Surpass Developments in Progress

This article was last updated on 4/12/2018

About: This article is designed to give early sight of new features planned for Surpass, along with wireframes and videos where available. This article will be updated approximately every 2 weeks, so do check back for updates.

Please note that this is designed to give an indication of planned features only; all of the features listed here are currently in development, and are subject to change.

Features are listed by planned release number, and categorised by the area of the system which they affect.


The development status of features is indicated as follows:

Red: At risk of not making the release.

Amber: In progress but with some concerns.

Green: No issues.


Below you will find a list of features currently in development and planned for future releases of Surpass. More detail can be found by selecting the feature number which takes you to the entry on the customer portal.

For information on the features added in Surpass Release 12.16, please see the latest release notes here

Release 12.17

Development begins on: 17th September 2018
Regression begins on: 26th November 2018

Test Delivery


Feature: Unified Keycode Screen (F2873)
Details: This feature allows candidates to access tests delivered in both Flash and HTML SecureClient from a single keycode screen.
Wireframes: Unavailable
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: BTL
Product Owner: Tim S  
Status:Green

Feature: Item Set Header (F4312)
Details: A new item set header is being developed for tests in HTML delivery, so that item sets can display with a header giving candidates information about the item set and question number they are currently answering.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/36172417/index.html#/screens/a1022ecf-c091-4588-8278-ac267b072197
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Nayan Mistry
Status:Green

Tasks


Feature: Assignees and Managers can access a task at the same time (F4197)
Details: This feature allows users with task assignee permissions to access a review task at the same time as a user with task manager permissions. The manager can then choose if and when to remove access for task assignees.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/35930282/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: NBME/Prometric
Product Owner: Claire Belmont
Status:Green


Feature: Track text changes when editing review items (F4069)
Details: This feature enables tracked changes to text in question and answer stems when editing an item in a Review task. Managers will then be able to accept or reject changes before making a final decision.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/35930282/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric/NBME
Product Owner: Claire Belmont
Status:Amber


Feature: Support for Item Sets in Review Tasks (F4245)
Details: This feature is to support item sets in review tasks so that you can see which items belong to an item set when reviewing items.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/36542741/index.html#/screens/cbdbf507-ccc9-4f79-9323-64592da4f6d7
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric/NBME
Product Owner: Claire Belmont
Status:Green

Feature: Authoring Tasks (F4325, F4327, F4341, F4345)
Details: You will now be able to create authoring tasks, which allow users to create new items from the ‘Tasks’ screen without needing ‘Item Authoring’ permissions. You can control how many items a user can create, as well as which item settings a user can edit as part of an authoring task, and include attachments to provide users with information they need to complete the task.
Wireframes:
Creating a task: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/36636170/index.html#/screens/d12245cc-1680-458d-89dd-4f0d7fb22724
Authoring: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/36824347/index.html#/screens/23df00c9-b877-4f5b-8b8f-155938680100
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric/NBME
Product Owner: Chris M
Status:Green

Feature: Inline commenting with the CKEditor (F4216)
Details: This feature allows users to add inline comments in the 'Item Authoring' and 'Tasks' screens, to particular parts of an item ensuring a clear outline to where the comment relates. 
Wireframes:  https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/31490113/35613188/index.html#/screens/d135260c-b356-48ec-a622-35f85a2f9fbb 
Video: https://rally1.rallydev.com/slm/attachment/260691994472/Recording%20%231.mp4 
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Becca
Status:Green

Feature: Multiple copy reviews for Review Tasks (F4224)
Details: This will allow the option to select whether a single copy or multiple copies will be created when assignees make changes during a review task. 
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/37006361/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric 
Product Owner: Tim S 
Status:Green  

Item Authoring


Feature: Extended Voice Capture (F4156, F4157, F4158, F4159, F4161)
Details: These features introduce the new Extended Voice Capture question type for HTML Delivery. This item allows candidates to record up to 60 minutes of audio as their response. 
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric, SQA, WJEC
Product Owner: Catarina Simoes
Status: Green 
  
Feature: Enhancements to Item Search and Item Lists Screen (F3988, F4018, F4319)
Details: These features allow users to customise the columns that appear on the Item Search and Item Lists screens and save a default view. You will also be able to sort and filter on the columns.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/35399212/index.html#/screens/d12245cc-1680-458d-89dd-4f0d7fb22724
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: NBME
Product Owner: Claire Belmont
Status: Green

Feature: Enhancements to Extended Matching Weighted Marking (F3367)
Details: This feature allows you to change the marking selections for Extended Matching questions with weighted marking, so that you can apply many to many marking relationships.
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/36475941/36868498/index.html
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Nayan Mistry
Status:Green

Feature: Inline Rationale (F4226)
Details: You will be able to show answer rationale inline with answer options in Item Authoring and Tasks. This makes it easier to view and edit rationale for answer options.
Wireframes: Unavailable
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Claire Butterfield
Status:Green 

Feature: Advanced Short Answer Improvements (F4375)
Details: This feature will enhance the ‘Advanced’ mode of Short Answer question type. They will now be supported when using the 'Export to Word Doc' and 'Printable Tests' functionality. 
Wireframes: https://www.justinmind.com/usernote/tests/27261324/32324449/35770032/index.html#/screens/2b13b8a6-f727-4eba-9d09-051eb25bc66d
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Becca
Status:Green

Feature: Change Item Owner in Bulk Update using a CSV file (F4326)
Details: Users will have the ability to update item owners en masse using the bulk update functionality via CSV format. 
Wireframes: Unavailable 
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Becca
Status:Green   

Test Creation


Setup & Site Settings


Feature: Upload Aliasing File (F4026)
Details: This feature allows site administrators to upload a custom aliasing file to change the terms used across a Surpass instance.
Wireframes: Unavailable
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: AAT
Product Owner: Chris M
Status:Green

HTML Enhancements


Support Hotspot Question Type (F4145)
Support Extended Matching Question Type (F4144)
Support Drag and Drop Question Type (F4146)

Release 12.17.1
Development begins on: TBC
Regression begins on: TBC

Feature: Authoring Tasks - Lead Assignee (F4337)
Details: You will be able to create Lead Assignee roles to users for 'Tasks' so they can help facilitate the task and mentor other task assignees if required.
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Chris M
Status:Green

Feature: Review Task Types - Single Copy and Multiple Copies (F4224)
Details: This feature encourages independent and collaborative styles of review. In a 'Single Copy' review, assignees can work together on a single item. In a 'Multiple Copies' review, assignees work independently.
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Tim S
Status:Green 

Feature: Supported Tracked Text Changes in Multiple Copy Reviews (F4541)
Details: This feature enables tracked changes to text in Multiple Copy reviews. Managers will then be able to accept or reject changes before making a final decision.
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: NBME/Prometric
Product Owner: Claire Belmont
Status:Amber

Feature: Select sections to be scheduled for a test [API] (F4620)
Details: This feature allows certain sections in a test to be scheduled via the API.
Wireframes: n/a
Video: Unavailable
Funded by: Prometric
Product Owner: Claire Butterfield
Status:Green




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