So you are giving a test and the fire alarm goes off!


And other test options to be aware of:

You may choose to set the Options one way for the duration of the test/survey and then change the Options after the test/survey has been taken. (i.e. do not allow the students to see correct answers until all have completed the test.)

Test / Survey Availability Options Best Practices

  • Make the Link Available – YES
  • Add New Announcement for Test/Survey – YES (this will create an announcement about the test/survey to remind the students and a link to the item can be within the announcement) This is optional, but if not used make sure your students know where to find the Test/Survey.
  • Allow Multiple Attempts – NO. Do not set this unless the Test/Survey is just a tool for self assessment and the instructor doesn’t want the results. Multiple Attempts only will keep the last attempt within the Grade Center. The instructor will know how many times the Test/Survey was taken or what scores where given.
  • Force Completion – NO. This will only make it harder for you. The force completion setting will not allow the student to re-access a Test/Survey if they were kicked out or if the Fire Alarm goes off!  If you are concerned about cheating, then there are other settings to use to help reduce cheating, but with online Tests/Surveys there is no real way to prevent cheating without a proctored environment. If you use this option, for every student who has technical difficulties, you will need to manually clear their attempts (3 clicks each student).  When clicked YES it  means that a student will be required to submit the test after they first click the link to begin the survey.  If the student does not click the Submit  button, the attempt will be marked as In Progress and the attempt will need to be cleared.  Force Completion with LockDown Browser? No. LDB does not like Force Completion. Use the timer and Auto-Submit instead
  • Set Timer – YES. This will help to detour cheating. Set the time to allow those students who have studied the proper amount of time to complete the Test/Survey. If a student didn’t study, they will not be able to finish the Test/Survey in the time you provide. Students who exceed the limit will still be able to submit the test but no grade will be displayed.  This option also records total completion time.  If a test is NOT set as Force Completion, then a student will be able to answer some of the questions, click the Save button, exit the test, and then click on the link to take the test.  The completion time will show the total time the student spent working on the test.

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Qwickly and OneDrive


From BB Blog “Using Qwickly Plus Cloud Tools, you can upload and link to documents stored in ECU’s OneDrive for Business Cloud storage.  The Upload Cloud Content option allows you to upload content from your ECU OneDrive account to content areas in your Blackboard course(s).  The Link to Cloud Content Mashup allows you to link to content in your ECU OneDrive account from the Blackboard text editor. Save time by using the Link to Cloud option. As you update your course documents in OneDrive, your students will have access to the most up-to-date content”

and in case you missed my bragging yesterday, welcome my newest granddaughter, Juliette Lou, born Monday.


Coming in the future!


On November 13-14th, Academic Technologies and Blackboard would like to invite you to a demonstration of Blackboard Ultra. Ultra is Blackboard’s newest learning management system. It features a learner-centered environment designed to improve user efficiency and satisfaction in a modern, comfortable, and simple interface.

November 13th

o 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Ultra Demonstration with the opportunity to provide feedback on Ultra as well as the current Blackboard LMS.

November 14th

o 9:00 am to 10:30 am (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Ultra Demonstration with the opportunity to provide feedback on Ultra as well as the current Blackboard LMS.

o 11am (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Bb Assessment and Integrated Reports Demonstration

Interested in attending?  Go to and click the Faculty/Staff button on the right side of the page to sign up. Click the LEARNING button at the top to view the Calendar of training events.


Tips to make Your BB site better


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!)

In light of recent announcements


Regarding some issues with SabaMeeting you may want to try a different web conferencing program, Collaborate.

What is Collaborate? Collaborate is a web conferencing program which enables a group of people to interact with one another in a virtual online meeting environment. Collaborate can be accessed “live” anytime from anywhere attendees have access to a computer and an Internet connection. Meetings in Collaborate can be recorded, so those unable to attend the live meeting are able to play back the meeting at a later time.


A new BB Tool


Tagging onto my colleague’s email today check out this new tool Qwickly

“Qwickly allows faculty to make courses available, send emails, post announcements, and post content to multiple courses at once.”

After logging into Blackboard click the Add Module option in the upper left corner and then scroll (it’s in alphabetic order) to “add” the Qwickly tool!

Great timesaver!


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