Blackboard™ Assessments & Grades

Blackboard allows you to create tests, quizzes, assignments and surveys to facilitate high-stakes assessment or simply to provide students with guided practice.

The Grade Center gives you a secure online environment in which to manage student grades.

Test and Pools

Create Tests in Blackboard
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Tests.
  2. Click Build Test.
  3. Enter a Name and optional Description and Instructions.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Click Question Settings to set a default point value for questions and/or set other options. Note: If your test includes images, check the appropriate options in section 2 to allow for image upload.
  6. Click Create Question and select a question type.
  7. Create the question (see the Question Types section of this page for details on creating different kinds of questions).
  8. Click Submit.
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 to add more questions.
  10. Click OK. The test is added to the list on the Tests page and is ready to deploy in a Content Area.

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Create Tests in Respondus

Click here for step-by-step instructions on creating tests in Respondus.

Deploy in Content Area

You must deploy a Test in a Content Area for students to access it.

  1. Go to the Content Area where you want to deploy the test.
  2. Click Assessments > Test.
  3. Under Add Test, select the desired test from the list.<
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Edit the Name and Description if desired.
  6. Set test Availability and Options (see Test Options entry for more information on these choices).
  7. Click Submit. A link to the test is created in the Content Area.
Edit Test Information
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests.
  2. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the name of the test and select Edit.
  3. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the name of the test at the top of the page and select Edit.
  4. Edit the Test Name, Description and/or Instructions as needed.
  5. Click Submit.
Edit Test Questions & Point Values
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests.
  2. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the name of the test and select Edit.
  3. Edit a question: Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu to the right of the question and select Edit.
  4. Change point value: Click a question's current point value. In the pop-up window, edit the points and click Submit.
  5. Rearrange questions: Click on the double-headed arrow to the left of a question and drag it to a new position.
  6. Click OK when you are done editing questions.
Enable Resondus LockDown Browser

If you are giving a secure test to be taken only in an ACC Testing Center or other approved testing location, you need to enable Respondus LockDown Browser for that test.

  1. Go to Control Panel > Respondus LockDown Browser.
  2. Click Respondus button next to the test name and click "Modify Settings."
  3. Select "Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this test."
  4. Do not enter your own password. Respondus will automatically generate a password that is populated when students access the test in an ACC Testing Center.
    Note: The password can be retrieved if you need to provide it to a proctor for distance testing.
    Note: By default, students will be able to exit the exam before submitting it, and they will be prompted to provide a reason for leaving the test. If you do not want students to be able to exit the test without submitting it, select Lock students into the browser until exam is completed under Advanced Settings.
  5. Click Save and Close.
  6. "Required" now displays under LockDown Browser Settings for that test.
Export/Import Tests

To Export

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests.
  2. Click on the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the name of the test and select Export.
  3. Click OK in the pop-up window to save the file.

To Import

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests.
  2. Click Import Test.
  3. Browse My Computer to locate and select the test file.
  4. Click Submit. The imported test will appear in Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests.

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Include Images in Questions/ Answers
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Tests.
  2. Choose to edit an existing test or click Build Test.
  3. If new test, enter a Name, optional Description and Instructions, then click Submit.
  4. Click Question Settings
  5. In Section 2, check the boxes to allow adding images, files, and external links to questions and/or answers.
  6. Click Submit.
Question Pool
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Pools.
  2. Click Build Pool.
  3. Complete the Pool Information page and click Submit.
  4. You can Upload Questions, Create Questions, or Find Questions in other tests, surveys, and pools (see the Question Types section of this page for details on creating different kinds of questions).
  5. Click OK to return to the Pools page.

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Test Options

Adjust Test Options to determine the test-taking environment. These options appear when you deploy a test in a Content Area, or by clicking the action button next to a test that has already been deployed and selecting "Edit the Test Options."

  1. Multiple Attempts: Specify the number of times students can attempt the test.
  2. Force Completion: If enabled, the test must be completed in one sitting. Students cannot close and reopen the test.
  3. Set Timer: Specify the amount of time students have to complete the test (optional). If you set a timer, turn Auto-Submit on or off. If enabled, the test automatically submits when time expires; if not, students can complete the test, and a note is added that the time limit was exceeded.
  4. Set date/time restrictions if desired.
  5. Do not set a Password. If you have enabled Respondus LockDown Browers, a password is automatically generated and should not be edited.
  6. Test Exceptions: Create exceptions for individuals or groups of students who may require testing accommodations. Click Add User or Group > in the new window, check the box next to the user(s) or group(s) to whom the exception will apply > click Submit. Possible exceptions include adjusting the number of attempts, allotted time, window of availability, or disabling force completion for selected user(s).
  7. Test Results and Feedback: By default, students see only their score after submitting the test. You can show students additional feedback and determine when it will be visible. Set up to 2 rules. Options include when students can see results/feedback as well as what level of feedback they will see (score, submitted answers, correct answers, flagged incorrect answers, and/or question feedback).
  8. Click Submit.

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Question Types

Calculated Formula
A Calculated Formula question contains a formula with variables that change for each user.
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Calculated Formula.
  2. Enter Question Text. The question must contain at least 1 variable. When students view it, the variable is replaced with a value randomly selected from a range you specify.
  3. Enter the Answer Formula that determines if the student's answer is correct.
  4. Enter the Answer Range. If it must be exact, enter zero (0).
  5. Click Next.
  6. For each variable, enter the Minimum and Maximum Value.
  7. Set Answer Set Options.
  8. Click Calculate to generate the Answer Sets. You can edit any of the values and recalculate the Answer Sets.
  9. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  10. Click Submit.

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Calculated Numeric
A Calculated Numeric question is any question that requires a numeric answer (not necessarily a mathematical formula).
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Calculated Numeric.
  2. Enter Question Text.
  3. Enter the Correct Answer (specific number, or enter a range of numbers).
  4. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  5. Click Submit.

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Essay
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Essay.
  2. Enter Question Text and assign a Point Value.
  3. Enter a sample answer for users to view with the question (optional).
  4. Associate a rubric by clicking Add Rubric (optional).
  5. Click Submit.

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Existing Questions

You can reuse questions that already exist in other Pools or Tests.

  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Reuse Question > Find Questions.
  2. Search for question(s) by keyword or by specifying criteria such as the Pool(s), Test(s) and/or question type(s).
  3. Search results display in the middle of the page. Check the box next to any question(s) you would like to include in the current test.
  4. Click Submit. The selected questions are added to the Test Canvas.

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Fill in the Blank
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Fill in the Blank.
  2. Enter Question Text.
  3. In the Answer 1 box, enter the correct answer. Blackboard will only consider an exact match correct. To include multiple correct answers (including an option for a common misspelling, for instance), open the Number of Answers menu and select the appropriate number.
  4. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  5. Click Submit.

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Hot Spot

Hot Spot questions require students to identify a specified area in an image. If students click within this range, the answer is recorded as correct.

  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Hot Spot.
  2. Enter Question Text, which should tell the student what area of the image to click on.
  3. Click Browse My Computer to select an image file.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click and drag the mouse over an area in the image to specify the hot spot area for the correct answer. Start with the upper left corner of the rectangle and drag down to the lower right. Click Clear start again.
  6. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  7. Click Submit.

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Matching
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Matching.
  2. Enter Question Text.
  3. Select options for question layout and partial credit.
  4. Select the Number of Questions and enter text for each question. The number of questions and answers may be different.
  5. Select the Number of Answers and enter text for each answer.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Match each Question with the correct Answer.
  8. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  9. Click Submit.

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Multiple Answer
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Multiple Answer.
  2. Enter the Question Text.
  3. The default number of choices is 4. For fewer choices, click Remove next to an Answer choice box. For more choices, open the Number of Answers menu and select the appropriate number (at least 2, no more than 20).
  4. Enter an Answer choice in each box.
  5. Click the button next to all correct Answer choices.
  6. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  7. Click Submit.

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Multiple Choice
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Multiple Choice.
  2. Enter the Question Text.
  3. The default number of choices is 4. For fewer choices, click Remove next to an Answer choice box. For more choices, open the Number of Answers menu and select the appropriate number (at least 2, no more than 20).
  4. Enter an Answer choice in each box.
  5. Click the button next to the correct Answer choice (only one may be selected).
  6. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  7. Click Submit.

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Ordering
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Ordering.
  2. Enter the Question Text.
  3. Select the number of answer items and enter the answers in their correct order. The default number of choices is 4. For fewer choices, click Remove next to an Answer choice box. For more choices, open the Number of Answers menu and select the appropriate number (at least 2, no more than 20).
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click and drag answers to shuffle them and set the order in which answer items will display in the test.
  6. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  7. Click Submit.

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Random Question Blocks
If you have Question Pools created, you can set up a test to pull random blocks of questions from the Pool(s).
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Reuse Question > Create Random Block.
  2. Set search criteria, including which Pools and/or question types should be included in the random block.
  3. Edit your criteria as needed to establish the desired pool of questions from which the random block should be drawn.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Click the "Number of Questions to display" box to edit the number of questions in the random block.
  6. Click the "Points per question" box to edit the point value for each question.

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Short Answer
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > Short Answer.
  2. Enter Question Text.
  3. Determine the Number of Rows to Display in the Answer Field by selecting a number from the drop-down list (the number of rows is meant as a guideline and does not impose an absolute limit on answer length).
  4. Enter an example of a correct answer in the Answer Text field (optional).
  5. Associate a rubric by clicking Add Rubric (optional).
  6. Click Submit.

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True/False
  1. On the Test Canvas page, click Create Question > True/False.
  2. Enter Question Text (a statement that users will mark either true or false).
  3. Select the correct answer.
  4. Enter Correct and Incorrect Response Feedback if desired.
  5. Click Submit.

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Rubrics

Associate Rubrics with Gradable Items
You have the option to associate Rubrics when you create a graded item (e.g. Assignment, Blog, Wiki). You can also associate a Rubric later by going to Full Grade Center > clicking the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu in the header of the column with which you want to associate the rubric and selecting Edit Column Information.
  1. In the Associated Rubrics section, click Add Rubric and choose to select an existing Rubric or create a new one:
    • Select Rubric associates a rubric that has already been created.
    • Create New Rubric opens a pop-up window to create a new associated rubric.
    • Create From Existing uses a previously created rubric as a template for a new associated rubric.
  2. When associating a points-based rubric, the option to use the rubric's points value as the Points Possible will be available after clicking Submit on the rubric creation or selection page.
  3. Click Submit.

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Create Rubrics
  1. Go to Course Tools > Rubrics > Create Rubric.
  2. Enter a Name for the rubric.
  3. Type a description of the rubric to make it easier to associate it to relevant assignments.
  4. Edit the rubric column for category by clicking the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu and selecting Edit.
  5. Alter the weight of the category by clicking in the text box to change the number.
  6. Edit the criterion levels titles by clicking the action button and selecting Edit.
  7. Click in the text box to enter details into each category or criteria.
  8. Click Submit.

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Grade with Rubrics

If you have associated a Rubric with a graded item, follow these steps to grade with the Rubric:

  1. Access the item to be graded through the Grade Center or the Needs Grading page.
  2. On the grading page, the rubric will display in the grading panel on the right side of the screen.
  3. In Grid View, click a cell to apply that point value to the grade. If a rubric with point ranges has been used, select the desired value from the drop-down list.
  4. Optionally, type Feedback to the student in the text box that appears when a cell is selected.
  5. If desired select List View, and select a radio button for each criterion to apply that point value to the grade. You can select options to give or show feedback and descriptions.
  6. A running Raw Total score will be displayed as point selections are made (displays the score rounded to two decimal places).
  7. You can type in a score to override the selected score, and enter overall Feedback.
  8. When grading is complete, click Save to save the score and feedback and return to the attempt or Exit to leave the rubric without saving.
  9. Click Save and Next to use another associated rubric for evaluation.

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Surveys

Create Surveys
  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools > Surveys.
  2. Click Build Survey.
  3. Enter a Name and optional Description and Instructions.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Click Question Settings to set options. Note: If your survey includes images, check the appropriate options in section 1 to allow for image upload.
  6. Click Create Question and select a question type.
  7. Create the question (see Question Types on this page for entries on creating different kinds of test/survey questions).
  8. Click Submit.
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 to add more questions.
  10. Click OK. The survey is added to the list on the Surveys page and is ready to deploy in a Content Area.
Deploy in Content Area

You must deploy a Survey in a Content Area for students to access it.

  1. Go to the Content Area where you want to deploy the survey.
  2. Click Assessments > Survey.
  3. Under Add Survey, select the desired test from the list.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Edit the Name and Description if desired.
  6. Set Availability and Options.
  7. Click Submit. A link to the survey is created in the Content Area.
Export/Import Surveys from Another Course

To Export:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Surveys.
  2. Click on the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu next to the name of the survey and select Export.
  3. Click OK in the pop-up window to save the file.

To Import:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Survey.
  2. Click Import Survey.
  3. Browse My Computer to locate and select the survey file.
  4. Click Submit. The imported survey will appear in Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Surveys.

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Likert Scale Questions
  1. On the Survey Canvas page, click Create Question > Opinion Scale/Likert.
  2. Enter the Question Text.
  3. The default number of answer choices is 6. For fewer choices, click Remove next to an Answer choice box. For more choices, open the Number of Answers menu and select the appropriate number.
  4. To change the default answers, or to add answers to match the number of responses, type an Answer in each field.
  5. Click Submit.

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Review Survey Results
  1. Go to Control Panel > Full Grade Center.
  2. Select survey column context menu to open Attempts Statistics.
  3. Test Statistics window will open so statistics may be opened.

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Assignments

Create
  1. Go to a Content Area > Assessments > Assignment.
  2. Enter a Name and Instructions for the assignment.
  3. A file can be added via the Assignment Files section.
  4. Set a due date (optional) to ensure this will appear on the student’s calendar.
  5. In the grading section, enter Points Possible.
  6. In the grading section, a Rubric can be associated by clicking Add Rubric and choosing to associate an existing rubric or create a new one.
  7. In the grading section, click on Submission Details to change assignment type (individual or group submission) and the number of allowed attempts. This is also the area to turn on SafeAssign, a tool that will check submissions for plagiarism.
  8. In the grading section, the Grading Options area has settings for Anonymous Grading and Delegated Grading.
  9. In the grading section, the Display of Grades area gives options for primary and secondary grade display. It also allows you to decide if this assignment should be included in Grade Center calculations.
  10. Check the check box to Make the Assignment Available.
  11. Set to Limit Availability using date/time restrictions as appropriate.
  12. Click Submit.
Clear Graded Assignment Files
After grading student work, you can clear their submitted files to save space in your course.
  1. In the Grade Center, locate the column for the assignment you want to download.
  2. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu in the column header and select Assignment File Cleanup.
  3. Select users to delete their files for that column. Click OK, and then OK in the confirmation pop- up box.
  4. The Delete Assignment Files window that opens up should show no students. If student names are showing their work was not removed.

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Download Assignments
  1. In the Grade Center, locate the column for the assignment you want to download.
  2. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu in the column header and select Assignment File Download.
  3. Select the student submissions to download, check the box in the header to choose all available submissions.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Click the "Download assignments now" link to download a zip file containing student submissions.
  6. In the pop-up window, choose to Open or Save File. You will need to extract the contents of the zip file to view student work.

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Grade Assignment

You can view and grade student submissions directly in your web browser, using annotation tools to provide comments, highlight text, draw illustrations directly on the document.

  1. Go to Control Panel > Grade Center > Needs Grading to see all assessments that have been submitted and are pending instructor review.
  2. Click on a student's name to grade a specific assignment, or click Grade All to grade all assessments on the page one at a time.

On the grading screen, you will find the following fields and options:

  1. Student information
  2. Annotation tools allow you to add comments, draw, highlight, add text, strikethrough.
  3. Student submission appears in the main area
  4. Click Hide User Names if you prefer to grade anonymously
  5. If you selected Grade All in the previous step, click the arrows to move to the previous or next assignment.
  6. Click the Pencil Icon to edit a grade or feedback.
  7. Enter Grade, Feedback (shown to students), and Grading Notes (private to instructor)
  8. Download the submitted file

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SafeAssignment

Safe Assignments are now integrated into regular assignments, see information under Create Assignments.

SafeAssign™ is a plagiarism prevention service offered through Blackboard. This service can help prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers.

Grade Center

Color Code Grade Center
You can color code your grade center to highlight grades with a certain status (e.g. pending grading) or grades that fall in a certain range (e.g. failing grades)
  1. In the Grade Center, click Manage > Grading Color Codes.
  2. Click Enable Grading Color Codes.
  3. Select color options for Grading Status and/or Grade Ranges to open the Color Swatch window.
  4. Select a swatch color and then click Enable
  5. Click Submit.

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Create Categories

Use Categories to label Grade Center items. Categories make it possible to create calculated columns that average all scores within a specified category and/or drop high/low score(s) within a category. There are nine default Categories that cannot be removed or edited. You can create additional Categories to reflect your grading schema.

  1. In the Grade Center Click Manage > select Categories > click Create Category > enter a Name and optional Description > Submit.
  2. Assign Categories to columns as you create them, Edit Column Information to add categories to an existing column.
Create Grade Columns

You only need to manually create columns for items submitted outside of Blackboard. Any time you create a graded item in Blackboard, a grade column is automatically created.

  1. In the Grade Center, click Create Column.
  2. Enter a Name and optional Description.
  3. Select a Primary Display (e.g. score, letter grade).
  4. Select a Secondary Display and/or Category if appropriate.
  5. Enter Points Possible. Note: For Letter Grades you must still enter Points Possible. Enter 100 points.
  6. Set remaining settings as needed.
  7. Click Submit.
Delete Grade Columns

You can delete manually created grade columns.

  1. In the Grade Center, locate the column for the test you want to grade.
  2. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu in the column header and select Delete Column. Note: If a column is tied to a graded Blackboard assignment, you will not see the option to Delete the column.
Download Grades to Excel
  1. In the Grade Center, click Work Offline > Download.
  2. Set to download the full grade center, or specify an individual column.
  3. Leave the other default options and click Submit.
  4. Click Download, then choose to Save or Open the Excel file.
  5. If you receive a warning stating the file is in a different format than specified by the file extension, click Yes to open the file.

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Edit Grade Column

To make changes to a column, click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu in a column header to open editing options, which include:

  • Edit Column Information: Change the column name, Category, Points Possible, etc.
  • Show/Hide to Users: Show/hide a column from students in their My Grades area.
  • Hide Column: Hide a column from the instructor’s grade center; this does not hide the column from students.
Grade Details (View Attempt, Enter Grade)
  1. In the Grade Center, locate the column for a graded assignment and click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu in the cell for a specific student. Select View Grade Details.
  2. To view the individual assignment/test, click View Attempt.
  3. From the Grade Assignment page, you can download any attached files, enter feedback for student, leave instructor notes, attach a file, and enter a grade for the current attempt.
  4. Submit to return to Grade Details.
  5. Click the right/left pointing arrows next to Users at the top of the Grade Details screen to jump to the next/previous student's attempt.
  6. Select Return to Grade Center when ready to go back to the main grade center.

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Grade Question by Question
  1. In the Grade Center, locate the column for the test you want to grade.
  2. Click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu in the column header and select Grade Questions.
  3. Decide whether to grade anonymously or not.
  4. Select the responses link specify a question to open the Grade Responses page.
  5. Select Edit button to edit the student's grade for that item.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Select Back to Questions.
  8. Click OK when grading is complete.

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Item Analysis

Item analysis is a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of test questions and overall test performance data to improve your tests. The test/exam must be deployed (i.e. available to students) and must have student responses.

View Item Analysis: There are three different ways to access the Item Analysis:

  1. Go to deployed test in a Content Area > click the action button next to the test name > select Item Analysis.
  2. Go to Control Panel > Tests, Surveys, and Pools > Tests > click the action button > select Item Analysis.
  3. Go to Grade Center Column > click the action button in the column header > select Item Analysis.

Run Item Analysis

  1. Open the Select Test dropdown menu > select a test > click Run > under Available Analysis, click the link for the test’s item analysis.
  2. The Item Analysis will display test summary, individual question data, and indicate with a red dot questions that may need review/edits.
  3. To edit questions that have been flagged by the item analysis, click on a question to open it for editing > make appropriate changes > click Submit and Update Attempts. You will receive a warning that submitted tests will be regraded in accordance with changes you have made. A green bar across top of page indicates success of regrading questions. Click OK to return to item analysis.
  4. Complete all test question changes in the same way. Run Item Analysis again to reflect change(s).

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Organize Grade Center
  1. In the Grade Center, click Manage > Column Organization.
  2. Columns can be sorted by ascending or descending order by clicking the action button in the column header.
  3. Rows can be reorganized by clicking and dragging the arrows to the left of the row name, or by using the reorder button (double arrows) in the right-hand corner.
  4. To Hide or Show rows in your view of the Grade center, check the box next to the row name(s) > click Show/Hide > select Show or Hide Selected Columns. Note: This only hides the column from the instructor's view of the grade center, not in the student's My Grades area.
  5. Click Submit when changes are complete.

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Reports
  1. Go to Grade Center > Reports > Create Report.
  2. Enter information to be included in the Header.
  3. Select the student(s) to include in the report and the User Information you want to display.
  4. Select the Columns to include in the report and the column information you want to display (column name and current grade display automatically, and these fields cannot be deleted).
  5. Select the footer information to include in the footer of the report.
  6. Click Preview to open the report in a new window.
  7. Click Submit. This will open a new browser window, and the Grade Center page will open.

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Reset Test/Quiz Attempt
  1. In the Grade Center, locate the column for the test/quiz and click the action button Action button that opens contextual editing menu in the cell for a specific student. Select View Grade Details.
  2. Click the "Clear Attempt" button to delete the initial attempt and allow the student to access the test/quiz again.
Create Smart Views
  1. In the Grade Center, click Manage > Smart Views > Create Smart View.
  2. Enter a Name and Description for the Smart View.
  3. Select the type of Smart View and set appropriate criteria:
    • Course Group: View one or more Course Groups.
    • Performance: View specific users based on their performance on a single item.
    • User: View individual users.
    • Category and Status: View items by their category and status.
    • Custom: Build a query based on user criteria.
  4. Click Submit.

Filter Grade Center Using a Smart View

  1. In the Grade Center, click Filter > Current View.
  2. Select a Smart View.
  3. The Smart View's columns appear in the grade center. Note: Once you create a filtered view, you can lock it and use it as the default view.

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Student Perfomance

Performance Dashboard
  1. Go to Control Panel > Evaluation > Performance Dashboard.
  2. Review the column headers. The columns display information about rules you have set, review status, early warning system notifications and student grades.

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Retention Center

The Retention Center displays retention data to assist you in the identification of at-risk students. You can accept the global default rules or customize retention rules to your own expectations.

  1. There are two ways to access the Retention Center: Open the Global Navigation Menu in the top right corner > click the Retention Center icon (up and down arrows) or, within a course site, go to Control Panel > Evaluation > Retention Center.
  2. The Retention Center is only available to faculty and displays summary and detailed information on students with one or more risk factors (Missed Deadlines, Grades Alert, Activity Alert and Access Alert)
  3. Click Customize to adjust existing rules and/or create new rules. You can set your own criteria to trigger warnings for each of the risk factors.
  4. Click Notify to send an email to the student regarding their performance. Details of student risk factors display in the main table.

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For Blackboard Support Issues, contact an Instructional Design Specialist, students go to Help Center or call (512) 223.4636. For faculty support go to Technical Support Services or call (512) 223.TECH (223.8324).