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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Some Test Options Tips

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

 

 

Some Final Tips!

And no not just because it is finals week but just some reminders on test analysis features

For tests deployed in BB click on the down arrow to choose one of the following for assessment information

Attempts Statistics – The statistics are calculated based only on the attempts being used in the grading option (Last attempt, First attempt, Lowest Score, Highest Score, or Average of Scores). If Average of Scores is the grading option, then all attempts are included in the statistics.

Item Analysis – The Item Analysis tool provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions to help you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts. You can run item analyses on deployed tests, but not on surveys.

Column Statistics – Gives information on the range of grades, minimum, maximum, average, median, standard deviation, variance and grade distribution.

View all Attempts – Lets you get a quick look of grade, number of attempts, status and duration.

Question on how these work just contact OET!

Printing Tests from Blackboard and Exceptions to Availability

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!

Did you know about Item Analysis for Tests and Quizzes?

The Item Analysis tool provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions to help you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts. You can run item analyses on deployed tests, but not on surveys. Access previously run item analyses under the Available Analysis heading or select a deployed test from the drop-down list and click Run to generate a new report.

Organize Your Course and Students Using The New Blackboard Calendar Tool

Organize Your Course and Students Using The New Blackboard Calendar Tool

To be successful in online courses, students must quickly learn to be organized. In fact, organization is the key to a successful learning environment. Without organization, students quickly become derailed from the course timeline and must spend their time playing catch-up. Typically, students are enrolled in more than one course and instructors are teaching more than one course. One organizational challenge that both instructors and students face is keeping track of all of the assignments and due dates in all of their courses.

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Using Common Blackboard Tools in Non-Traditional Ways

Using Common Blackboard Tools in Non-Traditional Ways

The Blackboard Learning Management system offers a variety of tools that help instructors manage the process of delivering instruction within an online course.  Some of these functions are more commonly used such as discussion boards, groups, and the assignment feature, but what about the rest?  What other functionality do some of the other tools offer and what are some ways it which they can be used?  Within this article we will explore the use of one of those such tools, the Journal tool, and offer a few ways in which it can be used within your online course in non-traditional ways.

Blackboard Journal Tool: What is it and how does it work? 

Click above to read the article!

Can’t scroll to see all your columns in Grade Center on your Mac?

Here’s the solution!

  • Launch System Preferences, either from the dock or from the Apple menu.
  • Once the System Preferences window opens, select the General preference pane.
  • The middle section of the General preference pane controls when scroll bars appear and a few additional scroll bar options.
  • To return the scroll bars to their pre-Lion functionality, select “Always” from the Show Scroll Bars options. The scroll bars will now always be visible, even when you’re not scrolling.
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