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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.
You may have noticed that we spent a lot of time talking about Blackboard's Test tool and haven't actually mention Blackboard Survey tool. Well, the reason why is Blackboard's Test and Survey tools are practically identical. Now that you know the Test Tool you know the Survey Tool. In fact you create test and surveys almost exactly the same way. In Blackboard 9.1, you go to a Create Assessment and then choose either Test or Survey. In Blackboard 9.0 you'll go to Evaluate and then Create Test or Survey. In the Course Management area, if you scroll down, click on the Course Tools, there is Test, Surveys and Pools. That's the same in Blackboard 9 and 9.1 and it's pretty much the same creation settings.
In fact let me go and create a quick survey here. Notice that I still click on Create New Survey. I type in the name of my survey. I'll call it foo. Type in the description and instructions. Cick on Submit. I've got the same canvas. I can go to the Question Settings. The only thing that's different here is I have fewer options and I don't have any point values and that's actually the thing to remember. So I've got identical question types so I can go and find questions. I can even upload questions. That's an advanced topic.
So what are the differences between a test and a survey? Survey always have 0 points and surveys are always, always, always anonymous. When you go in the Grade Center you can see who submitted a survey, you'll see a green checkbox, but you cannot identify who said what. You can download the aggregated data and you can download individual responses, but those responses will be anonymized. There is no way to change a deployed survey into a test or deployed test into a survey.
So my suggestion, if there is ever a chance you will need to see the individual responses on a survey and you want to be able to identify who said it, don't use the Survey tool. Instead create a test whose questions are worth 0 points each.
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