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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.
So we are back on our Test Canvas. We have got four types of questions on our Test Canvas right now. We've got a Multiple Choice question. There is one correct answer so Blackboard will automatically grade that for us. We have got a True/False question. Again one correct answer. Blackboard will automatically grade that. The Essay question, Blackboard isn't going to be able to grade. I am going to have to grade that by hand. The students will submit it, but I will have to go and review their answers. And then finally we have got a Fill in the Blank question and that actually does have a correct answer, correct spelling in this case.
Two possible spellings, either Albert Bandura or Bandura ,and Blackboard will match with the students type and if they got it correct they are going to get the correct points and if not they're not. Each question is worth one point. Now I want to go and add one last question type. This is called an Opinion Scale/Likert question by the way. That is pronounced "lick-ert" not "like-ert". The person who the scale is named after Rensis Likert is from Belgium and he actually did say his last name is pronounced "lick-ert".
So I am just going to type Likert and I am going to go and get the question text. So let me go back to the file that we've been playing around with. I've got this question here. I want the students reflecting on what they've answered. So I am going to paste this here. This actually came from a colleague of mine at the University of Southern California and he asked this question at the end of his test, just to have the students reflect, and I thought this is a great idea.
So reread the questions above and the answers you've given. How confident are you with your answers? Now, I'm going to scroll down and Blackboard by default when it creates Likert scale question is actually going to have a 6 point Likert scale and that's going to be Strongly Agree, Agree, Neither Agree nor Disagree, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree. In relationship to the question I just asked, that makes absolutely no sense at all. I actually want to do a 5 point Likert scale.
You would think that you click on Number of Answers and choose 5, but as long as there is 6 on the screen already, you have to manually remove one of the answers. Thhat's okay. I'll scroll down and choose any one of them. I'll click on the second one and remove it. So that's how you take a 6 answer question and turn it into a 5 answer question. So I have got now 5 possible answers. Strongly Agree, Neither Agree nor Disagree, Disagree, Strongly Disagree or Not Applicable.
that really is not the choices that I want to have for this sort of questions. So I actually have again over in the text file all the answers and I am actually going to cut-and-paste them over. And again, I am going to have one answer per box. That's all I am doing is just taking all 5 answers and then choosing just the one that I want to save. There we go, so now I have the answers from Not Confident at all, A Little Confident, Somewhat Confident, Fairly Confident and Very Confident.
Now what I need to do now, and this is a little strange because this is a test and every test has a correct answer. I have to go down here and say okay well, the correct answer to this is I'm Very Confident. However, what I am going to do is when I deploy this question I am going to make it worth 0 points. So what I'm doing is I am embedding a survey question into my test. It's a way for me to gauge the students' confidence with their learning and put it into my test and I will make it worth 0 points.
So no matter what they answer, they are not going to get penalized by this, but it's a way for me to do a little bit of research. Now here's the other thing that my colleague did. He actually had this line here. I am going to copy of this over, which I thought just was a great idea, which was okay, compare your answers to the prior questions with the correct answers to determine if you were overconfident in your response and need to apply more mental effort to the readings to match your performance with your confidence.
I just thought it was a neat little idea and if you answer it correctly, you are going to see that. If you answered it incorrectly you are going see that. So I am going to click on Submit. Now remember this is still a test question that's worth one point. I've got to change that or the students are going to get penalized if they answer anything other than absolutely I agree. So in this case I click on the points and I changed the points to 0 and then I must click on Submit.
If I click somewhere else, it doesn't save it. So I've got to click this, change it, and then click on Submit. So now this is a 0 point question. So now I have 5 questions on my test, but it's only worth 4 points. A multiple-choice question, which graded automatically is worth 1 point, the True/False question graded automatically worth 1 point, the Essay question not graded, I have to grade that by hand, worth 1 point.
The Fill in the Blank automatically graded 1 point and then finally, the survey question, the Likert scale question, is worth 0 point. I have now created a simple test. The next step is for me to deploy that and give it to my students, but before I do that I want to show you how to reuse questions. We are going to talk about that in the next movie.
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