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The table view in "My Questions", "My favorites", the lists, the pools and the group shares provides several functions for editing and managing single or multiple items.

To use the functions listed below at least one item must be selected with a marked checkbox in the "Select" column.


Lists allow for you to compile question items taylored to your needs. A list is only visible to you. An item added to a list is only referenced and not copied. Modification to items in lists are therefore made to the original under "My questions". You can find all your lists in the left menu under "My favourites".

Add items to already existing lists or create new lists. If a list is already open, this button allows you to rename or delete the respective list.


Preliminary marked questions can be exported in four different formats. In order to export a collection of items as independent test learning resource to OpenOLAT, select "QTI 1.2 test in the test authoring environment". If you need to import into another LMS, download items in XML or IMS QTI 1.2 format. The export to Word file in .docx format is supported. To facilitate the compilation of tests, item analysis parameters such as the difficulty index or the discrimination index can be added to items. Item attributes such as information on difficulty level or average learning time may also be added. All in all, more than 20 metadata attributes, according to the learning object metadata, are available for further item specification. More information on metadata can be found in the context help of the item detailed view as well as in chapter „Item Detailed View".

Add items from the question bank to a test or questionnaire at any given time by utilizing the "Add - question from pool" function.

Create question

Question items are created here in the QTI 2.1 format and stored directly for further use. More information on test creation can be found in the chapters for QTI 1.2 and QTI 2.1


Shares items with pools and groups a user has access to.

Members of such a group have now access to the shared items. If one or more items were shared with one or more groups, the respective group names will be listed in the left menu under "Public shares".

Unlike groups, all users with question bank access (authors) have access to public pools. Please contact your pool administrator if you have any questions concerning pools.


Copy items from pools to create your own copy in "My Questions" in your question database. Copied questions initially have the suffix "(Copy)".


Questions can be converted from the QTI Standard 1.2 to the QTI Standard 2.1. Therefore you chose the desired questions in the list. Afterward click on "Convert". After confirming the dialogue, the converted questions are now available in the standard 1.2 as well as in the standard 2.1. 


Add items to the question bank by importing test or questionnaire learning resources from OpenOLAT, from external files or by via Copy & Paste from Excel files. Question items are always added to the table from where the import was started, as well as to "My Questions". Items can thus be directly imported into lists, pools or group shares. A detailed information on the question import via excel files (CSV) can be found in the following text box.

 Question import via excel files (CSV)

The question import via Excel files allows you to import multiple questions at once in simple way. The import of excel questions can for example be used to import questions from other systems when the questions do also support the QTI 2.1 standards. Please use the template which can be found when opening the import. At this time questions of type single-choice, multiple-choice, fill-in-blank and Kprim are supported.

When you are finished creating your questions in the Excel file, select the the questions in Excel and copy&paste them to the input field.

When copying the questions, Excel will convert the cells to a comma separated formatting. The same does also work with other tools like Apple Numbers or OpenOffice.


The table consists of thre columns: the keywords / points, the values and extra information. The questions are separated with an empty line.

Multiple-choice question


MC for multiple-choice


Title of the question / topic


The maximal score. The minimal score is always set to 0.


The question text. Minimal HTML formatting is allowed.

"1" for a correct option, "0" for a wrong option

Options text. You can have as many options as you like, each on a separated line with a point configuration

Single-choice question


SC for single-choice


Title of the question / topic


The maximal score. The minimal score is always set to 0.


The question text. Minimal HTML formatting is allowed.

Points when this option is selected, e.g. "1" or "-1"

Options text. You can have as many options as you like, each on a separated line with a "0" or "1" point configuration

Fill-in-blank (gap) question


FIB for fill-in-blank


Title of the question / topic


The maximal score. The minimal score is always set to 0.


The question text. Minimal HTML formatting is allowed.

textA text element

Points when the gap is correctly answered, e.g. "1" 

Correct answer in a gap. Synonyms can be entered separated with ";". The gap lines have a third column where the size of the gap and the maximum characters that can be entered is configured, e.g. "10,8".

KPRIM Fragen

titleTitle of the question / topic
questionThe question text. Minimal HTML formatting is allowed.
+ or -Options text
+ or -Options text
+ or -Options text
+ or -Options text

Optional meta data for question pool


Question description to set the question into context.


The taxonomy path. The hierarchies are separated with slashes. Not existing path elements are automatically created.
Example: /Languages/German/Verbs

keywords Keywords
coverage Coverage of the question

Level of use, e.g. "College"


Language, e.g. "de" or "en"

typical learning time

Typical learning time, e.g. "5min"

difficulty index Item difficulty
standard deviation

Standard deviation of item

discrimination index

Item discrimination index


Number of distractors


Used editor, e.g. "OpenOLAT Excel Import"

editor version

The editor version


License, e.g. "CC by-nc-nd"

Further information on importing questions can be found in "My questions".

Author rights

Use this function to add more authors and thus their access rights to one or more items.

Remove & Delete

Item shares can be removed from lists, pools, and groups without deleting the original question in the question database. Using the "Remove" button only removes the reference to an item, but does not delete the item itself. An item is always only removed from the table you have currently open. By removing an item from a list, a group or a pool, no other shares than the one in question are affected.

In order to irrevocably remove an item from all lists, groups and pools, you have to delete the item in your question database under "My questions".

Change metadata

Metadata about items can be either adapted in an items detail view or with this function. The "Change metadata" function allows you to adjust single information statements simultaneously for multiple items, without entering the detailed view. Changes cannot be canceled. More information on the individual metadata fields can be found in the chapter "Item Detailed View" - Meta Data.

To get a preview of an item and an overview of relevant metadata, select the table row of the corresponding item by clicking into the row.

In order to edit a question and view all available metadata, click in the preview pane on the "Details" button. If you are navigating in your question database, you can open the item editor with the "Edit" button.
In general, questions can not be edited directly in the pool. Copy the questions first into "My questions".