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Exporting assessments to another class in Blackboard

An assessment can be exported from one class to another to avoid having to build the exam from scratch.

In order to do this, the exam must first be exported.


Choose the build tab to ensure you have a builders role. Choose Assessments from the Course Tools menu. Choose the drop down menu beside the assessment you wish to export, and choose Export from the menu items. Choose Class Files in the browsing window and navigate to the course you which to export the assessment to. Once you have chosen the destination of the assessment, type in a file name in the Save as: field. Then click OK.

The exam has now been exported to the course of your choice. However, the process is not complete. The exam must then be imported via the course you just exported to.


Choose the build tab to ensure you have a builders role. Choose Manage Course from the Designers Tools menu on the left of the screen. Choose Import. A dialogue box appears, similar to the export dialogue box. Navigate to the assessment in the list of files. It is listed alphabetically; however, you can list the files by type by clicking Type at the top of the file list. The assessment will be listed according to the name you gave it and will be a ZIP file.

Once you have located the file, click the radio button beside it and click okay. A report will be generated on screen letting you know if the import was successful. Upon successful import you should click Return. To view the imported data click on Assessments and Go to Question Database. The imported assessment actually imports as individual questions to the question database. They will be in the category named the same as the ZIP file you exported.

To add these questions to an assessment follow these instructions.

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Testing Centre Information for Students

Do not wait until the last scheduled day that an exam is available to write it. It is your responsibility to complete the exam in a timely fashion. If there are 120 students in a course and they all wait until the last morning to write an exam, there will not be enough time, or possibly room, for everyone to complete the test before the deadline.

Some quizzes or exams may have a time limit in which you need to complete them. As soon as you begin an exam a timer will start. Make sure that you submit your quiz or exam before the time expires.

The act of cheating is a very serious academic offense and is treated by the invigilators as such. Invigilators will watch for any signs of communication between students, and any other forms of cheating. These will be noted and the instructor of the course will be informed. Fellow students may also inform the invigilators of any cheating or suspicious behavior they notice in the Testing Centre. University of Lethbridge policies regarding academic offenses are described in Part 4 of the University Calendar.

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Using the Question Database

The question database is a great tool that can be use to create assessment questions as you write them, and it is also a great way to create a pool of questions to add randomness to question selection within an assessment. You do not have to have an assessment created to add questions to your courses question database.

Choose Assessment from the Course Tools menu and then select Go to Question Database to continue.

Upon entering the Question Database, you will notice that you are provided with three options at the top of the screen. Create Questions, Create Category and Manage Columns.

Create Questions: allows you to choose a question type and create a question that can be added to any category or left uncategorized.

Create Category: allows you to create folders within the question database so you can organize your content. If you have created questions that are uncategorized, but would like to move those questions to specific categories, check the box beside the questions you wish to move. Then at the bottom of the screen use the Move Questions to Category dropdown menu to move select the category of your choice. Press the green arrow to the right of the category drop down to initialize the move.

Manage Columns: This section allows you to rearrange how the questions are displayed in the question database. This tool also allows you to create columns that allow you to further categorize or organize your content.

Notice also that you can view the questions in the database by category or by question. To toggle which view you use, locate the view by question and view by category buttons located on the right of the screen.

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How do I Test my Students using Blackboard?

Once you have created an assessment there are a few ways in which you can deploy your exam.

  1. Use the Testing Centre: The testing centre is located on campus and is opertated by proctors who confirm student identity and invigilate exams. They enter secure passwords for students to access exams etc. If you would like to use the testing centre for you exam, please contact John Kometz. Remember to provide reasonable notice to have your exam accessed via the testing centre.
  2. Self invigilation: You can monitor your own exams from a computer lab and provide an online exam in a face to face setting. Some faculty do this because the online exams often reduce marking load. If you wish to consult one of the CRDC staff on the aspects of this type of testing please contact the CRDC for more information.
  3. Open Online Testing: You can have open book, open resource, exams that allow students to access an exam from anywhere(home computer, computer labs on campus, etc.) in which student can write there exam from anywhere. This type of testing is considered open because from a distance there is no way to confirm absolute student identity nor is there anyway to limit there resources. Although this type of exam is open, it can be very effective.

All of the assessment methods previously described can be subject to the following assessment properties.

  • IP address restriction
  • Time limit restriction
  • Date restrictions
  • Student ID restrictions
  • Password Authentication.

These properties can be accessed via the arrow like drop down menu beside the assessment title. Choose Edit Properties.

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Creating an Assessment

To create an assessment make sure you have a builders role by selecting the Build tab located near the top left of the screen.

Once you have selected the build tab notice within the Course Tools menu the Assessment item. Select this item to continue.

Once you are located on the assessment screen notice that you are given a number of choices. Create Assessment, or Go to Question Database.

To create an assessment choose the create assessment button and fill in the appropriate details. You do not have to set the release date properties etc on this screen. Once you title your assessment and choose what type of assessment you wish to use choose Save located at the bottom of the screen.

NOTE: It is good practices to hide the assessment item while you are working on it.

Once you hit Save, your assessment is created and you are ready to edit the assessment by adding questions. There are a couple of ways you can add questions to your assessment. You can add questions to the question database first and then add them to your assessment after, or you can immediately add questions to the assessment. However you should note that questions created directly in assessments are also created in the question database as well.

To add questions to directly to your assessment choose your assessment from the list in via the Assessments module that can be accessed from the Course Tools menu on the left of the screen. Once you choose the assessment you will see two buttons to allow you to add content to your assessment: Add to Assessment and Create Questions.

Add to Assessment has three choices related to it as well:

  1. Adding Existing Questions: This adds question to the assessment that have been built using the question database
  2. Part: This allows you to visually split your assessment into parts and label them accordingly with descriptive instructions.
  3. Question Set: This allows you to insert a block of selected questions from the question database. This option also gives you the functionality to randomly select a designated number of questions from the total number of questions in the question set to display to your students. For example you may if you create a question set of 5 questions, you can choose to have Blackboard randomly select only 2 of the questions in that question set for students to answer.
  4. Create Questions has 10 choices for you to choose from. These choices are calculate, combination , fill in the blank, jumbled sentence, matching, multiple choice, paragraph, short answer and true and false.

Once you have created your assessment, it is a good idea to test it by previewing it. To do this access the list of assessments by once again clicking Assessments in the Course Tools menu.

Locate your assessment in the list and click on the arrow like drop down menu to the right of the assessment title. Upon clicking you will notice a list of options appear. Choose Preview from these options. The assessment preview will appear in a pop up window. You are able to click and interact with the preview to test its functionality etc.

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Understanding the Types of Assessments available in Blackboard

The current blackboard system offers you a variety of assessment types.

Quiz: Quizzes are online assessments for which grades are assigned.
Self Assessment: Self tests are assessments for which Students receive grades and feedback, though the grades are not recorded in the Grade Book tool.
Survey: Surveys are anonymous online evaluations for which no grades are assigned.

All assessment types access all question types. Question types include: calculate, combination , fill in the blank, jumbled sentence, matching, multiple choice, paragraph, short answer and true and false.

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