The activity designer allows users to take cases from different products or the same product and group them together into a single activity. Activities can then be used for education, intervention or assessment.  The activities can be published to yourself (no one else can see them) or to a group or to an institution portal.

Accessing the Activity Designer

The Activity Designer can be accessed through the institution portal by clicking on the Admin link on the top right of the menu bar.  This link is available based on your user privileges.

By clicking this link, you will be redirected to the Activity designer in RCMS.

Create an Activity

To create an activity, select the Create New button located to the right of the screen.

A pop-up box will be displayed to allow you to start creating the activity.  The top half of the pop-up is used to name and define the activity.  The bottom half of the box is used to customize the activity.  The default settings, used for most activities, are:

  • Show feedback on the users responses, displayed in green and red for correct and incorrect responses

  • Allow the use to select multiple guesses on multiple choice questions until they get the correct response

  • Display the Case Summary and Activity Summary

  • Display a Case list on the left side of the activity

The following are Required items to create the activity:

  • Name - name of the activity.

  • Product - select from the drop down menu.

  • Course and Category - defines the activity as to content.  Select from the drop down menu options or type in a new course or category.

  • Template Type - select the template to be used for the activity.  There are various activity template types that use different workflows and ways to present the case.

The following are not required except for specific activity types:

  • Activity banner text - the default will be the activity name but the activity creator has the option to add different text that will be displayed to the end user
  • Question sets - define a set of questions to be used for each case of the activity.  Questions sets are only available using TF template type.
  • Product code - specific for organizations and only required if the activity is linked to a membership or product
  • DICOM - select the DICOM viewer for the activity if the cases contain DICOM studies.

Activity Options

Activity options allow you to customize how the activity workflow, what will and will not be presented to the end user and how the information will be presented to the user.   Toggle the options on or off for each option by answering the option question.

Option # 1 - Submission Choice

This option allows you to control how the users are able to safe their choices in the activity.

Each Questions - With this option the submit button will show for each questions. After Pressing submit the answer will be saved. User wont be able to change answers.

Each Case - With this option users will be able to select answers for the questions of the case but once all of them have been completed the submit button will show to saved the user's choices. Once clicked, users will not be able to change their answers. 

Entire Activity - With this option users will be able to answers all questions in the activity, once all of them have been completely answered the submit button will show. When clicked users choice will be saved and activity will be completed. 


Option # 2 - Feedback and Feedback display

If "Yes" is selected for each option, the user will get feedback on their question response and the responses will be displayed as green or red, for correct and incorrect responses, respectively.  The red and green for responses may be turned off by selecting "No".  Likewise any feedback can be turned off by selecting "No".

Example:  Case Script Template Feedback page

Option # 3 - Multiple Choice question

This option allows you to define how many responses the user can select for the multiple choice question.  "Correct Answer" forces the user to keep answering until the correct answer is selected.  Once the correct answer is selected, the next question is presented.  "One" and "Two" allow the user to select one or two responses before the next question is presented.

NOTE:  This does not apply to Multiple Choice Classic question which only allows one choice per question.

Option # 4 - Randomize Cases

When selected, this option will randomize the case list for each user upon opening the activity.  This randomized order will then be saved for each user if they leave and return to the activity.

Option # 5 - Answer questions in order

If "No" is selected, the user can answer the questions in any order desired.  If "Yes" is selected, this option forces the user to answer the questions in order.  The next question will not be presented until the current question is completed.  NOTE:  This does not apply to multiple questions on the same page.  Multiple questions on the same page can be answered in any order.

Option # 6 -   Progress through cases in order

If "No" is selected, the user can skip through the cases in the activity and view the cases in any order.  If "Yes" is selected, the user must start with the first case, complete all case questions before the next case is presented.  This can work in conjunction with Randomize cases option where the cases for each user will be randomized but then they must progress through the cases in the randomized order.

Option # 7 - Show all questions at once

If "Yes" is selected, all the questions will show at once.  If "No" is selected, Questions will show in the order it was scripted. (Only available for question sets)

Option # 8 - Case Summary

If "Yes" is selected, the case summary will be displayed in the activity.  If "No" is selected, the case summary will not be displayed.  For more information on case summary click here:  Case Summary.

Option # 9 - Activity Summary

For more information on activity summary click here:  Activity Summary.

If "Yes" is selected for "Activity Summary", the activity summary icon will be displayed on every case and the user will be able to access the activity summary information throughout the entire activity.

If "No" is selected for "Activity Summary", a second option will be displayed "Only show activity summary at completion of activity". 

If "Yes" is selected for this second option then the activity summary will be displayed once the activity is completed. 

If "No" is selected for this second option then the Activity Summary icon will not be displayed at all.

Option # 10 - User can clear answers and repeat activity (this option is currently not available at this time)

Option # 11 - Display the activity Table of Contents (TOC) or list of cases in the activity

If "Yes" is selected, the activity will display a list of the cases on the left side of the activity.  You have the option of selecting how the case will be displayed:

  • Generic ordinal listing displays the cases as Case 1, Case 2, Case 3, etc.
  • "Show Dx in TOC" displays the diagnosis 
  • "Show Case Name" displays the case name

Example of a TOC using Case Name

Option # 12 - Display DICOM full screen upon opening case

If "Yes" is displayed, when the user opens the case in the activity, the DIOCM will be displayed full screen.  The user must then minimize the DICOM to view any text or questions.  This option is useful when you want the user to view a DICOM study and then answer questions.

Once all of the information and options are entered, click [Create] at the bottom of the box to create the activity.

 Adding Cases to the Activity

After the activity is created, you will be directed to the page to add the cases to the activity.  Locate cases by using the Tree (course & category folders) or Filter (case taxonomy) options on the left side of the Case ID search.

The list of cases will be displayed in the middle column.  Any case that is grayed out indicates the case has been added to the activity.  Drag and drop cases to the far right column or check mark the case and use the arrow to display them in the Case Order box.  Delete a case by clicking the red X mark.

Once the cases are added to the activity (displayed in Case Order), they can be reordered by dragging and dropping the cases into the desired order or by clicking a column header to sort in numerical order or alphabetical order depending upon the column.

You can preview the activity by selecting the [Preview Activity] button or return to the [Activity Home] page to publish the activity.  Click here to be taken to the Publish Activity information page:  Activity Publishing.