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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.
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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