Getting Started with Akindi

From creating courses and assessments to scanning sheets and exporting data; this is an overview of everything you need to know about Akindi

Creating a Course and a Course Roster

Before creating your first assessment, you'll have to create a course. This can be done by choosing ‘add course’ under the courses tab on the left-hand panel.

If Akindi is integrated into your Learning Management System, launch Akindi from your course shell to automatically create your course and import your class roster.

You can create a class roster by clicking 'Upload Roster' under the course tab and selecting an Excel file (.xls .xslx) or CSV file (.csv).

Akindi will recognize the students' names, ID numbers, section numbers, and emails but you can double check this by clicking 'Preview Changes'. Once everything looks good, click 'Save Roster' and you are ready to administer your first test!

Upload Roster, Select file, Preview Changes, Save Roster.

Does your school have the Akindi LMS integration? If so, your course and student roster will automatically sync when you come through your LMS.

Paper Assessments

1. Creating a Paper Assessment

To get started, click the 'Create Assessment' button on the top right hand corner.

Create Assessment Button

Set up your assessment by choosing a Course, adding the Assessment Name, and selecting ‘Paper’ as the Assessment type.

Choose whether to turn on multiple versions and select a bubble sheet layout for your assessment. You'll also have the choice of allowing Akindi to pre-fill the test sheets with the student names and IDs. Click 'Save & Continue'.

Select layout, Prefill student information and sort printed test sheets by Student ID

2. Creating an Answer Key for Paper

Enter your answer key by selecting the correct response for each question. Turn on ‘advanced marking’ options to control the weight and grading scheme of each question. Click 'Continue'.

Select correct response for each question.

3. Printing Test Sheets

On the next step, click 'Print Bubble Sheets' to open a PDF of your test sheets, download the PDF test sheets and print them using any printer and regular paper.

Click 'Print Bubble Sheets' to open PDF of test sheets

4. Scanning and Uploading Test Sheets

After the test has been completed, scan the test sheets to a PDF using any scanner and select ‘Upload sheets’ to upload the PDF to Akindi.

Upload Sheets, Select File, Upload.

5. Resolving Exceptions

When scanning the test sheets, Akindi will call exceptions if student information is missing or mis-filled, if a student bubbles-in more responses than the answer key contains, or if a page wasn't able to be graded.

Select the one of the presented suggestions to or search the student name by ID of student number in the dropdown menu.

Resolve student ID exception, search student in dropdown menu.

Online Assessments

1. Creating an Online Assessment

To get started, click the 'Create Assessment' button on the top right hand corner.

Create assessment button

Set up your assessment by choosing a Course, entering the Assessment Name, and selecting ‘Online’ as the Assessment type.

Step 1 of 4, Create Assessment

Assessment Delivery

Students have two different ways of accessing their online assessment. Either via an email sent from Akindi or through the 'Launch Akindi' link in your LMS course. Under the 'Assessment Delivery' field, you'll have the option to choose whether you want to deliver the assessment 'via email' or 'via LMS'.

"Assessment Delivery" field on the 'Create Assessment' page

Test Question Display

Next you'll choose, if and how, your test questions are displayed. Under 'Test Question Display', choose from the following options:

  • Display Full PDF: Your questions will be displayed to students, as they appear in the PDF file alongside the bubble sheet layout that you will be prompted to choose

Online assessment with the pdf file and the bubble sheet layout displayed

  • One question at a time: Students will only see one question and the associated answer options on screen at any given time. Students will be able to proceed freely to any question during the assessment, unless the ‘allow backtracking’ option has been disabled

Online assessment with one question at a time displayed

  • I don’t want to upload test questions: Students will only be presented with the bubble sheet layout and you’ll need to provide access to the test questions outside of Akindi

Online assessment with bubble sheet layout only displayed

2. Uploading Test Questions

Display Full PDF

If you selected 'Display Full PDF' in the previous step, Akindi will prompt you to upload your test questions in a PDF file, then click 'Continue'.

One Question at a Time

For 'One question at a time', you'll need to upload a Word Document or .docx file of your test questions and then click 'Continue'. Akindi will read the document and ask you to review that all the question and answer categorizations are correct before moving on. Take a look at our 'Review Questions & Enter Answer Key' page on how to ensure everything in your test question document has been identified and properly categorized.

3. Creating an Answer Key for Online

Enter your answer key by selecting the correct response for each question. Turn on advanced marking options to control the weight and grading scheme of each question.

Select correct response for each question.

If you will be showing ‘one question at a time’, you’ll have the option to enter your answer key when you are reviewing Akindi’s categorization of the questions and answers.

Turn on 'Display Advanced Marking' > change question type > change weight of question > Select correct response

4. Scheduling the Online Assessment

Set the times in which the students can access the online assessment.

The 'Activation time' is when students will be granted access to view and start their assessment. The 'Deadline' is when the assessment closes, meaning students can no longer access their assessment or submit their answers.

You’ll have the option to turn the test into a timed assessment. Under 'Time limit', select the hours and minutes that your students will be given to complete their submission. If you don't want to set a time limit, select the 'Disable time limit' checkbox.

Adjust activation time, deadline and time limit

5. Providing Extra Time for Selected Students

Once you click ‘Save & Continue’ you'll be taken to the 'Online Assessment Status' page. Here you can adjust the time limit, activation time and deadline for selected students that may require accommodations.

Select the student(s) from the table, click on the 'Actions' dropdown menu and select 'Edit Assessment Timing'.

Select students, click 'actions' and then 'edit assessment timing' to adjust time limit, activation time or deadline

6. Preview Assessment

Once you have set up your online assessment, click 'Preview Assessment' to get a sense of what your students will experience when they access their assessment.

'Preview assessment' button

Your assessment preview will open in a new tab & you'll need to click 'I agree' in order to see the online assessment you created, along with any settings you enabled.

Online Assessment Preview

7. Publishing the Online Assessment

Each student requires a unique URL to access their Online Assessment which your students will access either via an email from Akindi or by clicking 'Launch Akindi' in your LMS course.

Online assessment via Email

To email all students their Online Assessment link, click 'Email Students Online Assessment'.

Select 'Email students online assessment' button, customize email and send

You'll have the option to customize the subject and message of the email that is sent to students.

Once you hit 'Send' the emails will be immediately sent to students, but they won't be able to access their assessment until the 'Activation time' has passed.

Online Assessment via LMS

On the Online Assessment Status page, Akindi will display the assessment status and indicate whether it is unpublished, published, opened or submitted.

While an assessment is unpublished, the assessment details will not be visible to students.

To publish the assessment, Click "Publish Assessment to LMS". You can choose to notify the students by email that an assessment has been published.

Publishing & notifying students of online assessment

For more details on how students access & complete their online assessment, take a look at our guide on the student experience.

8. Monitoring Student Progress

To help you manage the process of delivering an Online Assessment, select 'View Online Assessment Status' from your course dashboard at any point after you've set up your Online Assessment.

Course dashboard, 'view online assessment status' button highlighted

Here you can keep track of and sort by:

  • The delivery status of online assessment emails

  • The status of the assessment (whether published or unpublished)

  • The number of questions answered by each student

  • The amount of time each student has spent on their assessment

  • Which students have opened or submitted their assessments

Online Assessment Status page

Analyzing the Results

Once the sheets have been uploaded or the students have submitted their online responses, click 'View Results' on your Akindi course dashboard to access the assessment responses and analytics.

Our results analysis help you to answer two main questions: how well did the students do and how well was the test designed.

Question Breakdown Analysis.

Exporting the Test Results

If your school has a LMS integration, you'll have the option to sync grades back to the LMS by clicking the 'Send Grades to {LMS}' button on the 'Results Analysis' Page.

Results analysis overview Page

There are a number of other ways to export the results using the 'Actions' dropdown menu. Export the raw results into a CSV file, download the question breakdown in a CSV, download the corrected test sheets or email students their grades.

Actions dropdown menu, select desired export.

Collaborating with TAs and Instructors

Invite a TA or another instructor to collaborate on a course or section by clicking 'Collaborate', inputting their email and selecting the permission settings.

The instructor or TA will receive an email inviting them to join the course or section.

Collaborate, enter email, select access level, invite, done.

The instructor or TA will receive an email inviting them to join the course or section.

Want to learn more?

If you want to learn more about Akindi or have any questions, feel free to check out our help center or send us a message !