Assessments
Blackboard CE8
The following pages have been extracted from the Blackboard Learning System CE8 Designer and
Instructor reference guide.
CHAPTER 7: ASSESSMENTS AND ASSESSMENT MANAGER................ 68
About Assessments ................................................................................................... 68
For Designers .......................................................................................................... 68
Getting Started with Assessments ........................................................................... 68
Creating and Previewing Assessments.................................................................... 68
Managing Assessments........................................................................................... 70
Adding Questions to Assessments .......................................................................... 74
Managing Questions .............................................................................................. 102
Managing Parts...................................................................................................... 105
Managing Assessment Properties ......................................................................... 107
Exporting and Importing Assessments................................................................... 123
About Assessment Manager .................................................................................... 126
For Section Instructors........................................................................................... 126
Managing Assessments......................................................................................... 126
Importing Quizzes, Surveys, Self Tests, and Questions ........................................ 128
Editing Assessment Properties .............................................................................. 129
Managing Submissions.......................................................................................... 130
Managing Attempts ................................................................................................ 135
Working with Assessment Reports ........................................................................ 137
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CHAPTER 7: ASSESSMENTS AND
ASSESSMENT MANAGER
IMPORTANT: Topics in this chapter apply to various roles. See specific topics for your role.
ABOUT ASSESSMENTS
For Designers
The Assessments tool allows you to create the following:
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Quizzes: A quiz is an online test that Students complete and submit for marks. The marks are
recorded in Grade Book. You can use quizzes to assess Students performance in the course.
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Surveys: A survey is an online questionnaire that Students complete and submit anonymously. A
survey is not worth marks but will be recorded as Complete in Grade Book after it is submitted. You
can use surveys to allow Students to give feedback or opinions.
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Self tests: A self test is an online test that Students complete and submit for marks so they can assess
their understanding of course material. The marks are not recorded in Grade Book.
All assessments questions are saved in the Question Database tool. You access the Question Database
from Assessments. For more information, see topics for Question Database
Getting Started with Assessments
Creating and Previewing Assessments
For Designers
You can create and edit the following types of assessments:
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quizzes
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surveys
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• self tests
You can also preview the assessments to see how they will appear to Students.
Creating Assessments
You can create the following types of assessments:
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Quizzes: A quiz is an online test that Students complete and submit for marks. The marks are
recorded in Grade Book. You can use quizzes to assess Students performance in the course.
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Surveys: A survey is an online questionnaire that Students complete and submit anonymously. A
survey is not worth marks but will be recorded as Complete in Grade Book after it is submitted. You
can use surveys to allow Students to give feedback or opinions.
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Self tests: A self test is an online test that Students complete and submit for marks so they can assess
their understanding of course material. The marks are not recorded in Grade Book.
This is the general procedure for creating an assessment:
1. Create the quiz, survey, or self test.
2. Create questions and add them to the quiz, survey, or self test.
3. Review default assessment properties which determine when and how assessments are delivered to
Students. If required, edit these properties.
4. Show the assessment to Students. By default, assessments are hidden from Students.
1. From the Assessments screen, click Create Assessment.
2. Enter a title and description. Use the description to give a summary about the assessment. If you want
to give instructions to Students, use the Custom Instructions text box. You can do this when you edit
assessment properties.
3. Next to Item Visibility, note that the Hide Item options is selected by default. Assessments are
automatically hidden from Students until you add questions.
4. Under Grade Book Column Name, enter the name of the assessment as you want it to appear in the
Grade Book tool.
5. Select the assessment type: Quiz, Survey, or Self Test.
6. Under Template:
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Select whether or not you want to base this assessment on an existing one.
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Select the check box to apply assessment settings only to the new assessment.
NOTE:
These settings are not displayed when creating the very first assessment for a course.
7. Under Goals, if you want to associate a goal with this assessment:
a. Click Select Goals.
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b. Select each goal you want to associate.
c. Click Add Selected.
8. Do one of the following:
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If you want to save the assessment and add questions, click Save and Add Questions.
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If you want to save the assessment, click Save.
Previewing Assessments
You can preview how assessments will appear to Students from the Assessments screen.
1. From the Assessments screen, locate the assessment and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click Preview.
Managing Assessments
For Designers
You can:
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edit assessments.
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set or modify selective release criteria for assessments.
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show or hide assessments.
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sort assessments.
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move assessments.
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link assessments to Course Content and Learning Modules.
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view links to assessments.
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delete assessments.
Setting or Modifying Release Criteria for Assessments
You can selectively release items by setting release criteria for them. Setting release criteria for items
allows you to control when and to whom the items are visible. For more information, see Selective
Release.
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1. Next to the item for which you want to set or modify release criteria, click the ActionLinks icon.
2. Click Set Release Criteria.
3. Set or modify the release criteria for the item.
Sorting Assessments
If a column title is underlined, you can sort items by that column. You can sort in either ascending order
(A to Z, or 1 to 9) or descending order (Z to A, or 9 to 1). An up-arrow next to the column title indicates
that items are currently sorted in ascending order. A down-arrow next to the column title indicates that
items are currently sorted in descending order.
NOTE:
Items remain in the specified sort order until you go to another screen.
From the table heading row:
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Click the title of the column by which you want to sort items. If the items were not previously sorted
by that column, they are now sorted in ascending order. If the items were previously sorted by that
column, they are now sorted in descending order.
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If you want to reverse the sort order, click the column title again.
Moving Assessments
In general, items initially appear in the order that they were created. In some tools, there is an Order
column with numeric indicators that show the order that items were created. If the tool has an Order
column, you can sort items in ascending (A to Z, or 1 to 9) or descending (9 to 1, Z to A) order. An
up-arrow indicates that items are currently sorted in ascending order. A down-arrow indicates that items
are currently sorted in descending order. You can move items up or down and change their order. All
users see the items in the specified order.
1. Click the column title Order until the list is sorted in ascending order.
2. Select the item.
3. Do one of the following:
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To move an item up:
a. Locate an item above the one that you already selected and click its Click to view move
options icon.
b. Click Move Selected Above.
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To move an item down:
a. Locate an item below the one that you already selected and click its Click to view move
options icon.
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b. Click Move Selected Below.
Navigating Multiple Pages
If there are enough items to appear on multiple pages, paging controls appear at the bottom of the screen
and you can use them to navigate from one page to another. You have options to go to a specific page, go
to the next page, or return to the previous page. If there are no items on the page or if there are not enough
items to appear on multiple pages, you cannot use paging controls.
You can also use the Paging Preferences feature to set the number of items to appear on each page. The
default is ten and the maximum is 9999 items per page, although it is recommended that you do not
exceed 999 items per page.
In Grade Book and Group Manager, this feature is available on multiple screens. When
you set the paging preference on a particular screen in these tools, it is applied as the
default on all the screens where this feature is available.
NOTE:
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If there are enough items to appear on multiple pages, you can use the following options to navigate
those pages:
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To select a specific page: From the Page drop-down list, select the page and click the Go icon.
NOTE:
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You may see the page number followed by the number of records in parentheses.
For example, 1 (1-10) means that page 1 contains records 1 to 10.
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To view all pages: From the Page drop-down list, select All and click the Go icon.
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To go to the next page, click the Next Page icon.
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To return to the previous page, click the Previous Page icon.
To set the number of items per page:
1. Click the Paging Preferences icon.
2. Enter the number of items to appear on each page and click OK.
Linking Assessments to the Course Content and Learning
Modules Tools
If you have content items, such as assignments, discussion topics, individual web links, and media library
collections, you can create links to these items in the following locations:
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Home Page and other content folders in the Course Content tool
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learning modules in the Learning Modules tool
Users can access these items by clicking the links in Course Content and Learning Modules.
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If you have created items with portfolio tools, such as binders, reflection topics, individual web links, and
gallery collections, you can create links to these items in the following locations:
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Home Page and other folders in the Home Page tool
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binders in the Binders tool
Portfolio Reviewers can access these items by clicking the links on the Home Page and in binders.
NOTE:
In the Media Library tool, you can create links to collections but not to individual entries.
In the Web Links tool, you can create links to individual web links but not to categories.
NOTE:
In the Gallery tool, you can create links to collections but not to individual entries. In the
Web Links tool, you can create links to individual web links but not to categories.
1. Go to the tool containing the item that you want to link to. For example, if you want to create a link to
a web link, go to the Web Links tool.
2. Locate and select the item.
3. From the Create Link on drop-down list, select the location for the link and click the Go icon.
Viewing Links to Assessments
If there are links to an item, such as a web link, in other locations of a course, you can view a list of these
locations.
If there are links to an item, such as a web link, in other locations of a portfolio, you can view a list of
these locations.
1. Locate the item and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click View Links to this Item.
Deleting Assessments
You can delete items using the Delete button or the ActionLinks icon. If a Delete button is available on
the screen, you can use it to delete one item, several items, or all items at the same time. If a Delete
button is not available, you can use the ActionLinks icon to delete one item at a time.
IMPORTANT: •
In the Announcements tool, designers and instructors cannot delete announcements
that have been sent.
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In the Assessments tool, if you delete a quiz, survey, or self test, Student submissions
for that assessment are also deleted.
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In the Chat tool, you can delete the default Common Room only if another room has
been created.
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In the Course Content tool, you can delete several or all items from the Power View.
For more information, see using the Basic View or Power View.
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In the Media Library tool:
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designers can delete any entry.
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users other than designer can delete only their own entries.
In the Web Links tool, Students can delete only their own web links.
Using the Delete button to delete one item or several items:
1. Select the items and click Delete.
2. Click OK.
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Using the Delete button to delete all items on the current page:
1. Select the check box next to Title. All items on the current page are selected.
2. Click Delete.
3. Click OK.
4. If there are items on additional pages and you want to delete them, repeat steps 1 through 3.
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Using the ActionLinks icon to delete one item at a time:
1. Locate the item and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click Delete.
3. Click OK.
Adding Questions to Assessments
For Designers
After you create assessments for your course, use the Assessments tool to:
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create or edit the following questions types:
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calculated questions
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combination questions
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fill-in-the-blank questions
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jumbled sentence questions
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matching questions
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multiple choice questionsr
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paragraph questions
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short answer questions with one correct answer
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short answer questions with several correct answers in any order
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short answer questions with several correct answers (bonus marks for the correct order)
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short answer questions with several correct answers in a specific order
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true false questions
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add existing questions from the Question Database.
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add question sets.
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add question alternates.
Adding Questions from the Question Database
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, next to the question or part above which you want the new
question to appear, select the check box.
NOTE:
If you do not select an insertion point for the new question, the question will be added
to the bottom of the list of questions.
2. Click Add to Assessment.
3. Click Existing Questions.
4. If you want to preview a question before adding it:
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Locate the question and click its ActionLinks icon.
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Click Preview.
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If you want to try answering and grading the question:
a. Enter or select an answer and click Grade.
b. If you want to try another answer, click Back.
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Click Close.
5. Select the question you want to add to the assessment.
6. Click Add Selected.
Adding Question Sets
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A question set is a group of individual questions from which a random selection is presented to Students.
For example, you can select four questions to be added as a set from which one will be randomly selected
and presented to Students.
Because question sets present questions randomly to Students, they help to prevent
Students from sharing answers. However, if you add a question set to a quiz that can be
taken multiple times, each time a Student takes the quiz, the same questions appear in the
same order. This prevents Students from taking and re-taking a quiz until they receive
easier answers.
TIP:
IMPORTANT: If you want unique question sets to be delivered each time a Student takes an attempt of
the same assessment, under Assessment Properties, Attempts, you can specify that
questions in a question set be randomized for each attempt.
NOTE:
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Before you can add a question set, questions must already be added to the Question
Database tool.
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After an assessment is taken by Students, you cannot add or delete questions in a
question set.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, select the question or part above which you want the
question set to appear. If you do not select a question or part, the question set will be added to the
bottom of the list of questions.
2. Click Add to Assessment.
3. Click Question Set.
4. If you want to preview a question before adding it to the question set:
a. Locate the question and click its ActionLinks icon.
b. Click Preview.
c. If you want to preview the graded question:
i.
Enter or select an answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to try a different answer, click Back.
d. Click Close.
5. Select the questions that you want to add to the question set.
6. Click Add Selected.
Now that you have created the question set, you can specify the number of questions to be randomly
selected from the set and how many points each question carries.
7. From the Select drop-down list, select the number of questions that you want to be selected from the
set.
8. In the Points text box, specify the number of points for each question.
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EXAMPLE:
In a question set of 5 questions, where 2 questions are selected, if you enter 10 in the
Points text box, the points contributed by this set are 10 X 2 = 20.
Adding Question Alternates
A question set is a group of individual questions from which a random selection is presented to Students.
You can create a question set from an individual question by adding question alternates. You can also add
more questions to an existing question set by adding question alternates.
After the assessment is taken by Students, you cannot add or delete questions in a question
set.
NOTE:
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, select the question or question set to which you want to add
question alternates
2. Click Add Question Alternates.
3. If you want to preview a question before adding it to the question set:
a. Locate the question and click its ActionLinks icon.
b. Click Preview.
i.
If you want to grade the question, enter or select an answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to grade the question, enter or select an answer and click Grade.
iii. Click Close.
4. Select the questions that you want to add as question alternates.
5. Click Add Selected.
Creating Calculated Questions
A calculated question requires Students to solve a mathematical problem.
EXAMPLE:
What is 19 + 64?
You use variables when creating or editing calculated questions. The Blackboard Learning System
replaces each variable with random values in a specified numeric range and generates a set of calculated
questions. Students are given different questions so they cannot share their answers with each other.
You can create or edit questions from two locations in the Assessments tool: in an assessment or the
Question Database.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
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If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Calculated.
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If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format, placing the variables inside square brackets:
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To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
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To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
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To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Under Formula, enter the mathematical problem and place the variables in square brackets. To see a
list of the operators and functions that you can use, click View a list of supported formulas.
EXAMPLE:
(([x]+[y])*([x]+[y]))
IMPORTANT: Use parentheses, not square brackets, to accentuate precedence. Use square brackets to
contain variables.
9. Click Analyze Variables.
10. Under Units, if you want to specify units for the answer, do the following:
a. In the Units text box, enter the unit for the answer.
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b. If necessary, select the following:
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If the unit is required for the correct answer, select Required.
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If multiple words are acceptable as one word, select Ignore spaces.
EXAMPLE:
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Kilowatt hours and kilowatthours are both correct.
If the unit is acceptable in either uppercase or lowercase, select Ignore case.
EXAMPLE:
Mile and mile are both correct.
c. If you want to award a percentage value for the correct unit, select it from the Percentage of the
question value drop-down list. The combined percentage value of the unit and answer will equal
100%.
EXAMPLE:
If 30% is awarded for the correct unit, Students who enter the correct answer but
incorrect unit will be awarded only 70%.
11. Under Variables, do the following:
a. For each variable, enter the minimum and maximum values. The Blackboard Learning System
generates values for a variable between these two numbers.
EXAMPLE:
You can specify a numeric range of 1 to 100 for x and a range of 50 to 500 for y.
This generates an answer set where x can be any number between 1 and 100, and
where y can be any number between 50 and 500. This will create a question such
as What is 19 + 230?
b. If you want to specify decimal places for variables, select it from the Calculate to decimal places
drop-down list.
12. Under Answers, do the following:
a. If you want to specify the number of questions to be generated, select it from the Specify the
number of answers per set.
b. If you want to set the number of decimal places or significant figures to which the answer is
calculated, select the number from the Calculate the answer sets to drop-down lists.
c. If you want to allow a range of answers (in units or percent) to be correct, enter the tolerance in
the Answer Tolerance (+/-) text box and select either Units or Percent.
d. Click Generate Answer Set. The questions are created.
e. If you want to manually change the answer set, enter new values for each variable as necessary
and click Update Answer Set. The updated questions appear.
13. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
14. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
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15. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
16. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
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To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
NOTE:
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To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
17. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
18. Click Save.
Creating Combination Multiple Choice Questions
A combination question requires Students to choose a correct answer combination from a list of possible
answers.
EXAMPLE:
Which of the following are European countries: France, Germany, Spain, Montreal,
Luxembourg, Tanzania? Choose one of the following answer combinations:
a. France, Germany, Montreal
b. France, Spain, Luxembourg, Tanzania
c. France, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg
d. all of the above
e. none of the above
The correct answer is c. France, Germany, Spain, Luxembourg.
You can create or edit questions from two locations in the Assessments tool: in an assessment or the
Question Database.
NOTE:
If your question requires a single correct answer, you should create a multiple choice
question instead. For more information, see Creating or Editing Multiple Choice
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1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
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If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Combination.
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If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format:
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To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
•
To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
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To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation. For more information, see Creating and Inserting Equations.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Under Single Answers, do the following:
a. In the Answer text boxes, enter the answer choices in Plain Text or HTML format.
EXAMPLE:
If the question is Which of the following are countries in Europe: France,
Germany, Spain, Montreal, Luxembourg, Tanzania, you enter the name of each
country in a different text box.
b. If you want to create additional answers, click Create Additional Single Answers.
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9. Under Create Answer Combinations, do the following:
a. Select the answers for each combination.
EXAMPLE:
For Combination 1, select answers A, C, and E. The combination A, C, and E will
be one of the answer choices that Students can choose from.
b. If you want to use an answer choice that is not based on an answer combination, such as none of
the above or all of the above, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the Other text box.
c. Next to the correct combination, select Correct response. Only one correct answer is allowed.
d. If you want to provide feedback for an answer, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
Feedback text box.
e. If you want to create more answer combinations, click Create Additional Combinations.
10. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
11. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
12. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
13. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
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To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
NOTE:
•
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
14. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
15. Click Save.
Creating Fill in the Blank Questions
A fill in the blank question requires Students to enter missing text.
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Albert Einstein was born on March 14 in the year _______. His birthplace was ________.
EXAMPLE:
The correct answers are 1879 and Ulm, Germany.
You can create or edit questions from two locations in the Assessments tool: in an assessment or the
Question Database.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
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If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Fill in the Blank.
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If you are editing a question, click the question title. The Edit Fill in the Blank Question screen
appears.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format, placing the missing text in square brackets. When
Students view the question, the text inside the square brackets is missing.
EXAMPLE:
Albert Einstein was born on March 14 in the year [1879]. His birthplace was [Ulm,
Germany]. Use only one pair of square brackets for the missing text. Correct: [missing
text]. Incorrect: [[missing text]]
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To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
•
To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
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To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
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7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
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If you are creating a question, click Generate Answers.
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If you are editing a question, click Update Answers.
9. Under Answers, do the following:
a. In the Value (%) text box, enter the percentage value of each correct answer. The total percentage
must equal 100%.
b. Select a grading scheme for each answer:
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If Students' answers must match the text exactly, select Equals from the Grading scheme
drop-down list.
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If Students' answers must contain the same text in any order, select Contains from the
Grading scheme drop-down list.
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If you want to use a Perl™ regular expression to evaluate Students' answers, select Regular
expression from the Grading scheme drop-down list. Ensure that you entered the regular
expression in square brackets in the Question text.
10. If another answer is correct, create an alternate answer:
a. Click Create Alternate.
b. In the Alternate text box, enter the alternate answer text.
c. In the Value (%) text box, enter the percentage value of each correct answer. The total percentage
must equal 100%.
d. Select a grading scheme.
11. Under Settings, do the following
a. From the Answer box width drop-down list, select the number of characters that can be entered in
the answer boxes. A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 100 characters are allowed.
b. Next to Answers are case sensitive, select one of the following:
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If the answer is case sensitive, select Yes. For example, Albert Einstein is correct but albert
einstein is incorrect.
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If the answer is case insensitive, select No. For example, Albert Einstein and albert einstein
are correct.
12. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
13. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in the General feedback text box in
Plain Text or HTML format. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
14. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
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15. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
•
To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
NOTE:
•
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
16. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
17. Click Save.
Creating Jumbled Sentence Questions
A jumbled sentence question requires Students to select text that is missing from a sentence and put the
text in the correct order. This question type is useful for language classes because you can provide
sentences for Students to translate.
EXAMPLE:
Translate the sentence I love to travel to Europe with friends into French: J'[aime]
[voyager] [en] [Europe] [avec] [des] [amis].
The text that is in square brackets will be presented to Students in random order. To translate the sentence
correctly, Students must select the words in the correct order.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
•
If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Jumbled Sentence.
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If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
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4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format, placing the missing text in square brackets.
EXAMPLE:
Translate the sentence I love to travel to Europe with friends into French: J'[aime]
[voyager] [en] [Europe] [avec] [des] [amis].
IMPORTANT: Use only one pair of square brackets for the missing text. Correct: [missing text].
Incorrect: [[missing text]]
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To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text.
NOTE:
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The text will appear exactly as you have typed it.
To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation.
You cannot use equations as one of the jumbled items.
NOTE:
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
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If you are creating a question, click Generate Answers.
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If you are editing a question, click Update Answers.
9. Under Answers, do the following:
a. In the Value (%) text box, enter the percentage value of the correct answer.
b. If another answer is correct, create an alternate answer:
a. Click Create Alternate.
b. From the drop-down lists, select the words in another order.
NOTE:
Text that is already selected appears at the bottom of the list under a dotted
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line.
c. In the Value (%) text box, enter the percentage value of he correct answer.
10. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
11. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
12. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
13. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
•
To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
NOTE:
•
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
14. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
15. Click Save.
Creating Matching Questions
A matching question requires Students to match items on one list to items on another list.
EXAMPLE:
Match the following capital cities with their countries:
Capital City
Country
Toyko
Canada
Ottawa
France
London
Italy
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Capital City
Country
Paris
England
Rome
Japan
You can create or edit questions from two locations in the Assessments tool: in an assessment or the
Question Database.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
•
If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Matching.
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If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format:
•
To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
•
To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation. For more information, see Creating and Inserting Equations.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
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8. Under Matching Pairs, do the following:
a. If you need larger text boxes, change the column format by clicking Long Answer.
NOTE:
The default column format is Short Answer.
b. In Column 1, enter an item in a text box in Plain Text or HTML format.
c. In Column 2, enter the matching item in the corresponding text box in Plain Text or HTML
format.
d. If you need more text boxes, click Create Additional Pairs.
9. Under Grading Scheme, do the following:
•
If you want each correct match in the list to receive an equal percentage value, select Equally
weighted/All answers have equal value. This means if Students match 50% of the items correctly,
they receive 50%.
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If you want all items in the list to be correctly matched for 100%, select All or nothing. This
means if Students match 50% of the items correctly, they receive 0%. They must correctly match
all items to receive 100%.
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If you want to deduct a percentage value for incorrect matches, select Right minus wrong. This
means if Students match 60% of the items correctly but 40% incorrectly, they receive 20%.
10. Under Column Preview, select one of the following:
•
If you want Students to see both lists at the same time, select Preview both columns.
•
If you want Students see the first list and to select items in the second list from a drop-down list,
select Do not preview both columns.
11. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
12. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
13. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
14. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
•
To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
NOTE:
•
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
15. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
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a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
16. Click Save.
Creating Multiple Choice Questions with One Correct Answer
A multiple choice question requires Students to choose a correct answer from a list of possible answers.
EXAMPLE:
Which of the following countries is NOT in Europe?
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(1) France
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(2) Germany
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(3) Spain
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(4) Tanzania
The correct answer is (4) Tanzania
You can create or edit questions from two locations in the Assessments tool: in an assessment or the
Question Database.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
•
If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Multiple Choice.
•
If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format:
•
To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
•
To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
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NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Under Answers, do the following:
a. Next to Select mode, indicate if there is one correct answer or multiple correct answers: select
One answer or Multiple Answers.
b. In the Answer text boxes, enter the answer choices, including the correct answer, in Plain Text or
HTML format.
c. If you want to include a comment about an answer, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
Feedback text box. When Students view their graded assessment, this feedback appears next to
the answer.
d. Next to the correct answer or answers, select Correct response and enter the Value (%).
EXAMPLE:
If there is one correct answer, you can award 100%. If there are two correct
answers, you can award 50% to each answer.
e. Next to each incorrect answer, do one of the following:
f.
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If you want to deduct a percentage value for incorrect answers, enter the negative percent
value in the Value (%) text box.
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If you do not want deduct a percentage value for incorrect answers, leave the value in the
Value (%) text box as 0.
If you want to create more answers, click Create Additional Answers.
9. Under Settings, do the following:
a. Next to Answer layout, select one of the following:
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To make the answers appear under each other in one column, select Vertical.
•
To make the answers appear next to each other from left to right, select Horizontal.
b. Next to Answer labels, select whether the answers should be identified by Numbers or Letters.
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EXAMPLE:
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(1) France
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(2) Germany
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(3) Spain
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(4) Tanzania
or
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(a) France
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(b) Germany
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(c) Spain
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(d) Tanzania
c. Next to Randomize answer ordering, select one of the following:
•
To make answers appear in random order each time the question appears in an assessment,
select Yes. This prevents Students who complete the assessment first from sharing their
answers with others.
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To keep the answers in the same order that you entered them, select No.
d. Next to Grading Scheme, do one of the following:
•
If there is only one correct answer or if there are multiple correct answers and you want each
correct answer to count for a portion of the total score, select Cumulative.
•
If you want all correct answers to be selected for a score 100%, select All or nothing.
EXAMPLE:
If there are three correct answers but Students select only one or two of the
answers, they receive 0%.
e. Next to Allow negative score, select one of the following:
•
To deduct a percentage value for incorrect answers, next to Allow negative score, select Yes.
You may want to inform Students in the question text. For example, An incorrect
answer will result in a negative score.
•
To make incorrectly answered questions worth 0%, next to Allow negative score, select No.
10. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
11. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
12. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
13. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
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•
To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
NOTE:
•
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
14. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
15. Click Save.
Creating Paragraph Questions
A paragraph question requires Students to write a paragraph or an essay as their answer. Section
Instructors or Teaching Assistants must mark paragraph questions.
EXAMPLE:
Using examples from Shakespeare's plays, write about the differences between a comedy
and tragedy.
You can create or edit questions from two locations in the Assessments tool: in an assessment or the
Question Database.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
•
If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Paragraph.
•
If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format:
•
To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
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•
To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Under Answer, do the following:
a. If you want to give information that will help Students answer the question, enter it in Plain Text
or HTML format in the Pre-fill answer box with text box. When Students view the question, the
information will appear in the text box where they enter their answer.
b. If you want Students to see an example of a correct answer after their answer is marked, enter it
in Plain Text or HTML format in the Correct response text box. Section Instructors or Teaching
Assistants can use the correct answer as a reference when they mark the question.
9. Under Settings, specify the size of the text box where Students enter their answer:
a. From the Answer box height drop-down list, select the number of lines of text allowed in the
answer box. A minimum of two lines or a maximum of 50 lines of text are allowed.
b. From the Answer box width drop-down list, select the width of the text box, in characters. A
minimum of 30 and a maximum of 100 characters are allowed.
10. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
11. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
12. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
13. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
•
To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
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drop-down list, select the category.
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
NOTE:
•
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
14. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
15. Click Save.
Creating Short Answer Questions with Bonus Marks for the
Correct Order
A short answer question requires Students to write a word or short phrase as their answer. You have the
option of awarding bonus marks if you want Students to include additional information in their answer.
EXAMPLE:
What is Albert Einstein's birth date? For bonus marks, where is his birth place?
You can award marks in the following ways:
•
Option 1: Award partial marks (for example, 60%) for the correct answer March 14, 1879. Award full
marks (for example, 100%) for the correct and bonus answers: March 14, 1879 Ulm, Germany.
•
Option 2: Award full marks (for example, 100%) for the correct answer: March 14, 1879. Award
bonus marks (for example, 150%) for the correct and bonus answers: March 14, 1879 Ulm, Germany.
You can create or edit questions from two locations in the Assessments tool: in an assessment or the
Question Database.
If you want to create or edit short answer questions without bonus marks, see Creating or Editing Short
Answer Questions.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
•
If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Short Answer.
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•
If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format:
•
To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
•
To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
NOTE:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available
or it may appear by default.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Scroll to the Settings section and do the following:
a. Depending on the length of the answers, decide how many text boxes are necessary for Students
to enter their answers. For example, if the question is What is the birth date of Albert Einstein and
the correct answer is March 14, 1879, then you need one text box. If the question is Name the
four planets in the inner solar system and the correct answer is Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars,
then you need four text boxes if you want them in a specific order.
b. From the Number of answer boxes shown to the Student drop-down list, select the number of text
boxes for Students to enter their answers.
c. From the Answer box width drop-down list, select the number of characters that can be entered in
the answer boxes. A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 100 characters are allowed.
d. Next to Answers are case sensitive, select one of the following:
•
If the answer is case sensitive, select Yes. For example, Albert Einstein is correct but albert
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einstein is incorrect.
•
If the answer is case insensitive, select No. For example, Albert Einstein and albert einstein
are correct.
9. Scroll to the Answers section and enter two versions of the answer: (1) the correct answer and (2) the
correct answer with bonus.
a. In the Answer text 1 text box, enter the correct answer.
IMPORTANT: The answer is space-sensitive. For example, March 14, 1879 and March14,1879
are different. You may want to give specific instructions about how Students
should enter their answer or you may want to enter different variations of the
answer text.
b. In the Answer text 2 text box, enter the correct answer with bonus.
c. In the Value (%) text box, enter the percentage value for the correct answer and the correct
answer with bonus.
NOTE:
Percentage values for both answers must equal a minimum of 100%.
d. For each answer, select a grading scheme:
•
If Students' answer must match the text exactly, select Equals from the Grading scheme
drop-down list.
•
If Students' answer must contain the same text in any order, select Contains from the Grading
scheme drop-down list.
•
If you want to use a Perl™regular expression to evaluate Students' answer, select Regular
expression from the Grading scheme drop-down list. Ensure that you entered the regular
expression in square brackets in the Question text.
e. For each answer, select the following from the Allow in answer box drop-down list:
•
For the correct answer, select All answers.
•
For the correct answer with bonus, select the answer number that corresponds to the answer
text box number.
EXAMPLE:
For Answer text 1, select Answer 1. For Answer text 2, select Answer 2.
10. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
11. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
12. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
13. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
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questions in categories.
•
To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
NOTE:
•
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
14. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
15. Click Save.
Creating Short Answer Questions with One Correct Answer
A short answer question requires Students to write a word or short phrase as their answer. The following
are examples of short answer questions:
EXAMPLE:
What is the birth date of Albert Einstein? The correct answer is March 14, 1879.
EXAMPLE:
Name the four planets in the inner solar system. The correct answer is Mercury, Venus,
Earth, and Mars.
You can create or edit questions from two locations in the Assessments tool: in an assessment or the
Question Database.
If you want to award bonus marks for your short answer questions, see Creating or Editing Short Answer
Questions with Bonus Marks.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
•
If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click Short Answer.
•
If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
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with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format:
•
To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
•
To enter the question in HTML format, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see
Using the HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Scroll to the Settings section and do the following:
a. Depending on the length of the answers, decide how many text boxes are necessary for Students
to enter their answers. For example, if the question is What is the birth date of Albert Einstein and
the correct answer is March 14, 1879, then you need one text box. If the question is Name the
four planets in the inner solar system and the correct answer is Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars,
then you need four text boxes if you want them in a specific order.
b. From the Number of answer boxes shown to the Student drop-down list, select the number of text
boxes for Students to enter their answers.
c. From the Answer box width drop-down list, select the number of characters that can be entered in
the answer boxes. A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 100 characters are allowed.
d. Next to Answers are case sensitive, select one of the following:
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If the answer is case sensitive, select Yes. For example, Albert Einstein is correct but albert
einstein is incorrect.
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If the answer is case insensitive, select No. For example, Albert Einstein and albert einstein
are correct.
9. Scroll to the Answers section and do the following:
a. In the Answer text text box, enter the correct answer.
IMPORTANT: The answer is space-sensitive. For example, March 14, 1879 and March14,1879
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are different. You may want to give specific instructions about how Students
should enter their answer or you may want to enter different variations of the
answer text.
b. If the answer requires more than one text box, click Create Additional Answers.
c. In the Value (%) text box, enter the percentage value for the answer. For example, if there is one
correct answer, enter 100%. If it is a multi-part answer that is acceptable in any order, enter a
percentage for each part so that the total equals 100%.
d. Select a grading scheme for the answer:
•
If Students' answer must match the text exactly, select Equals from the Grading scheme
drop-down list.
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If Students' answer must contain the same text in any order, select Contains from the Grading
scheme drop-down list.
•
If you want to use a Perl™ regular expression to evaluate Students' answer, select Regular
expression from the Grading scheme drop-down list. Ensure that you entered the regular
expression in square brackets in the Question text.
•
Depending on whether you want Students to enter answers in a certain order, select one of the
following in the Allow in answer box drop-down list:
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If Students can enter answers in order, select All Answers for each answer text box.
•
If Students must enter answers in a specific order, select the answer number that
corresponds to the answer text box number.
EXAMPLE:
For Answer text 1, select Answer 1. For Answer text 2, select Answer 2.
10. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
11. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
12. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
13. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
•
To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
NOTE:
•
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
14. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
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a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
15. Click Save.
Creating True False Questions
With this question type, Students select either True or False in response to the question.
EXAMPLE:
True or false: Albert Einstein was born in Germany.
1. Locate and click the assessment or click Go to Question Database.
2. Depending on whether you are creating or editing a question, do one of the following:
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If you are creating a question:
a. Click Create Questions.
b. Click True False.
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If you are editing a question, click the question title.
3. Enter a title. The title is used for identifying and finding questions in the Question Database. Do not
enter the question text as the title. For example, if the question is Match the following capital cities
with their countries, enter a title such as Matching capital cities.
4. Enter the question in Plain Text or HTML format:
•
To enter the question in Plain Text format, enter the text. The text will appear exactly as you have
typed it.
•
To enter the question in HTML format, you can use the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator settings, the HTML Creator may not be available.
To hand-code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. Enter the HTML code.
5. If you want, insert an equation.
6. If you want to add an image to display with the question:
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a. Next to Image, click Browse. The Content Browser pop-up window appears.
b. Locate and select the image file you want to add. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
7. In the Image Title text box, enter a title. If you do not enter a title, the image file name is used.
8. Under Answer, select whether the correct answer is True or False.
9. To see more options, click the Expand/Collapse icon next to More Options.
10. If you want to include a comment about the question, enter it in Plain Text or HTML format in the
General feedback text box. The comment appears when Students view their graded assessment.
11. If you want to include a note that is visible only to yourself or other Section Designers, enter it in the
Section Designer notes text box.
12. Place the question into a category. All questions are automatically stored in the Question Database
but the Question Database can contain many questions, so we recommend that you organize
questions in categories.
•
To place the question in an existing category, select Specify an existing category and from the
drop-down list, select the category.
NOTE:
•
Uncategorized Questions is a default category. If you do not specify a category,
the question is placed here automatically.
To place the question in a new category, select Create a category and enter the category name in
the text box.
13. If you want to preview the question to ensure it appears correctly, do the following:
a. Click Preview.
b. If you want to test the grading scheme and feedback:
i.
Select your answer and click Grade.
ii. If you want to test another answer, click Back.
14. Click Save.
Managing Questions
For Designers
You can edit the questions in the Question Database. The Question Database can contain the following
types of questions:
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Calculated: Students must apply a mathematical formula and enter the answer.
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Combination multiple choice: Students select a combination of correct answers from a list.
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Fill in the blank: Students fill in words or phrases left blank in the question.
•
Jumbled sentence: Students fill in blanks within a question by selecting a word or phrase from a
drop-down list.
•
Matching: Students match terms in one column with terms in another column.
•
Multiple choice: Students select either one or multiple correct answers from a list.
•
Paragraph: Students answer with multiple sentences.
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Short answer: Students answer with a word or phrase.
• True false: Students select whether the question is true or false.
You can also:
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edit question sets.
•
assign points to questions.
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assign points to question sets.
•
preview questions.
•
modify selective release for questions.
•
order questions.
•
remove questions from an assessment.
Editing Question Sets
A question set is a group of individual questions from which a random selection is presented to Students.
After you create a question set, you can edit the number of questions to be randomly selected from the
question set.
NOTE:
After the assessment is completed by at least one Student, you cannot edit the number of
questions that are selected from a question set.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, locate the question set you want to edit and, from the Select
drop-down list, select the number of questions you want to be selected from the set.
2. Each question selected in the question set will carry the number of points specified in the Points text
box. To edit the number of points, edit the value in the Points text box.
EXAMPLE:
In a question set of 5 questions, where 2 questions are selected, if you enter 10 in the
Points text box, the points contributed by this set are 10 x 2 = 20.
Assigning Point to Questions
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By default, all questions are assigned 10 points once they are added to quizzes.
WARNING:
If you update points after Students complete the quiz, this causes grades to become
incorrect.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, locate the question and in the Points text box, enter the
number of points.
2. Click Update Total.
Assigning Point to Question Sets
By default, all question sets are assigned 10 points once they are added to quizzes. When assigning points
to question sets, each question selected in the question set is worth the value entered in the text box. For
example, in a question set of 5 questions, where 2 questions are selected, if you enter 10 in the Points text
box, the points contributed by this set are 10 X 2 = 20. After Students complete the assessment, you
cannot change the number of questions selected from a question set.
WARNING:
If you update points after Students complete the quiz, this causes grades to become
incorrect.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, locate the question set and in the Points text box, enter the
number of points.
2. Click Update Total.
Previewing Questions
You can preview a question to see how it will appear to Students. To verify question grading, you can
answer the question and have the question graded.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, locate the question and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click Preview.
3. Answer the question and click Grade.
4. If you want to return to the question to try another answer, click Back.
Removing Questions from an Assessment
When you remove questions from an assessment, the questions are removed from the assessment but they
remain in the Question Database tool. After Students complete an assessment, you cannot remove
questions from that assessment. If you want to remove questions, you must reset the Students' results.
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1. From the edit screen for the assessment, do one of the following:
•
To remove one or more questions, select the questions and click Remove.
•
To remove all questions, select the check box in the table header row and click Remove.
2. Click OK.
Creating Categories
To organize questions, group your questions in categories. You can create as many categories as you need
to organize all the questions in the Question Database. You can only have one level of categories, that is,
you cannot create categories within categories. Categories allow you to perform tasks on all questions
contained in the category at once, such as deleting all questions in a category or exporting all questions in
a category to a text file.
1. From the Question Database screen, do one of the following:
•
If questions or categories are in the question database, click Category View.
•
If no questions or categories exist in the database, proceed to step 2.
2. Click Create Category.
3. In the Title text box, enter a category name.
4. Click Save.
Managing Parts
For Designers
If there are questions in an assessment, you can organize the questions in different sections or parts. For
example, you can organize all short answer questions in one part and all paragraph questions in another
part of the assessment. You can also move questions from one part to another, rename, reorganize, and
delete parts.
Creating Parts
After you add questions to an assessment, you can organize the questions into parts or sections. For
example, you can organize all short answer questions into one part of the assessment and all paragraph
questions into another part. After creating parts, you can move questions into their appropriate parts.
IMPORTANT: The Part menu option is available only after you add at least one question to the
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assessment.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, click Add to Assessment.
2. Click Part.
3. In the Name text box, enter a name for that part and click OK.
Renaming Parts
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, locate the part you want to rename and click its ActionLinks
icon.
2. Click Rename.
3. In the Name text box, enter a new name and click OK.
Moving Questions to Parts
Selected questions or question sets can belong to multiple parts of an assessment. However, parts cannot
be contained within other parts.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, select the questions or question sets that you want to move.
2. From the Move questions to part drop-down list, select the part to which you want to move the
questions and click the Go icon.
Ordering Parts
If assessment questions are organized in parts, you can move reorganize the parts including all questions
within them.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, next to the part that you want to move, select the check box.
2. Locate the part or question above which you want the selected part to appear and, under Move, click
the Insert Selected Items Above icon.
Deleting Parts
NOTE:
When you remove a part from an assessment, the part and all questions in it are deleted
from the assessment but not from the Question Database tool.
1. From the edit screen for the assessment, do one of the following:
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To delete an individual part:
a. Locate the part and click its ActionLinks icon.
b. Click Remove.
•
To remove multiple parts, select the parts and click Remove.
•
To remove all parts and questions:
a. In the table heading row, select the check box. All the parts and questions within the parts are
selected.
b. Click Remove.
2. Click OK.
Managing Assessment Properties
For Designers
After you create an assessment, you can control its appearance, availability, and delivery by editing
assessment properties. Some properties are set by default when you create an assessment, but you can edit
the properties afterwards.
Editing Quiz Properties
NOTE:
The feature for artifact creation is available only to institutions using Blackboard
Portfolio™.
For Section Designers
You can specify how a quiz appears to Students and also how results are released to them by editing quiz
properties.
IMPORTANT: The following properties are specified by default when you create a quiz.
Property
Description
Question Delivery
Deliver questions all at once.
Display question titles.
Display Assessment
Display in a new browser window.
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Property
Description
Duration
1 hour
Attempts Allowed
1
Student Score Release
Do not release the score.
Dates Available
Start time: Immediate
End time: Unlimited
1. From the Assessments screen, locate the assessment and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click Edit Properties.
3. Enter a title and description. Use the description to give a summary about the assessment. If you want
to give specific instructions to Students, use the Custom Instructions text box.
4. Next to Item Visibility, select to show or hide the assessment for Students.
5. Under Grade Book Column Name, edit the name of the assessment as you want it to appear in the
Grade Book tool.
6. Under Question Delivery, specify how you want questions to appear:
Property
Description
Deliver questions all at once.
Show all questions as soon as Students begin the
assessment. They can answer questions in any order and
can also return to previously answered questions to change
their answers.
Deliver questions one at a time
and allow questions to be revisited.
Show one question at a time and allow Students to
advance to another question. They can return to previously
viewed or answered questions to change their answers.
Deliver questions one at a time
and do not allow questions to be
revisited.
Show one question at a time and allow Students to
advance to the next question after they have viewed the
current question. However, if they do not answer the
current question or save it before they advance to the next
one, they are not allowed to return to the unanswered or
unsaved question later.
Display question titles
Show the question titles in the assessment.
7. Under Display Assessment, specify if you want the assessment to appear in the same or a new
browser window.
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8. Under Duration, specify the amount of time for Students to complete the assessment:
Property
Description
Unlimited
Give Students an unlimited amount of time to complete
the assessment.
Time
Specify the amount of time for Students to complete the
assessment:
a. Select Time and enter the time.
b. From the Units drop-down list, select Minutes,
Hours, or Days.
Disallow answer submission if time
has expired
Allow only saved answers to be submitted after the
assessment time has expired.
9. Under Attempts, specify how you want to manage Student attempts:
Property
Description
Allowed attempts
Specify the number of times Students are allowed to
attempt the assessment.
Randomize questions in a question
set
If the assessment contains a question set, this setting
displays different questions to Students each time they
attempt the assessment. This prevents Students from
seeing the same questions and changing their answers in
multiple attempts.
NOTE:
Minimum attempt time
By default, if you add a question set to an
assessment that can be taken multiple
times, each time Students take the
assessment, the same questions appear in
the same order.
If multiple attempts are allowed, specify the amount of
time that Students must wait before they can attempt the
assessment again:
a. Enter the time.
b. From the Units drop-down list, select Minutes,
Hours, or Days.
10. Under Student Score, specify how you want to release scores to Student:
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Property
Description
Release the score after the
assessment has been submitted.
If the assessment contains question types that can be
automatically graded, release the assessment score to
each Student after they have submitted the assessment.
Release the score after the
assessment has been submitted and
all of the questions have been
graded.
If the assessment contains question types that must be
manually graded by the Section Instructor, such as
paragraph questions, release the assessment score to each
Student only after they have submitted the assessment
and the Section Instructor has graded all of the questions.
Release the score after the
availability period has ended
If the assessment contains question types that can be
automatically graded, release the assessment score to
each Student after the End Time has passed.
Release the score after the
availability period has ended and
all of the questions have been
graded
If the assessment contains question types that must be
manually graded by the Section Instructor, such as
paragraph questions, release the assessment score to each
Student only after the End Time has passed and the
Section Instructor has graded all of the questions.
Do not release the score.
Assessment scores are not automatically released to
Students.
If multiple attempts are allowed,
display the score of the following
attempt as the Student's grade
Specify if Students receive their first, last, or highest
score, or an average of all their attempts for the
assessment.
11. If you want to allow Students to save graded submissions as course artifacts, under Artifact Creation,
select the check box. A course artifact is a file version of content that can be saved to a Blackboard
portfolio and presented as a sample of completed course work. It contains all the components and
formatting of the original item.
NOTE:
Depending on Administrator settings, this feature may not be available to you.
12. Under Statistics Release, if you want Students to see summary and item statistics, select Release
statistics to Students after releasing the score
IMPORTANT: Because statistics contain Student score details, you must also release scores. If you do
not release scores, this setting is unavailable.
13. Under Goals, if you want to associate a goal with this assessment:
a. Click Select Goals.
b. Select each goal you want to associate.
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c. Click Add Selected.
14. Under Dates Available, specify when the assessment is available:
IMPORTANT: If you specified release criteria for the assessment, ensure that any date criteria does
not conflict with dates that you specify here.
Property
Description
Start Time and End Time
Start Time is when the assessment becomes available.
End Time is when Students can no longer access the
assessment. If Students start the assessment before the
End time, they have the full duration to complete the
assessment.
Click the Date Selection and Time Selection icons to
select dates and times. You can also enter dates in
numerals separated by forward slashes. For example,
depending on local settings specified by an administrator,
enter dates in this format: 12/31/2006 or 31/12/2006.
Create a corresponding event in the
Calendar
Add the assessment to the Calendar to help Students
organize their schedules.
15. Under Results Properties, specify how you want results to appear to Students:
IMPORTANT: •
•
For the following settings to take effect, you must also allow scores to be released.
See the settings under Student Score.
If you have released statistics to Students, because statistics contain score details,
full score information are available to Students regardless of settings in this
section.
Property
Description
Show the question text.
Show the questions when Students view their results.
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Property
Description
Show the Student's response for
each question.
Show the Student's answer when they view their results.
If you select this option, you must also select one of the
following:
•
Show the percentage value of the Student's answer. If
the question requires a multiple-part answer, this
setting shows the percentage awarded to each part of
the answer.
•
Show the correct answer.
•
Show the correct answer and the percentage value of
the Student's answer.
Show the feedback for each
question.
Show feedback, if any, from the person who created the
question.
Show the Student's score for each
question.
Show the score awarded for each of the Student's
answers.
Show the Student's total score for
the assessment.
Show the total score awarded for the assessment.
Show the grader comments for the
assessment.
Show a comment, if any, from the person who marked the
assessment.
E-mail results to
If you want to e-mail Students' results to an external
e-mail address, enter it. If the assessment contains
paragraph questions, you must grade them before the
e-mail is sent.
16. Under Submission Properties, specify a message or e-mail address:
Property
Description
Submission message
If you want a message to appear to Students after they
submit an assessment, enter it.
E-mail submissions
If you want to e-mail each Student's submission to an
external e-mail address, enter it.
17. Under Security Properties, set security features:
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Property
Description
Proctor password
If you want to assign a password that Students must enter
before they can access the assessment, enter the
password.
IP address
IMPORTANT: Contact your system administrator for
assistance.
If you want to specify an IP address that Students'
machines must match before they can access the
assessment, enter the IP address. An IP address uniquely
identifies every computer that communicates over a
network. An IP address is written as four numbers
separated by dots.
EXAMPLE:
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Property
Description
IP address mask
IMPORTANT:Contact your system administrator for
assistance.
If you want to use an IP address mask to define a range of
valid IP addresses that are allowed to access the
assessment, enter it. To set the IP address mask, you must
also set the IP address.
a. In the IP address text boxes, enter the complete IP
address of one machine or node on your network that
is allowed to access the assessment.
EXAMPLE: 192.168.1.0
b. In each of the IP address mask text boxes, enter one
of the following:
•
255 to indicate that the number must match the
corresponding number in the IP address box.
•
0 to indicate that any number in the range of 0 to
254 is allowed.
EXAMPLE: •
If the IP address were set to
192.168.1.0, and the IP address
mask were set to:
•
255.255.255.0, then all IP
addresses in the range of
192.168.1.0 to 192.168.1.254
can access the assessment, a
total of 255 users.
•
255.255.0.0, then all users
with addresses in the range of
192.168.0.0 to 192.168.1.245
can access the assessment, a
total of 65025 users.
18. Under Custom Instructions, enter instructions that appear when Students begin the assessment:
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Property
Description
Custom instructions
•
To enter instructions in Plain Text format, enter it in
the text box. The description will appear exactly as
you have typed it.
•
To enter instructions in HTML format, you can use
the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML
Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
Depending on administrator
settings, the HTML Creator may
not be available.
NOTE:
•
To hand code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. In the text box, enter the HTML code.
Display custom assessment
instructions on every question when
questions are delivered one at a
time.
Select if you want to display the instructions with every
question. If you do not select this option, instructions are
displayed with the first question only.
NOTE:
This setting is available only if you
selected the option to deliver one question
at a time.
19. Click Save.
Editing Survey Properties
For Section Designers
You can specify how a survey appears to Students by editing survey properties.
IMPORTANT: The following properties are specified by default when you create a survey.
Property
Description
Question Delivery
Deliver questions all at once.
Display question titles.
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Property
Description
Display Assessment
Display in a new browser window.
Duration
1 hour
Dates Available
Start time: Immediate
End time: Unlimited
1. From the Assessments screen, locate the assessment and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click Edit Properties.
3. Enter a title and description. Use the description to give a summary about the assessment. If you want
to give specific instructions to Students, use the Custom Instructions text box.
4. Next to Item Visibility, select to show or hide the assessment for Students.
5. Under Grade Book Column Name, edit the name of the assessment as you want it to appear in the
Grade Book tool.
6. Under Question Delivery, specify how you want questions to appear:
Property
Description
Deliver questions all at once.
Show all questions as soon as Students begin the
assessment. They can answer questions in any order and
can also return to previously answered questions to
change their answers.
Deliver questions one at a time and
allow questions to be revisited.
Show one question at a time and allow Students to
advance to another question. They can return to
previously viewed or answered questions to change their
answers.
Deliver questions one at a time and
do not allow questions to be
revisited.
Show one question at a time and allow Students to
advance to the next question after they have viewed the
current question. However, if they do not answer the
current question or save it before they advance to the next
one, they are not allowed to return to the unanswered or
unsaved question later.
Display question titles
Show the question titles in the assessment.
7. Under Display Assessment, specify if you want the assessment to appear in the same or a new
browser window.
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8. Under Duration, specify the amount of time for Students to complete the assessment:
Property
Description
Unlimited
Give Students an unlimited amount of time to complete
the assessment.
Time
Specify the amount of time for Students to complete the
assessment:
a. Select Time and enter the time.
b. From the Units drop-down list, select Minutes,
Hours, or Days.
Disallow answer submission if time
has expired
Allow only saved answers to be submitted after the
assessment time has expired.
9. Under Goals, if you want to associate a goal with this assessment:
a. Click Select Goals.
b. Select each goal you want to associate.
c. Click Add Selected.
10. Under Dates Available, specify when the assessment is available:
IMPORTANT: If you specified release criteria for the assessment, ensure that any date criteria does
not conflict with dates that you specify here.
Property
Description
Start Time and End Time
Start Time is when the assessment becomes available.
End Time is when Students can no longer access the
assessment. If Students start the assessment before the
End time, they have the full duration to complete the
assessment.
Click the Date Selection and Time Selection icons to
select dates and times. You can also enter dates in
numerals separated by forward slashes. For example,
depending on locale settings specified by an
administrator, enter dates in this format: 12/31/2006 or
31/12/2006.
Create a corresponding event in the
Calendar
Add the assessment to the Calendar to help Students
organize their schedules.
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11. Under Submission Settings, specify a message or e-mail address:
Property
Description
Submission message
If you want a message to appear to Students after they
submit an assessment, enter it.
E-mail submissions
If you want to e-mail each Student's submission to an
external e-mail address, enter it.
12. Under Security Settings, set security features:
Property
Description
Proctor password
If you want to assign a password that Students must enter
before they can access the assessment, enter the
password.
IP address
IMPORTANT: Contact your system administrator for
assistance.
If you want to specify an IP address that Students'
machines must match before they can access the
assessment, enter the IP address. An IP address uniquely
identifies every computer that communicates over the
Internet. An IP address is written as four numbers
separated by periods.
EXAMPLE:
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Property
Description
IP address mask
IMPORTANT:Contact your system administrator for
assistance.
If you want to use an IP address mask to define a range of
valid IP addresses that are allowed to access the
assessment, enter it. To set the IP address mask, you must
also set the IP address.
a. In the IP address text boxes, enter the complete IP
address of one machine or node on your network that
is allowed to access the assessment.
EXAMPLE: 192.168.1.0
b. In each of the IP address mask text boxes, enter one
of the following:
•
255 to indicate that the number must match the
corresponding number in the IP address box.
•
0 to indicate that any number in the range of 0 to
254 is allowed.
EXAMPLE:
•
If the IP address were set to
192.168.1.0, and the IP address
mask were set to:
•
255.255.255.0, then all IP
addresses in the range of
192.168.1.0 to 192.168.1.254
can access the assessment, a
total of 255 users.
•
255.255.0.0, then all users
with addresses in the range of
192.168.0.0 to 192.168.1.245
can access the assessment, a
total of 65025 users.
13. Under Custom Instructions, enter instructions that appear when Students begin the assessment:
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Property
Description
Custom instructions text box or
HTML Creator editing area
•
To enter instructions in Plain Text format, enter it in
the Description text box. The description will appear
exactly as you have typed it.
•
To enter instructions in HTML format, you can use
the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML
Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator
settings, the HTML Creator may
not be available.
To hand code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. In the Description text box, enter the HTML
code.
Display custom assessment
instructions on every question when
questions are delivered one at a
time.
Select if you want to display the instructions with every
question. If you do not select this option, instructions are
displayed with the first question only.
NOTE:
This setting is available only if you
selected the option to deliver one question
at a time.
14. Click Save.
Editing Self Test Properties
Editing Self Test Properties
You can define how a self test appears to Students by editing self test properties.
IMPORTANT: The following properties are specified by default when you create a self test.
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Property
Description
Question Delivery
Deliver one question at a time and show immediate feedback.
Display question titles.
Display Assessment
Display in a new browser window.
Dates Available
Start time: Immediate
End time: Unlimited
1. From the Assessments screen, locate the assessment and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click Edit Properties.
3. Enter a title and description. Use the description to give a summary about the assessment. If you want
to give specific instructions to Students, use the Custom Instructions text box.
4. Next to Item Visibility, select to show or hide the assessment for Students.
5. Under Question Delivery, specify how you want questions to appear:
Property
Description
Deliver questions all at once
Show all questions as soon as Students begin the
assessment. They can answer questions in any order and
can also return to previously answered questions to
change their answers.
Deliver one at a time and do not
show immediate feedback
Show one question at a time. If you give feedback for
each question, Students see the feedback only after they
complete the assessment. Students can answer questions
in any order and they can return to previously viewed or
answered questions to change their answers.
Deliver questions one at a time and
show immediate feedback
Show one question at a time. If you give feedback for
each question, Students can see the feedback after they
answer the question. Students can advance to the next
question after they have viewed the current question.
However, if they do not answer the current question or
save it before they advance to the next one, they are not
allowed to return to that question later.
Display question titles
Show the question titles in the assessment.
6. Under Display Assessment, specify if you want the assessment to appear in the same or a new
browser window.
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7. Under Goals, if you want to associate a goal with this assessment:
a. Click Select Goals.
b. Select each goal you want to associate.
c. Click Add Selected.
8. Under Dates Available, specify when the assessment is available:
IMPORTANT: If you specified release criteria for the assessment, ensure that any date criteria does
not conflict with dates that you specify here.
Property
Description
Start Time and End Time
Start Time is when the assessment becomes available.
End Time is when Students can no longer access the
assessment. If Students start the assessment before the
End time, they have the full duration to complete the
assessment.
Click the Date Selection and Time Selection icons to
select dates and times. You can also enter dates in
numerals separated by forward slashes. For example,
depending on locale settings specified by an
administrator, enter dates in this format: 12/31/2006 or
31/12/2006.
Create a corresponding event in the
Calendar
Add the assessment to the Calendar to help Students
organize their schedules.
9. Under Custom Instructions, enter instructions that appear when Students begin the assessment:
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Property
Description
Custom instructions
•
To enter instructions in Plain Text format, do so in
the text box. The instructions will appear exactly as
you have typed them.
•
To enter instructions in HTML format, you can use
the HTML Creator or hand code the HTML:
•
To use the HTML Creator, click Enable HTML
Creator. For more information, see Using the
HTML Creator.
NOTE:
•
Depending on administrator
settings, the HTML Creator may
not be available.
To hand code the HTML:
a. Select Use HTML.
b. In the text box, enter the HTML code.
Display custom assessment
instructions on every question when
questions are delivered one at a
time.
Select if you want to display the instructions with every
question. If you do not select this option, instructions are
displayed with the first question only.
NOTE:
This setting is available only if you
selected the option to deliver one question
at a time.
10. Click Save.
Exporting and Importing Assessments
For Designers
If you want to re-use quizzes, surveys, and self tests that were created in this course, you can export them
and import them to other Blackboard Learning System courses and installations. For more information,
see Exporting Assessments.
If you want to use quizzes, surveys, and self tests that were created in other Learning System courses, you
can import them to this course. For more information, see Importing Quizzes, Surveys, Self Tests, and
Questions.
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You can also import exams that was created using Respondus® software. For more information, see
Importing Respondus Exams.
Exporting Assessments
You can export quizzes, surveys, and self tests and use them in other Blackboard Learning System
courses and installations. For example, if you create a quiz in a Psychology 201 course, you can export
and re-use it in a Psychology 205 course.
If the course contains content from an e-Learning Resource Pack (e-Pack), you cannot
export assessments.
NOTE:
Assessments are exported as a content package and are saved in a zip file. The content package includes
XML files, XML schema files (.xsd files), and any image files (for example, .jpg files) used in the
questions in the assessment.
When you export an assessment, the questions it contains, the categories the questions belong to, any
image files added to the questions, and the assessment properties are exported. Submission and security
settings are not exported.
Assessments are exported in Content Interoperability Specification (CIS) format. The CIS implements the
IMS Content Packaging and the IMS Question and Test Interoperability specifications. For more
information, see the appropriate version of the Content Interoperability Specification.
1. From the Assessments screen, do one of the following:
•
To export one assessment, next to the assessment, click its ActionLinks icon.
•
To export multiple assessments, next to each assessment you want to export, select the check box.
•
To export all assessments on the page, in the table heading row, select the check box.
TIP:
To export assessments that span multiple pages, adjust the number of assessments
listed on a single page to include all assessments you want to export. For more
information, see Navigating Multiple Pages.
2. Click Export.
3. Navigate to the location where you want to save the zip file. For more information, see Navigating
with Content Browser.
4. In the Save as text box, enter a name for the zip file. We recommend that you use all lowercase letters
for file names.
5. Click OK.
6. Click Return.
If you are going to import the assessments to another Blackboard Learning System installation, you must
download the zip file to your computer first. For more information, see Downloading Files and Importing
Quizzes, Surveys, Self Tests, and Questions.
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Importing Quizzes, Surveys, Self Tests, and Questions
You can import quizzes, surveys, self tests, and questions that were created in other Blackboard Learning
System courses.
You can import the following:
•
all quizzes, surveys, and questions exported from a (CE) 4.x course
•
quizzes, surveys, self tests, and questions that were:
•
exported from a CE 6 or Vista 3.x or later course
•
created using the Content Interoperability Specification (CIS)
The CIS implements the IMS Content Packaging and the IMS Question and Test Interoperability
specifications. For more information, see the appropriate version of the Content Interoperability
Specification.
Imported quizzes, surveys, and self tests are added to the Assessments tool. Imported questions are added
to the Question Database tool.
After a quiz, survey, or self test is imported, you can create links to it on content folders in the Course
Content tool and in learning modules. After questions are imported, you can add them to quizzes, surveys,
and self tests.
1. On the course menu, under Designer Tools, click Manage Course.
2. Click Import.
3. Locate and select the zip file you want to import. For more information, see Navigating with Content
Browser.
4. After the content package finishes importing, if you want to view a log that contains details about the
import process:
a. Click View Import Log.
b. When you are finished viewing the import log, click Close.
5. Click Return.
6. To go to an imported quiz, survey, or self test:
a. Click Assessments.
b. Locate the assessment and click its title.
7. To go to the questions, click Go to Question Database.
If you imported questions that are in a category that did not exist in the Question Database tool, the
category is created and the questions are added to it. If you imported questions that were exported
from a CE 4.x course and the questions were in a Default category that was automatically created, the
questions are added to the Uncategorized Questions category. If you imported questions created using
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the CIS and a category is not specified for the questions, the questions are added to the Uncategorized
Questions category.
8. Review and, if necessary, edit the assessment properties. Properties define how an assessment will be
delivered to Students and how results will be released to Students. For more information, see Editing
Quiz Properties, Editing Survey Properties, or Edit Self Test Properties.
IMPORTANT: If you imported an assessment or a question that has the same title as an assessment or
question that already exists in the Blackboard Learning System, before you can edit its
properties, you must edit the title and make it unique.
If you imported all quizzes, surveys, and questions that were exported from a CE 4.x course, a file called
Content Import Log was created when the content was imported. This file describes what happened to the
content after it was imported and where you can find it in this version. For more information, see Viewing
the Content Import Log.
ABOUT ASSESSMENT MANAGER
For Section Instructors
If you are a Section Designer, you use the Assessments tool to create the following types of assessments:
•
Quizzes: A quiz is an online test that Students complete and submit for marks. The marks are
recorded in Grade Book. You can use quizzes to assess Students performance in the course.
•
Surveys: A survey is an online questionnaire that Students complete and submit anonymously. A
survey is not worth marks but will be recorded as Complete in Grade Book after it is submitted. You
can use surveys to allow Students to give feedback or opinions.
•
Self tests: A self test is an online test that Students complete and submit for marks so they can assess
their understanding of course material. The marks are not recorded in Grade Book.
If you are a Section Instructor or Teaching Assistant, you cannot create assessments but you can view
them. You use the Assessment Manager tool to view and grade Student submissions, and run reports to
compare the performance of Students.
All assessments questions are saved in the Question Database tool. For more information, see topics for
Question Database.
Managing Assessments
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If there are assessments, such as quizzes, surveys, and self tests in your course, you can access them from
the Assessments tool. You can show assessments to Students, hide them temporarily from Students, and
define specific criteria for allowing Students to access assessments. If there are links in other locations of
the course to these assessments, you can view a list of these locations.
Setting and Modifying Release Criteria for Assessments
You can selectively release items by setting release criteria for them. Setting release criteria for items
allows you to control when and to whom the items are visible. For more information, see Selective
Release.
1. Next to the item for which you want to set or modify release criteria, click the ActionLinks icon.
2. Click Set Release Criteria.
3. Set or modify the release criteria for the item.
Viewing Links to Assessments
If there are links to an item, such as a web link, in other locations of a course, you can view a list of these
locations.
If there are links to an item, such as a web link, in other locations of a portfolio, you can view a list of
these locations.
1. Locate the item and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click View Links to this Item.
Navigating Multiple Pages
If there are enough items to appear on multiple pages, paging controls appear at the bottom of the screen
and you can use them to navigate from one page to another. You have options to go to a specific page, go
to the next page, or return to the previous page. If there are no items on the page or if there are not enough
items to appear on multiple pages, you cannot use paging controls.
You can also use the Paging Preferences feature to set the number of items to appear on each page. The
default is ten and the maximum is 9999 items per page, although it is recommended that you do not
exceed 999 items per page.
NOTE:
•
In Grade Book and Group Manager, this feature is available on multiple screens. When
you set the paging preference on a particular screen in these tools, it is applied as the
default on all the screens where this feature is available.
If there are enough items to appear on multiple pages, you can use the following options to navigate
those pages:
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To select a specific page: From the Page drop-down list, select the page and click the Go icon.
NOTE:
•
You may see the page number followed by the number of records in parentheses.
For example, 1 (1-10) means that page 1 contains records 1 to 10.
•
To view all pages: From the Page drop-down list, select All and click the Go icon.
•
To go to the next page, click the Next Page icon.
•
To return to the previous page, click the Previous Page icon.
To set the number of items per page:
1. Click the Paging Preferences icon.
2. Enter the number of items to appear on each page and click OK.
Importing Quizzes, Surveys, Self Tests, and
Questions
For Section Instructors
You can import quizzes, surveys, self tests, and questions that were created in other Blackboard Learning
System courses.
You can import the following:
•
all quizzes, surveys, and questions exported from a (CE) 4.x course
•
quizzes, surveys, self tests, and questions that were:
•
exported from a CE 6 or Vista 3.x or later course
•
created using the Content Interoperability Specification (CIS)
The CIS implements the IMS Content Packaging and the IMS Question and Test Interoperability
specifications. For more information, see the appropriate version of the Content Interoperability
Specification.
Imported quizzes, surveys, and self tests are added to the Assessments tool. Imported questions are added
to the Question Database tool.
After a quiz, survey, or self test is imported, you can create links to it on content folders in the Course
Content tool and in learning modules. After questions are imported, you can add them to quizzes, surveys,
and self tests.
1. On the course menu, under Designer Tools, click Manage Course.
2. Click Import.
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3. Locate and select the zip file you want to import. For more information, see Navigating with Content
Browser.
4. After the content package finishes importing, if you want to view a log that contains details about the
import process:
a. Click View Import Log.
b. When you are finished viewing the import log, click Close.
5. Click Return.
6. To go to an imported quiz, survey, or self test:
a. Click Assessments.
b. Locate the assessment and click its title.
7. To go to the questions, click Go to Question Database.
If you imported questions that are in a category that did not exist in the Question Database tool, the
category is created and the questions are added to it. If you imported questions that were exported
from a CE 4.x course and the questions were in a Default category that was automatically created, the
questions are added to the Uncategorized Questions category. If you imported questions created using
the CIS and a category is not specified for the questions, the questions are added to the Uncategorized
Questions category.
8. Review and, if necessary, edit the assessment properties. Properties define how an assessment will be
delivered to Students and how results will be released to Students. For more information, see Editing
Quiz Properties, Editing Survey Properties, or Edit Self Test Properties.
IMPORTANT: If you imported an assessment or a question that has the same title as an assessment or
question that already exists in the Blackboard Learning System, before you can edit its
properties, you must edit the title and make it unique.
If you imported all quizzes, surveys, and questions that were exported from a CE 4.x course, a file called
Content Import Log was created when the content was imported. This file describes what happened to the
content after it was imported and where you can find it in this version. For more information, see Viewing
the Content Import Log.
Editing Assessment Properties
For Section Instructors
You can:
•
edit quiz properties.
•
edit self test properties.
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•
edit survey properties.
Managing Submissions
NOTE:
The feature for saving quiz submissions to a portfolio is available only to institutions using
Blackboard Portfolio™.
For Section Instructors
After Students submit their assessment answers, you can view and grade their submissions from
Assessment Manager. You have two options for grading submissions: grade by Student or grade by
question. To help Students improve their performance, you can provide comments about each question or
about their submission in general.
You can also save Student quiz submissions to a portfolio. This allows you to present quiz submissions in
a portfolio as a sample of Student course work.
Navigating Submissions
From any tab in the Assessment Manager, select the assessment from the View by drop-down list and
click the Go icon.
Viewing Submissions from the Assessment Manager
NOTE:
This feature is available only for quizzes and surveys.
Assessments are graded automatically unless the assessment contains paragraph questions. Section
Instructors must grade the paragraph questions manually.
1. From the Assessment Manager screen, click the tab relevant to the submissions you want to see:
•
The Graded tab lists all Students with completely graded submissions.
•
The Not Graded tab lists all Students with submissions that have not been completely graded.
Partially graded assessments containing a paragraph questions are listed here.
•
The Not Submitted tab lists all Students who have not yet submitted an assessment.
•
The All tab lists all graded, partially graded, and unsubmitted assessments.
2. Locate the assessment for which you want to view submissions and click its ActionLinks icon.
3. Click View Submissions.
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IMPORTANT: •
The grade appears in the Grade column. If a grade was changed, the old grade
appears in parentheses appears next to the current grade.
EXAMPLE:
•
A grade shown as 8 (10) indicates a current grade of 8 for the
attempt.
If you have chosen to display the average grade of all attempts on the Edit
Assessment Properties screen, only fully graded attempts are used to calculate the
average grade, as displayed in the Grade column.
Navigating Multiple Pages
If there are enough items to appear on multiple pages, paging controls appear at the bottom of the screen
and you can use them to navigate from one page to another. You have options to go to a specific page, go
to the next page, or return to the previous page. If there are no items on the page or if there are not enough
items to appear on multiple pages, you cannot use paging controls.
You can also use the Paging Preferences feature to set the number of items to appear on each page. The
default is ten and the maximum is 9999 items per page, although it is recommended that you do not
exceed 999 items per page.
In Grade Book and Group Manager, this feature is available on multiple screens. When
you set the paging preference on a particular screen in these tools, it is applied as the
default on all the screens where this feature is available.
NOTE:
•
If there are enough items to appear on multiple pages, you can use the following options to navigate
those pages:
•
To select a specific page: From the Page drop-down list, select the page and click the Go icon.
NOTE:
•
You may see the page number followed by the number of records in parentheses.
For example, 1 (1-10) means that page 1 contains records 1 to 10.
•
To view all pages: From the Page drop-down list, select All and click the Go icon.
•
To go to the next page, click the Next Page icon.
•
To return to the previous page, click the Previous Page icon.
To set the number of items per page:
1. Click the Paging Preferences icon.
2. Enter the number of items to appear on each page and click OK.
About Grading Submissions
All Assessments will be automatically graded upon submission, except those containing paragraph
questions, which require manual grading.
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There are two ways to grade Students' submissions:
1. By student: for each student, all questions in an assessment are marked. You can think of this as the
traditional way of grading, one paper at a time.
2. By question: for each question in an assessment, all students are marked.
NOTE:
When you grade by question, you are able to grade without viewing Student names, if you
choose.
Grading by Student
Assessments, except those containing paragraph questions, are graded automatically after Students submit
their answers. If the assessment contains paragraph questions, you must evaluate and grade those
questions manually. You have the option of grading by Student, which allows you to grade the entire
assessment from each Student.
1. From the Teach tab, click Assessment Manager.
2. Locate the Student whose assessment you want to grade.
3. Under Attempt, click the submission.
4. In the Score text box, enter the grade.
5. In the Comments for student text box, enter comments.
6. Click Update Grade.
Grading by Question
Assessments, except those containing paragraph questions, are graded automatically after Students submit
their answers. If the assessment contains paragraph questions, you must evaluate and grade those
questions manually. You have the option of grading by question, which allows you to grade the same
question from each Student at a time.
1. From the Teach tab, click Assessment Manager.
2. From the Not Graded tab, click the name of the assessment you want to grade.
3. Locate the question and click its ActionLinks icon.
4. Click Grade all attempts of this question.
5. If you want to hide names while you grade the question, click Hide Names. This replaces Student
names with numbers. For example, Student 0001.
6. Under Attempt, click the submission.
7. In the Score text box, enter the grade.
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8. In the Comments for student text box, enter comments.
9. Depending on whether you are viewing the last attempt for this question or not, you have the
following options:
•
•
If this is the last attempt for this question, do one of the following:
•
To save and view the member list, click Save and View Next Attempt.
•
To view the member list without saving, click View Member List.
•
To exit without saving, click Done.
If there are more attempts for this question, do one of the following:
•
To save and view the next, click Save and View Next Attempt.
•
To view the next attempt without saving, click View Next Attempt.
•
To view the Member List without saving, click View Member List.
•
To exit without saving, click Done.
Editing Grades
if necessary, you can modify the grade of an assessment submitted by a Student. You can also edit the
score for individual questions. For more information, see Editing Scores of Individual Questions.
IMPORTANT: Modifying the grade of an entire assessment will override the scores given to individual
questions.
1. From the Graded tab, click the name of the assessment for which you want to edit grades.
2. Under Grade, click the grade you want to edit.
3. In the Grade text box, enter the new grade.
4. In the Audit log comments text box, enter comments.
5. Click Save. The original grade appears in parentheses next to the new grade.
Editing Scores of Individual Questions
When you edit the score for individual questions, Students can see the specific questions for which you
have adjusted their grade. You can also edit the overall grade of an assessment. For more information, see
Editing Overall Grades for Attempts.
1. From the View Attempt screen, locate the question and enter the new score in the Override Score text
box.
2. Click Update Grade.
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Adding Comments to Questions
You can provide Students with comments on their responses to questions.
1. From the View Attempt screen, locate the question and enter your comments.
2. Click Update Grade.
Adding General Comments to Attempts
To provide Students with feedback on their overall performance for an attempt, you can add general
comments.
1. From the View Attempt screen, scroll to Total score at the bottom of the screen.
2. In the Comments for Student text box, enter your general comments.
3. Click Update Grade.
Resetting Grades
Resetting a quiz grade allows you to give Students the opportunity to take the quiz again. For example, if
a Student experienced a technical problem that prevented them from finishing the quiz before the allotted
time expired, you could reset the submission and re-release the quiz to the Student.
IMPORTANT: If the Student has submitted multiple attempts, resetting the entire submission as described
in the steps below deletes all attempts. You can also reset individual attempts. For more
information, see Resetting Attempts.
1. From the Graded tab, Not Submitted tab, or All tab, locate the submission for which you want to reset
the grade and click its Expand icon.
2. Select the submission for which you want to reset the grade and click Reset Entire Submission.
3. Click OK.
Saving Quiz Submissions to Portfolios
The feature for saving quiz submissions to a portfolio is available only to institutions using Blackboard
Portfolio™.
You can create course artifacts of graded quiz submissions and save them to a portfolio. A course artifact
is a file version of graded material that you can present as a sample of completed course work. A course
artifact contains all the components and formatting of the original item.
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NOTE:
•
You can only create artifacts from quiz attempts for which scores have been released.
•
Depending on administrator and quiz settings, this functionality may not be available.
1. From the Graded or All tab on the Assessment Manager screen, click the name of the quiz that has
submission you want to save to a portfolio.
2. Locate the submission attempt and click it's ActionLinks icon.
3. Click Save to Portfolio. A preview of your artifact appears.
4. Click Save to Portfolio.
5. Next to My Portfolios navigate to the portfolio location where you want to save the artifact.
NOTE:
You can save artifacts to other locations. For more information, see Navigating with
Content Browser.
6. If you want to edit the default file name for the artifact, edit the name in the Save as text box.
7. Click OK.
Managing Attempts
For Section Instructors
With the Assessment Manager tool, you can:
•
view attempts.
•
view the attempts access log.
•
submit attempts in progress.
•
edit overall grades for attempts.
•
reset attempts.
Viewing Attempts
1. From the Assessment Manager, you can view assessment attempts from different tabs, depending on
whether the attempt has been graded or not:
•
If the attempt you want to view has been graded, click the Graded tab.
•
If the attempt you want to view has not been graded, click the Not Graded tab.
•
If you want to view ungraded and graded submissions, click the All tab.
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2. Next to the name of the assessment whose attempts you want to view, click the Expand/Collape icon.
3. Under Attempt, locate and click the attempt you want to view.
Viewing the Access Log
The access log provides information on what time Students began and finished their assessments, how
much time the Students spent on each question, and total time spent on the assessment. An access log is
available only if a student has submitted an assessment.
1. From the Assessment Manager, click the Graded, Not Graded, or All tab.
2. Locate and click the assessment for which you want to view the access log.
3. Locate the Student whose access log you want to view and click the time.
Forcing the Submission of Attempts
If you view an attempt while the Student is still taking the assessment, you can submit the attempt for the
Student.
1. From the View Attempt screen, click Force Submission.
2. Click OK.
NOTE:
The Student will receive an error message when they attempt to save any further
answers.
Editing Overall Grades for Attempts
When you edit the grade of an attempt, Students can see that their overall assessment grade has been
adjusted. You can also edit the score for individual questions. For more information, see Editing Scores of
Individual Questions.
1. From the View Attempt screen, in the Adjust total score by text box, enter the number of points by
which you want to increase or decrease the grade.
EXAMPLE:
If you want to decrease the attempt grade by 5 points, in the Adjust total score by text
box, enter -5.
2. Click Update Grade.
Resetting Attempts
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You can give Students the opportunity to re-submit their answers for an assessment after they have
already submitted it. For example, if a Student experienced a technical problem that prevented them from
finishing the assessment before the allotted time expired, you can reset the attempt. You can also reset all
attempts at once. For more information, see Resetting Grades.
WARNING:
If you already assigned a grade for the previous attempt, that grade will be deleted after
you reset the attempt. No record of the original grade is kept.
1. From the View Attempt screen, click Reset Attempt.
2. Click OK.
Working with Assessment Reports
For Section Instructors
Assessment reports display information about Student performance on a quiz or survey. The following
table describes the reports that you view.
Report
Description
Overall Statistics
There are two views available:
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If you View by Student, the report shows Students' answers and scores
for the quiz or survey.
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If you View by Question, the report shows question statistics, such as
the mean and median score for each question. You can compare
Students' scores based on columns in Grade Book.
For detailed information, see About the Overall Statistics Report.
Comparison Statistics
There are two views available:
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If you View by Summary, the report shows the mean score for every
Student.
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If you View by Item, the report shows class performance on every
question in a quiz.
For detailed information, see About the Comparison Statistics Report.
Question Statistics
Shows statistics, such as the frequency distribution of each answer, for an
individual question. For more information, see About the Question Statistics
Report.
You can:
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view reports.
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view and print all question statistics.
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show all records.
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query records.
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download records.
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hide or show columns.
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sort columns.
About the Overall Statistics Report
If you View by Student, the Overall Statistics report for quizzes shows the following information for each
Student:
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last, first, and user name
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grade for the quiz or survey
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number of attempts at the quiz or survey
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score for the quiz or survey
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answer for each question
Overall Statistics reports for surveys are anonymous and show only Students' answers for each question.
If you View by Question, the Overall Statistics report shows the following information for each question:
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title
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N: Number of Students who answered the question.
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Percent Answering Correctly:
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Whole Group: Percentage of Students who answered the question correctly.
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Upper 25%: Percentage of Students whose score is in the upper 25% of the class.
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Lower 25%: Percentage of Students whose score is in the lower 25% of the class.
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Discrimination: Indication of how well the question distinguishes between Students who have a high
score and those who have a low score. The discrimination is between 1 and -1. A negative number
indicates that the lower-scoring Students performed better on this question than the high-scoring
Students.
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Mean: Average score for a question.
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Median: Middle score for a question. If there is an even number of scores, the median is the average
of the two middle scores.
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Standard Deviation: Average of the amount that the results deviate from the average score.
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NOTE:
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Only answers that have been fully graded are included in the statistics. Partially graded
paragraph questions in quizzes are not included in the statistics.
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You cannot view assessment reports for surveys if the surveys had submissions and
were restored or created by using an earlier version of this product.
For information about viewing the Overall Statistics report, see Viewing Assessment Reports.
About the Comparison Statistics Report
If you View by Summary, the Comparison Statistics report shows the following information for each quiz
or survey:
•
N: Number of Students who answered the question.
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Mean: Average score for a question.
•
Median: Middle score for a question. If there is an even number of scores, the median is the average
of the two middle scores.
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Standard Deviation: Average of the amount that the results deviate from the average score.
Comparison reports for surveys are anonymous and show only Students' answers.
If you View by Item, the Comparison Statistics report shows the following information for each question:
•
title
•
N: Number of Students who answered the question.
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Percent Answering Correctly and Class Performance:
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Whole Group: Percentage of Students who answered the question correctly.
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Upper 25%: Percentage of Students whose score is in the upper 25% of the class.
•
Lower 25%: Percentage of Students whose score is in the lower 25% of the class.
•
Discrimination: Indication of how well the question distinguishes between Students who have a high
score and those who have a low score. The discrimination is between 1 and -1. A negative number
indicates that the lower-scoring Students performed better on this question than the high-scoring
Students.
•
Mean: Average score for a question.
•
Median: Middle score for a question. If there is an even number of scores, the median is the average
of the two middle scores.
•
Standard Deviation: Average of the amount that the results deviate from the average score.
NOTE:
•
Only answers that have been fully graded are included in the statistics. Partially graded
paragraph questions in quizzes are not included in the statistics.
•
You cannot view assessment reports for surveys if the surveys had submissions and
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were restored or created by using an earlier version of this product.
For information about viewing the Comparison Statistics report, see Viewing Assessment Reports.
About the Question Statistics Report
The Question Statistics report shows the following information for each question:
•
answer
•
value assigned to each answer
•
frequency distribution of each answer. The percentage of Students who responded with that answer
appears in parentheses.
•
frequency distribution of each grade
•
N: number of Students who answered the question
•
Percent Answering Correctly:
•
Whole Group: percentage of Students who answered the question correctly
•
Upper 25%: percentage of Students whose score is in the upper 25% of the class
•
Lower 25%: percentage of Students whose score is in the lower 25% of the class
•
Discrimination: Indication of how well the question distinguishes between Students who have a high
score and those who have a low score. The discrimination is between 1 and -1. A negative number
indicates that the lower-scoring Students performed better on this question than the high-scoring
Students
•
Mean: average score for a question
•
Median: middle score for a question. If there is an even number of scores, the median is the average
of the two middle scores.
•
Standard Deviation: average of the amount that the results deviate from the average score
NOTE:
•
Only answers that have been fully graded are included in the statistics. Partially graded
paragraph questions in quizzes are not included in the statistics.
•
You cannot view assessment reports for surveys if the surveys had submissions and
were restored or created by using an earlier version of this product.
For information about viewing the Question Statistics report, see Viewing Assessment Reports.
Viewing Assessment Reports
You can view the following reports for quizzes and surveys:
•
Overall Statistics
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Comparison Statistics
•
Question Statistics
For more information about these reports, see Working with Assessment Reports.
NOTE:
You cannot view assessment reports for surveys if the surveys had submissions and were
restored or created by using an earlier version of this product.
1. From the Teach tab, locate the assessment and click its ActionLinks icon.
2. Click View Reports.
3. Select a report type. If you want to view the Question Statistics report for an individual question,
select Overall Statistics.
4. If you selected Comparison Statistics and want to compare Students' scores based on a column in
Grade Book, select a Grade Book column.
5. Click Run Report.
6. If you want to view the Question Statistics report for an individual question:
a. Locate the question for which you want to view statistics and click its ActionLinks icon.
b. Click Statistics.
Viewing and Printing All Questions Statistics
You can view and print statistics for all questions in a quiz or survey.
1. From the Overall Statistics screen, click Printable Statistics View.
2. To print the statistics, click Print.
Showing All Records
From the Overall Statistics screen, click Show All Records.
Querying Records
1. From the Overall Statistics screen, click Query.
2. Under Show members whose, select the criteria for your query:
a. From the Column drop-down list, select the database column whose values you want to query.
b. From the Compares to drop-down list, select the condition to apply to your query:
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Contains specifies that the value in the selected column must contain the text that you enter.
•
Does not contain specifies that the value in the selected column can be anything but the exact
text that you enter.
•
Starts with specifies that the value in the selected column must begin with the text that you
enter.
•
Ends with specifies that the value in the selected column must end with the text that you
enter.
•
Equals specifies that the value in the selected column must match exactly with the text that
you enter.
•
Does not equal specifies that the value in the selected column can be anything but the exact
text that you enter.
•
Blank specifies that the value in the selected column must be blank.
•
Not blank specifies that the value in the selected column can be any value.
•
Greater than specifies that the value in the selected column must be greater than the text that
you enter, either alphabetically or numerically.
EXAMPLE:
•
Greater than or equal to specifies that the value in the selected column must be greater than
or equal to the text that you enter, either alphabetically or numerically.
EXAMPLE:
•
If, for Column you select Last name, for Compares to you select Greater than
or equal to, and for Value you enter be, records for users with last names
Beatty, Brown, Jones, and Smith will be retrieved. Users with last names
Anderson, and Barber will not be retrieved.
Less than specifies that the value in the selected column must be less than the text that you
enter, either alphabetically or numerically.
EXAMPLE:
•
If, for Column you select Last name, for Compares to you select Greater than,
and for Value you enter be, records for users with last names Brown, Jones,
and Smith will be retrieved. Users with last names Anderson, Barber, and
Beatty will not be retrieved.
If, for Column you select Last name, for Compares to you select Less than,
and for Value you enter be, records for users with last names Anderson and
Barber will be retrieved. Users with last names Beatty, Brown, Jones, and
Smith will not be retrieved.
Less than or equal to specifies that the value in the selected column must be less than or
equal to the text that you enter, either alphabetically or numerically.
EXAMPLE:
If, for Column you select Last name, for Compares to you select Less than or
equal to, and for Value you enter be, records for users with last names
Anderson, Barber, and Beatty will be retrieved. Users with last names Brown,
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Jones, and Smith will not be retrieved.
c. In the Value text box, enter the text on which to query. If, from the Compares to drop-down list,
you selected Blank or Not blank, leave the Value text box blank.
3. Select either Query all records or Query listed records.
4. Click Query.
Downloading Records
You can download records in Comma Separated Values (CSV) format for further analysis and for
planning purposes.
1. From the Overall Statistics or Comparison Statistics screen, click Download Records.
2. Save the file. The default file name is comparison_summary_statistics.csv.
Showing or Hiding Columns
1. From the Overall Statistics screen, click Manage Columns.
2. Do one of the following:
•
To show a column:
a. Locate the column and click Show Item.
b. Click OK.
•
To hide a column:
a. Locate the column and click Hide Item.
b. Click OK.
Sorting Columns
You can sort by the following columns in the Overall Statistics report:
•
Last name
•
First name
•
User name
•
Grade
Columns can be sorted in either ascending order (A to Z, or 1 to 9) or descending order (Z to A, or 9 to 1).
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TIP:
The column by which the report is currently sorted displays the Sort in ascending order or
Sort in descending order icon, in addition to the View ActionLinks for this Column icon.
NOTE:
Items remain in the specified sort order until you log out.
•
To sort items in ascending order:
1. From the Overall Statistics screen, locate the column that you want to sort by and click its title.
2. Click Sort Ascending.
•
To sort items in descending order:
1. From the Overall Statistics screen, locate the column that you want to sort by and click its title.
2. Click Sort Descending.
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