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.

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

For help with advice on the test user, come and ask someone on our chat service between 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm daily.

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.

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