Tests, Surveys, and Pools

Tests

Tests are sets of questions that are graded to measure student performance. Once a test is created, it must be deployed within a content folder before students can take the test. Test results are reviewed in the Grade Center. Note that some question types are not automatically graded.

The functions available on this page are described in the table below.

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Create a Test Build Test. The Test Information page appears.
Import a Test Import Test. The Test Import page appears. Tests may be imported from a local file or from the Content Collection. Tests must be imported from files that were created in Blackboard and exported out

Each Test has a Contextual Menu. The following options are available

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Edit a Test Edit. The Test Canvas page appears.
Export a Test Export. The Open Export file box appears. Tests may be exported to the local computer or to the Content Collection.
Delete a Test Delete. A confirmation box appears. Removing a Test is irreversible.

HOW TO CREATE A TEST

  • Navigate to Course Menu > Course Management > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools.
  • Click Build Test on the Tests page.

  • Enter a name, description, instructions and click Submit.
  • Select a question type from the Create Question drop-down button on the Test Canvas.
  • Create a question.
  • There are several types of questions that you can choose to submit in a test.To select a type you may click on the “Create Question” drop – down button and click on the type of your choice.

    Find below four examples of question types, with guidelines, of common question types that an instructor could use in a test:

    Fill in the Blank Questions

    • In section “Question Title” type the title of the question
    • In section “Question Text” type the content of the question
    • In section “Number of Answers” select how many answers this question should have and choose the “Exact Match” choice.
    • In the feedback section you may type a feedback that presents a response to a correct or an incorrect answer.
    • As soon as you finished editing the question requirements you may add notes concerning the question in section “Instructor Notes”
    • Click “Submit” to upload this question in the test.

    Jumbled Sentence Questions

    • In section “Question Title” type the title of the question
    • In section “Question Text” type the content of the question including the variables of the possible answers. Variables must be typed in square brackets and only in capital letters. E.g.[A]
    • In section “Number of Answers” select the number of answers for this question and type each answer in the boxes below this section
    • As soon as you finished editing the question requirements, click next to continue with the editing of the correct answers as long as the feedback you could give for each answer
    • To specify the correct answer, click on the drop – down button to select the correct answer
    • In the feedback section you may type a feedback that presents a response to a correct or an incorrect answer.
    • You may add notes concerning the question in section “Instructor Notes”
    • Click “Submit” to upload this question in the test.

    Multiple Choice Questions

    • In section “Question Title” type the title of the question
    • In section “Question Text” type the content of the question
    • In section “Options” set how the answers are about to be displayed by selecting the desirable “Answer Numbering” , “Answer Orientation” and if you wish “Allow partial credit”
    • In section “Number of Answers” choose the number of answer selections by clicking the drop – down button
    • Then, set the correct answer
    • In the feedback section you may type a feedback that presents a response to a correct or an incorrect answer.
    • You may add notes concerning the question in section “Instructor Notes”
    • Click “Submit” to upload this question in the test.

    Short Answer Questions

    • In section “Question Title” type the title of the question
    • In section “Question Text” type the content of the question
    • In section “Answer text” you may write a possible correct answer and you can set the number of rows that will display in the answer text box
    • You may add notes concerning the question in section “Instructor Notes”
    • Click “Submit” to upload this question in the test.

  • Enter the Point Value for the question.
  • Attach a file or URL.
  • Enter answers to choose from and select the correct answer.
  • Enter feedback that Students will see based on their answer.
  • Repeat Step 3 through Step 8 until finished adding questions.
  • Click Submit.

Warning: Please keep in mind that if you select the option to present the questions in random order, you should NOT change it back after the creation of the test. If you do, the answers will be assigned to different questions of the test, resulting in incorrect answers.

Instructors can add/edit a test question exactly at the place they want it to be.

Availability exceptions exist to the Test Options page. Instructors are able to select one or more users or groups and make exceptions on their settings. The exceptions that are available are:

  • Number of attempts.
  • Time of test.
  • Availability start & end date.
  • Force completion on/off.

Moreover additional feedback options are provided to instructors. Events may be specified so as to trigger particular settings.

TEST ACCESS LOG

The Access Log within a test provides information about student interactions with a test attempt. The Access Log is accessible from the Attempt page of the test. Click on the Access Log button to find further information and details on a student’s test submission.

Access Log

Access Log

 

HOW TO IMPORT A TEST

  • Navigate to Course Menu > Course Management > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools.
  • Click Import Test on the Tests page.
  • Click Browse my Computer if you want to upload the test from your computer or Browse Course if you want to upload the test from the Course files.
  • Click Submit.

(The same procedure applies in surveys and pools.)

HOW TO EXPORT A TEST

  • Navigate to Course Management > Course Tools > Test, Surveys, Pools.
  • Select either Test, Surveys or Pools.(In this case test)
  • Click the contextual menu on the test you want to export and the press Export to download the test file.



SURVEYS

Surveys are not graded. They are useful for gathering data from students that is not used to evaluate student performance. Surveys must be deployed in a content folder for students to respond to the survey.

The Survey Manager functions in the same way as the Tests page and offers most of the same options for creating and managing Surveys, Survey questions and settings.

Surveys differ from Tests in the following ways:

  • Questions on Surveys cannot be assigned points.
  • Surveys cannot include Random Blocks of questions.
  • Instructors cannot give Students feedback.
  • Surveys cannot be graded.
  • Survey questions cannot be categorized.
  • Questions may be imported into a Survey. Questions that are imported into a Survey may not include correct and incorrect answers.

The new enhancement that is related to surveys is the Create feature. Just like the Tests, Surveys have the option for instructors to add a question exactly at the place they want it to be.

 

POOLS

Pools are sets of questions that can be added to any Test or Survey. Pools are useful for storing questions and reusing them in more than one Test or Survey.

The Pool Manager allows Instructors to store questions for repeated use. Instructors can create new questions to include in Pools and add questions that have been created in other Tests or Pools. Pools from other Courses can be imported through the Pool Manager.

HOW TO CREATE A POOL

  • Navigate to Course Menu > Course Management > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools.
  • Click Build Pool on the Survey page.
  • Enter a name, description, instructions and click Submit.
  • Create a question from the Create Question drop down menu.

Pools also differ from Tests in the following ways

  • Random Blocks cannot be added to Pools.
  • Pool questions do not have point values associated with them. When a Pool question is added to a Test the Instructor can assign a point value.
  • A file of Pool questions may be imported from the Pool Manager page by selecting Import.
  • A file of Pool questions may be exported from the Pool Manager page by selecting Export. The exported Pool will be packaged in a .zip file. Once a pool is exported questions may not be added to it.

 

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