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Blackboard Tip: Use Adaptive Release to Grant a Deadline Exception

Here’s a neat trick for allowing just one student to re-take or take an exam late. Even better than it just being “neat,” I find it easier than using the exceptions area on Blackboard tests.

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Blackboard Tip: Build Tests from Pools

You can reuse questions from previous tests and pools to create new Blackboard Learn tests. Here’s how.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Get Test Data from the ‘Access Log’

Here’s a simple way to get test-taker information, including the “save times” for individual questions.

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Blackboard Tip: How to Export and Import Tests

Blackboard’s additive approach to moving content between courses is a little different from ANGEL’s and, honestly, sometimes it’s a pain. But sometimes, it actually really comes in handy, and I’ve come to enjoy being able to export and import single

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Blackboard Tests: Resource Roundup

This week, we’re holding three workshops for hands-on help with tests, surveys and pools in Blackboard. Here’s a roundup of blog posts covering the test-related topics we getting questions about.

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Blackboard Q&A: What’s the difference between question sets, random blocks and pools?

Many MCC online courses now have tests in question sets, a product of the ANGEL-to-Blackboard migration. Question sets are not the same as random blocks, however, and we’ve had some issues with them, including not being able to export tests

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Write and Edit Tests

The Blackboard testing tool provides a wide range of assessment options for instructors. Here’s an overview on how to edit questions and build tests from scratch.

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Blackboard Tip: Set Test Review Options

Want students to see how they did on a test? If so, you’ll need to review your review settings.

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Blackboard Q&A: What is ‘force completion’?

The Blackboard test setting to turn on “force completion” only allows a student one entry into a test. That’s different than allowing one “try” — force completion means that a student must complete a test after opening it (in the

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Blackboard Tip: How to Use Surveys

Surveys are ungraded assessments that you can use to poll your students. They are very similar in Blackboard to tests, including sending results to the grade center, but can’t be given a point value.

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Blackboard Q&A: Why is an auto-graded test in my ‘needs grading’?

You may have noticed an auto-graded test in your needs-grading queue. Odds are, it’s just there because it was submitted late.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Avoid ‘Prohibit Backtracking’ on Test Options (UPDATED)

Tests with the “prohibit backtracking” option selected may cause students to encounter an error and lose their work. Instructors should not enable “prohibit backtracking,” or turn it off if it’s already enabled.

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Blackboard Tip: Change Quiz Point Values

A couple of instructors have reported that students have shown test grades that are too low — they see via the review settings that they got all the questions right but one, say, but their My Grades view shows an F.

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Blackboard Tip: How to Grant Extended Time for Quizzes

To grant extended time for assessments in ANGEL, instructors had to have a second version of the test/quiz/exam and a DSS team set up. No more in Blackboard! This process will actually be much easier to set up. Here’s how

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