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Creating essay or short answer questions


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So far on our Test Canvas, we've created two questions. We've created a multiple choice question and we've created a true/false question. Don't worry that they don't line up. They'll actually look better when we display them for the students. The great thing about the Multiple Choice and True/False question types is that they're automatically graded by Blackboard. There's one correct answer. Blackboard knows the answer. So now that we've set this up there's nothing for us to do. When we deploy the test, Blackboard will automatically grade the student's answers. That's great, but what if we want the students to be a little more reflective? We don't want them to just click on the correct answer.
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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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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Accessing a course
  • Creating announcements
  • Viewing the roster
  • Working with modules
  • Adding new menu items
  • Enrolling students and others
  • Making content available to students
  • Entering grades
  • Downloading and editing grades in Excel
  • Creating assignments and collecting papers
  • Creating online tests
  • Adding discussion forums and groups
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Blackboard
Author:
Patrick Crispen

Creating essay or short answer questions

So far on our Test Canvas, we've created two questions. We've created a multiple choice question and we've created a true/false question. Don't worry that they don't line up. They'll actually look better when we display them for the students. The great thing about the Multiple Choice and True/False question types is that they're automatically graded by Blackboard. There's one correct answer. Blackboard knows the answer. So now that we've set this up there's nothing for us to do. When we deploy the test, Blackboard will automatically grade the student's answers. That's great, but what if we want the students to be a little more reflective? We don't want them to just click on the correct answer.

we want them to actually do a little bit of thinking and reflection. Well, Blackboard has an Essay question tool. The Essay question tool, unlike True/ False, unlike Multiple Choice, is not going to be graded by Blackboard. You are going to have to grade these by hand. So it's kind of like the Assignment tool, but it's an Assignment tool within tests. The students aren't going to be attaching a file. They're going to be typing in a text box. So in this case, I'm going to type in Activity as the question title and I'm going to use a question text.

We've got a bunch of text that I've already written here. I'm just going to copy and paste this. If you don't access to the Exercise Files, no worries. You can go and type whatever you want here. So I'm going to type this question, make sure there's no extra spacing around it. So simply we're going to ask them, hey, give me a classroom activity that would enable students to construct meaning from instructional messages including oral, written, and graphic communication. I'm going to scroll down and there's this box here that says Answer. It sort of gives me the idea that Blackboard is going to grade it if I typed the correct answer here, but no, don't type the correct answer here.

This is where you give your students an exemplar of what you think they should be writing. This is in case you need to give the students a nudge in the right direction and you don't want to include it in the question text. You can give an example of a great writing sample here. Usually, I leave that blank. So again, we've created a question. We're not going to type an answer, unless we want to give it as an exemplar for the students. We don't want to give them the answer to this.

And remember Blackboard isn't going to be grading this automatically, even though there's an answer box here. We still have to manually grade the essays that the students write. I am going to click on Submit. Now, I want to show you something. I showed you the Essay tool, which now shows up at the bottom of our test. We can actually rearrange that by clicking the up and down arrow. We can edit it by clicking on the button with the two downward facing chevrons. I want to show you one other type of Essay question. I kind of prefer the Essay question over this one, but it's completely up to you if you want to do.

It's called Short Answer. I'm going to scroll down. You are going to notice here that Short Answer has a Question Title. It has a Question Text. The only thing that's different is it's going to say "Okay well, I'm going to give the students a box into which they can answer the question. How many rows do you want that box to be?" The Essay question is going to be about six lines I think. This is only going to be three or as many as I want and that's really the only difference between the two.

The reason why I like the Essay tool more than I like the Short Answer tool is actually based on some research I saw and I'm not sure it can apply here. But there's research when it comes to skeletal notes and skeletal outlines which says the more wide space you give students, the more they think they have to write down. And I kind of believe that if you give the students a test and you give them a lot of white space, they're going to try to write and fill that space, which is one of the reasons why I like the Essay activity.

It just gives you a bigger amount of space in which the students can write. So that's three down, two to go.

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