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An item though consists not only of the question itself, but can also contain further information on the question, so-called meta information or metadata. They describe an item more precisely, and facilitate and simplify the selection and compilation of items for test authors. The better part of the metadata needs to be entered by an author.

All in all, more than 20 metadata attributes, according to the learning object metadata, are available for further item specification.

On top of the detail view you can find the question preview as well as information on the question settings. Clicking the "Edit" button in the top right corner opens the test editor. More information on the test editor can be found in the chapter "Creating Tests and Questionnaires", section "Test and Questionnaire Editor in Detail".

The metadata attributes can be found below the settings and are divided into 7 sections.

Meta Data


Contains information on categorization such as language or department as well as keywords. The range of subjects should cover the departments of your institution. Please contact your pool administrator if departments or subjects are missing.


Specifies the version number of the item as well as its status of availability.


Contains information on the author of the item, and whether the item holds a copyright. By default, 6 Creative Commons licenses are already available. Information on Creative Commons can be found in the Wikipedia and on
If more licenses are required, please contact your pool administrator.


Lists all authors as well as all the pools and groups with which the item was shared.


Specifies which level corresponds to the question, and the average time needed to answer the question. This information facilitates test compilation.

Item analysis

Contains information on item analysis and the use of the item in tests. The Item analysis is a set of (statistical) methods, with which individual question items are evaluated and assessed pertaining to their suitability for knowledge measurement respectively assessment. Typical parameters are the difficulty index and the discrimination index. More information on the individual metadata fields can be found in the context help of the item detailed view.
In addition, you can enter information on the number of distractors in the question and determine, whether the item is suitable for summative (evaluative), formative (diagnostic) or both types of tests. The system automatically determines if the item is already in use.


Provides information on the test editor and the technical format of the question. You will also find information on the creation and last modified dates.

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