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.
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!
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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!