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Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings

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To create a new empty test in Blackboard course, the best practice is actually create an assignments content area separate from your course documents. Click on Create Assessment and choose Test. If you're running Blackboard 9.0 you'll click on Evaluate and click Create Test. There's also a Tests, Surveys and Pools area under Content Management. So let's actually do this. Let's create a test. Notice that there are no tests waiting for me. I have to create one by hand. So I click on Create.

Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings

To create a new empty test in Blackboard course, the best practice is actually create an assignments content area separate from your course documents. Click on Create Assessment and choose Test. If you're running Blackboard 9.0 you'll click on Evaluate and click Create Test. There's also a Tests, Surveys and Pools area under Content Management. So let's actually do this. Let's create a test. Notice that there are no tests waiting for me. I have to create one by hand. So I click on Create.

I'm going to type in the name of my test, which is going to be Practice Test. It's going to ask me for a Description and Instructions. Description is just a reminder of what this test is about. The instructions are how to take the test. And if you have access to the exercise files, I've saved mine on my desktop, I've got some things that I've already written down. So there's the description. I'm just going to copy and paste that in. Go back to the test and there's my description, and I'll just paste it and then for the instructions. I usually include the same instructions for my students, just some tips that will help them as they start working on their test.

So I'm going to copy and paste this. Go back in here and paste it here. So I've given these students some simple instructions. It's what you would give whenever you give the students a test and I gave them some common test taking tips. So I've got now a name that's required. The Description is optional and the Instruction is optional oddly, although I think it's kind of required. And now I've created a practice test. However, there's nothing in it here.

We actually haven't created any questions. And before you go and create questions there's this button that says Question Settings. I recommend clicking on that button before you create a single question, because what you are going to be doing is you are going to be changing the settings for your test here on out. You already have questions on here. The setting changes aren't retroactive. So you want to get this set up before you create the test and add the questions, not after. So I'm going to click on the Test Creation Settings.

It's going to ask me, okay well, do I want to give feedback to my student? What this means is when the students take the test, I have the ability in the Grade Center to go and type a personal note for each student on each answer they give. That option is disabled by default. I can check this and turn it on if I wanted. In my questions, when I'm creating questions, am I ever going to need to add images, files, or external links to either the questions or to the answers? If I am, I need to turn those tools on here.

If these are not selected I won't actually be able to add images, files, or external links to any questions that I create. However, once I turn it on all future questions will have these options built-in. The Question Metadata is really helpful if you are going to be asking lots and lots and lots of questions. You want to reuse your questions in the future and search those questions. For me, I don't normally ask a lot of questions during a semester or even over a couple years, so I turn this off, but it's completely up to you.

Next Scoring. Every time you create a question how many points do you want that question to be worth? The default point value for each question is 10. If you don't like that, you can actually say no, I only want it to be one point each. By the way, when you create a question in the test, you have the ability to override that as well. The next two options really are more advanced features, if you're going to be adding questions or finding questions from a test bank, from a pool, from something that's been asked before.

So, Use the currently assigned points when finding and adding questions, means use the points that were given when that question was first asked or you can use the default points. The default points are going to override what's going on. You can also choose whether or not you're going to allow students to have partial credit, not that you're going to, but do you want to have the option of offering partial credit. I'm going to leave that on. Do you want to have the option of creating an entire question that is partial credit or do you want the option of adding a question that is itself going to count as extra credit? If you uncheck this, this isn't going to be available.

Last down at the bottom, you have the ability to choose whether or not you want to randomize the answers, to show horizontal or vertical display of the answers, or to specify the numbering options for the answers. I'm going to leave all those the same, and now I've set the Question Settings. So this takes us back to the empty test canvas. Remember, to create a new empty test in a Blackboard course, access a content area, click Create Assessment > Test, or in Blackboard 9 click Evaluate > Create Test.

Create a test, enter its name and instructions, and then change its Question Settings. The next step is to add a question.

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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 28s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 19s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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