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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.
When a student takes a test, chances are that students are going to have some level of anxiety. It turns out that there is some research that shows that if you can frontload your test, the beginning of the test, the first 10% of the questions, with questions that are either very very simple or questions that the students have seen before, it reduces the student's test anxiety and the relevant questions actually activate prior knowledge and the students actually perform better.
So it's a good idea as you build your questions to kind of go back and if there's a question you've asked before that you want to reuses, well, you can do that. Now we haven't created any other questions other than what we see here on the screen. But as you start creating more and more questions, I want you to see that Blackboard has a Reuse Question button. Now, I believe this is just in 9.1. I don't recall this in 9.0, but I'm going to click on Reuse Question.
I can choose to reuse a Question Set. So the Question Set is you're choosing specific questions. The Random Block is go to that test over there and get me this many questions, I don't care what the questions are. Those are great, but I want to show you Find Questions. Now for this to work you need to disable the Pop-Up Blocker or the first time you run it, if you're running it in Internet Explorer, you might see that yellow bar at the top of the page saying you need to give us permission to be able to open up this pop-up window.
I'm going to click Find Questions and it's going to open up this pop-up window. And I actually now have the ability to see pretty much all the questions in my course from all the tests. So right now, I only have five questions from the practice test, but I can then choose okay, I want to take this question, I want to take this question, and I want to take this question and I want to add those questions to my test. Now at the very top, you've got what they call Mode and you have two options.
You can copy the question or you can link to the question. What's the difference between the two? Well, copy the question makes a copy and then kind of says okay, that's it. And the original question and the copy are no longer linked together. Link to original questions keeps those questions linked. So if I ever go back to the original test, in other words if I ever go back to the practice test and I rewrite or modify that question, if I've chosen Link, all the other tests that use that question will also be updated.
So that's actually just a quick way if you ever need to go and get some more questions, you want to go and pull back some questions that you asked before in your test, click on Reuse Question. You can just say okay, I just want these questions, this, this, and this from quiz number four, or just give me five random questions from this quiz. That's Create Questions Set or Create Random Block. My recommendation is click on Find Questions. Make sure your Pop-Up Blocker is disabled or if you have Internet Explorer, you are going to need to allow it to open up a new window.
And then choose the questions you want to add and when you do that, it'll actually add them to the bottom of your test. You can then change the point value and you're ready to go.
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