[LON-CAPA-users] Need Advice on Putting Up a Sample Test

Amos Lee lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Fri, 16 May 2008 10:59:46 -0600


Here at usask.ca, we are in the process of creating an online sample
test which we would like to make accessible to the public at large.
Some desired features are as follows:

(1) A user would be able to resume the test from the last attempted
    question without losing answers to all previous questions as long
    as the web browser's cache has not been purged.

(2) Feedback to each question will be postponed to the end of the test.

(3) At the end of the test, a summary displays the test score, and
    which questions have been answered incorrectly.

Some questions:

Q1. How hard would it be to achieve these features in a login
    environment for:

    (a) users who are already in the class list?

        More specifically, is there a published interface for
        making database calls to retrieve test score and test
        summary from Lon Capa?

    (b) users who are not in the class list via "on-the-fly" online
        registration (Emailing username and initial password to the
        registered user)?

Q2. How hard would it be to achieve these features in a NON-login

    More specifically, other than "cookies", are there other technologies
    available to obtain feature (1) above? Even with "cookies", how
    would you rate the programming difficulty for a programmer who knows
    the basics of perl and web page scripting?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!