Tips to make Your BB site better

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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!)
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Adding Extra Credit to a Weighted Column

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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.

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Some Test Options Tips

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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

 

 

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Printing Tests from Blackboard and Exceptions to Availability

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Need a hard copy of your test?  An easy way to get a clean printing or pdf of your test is to use the browser Chrome and edit the test options to “Open Test in New Window”.  To print, (still in the Chrome browser) click the test as if you were taking it and once it is opened press Ctrl+P (Mac: ⌘-P). You’ll be able to preview the page and adjust basic printer and page settings, before printing such as:

Destination: Click Change to choose the printer you want to use.

  • Select Save as PDF under “Local Destinations” to convert the page into a PDF file or

  • Select a printer

Need assistance contact OET!

Questions on Test Availability Exceptions clicker here!

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Test Feedback – What to choose?

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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.

 
Feedback Mode Description
When 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
Score Shows the final score out of points possible to students.
All Answers Shows all answer options for certain question types, such as multiple choice.
Correct Shows the correct answers.
Submitted Shows all the student’s submitted answers.
Feedback Shows instructor generated feedback messages for each question.
Show Incorrect Questions Shows the questions the student answered incorrectly or partially incorrectly.
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Lockdown Browser Woes?

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Students complaining they can’t access tests when using Lockdown Browser?  Here are a couple of things to check, advise students that if prompted to upgrade Lockdown they need to complete the upgrade.  As the instructor please note that any changes you make to Test Options may cause Lockdown browser to “error”.  To check on this just go to Control Panel, Course Tools, Respondus Lockdown Browser.  If you see this image just click the Fix It button and all should work fine!lockdownfixit

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Something neat to try!

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I am stealing from my BB colleagues here at ECU and re-posting their offer!

For your use – a generic sample 5-question quiz

  • If you are interested in adding a short quiz to your Blackboard course at the beginning of the semester to determine if students can successfully take an exam in Blackboard, we have created a 5-question generic quiz. You can use the quiz “as is,” or you can edit the questions.
    • Send an email with the full Course ID to Cindy, Matt, or Allen and we’ll gladly add that quiz to your course. Once you determine if the questions are satisfactory for your purposes, then deploy/add the quiz to the appropriate content area in your course.
  • If you use LockDown Browser to give quizzes and would like a sample quiz, please follow the instructions above. This is a great way to introduce students to using LockDown Browser!
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Troubleshooting Lockdown Browser and Update!

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Update on lockdown browser is “That pesky second popup box that students would see with a jumbled password is gone.”

Having problems with LDB?  Here are some troubleshooting tips, additional info can be found by clicking on this link

  • Usually, if something occurs (screen goes blank or connection is lost) after the student has started a quiz, there is likely a network issue or local system issue (their own computer). Two examples: Windows started an automatic update and initiated a restart. A family member is watching streaming HD movies on the same wi-fi network connection. If “Force Completion” is NOT checked, students may be able to log back in and continue. If not, a “clear attempt” will be necessary if the instructor allows another attempt.

  • If a few students are having problems on their own computers, it is likely a configuration/setup issue on their personal computer. If ALL students succesfully installed LDB and have problems logging into the test, it is likely a LockDown Browser configuration setting. You should double check under Edit Test Options that you did NOT delete the default password or UNcheck the Password Required box. That is an LDB-generated password that needs to be in place (you do not need to provide that to students). A Blackboard Admin will be happy to help you check your settings. Contact bowersc@ecu.edu, longm@ecu.edu, or dennisa@ecu.edu

  • If all students in a managed computer lab have a problem logging into a test, it is likely a  network issue or configuration of the managed computers. Contact bowersc@ecu.edu, longm@ecu.edu, or dennisa@ecu.edu in that case, and let us know which computer lab has the problem

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Did you click on the Faculty Information and Updates link on My Courses Page in BB?

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Lots of great Test Setting and Troubleshooting Tips can be found here.  There are some good tips for this issue unfortunately experienced by all test givers!

““Help! I got kicked out of my test…” Symptom: The student is kicked out of an assessment when the submit button is pressed. Cause: The java session has been terminated due to inactivity, so the submission is unsuccessful. Almost always this issue occurs with randomized tests or where certain questions are randomized.”

 

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