and graphics) can be edited in a form closely resembling its appearance when printed or displayed as a finished product, such as a printed document, web page, or slide presentation.
Learnosity context: Learnosity provides a visual WYSIWYG editing environment for creating and updating Questions.
Wikipedia XHTML Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) is part of the family of XML markup languages. It mirrors or extends versions of the widely used Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the language in which Web pages are formulated. Wikipedia XML Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. Wikipedia