This training is designed to demonstrate how to use the Blackboard “Tests” tools in order to test students either as part of Summative Assessment or as a Formative exercise to enhance learning.

Blackboard views a “Test” as a list of questions, all of which students answer. These can then be marked either by a member of staff or automatically, depending on the question types used in the test. The activities can be used to provide different levels of feedback to students to ensure that students can learn throughout the course.

Training outline:

  1. Online self study module (covered here)
  2. Optional: Masterclass with a trainer
  3. Optional: Peer Support Via Yammer

Starting Point and Learning Outcomes

Before you start the training you should:

  • Have access to Blackboard and know how to enter a course.
  • Be enrolled on a Blackboard course which you can practice in or have a “sandpit” which you can work in (activate yours using these instructions: Blackboard Staff: Activate a playground space).
  • Be able to use basic text editing within Blackboard

By the end of this training, you should:

  • Be able to create assessments in Blackboard using the “Tests” tool.
  • Know how to create tests using question pools to reduce opportunities for learners to share answers prior to submission.
  • Know how to add feedback to test questions.

Post Training Support Workshop & Yammer Group

After you have finished this self led training module (below), you will be eligible to attend one of our Post Training Support Workshops on Blackboard Assessments.

Tickets are limited, and you should not book until you have completed the training. Details and booking can be found here:

14/07/20 11am – 12

The FBMH eLearning Team have set up a technical peer support Yammer group to engage the teaching community in peer help and sharing best practice. Join the group by logging onto yammer and clicking here

Before you start building tests

Before you start building tests in Blackboard, we advise that:

  • you write your questions with feedback into a fully spell checked text document (for example in Notepad or Textedit) and save as a .txt file. This will ensure that no unexpected formatting appears within the Blackboard system which might inadvertently reveal answers.
  • you create useful and informative feedback for students; to learn more about the learning value of good feedback, we found this video for you:

Once you are ready to start learning more about constructing Blackboard tests, move to the next page.