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Creating multiple choice questions


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with Patrick Crispen

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Video: Creating multiple choice questions

Remember, is actually a four step process. First you create the test itself. We've already done that. Second, you set the test's question settings. We did that in the last movie so we're good to go there. Third, you add the questions, which is what we're going to do in this movie and in the next few movies. And fourth, you deploy the test to your students (INAUDIBLE) we'll talk about that in the next chapter. Before we add any questions though, let me start by showing you how to get out of the test canvas and then get back into it.
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  1. 8m 1s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 12s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.1 versions and campus customizations
      2m 27s
  2. 24m 42s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 10s
    3. Creating announcements
      3m 41s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 59s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 9s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      2m 52s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 42s
  3. 22m 43s
    1. Navigating Blackboard
      4m 12s
    2. Customizing Blackboard
      3m 29s
    3. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      4m 37s
    4. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 21s
    5. Toggling the edit mode
      1m 35s
    6. Hiding and unhiding the course menu
      1m 36s
    7. Touring course management
      4m 53s
  4. 22m 7s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 54s
    2. Adding new menu items
      4m 36s
    3. Managing tools
      2m 31s
    4. Using course themes
      2m 57s
    5. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      7m 9s
  5. 11m 51s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 2s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      5m 10s
    3. The pitfalls of unenrolling
      2m 39s
  6. 56m 30s
    1. Organizing content into folders or structures
      4m 34s
    2. Attaching files
      9m 29s
    3. Using the content editor
      5m 31s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      7m 49s
    5. Recording webcam videos with Video Everywhere
      7m 47s
    6. Linking to an external web resource
      5m 22s
    7. Linking to an internal course file
      3m 0s
    8. Making content available to students
      5m 39s
    9. Copying and moving content
      7m 19s
  7. 25m 43s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      3m 52s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      2m 17s
    3. Changing the default letter-grading schema
      5m 29s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 41s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 5s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 19s
  8. 39m 26s
    1. Color coding the Grade Center
      3m 54s
    2. Adding columns to the Grade Center
      2m 54s
    3. Managing columns in the Grade Center
      4m 57s
    4. Creating grading periods
      5m 54s
    5. Creating categories
      3m 32s
    6. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      5m 26s
    7. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      3m 38s
    8. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      4m 12s
    9. Uploading student grades
      1m 22s
    10. Changing grades
      3m 37s
  9. 18m 46s
    1. Creating assignments
      8m 23s
    2. Downloading assignments
      3m 43s
    3. Inline grading
      6m 40s
  10. 49m 18s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      2m 51s
    2. Creating an empty test
      4m 0s
    3. Choosing the question settings
      5m 55s
    4. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 0s
    5. Creating true/false questions
      4m 4s
    6. Creating essay or short answer questions
      5m 11s
    7. Creating fill-in-the-blank questions
      7m 23s
    8. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      6m 19s
    9. Reusing questions
      5m 35s
  11. 36m 54s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      10m 27s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      5m 47s
    3. Creating mobile compatible tests
      5m 43s
    4. Viewing the student results and question item analysis
      5m 58s
    5. Regrading tests
      4m 2s
    6. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      4m 57s
  12. 18m 3s
    1. Sending emails
      5m 50s
    2. Creating announcements
      4m 21s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      7m 52s
  13. 24m 5s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      9m 23s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      7m 18s
    3. Moderating forums
      2m 40s
    4. Rating posts
      1m 57s
    5. Grading discussions
      2m 47s
  14. 13m 34s
    1. Creating groups
      9m 15s
    2. Creating group assignments and assigning grades
      4m 19s
  15. 8m 17s
    1. Using Blackboard Mobile Learn
      6m 53s
    2. Next steps
      1m 24s

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Get the Blackboard training you need to quickly enroll students and start creating assignments. Patrick Crispen shows teachers how to customize their course sites, manage users, and add and organize course content, including multimedia and online assessments. He also shows how to enter scores, create grading periods, and more in the Grade Center. Plus, learn how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration on forums and between groups. Existing users will also appreciate the last-minute guide to working with the latest version of the program, Blackboard 9.1 service pack 13, in seven easy steps.

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
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Patrick Crispen

Creating multiple choice questions

Remember, is actually a four step process. First you create the test itself. We've already done that. Second, you set the test's question settings. We did that in the last movie so we're good to go there. Third, you add the questions, which is what we're going to do in this movie and in the next few movies. And fourth, you deploy the test to your students (INAUDIBLE) we'll talk about that in the next chapter. Before we add any questions though, let me start by showing you how to get out of the test canvas and then get back into it.

Chances are you're going to create and edit a test over multiple sessions rather just all at once. So let me go back to the course home page. And to get back into an existing test and begin editing and adding questions, I'm going to scroll down and under course management, which is your instructor tool kit, under course tools, scroll down and click on Tests, Surveys, and Pools. This opens up the screen and I can click on Tests. And this shows you every test you've created, even if it's not deployed.

So I'm going to click this little button to the right of it and click Edit and this takes us back to the test campus and now finally it's time for us to add a question to our test. Guess which button you click or hold your mouse over to create a question. Yep it's create question. And notice the Blackboard has 17 different question types. We've got an either or, we've got fill in multiple blanks, we've got opinion scales, we've got quiz bowls. We're going to focus on the most popular ones.

And hands down, the most popular question type is multiple choice. So we're going to choose Multiple Choice. By the way, make sure it's multiple choice not multiple answer. Multiple choice questions allow students several choices with only one correct answer. Multiple answer questions allow students to choose more than one answer. We want to do only one, so I'm going to click Multiple Choice. Now, when I do that multiple choice questions in Blackboard have three main parts. We've got the question text, we've got the answers.

By default there are four answers but you can go up to 100 if you want, please don't do that. And then you have any extra bells and whistles the options that you set in questions settings like partial credit or negative credit or even random order. So let's go through this from top to bottom. The question title is completely optional, but it helps you find questions if you want to use them again in the future. I'm going to ask a motivation question. Now I go into the question text; the question text obviously is required.

Notice that you have the new content editor based on industry standard tinyMCE WYSIWYG. And this first showed up in Service Pack 10. Your institution has the option of turning this off and reverting back to the old text editor but that's really, really rare. For step-by-step instructions on how to use all of the features of the content editor, check out the Using the Content Editor movie in a previous chapter. And in this case, I'm just going to cut and paste my question text. I'm like the world's worst typing. So I've got some question text here.

If you have access to the exercise files you'll see this in a sub-folder. If you don't don't worry about it you can type whatever you want. We're just playing around here. So I'm going to ask my students a question. Which is not a component of motivation? Remember that prior to Service Pack 13, cutting and pasting text from Microsoft Word was a hit-or-miss proposition. If your institution is using an older version Blackboard or if your pasted Microsoft Word text just looks weird with really weird spacing.

Delete the text in Blackboard. Paste it into your operating system's text editor like Notepad or Text Edit. And then cut and paste it from the text editor back into Blackboard. That'll take care of the formatting issues. So let's skip down to the answers. I'm going to skip past the options and go to the answers. You've got four answers, that's fine with me. You can choose more. And if you need to, you can actually have less than four by just removing one of these answer boxes. But four is fine with me.

And I'm going to type the correct answer in each answer box. In other words, I'm not going to put all four answers here. I've got to put answer one here. Answer two here and so forth. And again, I'm just going to cut and paste these because I am just a very lousy typist. I'll copy this. Turns out that there is a value component in motivation, so that's not the correct answer. There's also an expectancy component in motivation so that also is not the right answer. (SOUND) going to put this in answer two. Scroll down.

going to put in answer three which an effective component and guess what. That also is a component of motivation. So, all three so far are correct. Close that. One more to go. going to take my developmental component and that actually is not a component of motivation so I'm going to scroll down. So we know that answer four is actually the correct answer here. We were asking for which of these is not a component of motivation. So what I need to do is select the correct answer and I do that by clicking on the button to left of the correct answer.

So, we’ve added the question text, we’ve added the answer. Now left scroll back up and look at the options in section two. Am I going to allow partial credit? Well no. It’s either right or wrong, so I'm going to leave that unchecked. Do I want to display the answers in random order? In other words, one student might value of component as the first answer, another student might see expectancy component. It kind of mixes up the answer, still knows what the correct answer is. And I actually kind of like that it keeps shoulders surfing down.

Remember though that technology can not fix character. There is no technological fix that will prevent your students from cheating. And for that reason, I only use Blackboard tests for low stakes practice tests. Before I go and click Submit, notice that more help is available but, I'm not going to look at that. I already know it. I'm going to click on Submit. I get a green box showing that the question has been successfully submitted and added to my test. And I actually get sort of a preview with the correct answer checked.

Notice that this is worth 10 points, why is that? Well, those are the default point settings I set in question settings which we talked about in our last movie. To change this point value, you could just go in and type a new point value, and if you want to change the default point value for all new questions going forward, I go back to the question settings. How do I edit this, if I want to go back and make a change to it? Well, it's like almost anything else in Blackboard just hover over the title. There's a little button with the downward-facing chevron. Click on it. And then you can choose Edit.

You can also delete it if you want to. I'm not going to do that though. So, that's how to add a multiple choice question to a Blackboard test. How do you add another one? Well, there are two ways actually. If you're hovered over a question, you're going to notice that there's a + sign at the top and the bottom. And if I click on the + sign at the top, it's going to add a question above this question. If I click on the + sign at the bottom, it'll add a question beneath it. When I click on it, it'll say, okay what type of question do you want to add? Another way you can go and add a question is the way we added this in the first place.

Click on Create Question and just scroll down and choose Multiple Choice. Either way will work. So, how do you add a multiple choice question? We've seen that. How do you add a true/false question? Well, you can actually probably figure that one out by now but, let's take a look at true/false questions a little more closely. And we're going to do that next.

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