A drill can be created manually within Drillster, but you can also upload drills. To read how to create a drill manually, click here.
Uploading a drill can be done with the following files:
In Excel you can save a file as a .csv file. You can use a .csv file to easily upload existing content in Drillster if the file conforms to the format of the file you want to download.
In the example file, the input can be given and is automatically converted to the correct format. Download the .csv file tab and upload it into Drillster.
If you choose to create your own .csv file, pay attention to the following aspects:
- Subject: Here you fill in the subject.
- Drill name: Fill in the name of the drill.
- Practice restrictions: Here you fill in whether you want the drill to be practiced productively or receptively. For more explanation click here.
- Description: Here you fill in the description of the drill, or what the drill is about and what the participant can expect.
- Tags: Here you fill in any tags of the drill. Do you want to know more about tags? Then click here.
- Good answers are entered without a symbol in front of them, wrong answers are entered with an ‘@’ in front of them.
- Don't put a / or \ symbol in the answers you enter in the csv. file, the system sees this as a split between the answers, so you get the wrong result after uploading.
- The input of a cell can then look like this: apple/@peer/@banana/@grape. Here ‘apple’ is the correct answer. Pear, banana and grape are the distractions here.
- Attention! Do not start the first correct answer with a - symbol. This causes an error in the system. Switch the first and second answer in that case, or put a ' symbol in front of the dash.
- The two feedback texts are split by a /.
- Don't put a / or \ symbol in the feedback texts you enter in the csv. file, \the system sees this as a split between the feedback parts, so you get the wrong result after uploading.
- The feedback for the correct answer is entered without the symbol in front of it, the feedback for the wrong answer is entered with an @ in front of it.
- The input of a cell can then look like this: That is correct! A car has four wheels./@That is not correct. A car has four wheels.
- Attention! Make sure the two feedback texts are different from each other, otherwise you will get an error message later.
- After the drill has been uploaded, the feedback function can be enabled in the drop down menu next to the name of the column in the editor, see the image below.
Always save the Excel file as .csv (separated by commas) Our advice is to use Google Sheets to create .csv files. This program has the same settings worldwide, Excel can differ per language so sometimes csv files don't work.
IMS QTI (IMS Question and Test Interoperability) is a way to store and exchange question sets; it is a standard used by electronic learning environments.
Upload a file in Drillster
- Go to 'my content'
- Click on the '+' symbol to add a new drill.
- Click on the tab 'Upload drill via file'.
- Click on 'choose' to select the right file or drag the file to the right place.
- Click on 'Import' to upload the drill into 'my content'.
- Validate file only
Drillster only checks if the file has the correct layout and can be uploaded. When this option is selected, Drillster will not yet convert the file to a drill.
- Import another file
Drillster does not return to the editor of the drill just entered, but it returns to the screen to import, so you can import another file.
After clicking on 'Import' the drill will be created and you will return to the editor. Click on 'Edit' to check or modify the drill. Question types can be set, alternatives can be added, etc.
To save and make changes visible, a drill needs to be released.
- Go to the top of the page.
- Click on 'Release this version' to release the drill.
Furthermore, you can publish the drill in the Drillstore, forward it to other users, and if your account allows it, define keys, add it to groups, etc...