Tips on Test Options etc.
Note the difference between Force Completion and Set Timer, you don’t need to use both and timer might be the better alternative.
Good information on Test Feedback as well.
Remember we are using Blackboard Learn so information relating to Ultra does not applied to our platform.
BB upgrades included integration of WebEx in Blackboard, an attendance tool and the ability to add Audio/Video Feedback to students work. More information can be found below.
Blackboard Webex Guide
Record Audio and Video Feedback
The Force Completion setting on Blackboard exams only allows for a one-time entry into the exam. If the student accidentally closes the browser, or loses the connection to the test, the student cannot continue with the exam unless the instructor intervenes and resets the exam. For this reason, this setting is not recommended.
The Timed Test option allows the instructor to set a time limit on exams. Whether or not the exam is auto-submitted, the elapsed time is noted in Blackboard. If the student exceeds the time (for a non auto-submitted test), an exclamation point is listed in the grade center and the instructor has the option of adjusting the grade based on the time.
It is recommended to set the Timed Test option without using the Force Completion option for Blackboard exams.
If the exam does not use Force Completion and the exam connection is broken, the student will be able to re-enter and continue taking the exam. The timer will continue to record the time from the initial exam entry. This results in less instructor intervention and less student frustration with the exam.
For additional information, see Force Completion of a Blackboard Test (Palomar College), “Force Completion is one of those functions that sounds like it will be useful, but really is just a way of going swimming in cement boots.”
There are certain tasks that you sometimes do only once a semester or even once a year. Our office can often help but when not available here is a great resource with quick, short videos that can help. It is Blackboards YouTube Channel, bookmark this site or make it a hidden link in your course as a go to resource.
Ten tips to make your Bb site better for students! Here are a few –
- Instead of cryptic “Week 1”, “Week 2”, “Week 3” titles on your content folders (and who keeps track of which “week” of the semester it is, anyway?), say something about the content. e.g., “Week 3 – Protein transport”.
- Even better – make the title a question! “Week 3 – How do cells move protein molecules around?” Pique your students’ curiosity!
- Use the Description field of the folder to say something about what’s inside. E.g., “This week, we’ll explore the four stages of teamwork: Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing. Think back on the times you’ve worked in teams and be ready to share that experience.” (Bonus: get them to recall what they might already know about the topic, if applicable!)
This question came across my desk at the end of the semester and found confirmation of my solution.
Adding extra credit points to a weighted column in Blackboard Learn can easily be accomplished with three grade center columns. Assuming your weighted total column is already created you will need to create an Extra Credit column and a Final Grade Column. Click the confirmation link above for more on this topic.
There has been much confusion on which Test Options should be selected when deploying a test via Blackboard. Here are some tips and hints that may help to make test deploying and test taking a bit more smooth.
Timed tests? Do not check Forced Completion, if student gets kicked out of their exam, they can go back into the exam and the clock with continue to run. Multiple attempts will cancel out this option.
Make Link Available should be check Yes as long as you have entered the time to start, if left as No the test will not be visible to students if you have set a Start Time.
When using Lockdown Browser (LDB) it will change your test options to Open in New Window and add the password. If you make any changes to the test options once LDB is set you must “Fix-It” (go to the Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. You will see a list of your exams. If you see a red “error” message, click Fix.)
Click here for a more thorough explanation of Test Options
Show Test Results and Feedback to Students from BB Help
After they complete a test, test results and feedback are available to students. By setting up rules, you can set the release of progressive feedback to keep test results secure and prevent cheating.
For example, you can choose After Submission to present Score, All Answers, Correct, Submitted, Feedback, and Show Incorrect Answers to show students their scores along with all answer options. Student also see their submitted answers marked as correct or incorrect and any feedback you provided. Keep all blank and students will not see anything however while in Respondus if “After Submission” and “Score” are selected the student will see all the questions and their answers.
||Sets the time when test results and feedback are shown to students:
- After Submission
- One-time View
- On Specific Date
- After Due Date
- After Availability and End Date
- After Attempts are Graded
||Shows the final score out of points possible to students.
||Shows all answer options for certain question types, such as multiple choice.
||Shows the correct answers.
||Shows all the student’s submitted answers.
||Shows instructor generated feedback messages for each question.
|Show Incorrect Questions
||Shows the questions the student answered incorrectly or partially incorrectly.