Geenio Update - Question Pools and Advanced Statistics

Mar 14, 2017

Question pool

Reusing existing elements can save an E-Learning professional a lot of time and effort. If you are building online courses on a regular basis, the ability to import objects from earlier courses that have already proved their worth is a life saver. The latest Geenio update comes with the “Question pool” feature which allows you to borrow questions from a different test in the same course - or from a different course entirely.

When the time came to choose the way to implement the feature, we turned away from the standard “questions dump” method. We went above and beyond, and came up with a much more elegant and handy solution. Who wants to dig through dump after dump to fish out that one question you’re looking for when you can go straight to the course where that question was originally used and pluck it from the branch? Which way would you say is the more convenient and logical? Yeah, we thought so too. Said and done.

So, how does one use this feature? Nothing could be easier. Simply click the “Copy Questions” button or the “copy from existing tests” link to see the list of all courses together with all tests included within. The number next to a test indicates the number of questions inside.


Having selected the desired test, you proceed to the question selection screen. To make picking the right question even more intuitive, we display icons indicating the question’s type next to its title. You can select multiple questions at a time by marking the corresponding checkboxes.

What if you’ve been really busy and created dozens - even hundreds of courses and tests? Fear not. In this case, global search comes to the rescue. Type in a word or phrase into the question pool search field, and Geenio will list all tests that have that word or phrase in the title.

But even that’s not all! One more feature this update adds to Geenio is the ability to create randomized tests.

Now, in the properties of a test you can specify the desired number of questions to be displayed every time a learner takes the test. Thus you can, for example, compose 30 questions for a test and configure it in such a way that only ten of those are displayed every time the test is taken. This behavior produces a unique test for every learner, which makes repeated attempts to pass it less boring, and also discourages cheating.

Statistics, improved

In the latest update we also improved the way statistics data about tests is gathered and displayed. Now you can see, for example, how many users have answered a specific question, and what answers they picked. For every learner, you can see the exact answer they picked and how many times he or she attempted passing the test. On top of that, now you can see how many learners answered a question correctly, and how many failed. As a cherry on top, Geenio allows you to see which answers were the most popular.

What can you do with this data? Okay, what *can’t* you do with it! Well, for one, you can easily detect areas that need improvement in your questions and tests. To illustrate: if learners routinely pick the same (incorrect) answer to a question, most likely the corresponding material is explained poorly or in a misleading way in the course. Alternatively, the question itself may be worded incorrectly. New statistics make such faults plain as day.

Search in courses and groups

We took one step further in searching and added quick search to courses and groups. You can find the search icon and field on the corresponding pages now.

Zoom in and out of pathboard

The zoom feature simplifies navigation and makes it much easier to make sense of the structure of courses that kinda got out of hand. Did you get carried away and add a few dozen pages and other elements to the pathboard? No worries. Just zoom out to take a bird’s eye view of your course and everything will snap into place.

In the next update, we’ll turn the heat up! Very soon, all Geenio users will be in for a few very pleasant surprises. Stay tuned!