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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.
We now have three types of questions on our Test Canvas. Let's go for a fourth one, Fill in the Blank. Now this is one of those tools that's helpful, but you need to be aware of its limitations. I'm going to click Fill in the Blank. What Fill in the Blank allows me to do-- let me type in and I'll do SocioCog. I'm going to take my question text from the file that we've been playing around with and really what I'm going to do is, blank is considered to be the father of Social cognitive theory, (also known as social learning theory).
That's Albert Bandura. Make sure there's no extra spacing here. Now here's a limitation. Blackboard is going to automatically grade the student's answers. The students are going to be asked to type their answers. Because of that I have to come up with every possible acceptable spelling permutation that I'm going to allow. So Fill in the Blank requires a little bit of work from me at the beginning to set up, but it's great if I have vocabulary words, if I want to make sure that my students not only know the concept, but know the concept's spelling perfectly, this is a great tool.
So in this case, I'm going to probably have three possible answers. First answer is going to be Albert Bandura. I'm going to do Albert. Just in case the students don't spell Bandura correctly or Bandurra. Now here's what's going on. I provide the answers and I have to allow for common spelling errors or the errors that I'm going to accept. In fact, now that I think about it, no, you need to spell Bandura correctly or you're not going to get a good grade on this.
So I'm now down to two answers. I have to provide answers that are going to allow for abbreviations or for partial answers. I have to create the question in a way that the students know what the blank is. I have to phrase it so there is literally only one answer. Key point to remember. There can only be one answer because Blackboard will only know what I typed and the answers that I type are not case sensitive, but spelling counts.
So my recommendation is if you're going to be doing a Fill in the Blank question, do it for key vocabulary words where you just are wanting to force the students to just spell it correctly, try to keep your answers limited to one word to avoid mismatched answers, and try to make sure that you don't have extra spaces in it. If the answer is going to be more than one word, in this case Albert Bandura or Bandura, you want to give all the possibilities as answers.
I'm going to scroll down. I can give the students a correct feedback if I want to. Good job. Or I can sit there and say "No. Re-read Ormrod Chapter 10." Scroll down and click on Submit. I've now added a Fill in the Blank question. So, the Multiple Choice question, that will be automatically graded by Blackboard, True/false, automatically graded by Blackboard, Essay, I have to grade that by hand, and the Fill in the Blank question will automatically be graded by Blackboard and if the student misspells it even a little, it's going to be wrong.
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