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Using the Quiz Bowl Question Type

Welcome to the sixteenth, and final, in a series of monthly blog entries in which I will cover in-depth the setup of each of the different Test/Survey/Pool question types in Blackboard. This month, we will be exploring the final variant of the Essay question type, Quiz Bowl.

In the event you’re not familiar with it, Quiz Bowl presents the student with an answer, and they must type in an appropriate question, along the lines of the game show Jeopardy.

While Blackboard can attempt to grade this question type for you, it is best to grade it manually to be sure it is scored properly.

Setup:

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

  1. Place your mouse over the Create Question button.
  2. Click the Quiz Bowl 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)
  3. Check the box for Allow Partial Credit, if desired. (optional)
    If the Partial Credit option is selected, a numeric value must be entered in the Partial Credit % field.
  4. Enter a numeric value in the Partial Credit % field. (optional)
    Blackboard will assign credit based on the percentage entered in this field, as long as the student types at least one of the correct phrases but none of the correct interrogatives.
  5. Select the desired option from the Number of Interrogatives drop-down menu. (optional)
    By default, this menu will allow you to choose between 4 (the number currently displayed) and 20 possible answer options.
  6. Enter text for the correct interrogative(s) in the Interrogative * field(s). (required)
    Tip: To have Blackboard attempt to grade this question type automatically, you must create an Interrogative * field for each interrogative you will accept as part of a correct question (ex. “who”, “what”, “when”, “why”, “where”, and “how”).
  7. Select the desired option from the Number of Answer Phrases drop-down menu. (optional)
    By default, this menu will allow you to choose between 1 (the number currently displayed) and 20 possible answer options.
  8. Enter text for the correct phrases in the Answer Phrase * field(s). (required)
    Tip:
    To have Blackboard attempt to grade this question type automatically, you must create an Answer Phrase * field for each variation of the answer phrase you will accept as correct (ex. “President of South Campus” and “South Campus President”).
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 File Response question type in Blackboard, and this series of blog posts on the setup of Blackboard question types.

Need additional training?

Training & Professional Development offers many Blackboard training sessions, including Blackboard: Tests & 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.

Did you know that Atomic Learning has over 100 video tutorials on Blackboard for Instructors?  To check out all the tutorials, log into Blackboard and launch Atomic Learning under the Tools module, then type in your search term.

tech tips: Using the File Response Question Type

Welcome to the fifteenth in a series of monthly blog entries in which I will cover in-depth the setup of each of the different Test/Survey/Pool question types in Blackboard. This month, we will be exploring another variant of the Essay question type, File Response.

In the event you’re not familiar with it, File Response allows the student to upload a file from their computer as the answer to the question. This can be useful when the required answer must be a non-text response, such as an image or a spreadsheet.

Blackboard cannot grade this question type for you. You must grade each student’s response manually.

Setup:

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

  1. Place your mouse over the Create Question button.
  2. Click the File Response 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)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 File Response question type in Blackboard. Next month, I’ll explore the setup of another Essay variant, Quiz Bowl.

Need additional training?

Training & Professional Development offers many Blackboard training sessions, including 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.

Did you know that Atomic Learning has over 100 video tutorials on Blackboard for Instructors?  To check out all the tutorials, log into Blackboard and launch Atomic Learning under the Tools module, then type in your search term.

tech tips: Using the Short Answer Question Type

Welcome to the fourteenth in a series of monthly blog entries in which I will cover in-depth the setup of each of the different Test/Survey/Pool question types in Blackboard. This month, we will be exploring another variant of the Essay question type, Short Answer.

In the event you’re not familiar with it, Short Answer allows the student to type a long-form text answer into a provided text box. The only real difference between Short Answer and Essay is that you can specify the size of the text box with Short Answer.

Blackboard cannot grade this question type for you. You must grade each student’s response manually.

Setup:

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

  1. Place your mouse over the Create Question button.
  2. Click the Short Answer 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)
  3. Select the size of the text box from the Set the number of rows that will display in the answer field drop-down menu.
    Tip: This only affects how tall the text box appears to be. If the student’s answer goes beyond the set number of rows, a scroll-bar will appear to the right.
  4. Enter display text in the Answer field. (optional)
    Warning: This is not intended to be the actual correct answer or a way for Blackboard to grade the question. This is meant to be used to show the student an example of how they are expected to answer the question.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 Short Answer question type in Blackboard. Next month, I’ll explore the setup of another Essay variant, File Response.

Need additional training?

Training & Professional Development offers many Blackboard training sessions, including 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.

Did you know that Atomic Learning has over 100 video tutorials on Blackboard for Instructors?  To check out all the tutorials, log into Blackboard and launch Atomic Learning under the Tools module, then type in your search term.