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Add Questions to a Pool, Test, or Survey


In this section you will learn learn how to add questions to pool, test, or survey.

The steps below will show you how to use a variety of different question types where appropriate. This will also show you how to ask a number of different questions about the important concepts/ideas in this section/course

    • Click Course Tools from the Control Panel
    • Click Tests, Surveys, and Pools
    • Select Tests, Surveys, or Pools
    • Select Edit in the contextual menu for an existing Test, Survey or Pool
      • Note: If this assessment has been taken you will receive a WARNING message. Please read carefully or you can inadvertently delete all Grade Center information associated to this assessment! Click Continue
    • Select the question type you want to add to the Test, Survey or Pool from the action bar
    • Blackboard Question Types:

Click to open a list of question type descriptions

      • Upload Questions
        • Using a specific format, you can upload questions to a test from a compressed format (.zip) file
      • From a Question Pool or Assessment
        • Allows you to questions from a pool or from another assessment. Pool questions can be brought in one by one, or as a group. You can also assign a random block of questions, so that each student will see a different set of questions from that particular pool
      • Create Random Block
        • Random Blocks enable the Instructor to use a random selection of questions from a Pool. Be aware that it is not possible to add a Random Block of questions from another Test or Survey
      • True/False
        • True/False questions allow the user to choose either true or false. True and False answer options are limited to the words True and False
      • Short Answer
        • Short Answer questions are similar to essay questions. The length of the answer can be limited to a specified number of rows in the text box. The number of rows is meant as a guideline when entering an answer; it does not impose an absolute limit on answer length
      • Quiz Bowl
        • The user is shown the answer and responds by entering the correct question into a text box. An answer must include a phrase and a question word, such as who, what, or where, to be marked as correct. Partial credit may be given if the question word is not included in the answer
      • Ordering
        • Ordering questions require Students to provide an answer by selecting the correct order of a series of items. Students will be granted partial credit for ordering questions if they answer part of the question correctly. For example, if the question is worth eight points and the student gives the correct order for half of the items, they will receive four points
      • Opinion Scale/Likert
        • Question type based on a rating scale designed to measure attitudes or reactions. Users indicate the multiple choice answer that represents their attitude or reaction. When the instructor creates an opinion scale question, six answer fields are pre-populated with the following answers:
          • Strongly Agree
          • Agree
          • Neither Agree nor Disagree
          • Disagree
          • Strongly Disagree
          • Not Applicable
      • Multiple Choice
        • Multiple-choice questions allow the users a multitude of choices with only one correct answer. In multiple-choice questions, users indicate the correct answer by selecting a radio button. The number of answer choices is limited to 20
      • Multiple Answer
        • Multiple answer questions allow users to choose more than one answer. Partial credit is not given for partially correct answers, but Instructors may manually change the number of points a Student receives on the Grade Assessment page
      • Matching
        • Matching questions allow Students to pair items in one column to items in another column. Instructors may include a different numbers of questions and answers in a Matching question.Students will be granted partial credit for matching questions if they answer part of the question correctly. For example, if the question is worth eight points and the student gives the correct answers for half of the matches, they will receive four points
      • Jumbled Sentence
        • Users are shown a sentence with a few parts of the sentence as variables. The user selects the proper answer for each variable from drop-down lists to assemble the sentence. Only one set of answers is
          used for all of the drop-down lists
      • Hot Spot
        • Users indicate the answer by marking a specific point on an image. A range of pixel coordinates is used to define the correct answer. Hot Spot refers to the area of an image that, when selected, yields a correct answer
      • Fill in the Blank
        • Fill in the Blank answers are evaluated based on an exact text match. Accordingly, it is important to keep the answers simple and limited to as few words as possible. Answers are not case sensitive, but are evaluated based on spelling. Consider the following tips when creating Fill in the Blank questions and answers:
          • Provide answers that allow for common spelling errors
          • Provide answers that allow for abbreviations or partial answers
          • Create the question that indicates to Students the best way to answer the question
          • Keep answers limited to one or two words to avoid mismatched answers due to extra spaces or order of answer terms. For example if the question is Ben’ s favorite colors are _____ and the correct answer is Ben’ s favorite colors are red and blue but the Student types blue, red, the answer will be marked incorrect
      • Fill in Multiple Blanks
        • This question type builds on fill-in-the-blank questions with multiple fill in the blank responses that can be inserted into a sentence or paragraph. Separate sets of answers are defined for each blank
      • File Response
        • Users upload a file from the local drive or from the Blackboard Content System as the answer to the question. This type of question is graded manually
      • Essay
        • Essay questions require the Instructor to provide Students with a question or statement. Students are given the opportunity to type an answer into a text field. Sample answers can be added for users or graders to use as a reference. These types of questions must be graded manually on the Grade Assessment page. Essay questions may use the
          Math and Science Notation Tool
      • Either/Or
        • Users are presented with a statement and asked to respond using a selection of pre-defined two-choice answers, such as:
          • Yes/No
          • Agree/Disagree
          • Right/Wrong
      • Calculated Numeric
        • This question resembles a fill-in-the-blank question. The user enters a number to complete a statement. The correct answer can be a specific number or within a range of numbers
      • Calculated Formula
        • The question is the information presented to students. The formula is the mathematical expression used to find the answer. (x + y = Z)

    • Create the question
      • Enter the Question Text
      • Assign a Point Value
      • Click the Extra Credit Only check box so a correct answer results in additional points
        • Note: An incorrect answer does not add any points
      • Complete the numbering, orientation, and partial credit options, as applicable
      • Select the number of answers and complete the answer options, as applicable
      • Enter Feedback that appears in response to a correct answer and an incorrect answer. If partial credit is allowed, answers that are partially correct will receive the feedback for an incorrect answer
      • Add Question Metadata in the Categories and Keywords section
      • Click Submit to add the question to the pool
    • Add questions until you have you have the proper amount for your test, survey, or pool
    • Click okaynote: Click, hold and drag double arrow to reorder your questions

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