tech tips: Using the Blackboard True/False Question Type

Welcome to the second in a series of monthly blog entries in which I am providing in-depth coverage of the setup for each of the different Test/Survey/Pool question types in Blackboard. This month, we’ll be exploring a variation of the Multiple Choice question, True/False.

In the event you’re not familiar with it, True/False gives students two possible answers, True and False, from which they must select the most appropriate/correct response.

Blackboard can grade this question type for you, by automatically comparing the option selected by the student to the one selected as correct during the question setup.

Setup:

From the Canvas page for your Test/Survey/Pool:

  1. Place your mouse over the Create Question button.
  2. Click the True/False option in the Create Question menu.

From the Create/Edit Multiple Choice Question page:

  1. Enter display text in the Question Title field. (optional)
    Text entered here will display for you, the instructor, on the Canvas page for your Test/Survey/Pool. It will also display with the Question when it is displayed in the Test/Survey for the student.
  2. Enter display text in the Question Text field. (required)
    Text entered here will serve as the Question the student will read and answer. It will also display for you on the Canvas page.
  3. Select the desired option for Answer Orientation. (optional)
    Vertical will display answer options up-and-down. Horizontal will display answer options side-by-side. Vertical is recommended, as it is the style students are most accustomed to.
  4. Click the radio button to the left of the correct desired response, True or False. (required)
    Note: This field will default to True as the correct answer. It must be changed if False is desired instead.
  5. Enter display text in the Correct Response Feedback field. (optional)
    Text entered here will display to the student if a correct response is selected for this question. This option is recommended for non-graded Surveys.
  6. Enter display text in the Incorrect Response Feedback field. (optional)
    Text entered here will display to the student if an incorrect response is selected for this question. This option is recommended for non-graded Surveys.
  7. Use the Categories, Topics, Levels of Difficulty, and/or Keywords options. (recommended)
    For more information on how to use these options, see the Quality Practice: Metadata process document and Quality Practice: Metadata demonstration video.
  8. Enter display text in the Instructor Notes field. (optional)
    Text entered here will only display to you on the Canvas page when selecting the Details option from the context menu.
  9. Click the Submit button at the bottom-right of the page. (required)
    This will return you to the Test/Survey/Pool Canvas page.

This concludes the setup for the True/False question type in Blackboard. Next month, I’ll explore the setup of another of the Multiple Choice variants, Either/Or.

Need additional training?

Training & Professional Development offers an in-person training session, titled Blackboard: Tests, Surveys, & Pools, at each campus six times a year, in the months before and after the first day of each major semester. To register for any of these training sessions, please login to Avatar to find the date, time, and location that is most convenient for you.

In addition, the following tutorial video is available through Atomic Learning:

Note: To access Atomic Learning tutorials via the link provided above, you must first login to Blackboard and authenticate once by clicking the Atomic Learning icon in the Tools module on the left, which will open Atomic Learning in another browser tab. Once you see the Atomic Learning home page, click back on the original tab and you may now access any of the Atomic Learning links to access specific tutorials.