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Add a new topic

Step-by-step instructions on how to add a new topic

What is a topic

You can add and organize the questions and exams in different folders, in a hierarchical structure. These folders are called topics.

For example, you can plan multiple topics for each subject, or categories of exams, or for a specific region or location. Topics are a way to group your questions and exams logically. When participants attempt exams the evaluation is based on topics, and you can configure exam reports to include results broken down by topic.

Before you add a topic

Topic names

Before you plan to add a new topic, it is advisable that you have defined a naming convention for the topics. If you are not sure of the topic name, you can add a new topic now and rename it later.

Topic location

In addition to the topic name, plan the location of a new topic in the topic hierarchy. Once added, you can move the topic anywhere in the list by a simple drag-drop action. The option to add a new topic at the root level is different from the option to add a new topic within an existing topic in the folder structure.

Topic sequence

The topics are sorted alphabetically by default. The new topic that you add is listed alphabetically in the list of topics.

Find the topic location

  1. Sign in to bizExaminer.
  2. Switch into the ‘author’ role using the role-switcher in the top right corner of the screen.

The roles depend on your subscription plan for bizExaminer. There are cases when you may not see this option to switch to different roles and you directly see the author role for the authoring environment. If you have more questions, please contact your account administrator.

  1. In the sidebar, the ‘Questions’ option is selected by default.
  2. If you want to add a new topic for exams or exam modules, click on ‘Exams and exam modules’ in the left sidebar.

Whether you have ‘Questions’ or ‘Exams and exam modules’ selected, the list of topics appears in a hierarchical structure as folders. Locate the exact folder where you want to add a new topic.

Add new root topic

A root topic is seen at the parent-most level in the hierarchy of folders and subfolders of topics.

  1. Click on ‘Add root topic’ to add a new topic at the top parent level.
    Note: Even when you have selected any internal folder within a topic before you click on ‘Add root topic’, the new topic is added at the top parent level which is the root level.
  2. A click on ‘Add root topic’ opens the ‘New topic’ dialog box.
  3. In ‘Name’, write the name of the new topic.
  4. Click on ‘Create’ to save the new root topic.

Optionally, you can make a topic as ‘Protected’. A protected topic is seen only by you. For example, you can use this topic to add questions or exams as a draft for internal use. Only the topic at the top parent level or at the first sub-parent topic level can be protected for privacy.

Select the “Protect topic” checkbox to keep this topic protected. Please see Protect and unprotect a topic for more details.

Add new sub-topic inside an existing topic

  1. Select the topic under which you want to create a new topic. It can be the parent level topic or a subtopic.
  2. Click on the context-menu icon that is available immediately to the right side of this topic name. A few options appear in the context menu for actions or tasks for this topic.
  3. Select ‘New > Topic’ to add a new topic inside this selected topic.
  4. The ‘New topic’ dialog box opens.
  5. In ‘Name’, write the name of the new topic.
  6. Click on ‘Create’ to save the new topic.

Additional options

You have a few more options to add a topic.

  • Copy existing topics: You can cut, copy, and paste existing topics from anywhere in the list of topics that you see in your authoring environment. Please see Edit a topic for cut, copy, paste for more details.
  • When you import questions, there can be single topics or topics paths defined in the import files. These topics or topics paths can be used to automatically generate the topics structure during the import step. Please see import question articles for more details.
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