There have been a number of new and innovative features added to Surpass over the last few months.
Release 12.15 back in August saw the introduction of a new caliper tool, a new survey section type, and further enhancements to ‘Tasks’. More recently, the Autumn update introduced a new Likert survey question type, enhancements to bulk scheduling, and a new ‘Advanced’ mode of the Short Answer question type, plus much more.
In this article, we will introduce just some of the most recent additions that can help the Surpass Community with assessment design and delivery. If you would like a more comprehensive overview of all updates, details are available to current Surpass Community members, as always, by reading the release notes on the Knowledge Base, or by watching the release playlist on the Surpass Learning Portal.
If you’re an existing Surpass Community member you can contact your Account Manager for details of how to access this information. If you are not currently a Surpass user, and you are interested in finding out more about these, or any other features, please contact our Business Development team using the form on our contact page: http://www.btl.com/contact-btl
Some of the key updates were also covered by Ben Brady, Tom Wardak, and Georgie Page in recent Surpass webinars. We’ve included relevant clips below.
To watch the broadcasts in full, or to catch up with other BTL and Surpass live streams, you can watch on-demand at http://www.btl.com/surpass/pastwebinars
Further Enhancements to Task Management
Task managers can now edit open tasks, to extend a deadline, change the users it is assigned to, or refresh an item list for tasks that have not yet started, for example. This ensures that task details stay up to date for users over the course of the task. Task managers will also be able to access overdue tasks, allowing final decisions on items to be made after the task expiry date, or the task deadline to be extended if necessary.
As well as enhancements for task managers, task assignees now also have further item information available to them during a review task, including item tags and enemy items, meaning reviewers have comprehensive information available to them to conduct a thorough and accurate review.
All of the functionality within this part of Surpass is designed to help you effectively manage your item authors and reviewers. Keep an eye out for further enhancements to the ‘Tasks’ screen in future releases of Surpass.
Bulk update tags
Ever find that you need to update all of the tag values currently associated to your items? Building on the existing bulk update functionality, which allows you to add or remove selected tags from your items, we’ve now added the ability to update tag values using a .csv file. Any data you upload from the spreadsheet will override existing tag values associated with the specified items, meaning it’s an efficient way to keep your item metadata up to date.
Share subject improvements
If you deal with a large number of centres all delivering tests from the same subject, we’ve now introduced an ‘all centres’ option when sharing your subject with delivery centres. This means that your subject will be available at all centres in Surpass, and any new centres you bring on board will automatically have the subject shared with them.
New features for multiple choice and multiple response questions
We’ve also introduced the ability to assign negative marks to answer options when using weighted marking. You may choose to award a candidate a negative score for choosing particular answer options, or to discourage guessing if the answer is not known.
Likert Survey Item type & Improved MCQ survey item
You can now also provide a free text answer box for candidates when creating a Multiple Choice survey question. This allows candidates to provide further information when they select an answer option.
Advanced Short Answer item
Move items between subjects
Enhancements to bulk scheduling
End of section feedback
For tests delivered in the HTML test driver, there is now the option to enable end of section feedback. This means that candidates can see a summary of their performance as they complete a section, rather than waiting until the reach the end of the test.