ONLINE EXAMS - HELP FOR RUNNING AND MARKING ONLINE EXAMS

 

On this page you'll find information or links to:

1. How to set up your exam point using Blackboard’s ASSIGNMENT function.

2. How to set up SafeAssign

3. How to set up your Dummy exam point using Blackboard’s TEST functions.

4. How to set up your exam point using Blackboard’s TEST function

5. How to access, add marks and feedback, and return marks for student work.

How to set up your exam point using Blackboard’s ASSIGNMENT function.

Blackboard’s Assignment tool is the tool that we usually use for coursework. It will be familiar to most digital markers at UEA. Just as with coursework, work can be marked anonymously and can be accessed by different markers. The Assignment tool gives markers options for inline marking and the use of a marking rubric. Exam submission points will use SafeAssign which is one of a set of tools we have to protect academic integrity. By using groups and smart views, work submitted into a Blackboard Assignment can be distributed between teams of markers.

Your exam submission point will be set up by the UEA Exam Grades Journey. When it arrives, you will need to add an exam paper to it and enable SafeAssign. The submission point will already be set to allow the standard 24 hour access. If you need to change any of the settings on your exam submission point, please contact AQO.

When your exam submission point arrives, it will also bring an open Dummy Submission point which will allow students to practice before their exam actually opens.

The process below tells you how to attach an exam paper to your Assignment submission point and how to enable SafeAssign.

First, attach your exam paper.

Then enable SafeAssign.

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Using SafeAssign Originality Reports

Exam submission points will have been set by the module organiser to include SafeAssign. SafeAssign originality reports are available from the normal Blackboard marking window. Viewing matches identified by SafeAssign may help with your marking.

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How to set up your Dummy exam point using Blackboard’s TEST functions.

A Blackboard TEST exam submission point can give you some advantages over standard exam submission points. In particular, you can anonymously assign particular questions to particular markers, or mark by question yourself. Individual questions can have individual rubrics attached to them, and the system can help by totalling up scores from rubrics and questions. Students will be able to attach an answer paper, or captured image, to each question (file upload) or type directly into a text editor. You can leave feedback against individual questions or on the paper as a whole. Alternatively, TEST offers a variety of Computer Marked Questions.

Just as with standard submissions, work can be marked anonymously and can be accessed by different markers. Unfortunately, Blackboard TEST does not offer any inline annotation tools.

If you have elected to use TEST, the UEA exam Grades Journey will create your exam submission point. It will also create a Dummy Submission point which will allow students to practice before their exam actually opens. You will need to set up some questions in both the Dummy Submission point and the real one. Alternatively, you can attach a document (exam paper) to each question. We have created a short bank of example questions that you can use in your Dummy Submission point. Following this process will also help you to learn how to set up the real questions.

First, upload the dummy questions into your course.

Then attach them to the Dummy Submission point.

Then make the Dummy Submission point available.

Uploading the dummy questions into your course:

From the lower part of the menu choose Tests, Surveys and pools

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Then work through the next three screens to navigate to our institutional content collection and find the Dummy test questions.

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The Dummy Questions are in the folder called Dummy Test Questions, in our Institutional Content area. Find and select them.

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Selecting the zip folder will import the set of questions into your course. You will then be ready to attach them to the Dummy submission point.

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Now attach the questions to your Dummy submission point.

Return to the Dummy submission point, click the down arrow and choose “Edit the Test”

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For the real exam, you will need to create your own questions, but for the Dummy Practice submission point, you can use the imported ones.

Select Reuse Question, then Find Questions.

This takes you to the question selection panel. Open up Tests and Select the Dummy Practice Questions that you have just imported. Select all four questions and hit submit. This will attach all four practice questions to your Dummy Practice submission point.

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At this point you could choose to reorder, delete, change or add questions. When you are happy, press OK

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Finally set the options on the Dummy submission point.

Return to the Dummy submission point, click the down arrow and choose “Edit the Test Options”

 

 

How to set up your exam point using Blackboard’s TEST function

A Blackboard TEST exam submission point can give you some advantages over standard exam submission points. In particular, you can anonymously assign particular questions to particular markers, or mark by question yourself. Individual questions can have individual rubrics attached to them, and the system can help by totalling up scores from rubrics and questions. Students will be able to attach an answer paper, or captured image, to each question (file upload) or type directly into a text editor. You can leave feedback against individual questions or on the paper as a whole. Alternatively, TEST offers a variety of Computer Marked Questions.

Just as with standard submissions, work can be marked anonymously and can be accessed by different markers. Unfortunately, Blackboard TEST does not offer any inline annotation tools or the use of SafeAssign.

If you have elected to use Blackboard Test for you exam, the UEA Exam Grades Journey will set up your exam submission point, but you will need to finalise the Test Options and add the questions.

The process below tells you how to finalise the settings on your TEST exam Submission point to get it ready for you to add questions.

First, copy over the link instructions so they are visible to your students.

Then make the submission point available and reset to multiple submissions

Finally choose how much feedback you intend to share

Make sure that the Menu Item is not hidden.

The grades journey may accidentally hide your summative assessment menu item. Please check to make sure that this has not happened to yours.

Set up the Test options

Click the down arrow next to the name of your submission point and select Edit the Test Options from the contextual pop-up menu.

Copy over the link instructions.

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Make the test available and enable unlimited attempts.

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Finally choose how you would like to share feedback

Students will not get any feedback until you actively release the grades. If you leave all of the feedback options unchecked, at that point they will only get their overall grade. Ticking any of these options gives them greater access to the feedback that you have left them. We recommend that you allow students access to all of your feedback and to their individual question scores if you possibly can. Show Screenshot

Now move on to set up the exam questions.

Choose the down chevron next to the name of the test and select Edit the Test from the contextual menu.