Tutors and teachers can now upload their own lessons and questions to use alongside or in lieu of Piqosity's more than 20,000 questions and lessons.
Note that this ability to Bring Your Own Content (BYOC) is a beta, rapidly evolving expansion of Piqosity's core app features. We appreciate your understanding and feedback as we work hard to fine tune these updates.
The 3 major types of content that educators can create on Piqosity are:
In this article, we'll break down how to build your own questions.
The Content Management Page
The Content Management Page is your one stop shop for keeping track of all of Piqosity's content in one place. To access the Content Management page click on "Content" in the green navigation bar at the top of the page. From the dropdown menu, click on "Content".
This page contains the following (annotated in the image below):
- See all of the Questions on Piqosity, including those that you've written.
- See all of the Lessons on Piqosity, including those that you've written.
- See all of the Answer Explanations on Piqosity, including those that you've written.
- See all of the Answers that educators have provided in response to student questions (including your own answers).
- See all of the tests on Piqosity, including those that you've put together.
- Search all of the displayed content for something specific. (Note: you'll only be able to search within your filtered selection #7)
- Set even more specific filters beyond questions, lessons, etc. for what shows up and what doesn't. Filters include
- Contributor (Author)
- Content Type
Creating a New Question
Accessing the Question Editor
The question editor allows you to write your own questions and attach them to Piqosity's courses. In order to create a question click "New Question" at the bottom of the Content Management page, or simply click "Content" in the banner from any page and select "New Question":
Writing the Question
The Question Editing Page appears just like the annotated screenshot below:
- Question Type
- Single Question is a question that stands alone and is not grouped with other questions
- Passage-Based Question (PBQ) is a group of questions usually accompanied by a common reading passage or infographic
- Off-App PBQ refers to PBQs that are not tied to material on Piqosity (i.e. a popular news article you'd like your students to read and respond to on Piqosity).
- Course - The particular course on Piqosity (Upper Level ISEE, Algebra 2, ELA 5, SAT, etc.) that your question will exist within.
- Topic - The section within the selected course that your question will exist within (i.e. "Science" on the ACT).
- Question Name - Give your question a name so that you and other users can find it later. Question names don't need to be too long, but they should be long and detailed enough to make the question searchable and identifiable.
- Answer Type
- Multiple Choice - can include up to 5 answer choices or as few as two (true / false). Mark the radio button above the correct answer choice.
- Free Response - you'll need to enter every acceptable variation of a correct answer. For example, a math question with the correct answer 4 might also accept "four" or "Four" or "4.0.
- Essay - this type of question is not automatically scored by Piqosity, but the student's response is captured and shown in its entirety on the scored results page.
- Question - Put your question here in our what-you-see-is-what-you-get editor. Your question may include images, math & chemistry equations, links, tables, and other special characters.
- Sob-Topic - select a subtopic that most closely matches your question.
- Difficulty - select a difficulty rating from 1 (easy) to 9 (hard). Don't worry, Piqosity will dynamically peer norm and adapt your question's difficulty rating as students answer it—this is just a starting point.
- Modular - this controls where your question appears on Piqosity.
- Yes means the question can stand on its own, and this designation means the question may appear in practice sets on Piqosity (i.e. within PVT or Adaptive Practice).
- No means the question is restricted from showing up in your students' Adaptive Practice sets. For instance, questions attached to entire chapters or sections of books are Non-Modular to prevent them from showing up by themselves.
- Note: marking "No" is also useful for writing test or quiz questions in order to prevent them from showing up in a students' practice.
- My Students keeps the question private, so only you and your (or your organization's if you're an educator within a school/company) students can see it.
- All Students allows all students and educators on Piqosity to be able to view and work your question. Note: allowing all students to work your question will allow for a faster and more precise Dynamic Difficulty store.
- Tags - allow you to assign custom or existing tags to your questions so that you can find them easily.
- Editor's Notes - enter any notes that you'd like about the question. These notes are viewable anytime you re-enter the editor view of the question.
Once you've entered this information you simply need to fill in the answer choices for your question, select a correct answer, and write an explanation.
Using Your Questions
Now that you've created your questions, your students can work them in two primary ways.
- Practice - Your students can easily access your content from the Practice page. They simply need to find "Educators" under "Advanced Settings" and select "My Educators".
- Note: with "My Educators" selected Piqosity will only show your content. If you have not created enough content to meet your students Practice specifications, your student may receive a "Not Enough Content" message.
- Test Builder - you can incorporate your questions (and Piqosity's questions) into a question set with the test builder.
Now that you know how to create lessons, be sure to check out our how-to articles on writing lessons and building tests.