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Service Pack 8 and 9 introduce some new or improved assessment tools and features and we are going to talk about three of them in this movie; automated re-grading of assessments, timed assessments, and negative marking. Let's start with automated re-grading. Let's say I give my students a Blackboard test, the students have submitted their answers and then I discover that one of the questions has an incorrect right answer or point value. I want to drop that question or give full credits to everyone, change point value or even correct the answer. In previous versions of Blackboard, I would have to go into the grade center, open each student's assessment attempt and manually fix each students test one by one.
Service Pack 8, Service Pack 9, they fix that. To fix a test question in a test you've already deployed, the students have already answered it, just edit the test and they are actually a couple of ways to do it. Honestly, the easiest way to do it, is just go to where the test has been deployed in your course and then click on the button to the right of it and Edit the Test. Blackboard is going to show you warning message telling you that your students have already submitted attempts. We know that. What we want to do now is let's go in and fix this. For example, this first question, I have got the wrong answer here.
I have got a couple of ways I can fix this, I can go over here and just make it worth 0 points, click on 0, and notice that there is a new button here that says Submit and Regrade, when I click on that button, Blackboard will automatically make this a zero point question for everyone who has already submitted a test and for anybody else who takes this test in the future. I could also go and say no let's just make it extra credit. In other words, if you got it right, you get ten extra points, if you didn't you are not going to lose any points. I could also say full credit, I am going to give 10 points to everyone but actually what I want to do here is, fix the answer.
So I am going to click on the button to the right of the question, click on Edit, scroll down and just fix the answer. Actually Albert Bandura is the correct answer, let's scroll down to the bottom of the page and notice that this button doesn't say submit, it says Submit and Update Attempts. What that's going to do is automatically regrade the students test. I am going to click on that, it's going to say hey, we are about to regrade 5 tests, sure, and it's done. There are already couple other options you can do here.
I can say, well wait a minute. These aren't all ten points, there should only be five. I can go here, select everything, change the point value to 5 and I can automatically update and regrade all of the questions at once. I can also go in, select None and say, no I don't like this question anymore. I want to get rid of it, I can highlight it, I can delete and regrade and it just throws it out. No matter what changes you make to your test, even if the test has been deployed and the students answered questions, Blackboard automatically re-grades all of your students assessments.
The second newer improved assessment tool and feature in SP8 and SP9, are timed assessments. In previous versions of Blackboard, you could if you wanted to create a timed assessment. This is a somewhat effective way to cut down on student cheating. You just don't give them enough time to cheat. One thing that Blackboard didn't really publicize is that even if you had a timed assessment, it didn't really prevent students from exceeding the time limit. The students could still submit the assessment after the time had elapsed; SP8, SP9, they fix that.
If you choose, when the time expires, Blackboard will automatically save, submit, and close the student's assessment attempt. To turn this feature on, find where the test is deployed or deploy a new test and then edit the test options. I am going to do that right here. Scroll down, set the timer, that's not new. What's new is Auto Submit. If you turn Auto Submit on, Blackboard will automatically yank and submit your students assessment attempts when the timer expires.
Now for the bad news. If you have students who need academic accommodations because of learning disabilities, in other words, they qualify for extended test times there is no way in the test options to exclude certain students. This timer is the same for everyone. To fix this, you are going to have to create and deploy a second longer timed assessment using adaptive release, and make it available to only those students who need the accommodation. That said, if your campus is running Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 or Service Pack 9, you now have real timed assessments in Blackboard.
The last thing I want to talk about, the last new feature, is something called negative marking. Let me get back into Assessments here. On some assessments, you may want to penalize students for really wrong answers. What do I mean by that? Well let's say I have a question worth 10 points. On most assessments, the students can either get 10 points for answering the question correctly or 0 points for answering it incorrectly. Sometimes you may want to penalize students for guessing or giving a wrong answer.
You don't get 0 points, you get negative points. I am taking points away for you. Negative points are used a lot in medical assessments, engineering, some standardized test; things where there are high risks. Blackboard lets you set up negative points for incorrect answers on three types of questions: matching, multiple answer, and multiple-choice. You can't do negative points on surveys because surveys don't have any points. Setting up negative points is not the most intuitive thing but it's not that hard. What I am going to do is actually just deploy a test I have got sitting here called Negative Points, click on Submit, click Submit again.
What I want to do now is I want to edit the test itself. So I am now editing the test. First thing I need to do is I want to click on Question Settings and then scroll down, you need to turn on specify partial credit options for answers, and then specify negative points options for answers. Unless you turn both of these on, it's not going to work. I am going to click on Submit and then I can create a new multiple choice, multiple answer or matching question, or just take an existing one of them, edit that, and then scroll down to the answer that you want to penalize. So I am going to scroll down and anybody who answers, Elvis Presley, I am sorry.
I am just going to have to take some points away from you. Say this question is worth 10 points and you want the students who answered incorrectly to not get zero points but to instead lose five points. I'd enter -50% but I'm not going to include the percent sign, but you do have to have the minus sign. I'm going to scroll down, and this number has to be between 0.0 and 100, scroll down to the very bottom of the page and click on Submit.
Now anybody who answers on this question, Elvis Presley, they are not going to get zero point, they are going to get negative five points. If you're using negative points as the guessing deterrent, mention this in the test instructions. So these are Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 and 9's new or improved assessment tools and features; automated regrading of assessments, timed assessments and negative marking. In our next movie, we are going to take a look at some of Service Pack 8 and 9's obstacles, fixes, and undocumented features.
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