Open Group testing is an onscreen alternative to paper based batch testing. It allows you to run multiple supervised tests at once from a single location. The test administrator has full control over the respondents that they are supervising, allowing them to complete all the typical test standardised instructions, and then authorise respondents to start.
As respondents log into the test they will register their names and details, while the administrator can watch them automatically populate the respondent column, and then monitor their entire progress throughout the test. Once each test is complete a report can be requested immediately. There is no limit to the number of people that you test simultaneously, however, your local internet speed may limit this number. High speed broadband connections will have no restrictions.
As Group batch testing is strictly for supervised testing only, there is no restriction on the test use, both personality and ability tests can be administered.
Add an Open Group Session
To Add an Open Group session click on the “Add” button in the Sessions column. The middle column will now change to allow you to select which session type you wish to use. Select Open Group from the list. In the Right hand column enter a brief description of the session, and select which test/battery you would like to administer, and select the language you would like the test/battery to be completed in.
Once you have entered a brief description you can save the session by clicking on the “Save” button above the middle column.
Open Group sessions are different from other sessions, in that you do not need to add any respondents to the session, as your respondents will do this for you. You will see once you have saved the session that there is a SessionID at the top of the respondent column, you will need to provide your respondents with this SessionID so that they can log in.
Edit an Open Group Session
To Edit a session, first select the session from the column, and then press the “Edit” button above. You will now be able to change the type of session you are administering, the description of the session or the test and language associated with the session.
Administer an Open Group Session
When you create an Open Group session you are given a SessionID. This number can be found at the top of the Respondent column. Open Group sessions are different from other session, in that you do not need to add respondents to the session yourself, instead your respondents will do this for you. It is important therefore to take a note of the SessionID for later use, as your respondents will need it to log in.
Open Group sessions are designed to replace the need for Paper & Pencil administration. Therefore your respondents should be sat in one room, each with their own computer. This room should conform to a typical standardised environment for testing, and you should go through the typical procedures prior to testing. The administrator should also have their own computer, which is logged into their account. This way the respondents can be authorised to begin, and you can monitor the progress of the respondents.
When your respondents are ready to begin, instruct them to browse to www.genesysonline.net/start. This screen will ask your respondents to enter the SessionID you have been given when creating the session. The respondents should enter this number into the field labelled “SessionID”. There is also a filed labelled “RespondentID”. This field should be left blank, as it is only needed if your respondent needs to recover the test after an error.
The respondents should now follow the onscreen instructions. They will need to go through the following process:
Data Protection Statement
Bio Data collection
All respondents should read and agree to the Data protection statement before continuing to the bio data page. On this page, they should enter their name, and any relevant bio data. After continuing the will reach the Awaiting Authorisation page, where they can not progress any further until the administrator is ready to begin.
While the respondents are logging in, the administrator should monitor the session in their account. As each respondent reaches the Awaiting Authorisation page, their names will automatically populate the Respondent column. When all respondents have logged in, the administrator can then select all of the respondents, by either right clicking and selecting “Select All Respondents” from the menu, or selecting the first name, holding shift, and selecting the last name.Then right click on the respondents and select “Authorise“. The respondents can now start the test.
As the respondents progress through the test, you are told which question the respondent is currently on so that you can keep track of all respondents at once.
At the end of the questionnaire, the respondents test screen will close, and the administrators screen will show that the results have been received.
If at any point of the group session there is an error, such as the internet connection dropping etc, it is possible to recover the test for each respondent. As each respondent log’s in and their name appears on your screen, they are given as RespondentID, that you can see next to their name. To recover the test, the respondent should stay at the same machine that they were using, and log back in from www.genesysonline.net/start, using both the SessionID and the RespondentID. The RespondentID is case sensitive, so ensure that it is entered correctly.
Delete an Open Group Session
Sessions are automatically deleted after one year. However, if you wish to delete your session before that, select the session that you wish to delete from the Session column, then right click on it. You will be offered a menu of actions to perform with the session. Select Delete from the menu.
Please Note: The Delete function is a destructive operation. By deleting a session you will lose it and any respondents from within the session. If you wish to keep the respondents data you can select all the respondents within the session, right click on them and select “cut”. You can now select another session to paste them into.