Top 10 Blackboard Test Tips
Tip #1: Use a “Converter” to Import Your Questions from Word
Read Importing Test Questions from a Word File on the UVM Knowledge Base to learn more.
Tip #2: Get Creative with Question Types
- With a Hot Spot question, you insert an image (such as a diagram, a graph, a chart, a picture) and ask students to click on the area on the image that corresponds to the correct answer.
- Matching questions can ask students to match theorists with theories, terms with definitions, causes with effects, or scenarios with best responses.
- Ordering questions help evaluate students’ understanding of sequenced information. This could be placing events on a timeline, choosing the steps of an experiment, or sequencing the necessary conceptual information for solving a calculation.
Tip #3: Build Your Test so Each Student has a Different Version
- If the order of your test questions doesn’t matter, you can shuffle them by choosing “Randomize Questions” on the Test Options page.
- If the order of your multiple choice answers doesn’t matter, you can choose to randomize them at the question level.
But using Question Sets is the most powerful method.
Question Sets are a feature in the Test Tool that allow you to select sets of questions from which you can pull out a randomly-selected, smaller subset that will be different for each individual student’s test. In addition, you can use criteria (such as questions affiliated with particular book chapters or questions tagged with difficulty levels or question types) to break the test into thematic segments. See Blackboard’s page on using Question Sets.
Tip #4: More Strategies to Encourage Academic Honesty
Tip #5: Know Your (Test) Options
This page shows the Blackboard test options with CTL recommendations including the place to grant extra time or other exceptions.
Tip #6: Share Blackboard Test-taking Tips with Students
Tip #7: Troubleshoot When a Student has a Tech Problem with a Test
- A student needs extra time—or other exceptions—for a test
- Students are disconnected from a test and can’t get back in
- A student’s test is still “in progress” when the period is over
- A test question needs to be edited after students have taken the test
- You need to see how a student has interacted with the test by looking at the access log
Tip #8: Tricks for Grading and Giving Feedback
- If you have a test—or even one question on a test—that is not automatically graded, but requires manual grading, you can choose to
- Grade it by question: You can grade all the students’ responses to a single question before moving on to the next question. To find this option in the Grade Center click the menu button in the header of the Test column and choose “Grade by Question.”
- Grade anonymously: To find this option in the Grade Center click the menu button in the header of the Test column and choose “Grade with User Names Hidden.”
- If there is particular feedback that you’re apt give to students for a wrong (or right) answer you can automate this by entering that feedback when building the question itself. This only works with the automatically-graded question types. This is especially useful when giving quizzes designed to gauge and reinforce students’ understanding of foundational concepts.