August 12, 2020 The BMS lab

Creating modules and items

Quick guide:

A module is assembly of your questions. Items are the questions you ask your participant.

Creating modules

Step 1.

Open your study and go to the modules page.

  • Go to the “Create New Module” panel; 
  • Input a name and title for the module; 
  • Scroll down and click on “Save”. 

Note: the module’s “Unique Name” will only be seen by the researcher, but the “Module Title” will be shown to the participant. 

Creating items

Step 1.

To create an item, go to the modules page, open your module and go to “Content items”. Select the item type you want to create by double clicking on the item type, or by dragging the item type to the item list on the right. This will open a preview screen.

Here, you can fill in the details for this item on the left. On the right, you can see how the item will look like for participants.
Lastly, click on “Save”.

Items explained

There are many different “Item Types” you can choose from.


If you want a response in the form of a number, you can choose from the “Item types”:
• “Number input” type allows your participant to type in a number on their own.
• “Number slider” allows the participant to choose a number by sliding their pointer along the number line.
• “Number dropdown” lets the participant to select a number from the given dropdown list.
• “Number choice” allows the participant to choose a number from a display of numbers.

Words, sentences and characters.

If you want a response in the form of a word, sentence, or characters, you can choose these “Item types”:
• “Single – line input” lets the participant to input one line of text.
• “Multi – line input” allows for multiple lines of text
• “Dropdown” type enables the participant to select an option from the given dropdown list.
• “Multiple – choice” type gives the participant an opportunity to choose from a list and they can choose more than one option.

Other types of responses.

The “Statement” type is useful when you want to provide information to your participant. This type simply shows your participant a statement, and they can only click a button to continue.

The “Yes/No item” type provides your participant with two buttons to click. They default to Yes & No, but you may change the button labels.

The “Likert scale” is a scale that ranges opinions from one extreme to the other. Usually, there is also a neutral option. This offers more detailed opinion as opposed to just Yes or No.

The “Camera image” item type is used when you want your participant to submit their response in a form of a picture uploaded to the app.

The “Emotion quadrant” allows for asking your participant to assess how they are feeling on an emotional quadrant image. You may upload your image here and have them click on the image. Finally, it is then stored as an (x, y) number.

Finally, the “Orbit” option allows you to create a concentric circle image which can be used visualize different concepts that “orbit” around the participant.

This data is stored by the length of the line and the “warmth” value of the item and it ranges from 1 to 11.