Join Patrick Crispen for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating mobile compatible tests, part of Blackboard Essential Training.
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So far, we've been using the base, install of Blackboard. This is what institutions, get when they purchase a license, from Blackboard. There is an option, that comes built into Blackboard, but that some schools, choose not to turn on, called the Blackboard Mobile Web Services Building Block. If your institution chooses to enable, that tool you, and your students, have the option of downloading, and installing a blackboard mobile learn app, on your android devices, blackberry, smartphone devices, HP web OS devices.
As well as on Apple's, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, you'd find the app, in your app store. The app is free, but it does, require a license. The license is, either $1.99 per year, or $5.99 for life. And some institutions, choose to prepay, that license for you. When we come back, to the Blackboard mobile learning App, and at the very end, of this title. But I want to show you, an assessment feature, that shows up, if your institution has enabled, a Blackboard mobile web services building block.
Something called, mobile compatible tests. I am in the assignments area, I am going to go to assessments, and click Mobile Compatible Test, if you don't see this, this means this feature is not available to your institution yet. The reason why, I am showing you mobile compatible test now, rather than last chapter when, we created a regular, non mobile test. Is that, I want you to notice, that the mobile compatible test settings, kind of mash up, both the test creation settings, from last chapter and, the test availability options, which we talked, about at the beginning of this chapter.
So let's go in, and create a mobile test. I'm going to call, it mobile test. Notice that, the description is required, and that's kind of strange. But remember the description, is a good place to explain, any test options that affects students, and the students see, it before they launch the test. In this case, I'm going to say take this. The instructions, oddly are, optional. To me that's backwards, but these are the instructions, you would give the test and I'm going to go do well.
I'm going to scroll down, and say, is this test ever going, to be available to the students. I'm going to say, yep. Or I can actually go, and do it on dates. I can have it show up, on a certain, start date. I can say, show up tomorrow. Have it end say, a week later. I can choose, a start time. Notice that instead, of that scroll wheel, we've seen before, it's a slider, and the hours are in military time, 24 hour time. I'm actually, not going to use this, I"m just going to make it, available to everybody, right now.
Due date, has been renamed, due by. So I'm just, going to say, make it due Friday. How many attempts? It is completely unlimited, because it's a practice test. Notice that is required. Not going to require, a password. And the default, question value, is going to be 10. I'm going to click, on save settings. Now this seems a little confusing, but let me scroll up, and you'll see what's going on. I can go back to my test settings, at any time by clicking, in the top right corner, and clicking on Test Settings.
We get that screen back again. I'm going to click Cancel, going to scroll back up again, and if I want to add a question. In this pull down list, I choose the question, that I want to add. Notice that, this is sort of a different, sort of test canvas. I'm going to go here, and let's just do, a multiple choice question. And this test canvas, is completely different, than what we've seen. On the left, is a preview of what, the finished test, is going to look like.
So I'm going to do, what is the answer? By default, I only have 2 answers. I can say A, B. Obviously, you can tell, we're just playing, around here. I can keep adding questions, or answers. D. I have to choose, which answer is correct, how many points, is it worth. So this is a very, limited tool set, and I can add a second multiple choice, and type the question here. No, really. What is the answer? I can say it is A, this time. B, and I can keep adding answers.
So its actually, a really simplified way, to create quizzes, in blackboard. Only 2 screens required. If I click on save, and close, it automatically launches the test. The test, in now available, to my students. Oh, and ready, for the punch line? You don't need, the black board mobile learn app, to take this test. It works, in your web browser. You do, however, and I think this is bug, you're not able to click, on this link right now. But, if I go up and click edit mode off, and scroll down.
I can now take the test. It'll say, begin. And you'll see, it's pretty much a test. A really simple test, but it's a test! With just a few clicks, to create. I think this, is kind of cool. So that's mobile compatible tests. When I first learned about these, I was both excited and angry. I was excited, because this is a really quick, and simple way, you create a the deploy test. Actually the time wasn't wasted, the features and options for mobile compatible test, are so limited, that I and a lot of other instructors, I know still use the old tools.
Now that we've created, and deployed a test, be it an old school browser based test, or 1 of these new fangled mobile tests, the time has come for us to see, how our students did on our tests. And that's the topic, for our next movie.
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