Workflow and Versioning

Practique uses a universal submission workflow for items, item sets and assets. This workflow is closely linked to the permissions framework, detailed here. Different users (or groups of users) have the ability to create, review and approve items, item sets and assets.

Note: in this article, workflow will be referring to items, however it is identical to the workflow for item sets and assets.

Step-by-step guide

Here is an example workflow for creating and approving a new OSCE station.

  1.  Start by creating a new item

    From the dashboard select 'Create a new item'

    Creating new item

  2.  Draft item

    Note the Submit and Delete buttons.

    At this stage your item is in a 'Draft' state.



  3.  Submitting item for review

    Once you are happy with your item, click the submit button. After submitting an item you cannot delete it from Practique. Only draft items can be deleted. This enables an audit trail of items used in exams.

    You can add a comment that will be sent to the approver, and notify them that there is an item waiting to be approved.

  4.  Waiting for approval

    After an item has been submitted for review, a user that has item approval permissions can either approve, reject or return the item.

    Rejecting and returning an item essentially do the same thing - they send the item back to be edited in draft state. However the idea is that an item will be returned to be modified slightly before being approved, whereas an item that is not suitable at all will be rejected.

    Approving an item will allow it to be used in item sets.

    Approving item sets will allow them to be used in exams, and approving assets will allow them to be used in items.



    When an exam is waiting for approval it is marked as having a 'Pending' state.

  5.  Returning or rejecting an item

    When returning or rejecting an item, you have the ability to add a comment to the submitter.


  6.  Approving an item

    It is possible to add a message when approving an item.

    Once an item has been approved, it can be used in item sets and exams. If you would like to exclude an item from future item set generation, you can retire it.

    Items are marked with an Approved label.


  7.  Retiring items

    You can add comments when retiring items.




    Retired items are marked as 'Archived'. Once an item has been retired, you cannot change its status anymore. However it is possible to create a new version.

  8.  Making changes to approved items

    If you need to make changes to an item after it has been approved, you can create a new version. It is not possible to make changes to an approved item. This is so that there is a permanent record for items that have been used in exams.

  9.  Previous versions of items

    When viewing an item, toward the bottom of the page is a table showing all of the previous versions. By clicking on the version number you can see all of the previous item information.


    It is possible, after creating a new version of an item to have one version approved and ready for exams, and the new version in a draft state.

    Once the most recent version has been approved, it will automatically retire the previous version.