Current Issues & Bugs:
The following are known issues with this feature in Blackboard Ultra. For workarounds and estimated fix timelines please refer to the Blackboard Ultra Issues and Workarounds document.
- No back-tracking option currently available
After a new assessment (Test or Assignment) is created in the Content area, there are various setting options that can be used to customize the assessment according to preferences. This resource provides more context and information about these available settings.
Accessing the Settings panel
- Locate and edit the assessment.
- On the right, select the settings icon.
Setting Options for an Assessment
Details & Information
- Due date: This is the date/time an assessment must by submitted by. Items submitted after the due date will be marked as late. The due date also appears on student’s calendars.
NOTE: If an assessment is hidden, it will not appear on a student’s calendar.
- Prohibit late submissions: Disallows a late submission. In-progress and saved attempts will auto-submit at the due date. Students will receive a submission receipt via email. Specified accommodations are still honored.
- Prohibit new attempts after due date: Prevents students from beginning a new attempt after the due date.
- Allow class conversation: Enables a space for students to have discussions about the assessment or ask questions. Students will have access to the conversation at all times unless the assessment is hidden.
- Display one question at a time: If the assessment has questions such as MCQs or T/F, this setting displays them one page at a time rather than all at once.
- Randomize questions and answers: The order of the questions and answers in the assessment can be randomized. This will ensure that the test appears differently for each student.
NOTE: Questions cannot be randomized in an assessment with text blocks or attachments.
- Collect submissions offline: This setting is used for assessments that do not require online submissions, such as oral presentations. If this setting is enabled, students cannot make submissions to the assessment.
Grading & Submissions
- Grade category: Assign the corresponding grade category to the assessment. One of the default categories can be chosen or a new category can be created through the Gradebook settings.
- Attempts allowed: Determine the number of times a student can attempt the assessment. If multiple attempts are selected, a new drop down will appear asking to choose how the overall assessment grade will be calculated.
- Grade Using: Select the desired grading schema for the test. This can be adjusted at any time and the Gradebook will change accordingly.
NOTE: The Maximum points function is used to dictate how much the assessment is out of and is not correlated to the weight of the assessment.
- Anonymous grading: Enable anonymous grading so that student names are hidden while grading. Student names are revealed once all grades are posted.
NOTE: This option is only available for tests and assignments that do not contain built-in question types.
- Evaluation options: Parallel grading can enabled when there’s an assessment without test questions. It can also be enabled after students submissions. The system randomly assigns graders so that each student has two graders for the assessment. Graders can only open the submissions for the students assigned to them. Instructors can determine the final grades for students.
- Assessment grade: This feature auto-posts grades without it having to be done manually.
- Submission View: Allows control over whether students are able to have access to their submissions after they complete an assessment.
- Automated Question Feedback: Provide students with feedback that automatically releases based on chosen settings.
- Question Scores: Allows students to see the test questions and their scores for each question.
- Correct Answers: Allows students to see the correct answers for each question.
- Access code: You can add an access code to control when students and groups take a test. At this time, the access code is generated at random by the system.
- Time limit: You can set a time limit for the test. If no time limit is issued, students can view a test and they don’t have to submit it. They will be able to save and close their test and return to it later.
- Use grading rubric: You can add a rubric to help you evaluate student submissions based on key criteria that you define. You can create a new rubric or associate a rubric that you’ve already created.
NOTE: At this time, you can only add a rubric to a test without questions.
- Goals & standards: You can align a test to one or multiple goals.
- Assigned groups: You can create a test for groups of students. By default, you assign a grade to each group as a whole, but you can change a group member’s individual grade.
- Originality Report: You can use SafeAssign to check for plagiarism. SafeAssign should be enabled prior to submissions.
- Add an optional description: The description appears with the test title on the Course Content area. There is a 250 character limit.