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Creating multiple choice questions

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Video: Creating multiple choice questions

In the last movie, we showed you how to create a new blank test canvas in Blackboard 9.1. In this next handful of movies we're going to focus on how to add some popular question types, such as multiple choice, true/false, short answer, fill in the blank, and opinion scale/Likert. Now we're only going to be scratching the surface of the types of questions that you can answer. I want you to see that there are 17 different question types you can add, but for now, we're going to be focusing on just multiple choice in this movie.

Creating multiple choice questions

In the last movie, we showed you how to create a new blank test canvas in Blackboard 9.1. In this next handful of movies we're going to focus on how to add some popular question types, such as multiple choice, true/false, short answer, fill in the blank, and opinion scale/Likert. Now we're only going to be scratching the surface of the types of questions that you can answer. I want you to see that there are 17 different question types you can add, but for now, we're going to be focusing on just multiple choice in this movie.

Now I want to show you something. I've got this Test Canvas here and let's say I accidentally click on the Home Page and then it -- oh, wait, where did my Test Canvas go? It's not gone. If I scroll down, click on Course Tools and then click on Test, Surveys and Pools, I click on Tests, I'll see the test that I was working on. Click the button with the two downward facing chevrons, which is Edit. I'm going to choose Edit here and now it takes me back to the Test Canvas.

So if you ever leave the Test Canvas or need to edit a test, you can always go back to it, down in the Control Panel, under Course Management, click on Test, Surveys and Pools. For now, let's add a multiple choice question. So I'm going to click on Create Question, and I'm going to scroll down and look for not Multiple Answer, but Multiple Choice. I'm going to type in a question title. That helps me if I ever want to go back and review this. Before I do that though, I did actually write a multiple-choice question in a text file which is sitting on my desktop.

I actually have it open already. So here's the question, which is Which of the following is NOT a component of motivation? I'm going to copy that. If you don't have access to the text file, you can actually type whatever you want here. So I'm going to type the Question Title of Motivation and I'm going to type the Question Text here. Now here's the thing. We are actually pasting the text here. One of the things you need to be careful of is you don't put the answers here. It's just the question text.

Blackboard separates the question from the answers. The answers go down here, and there's actually a box for each separate answer. So if I have answer A, B, C, D, well, I have to have an answer in this box for A, and answer in this box for B. The other thing I want to point out and I kind of mentioned this earlier, if I copy and paste from Microsoft Word, I'm going to be copying over not only the text, but a lot of hidden formatting behind the scenes.

And it's usually on the tests that faculty noticed the most problems, where the questions and the answers don't line up. That's why I recommended if you're going to be copying and pasting, copy and paste from Word into a text editor, Notepad on your PC, SimpleText over on your Mac, and then copy and paste from your text editor into Blackboard. That gets rid of all that extra formatting. If you don't do that and you cut and paste from Microsoft Word, expect that this thing is going to look a little strange when you view it.

So I've got the Question Text here. I'm going to scroll down. It's going to ask me do I want to number my questions. I really don't. I can put next to the answers like a Roman numeral or an Arabic number or an uppercase letter. that really is not necessary because what the students are going to see on the left-hand side are the little buttons that they can click on. There's no need to add an extra letter before that. It's sort of a throwback to when we gave paper exams you would have an answer A, B, C, D. In this case, we don't need the A, B, C, D.

We can also choose whether or not the answers are going to be vertical or horizontal. Vertical is the default. My recommendation is don't confuse the students. They are used to seeing in a multiple choice question each answer on its own line. Don't mess that up. The students are going to get confused if you do. Are you going to allow partial credit? In this cas, no, and I want you to notice something and I talked about this earlier when we were talking about the student view and talking about why you don't want to use the scroll wheel.

You may have noticed I did something by accident here. While I had Vertical selected, I was going to scroll down the page, but I scroll my wheel, watch what happens to the word Vertical. I've accidentally changed what I wanted. The scroll wheel is almost always a bad idea, not only when taking a test, but when creating a test. So I'm not going to do partial credit and I can actually choose to show the answers in random order. This is a good way to discourage student cheating.

Again, there's no way that you can prevent student cheating, but what that means is that when students take your test, the students are going to see the answers in different order, depending on who they are and where they are. So the answer may be A, B, C, D for one person and maybe B, C, A, D on another person. It's up to you. Let's scroll down here and now I've got the answers and again, because I'm such a lousy typist, I'm just going to cut and paste. So answer number one, the Value component, I'm going to copy that, paste it over.

This is what most faculty do. Unfortunately they copy and paste from Word and they are going to have some problems. So do it from a text editor. Take out that extra space. So Value component, I'm going to scroll down, choose the second one. Expectancy component, again, I've got this extra space. I've got to remove that. Answer three is going to be the Affective component, and answer four is going to be the Developmental component.

And for those of you who know your motivational theory, turns out the correct answer to Which of the following is NOT a component of motivation, it's actually the Developmental component. So what I'm doing now is I click that little box to the left. What you do is you type in your question in the question box, you choose the options, you type in your answers, and then you have to select which answer is correct. You're going to do it with little radio button to the left of it.

Notice that I've got four possible answers, so does that mean all my questions have to be four answers long? Actually no. You have the ability to offer up to 20 different answers. Four is what I'm doing in this case, but if you want to do 20, you can. So let's do a quick review. I typed in the question title. I typed in the question text. I do have formatting here if I want to. Remember if you cut and paste from Microsoft Word, the formatting might be messed up, especially when you start getting down here to the answers, like the Value component.

So I've got the Value component, Expectancy component, Affective component, and then the correct answer is the Developmental component. Now I can, if I want to, give my students generic feedback. If they get the answer correct, I can say Good job! And if they get it wrong, I can give them feedback like Re-read Dembo. What happens is the students aren't going to see this by default until I turn it on when I deploy the test.

We'll show you how to do that a little later. And then I click on Submit. And if I scroll down you'll see that I actually have now a test. Now don't worry that this looks a little strange. It will look okay on the student's page. And notice that the point value is worth one, because we set that as the default point value for all future questions. So that's how to add a multiple choice question. I just keep going and Create Question > Multiple Choice and just keep going one after the other.

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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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