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An assessment is a series of questions an instructor presents to students. The purpose of the assessment can be to evaluate concepts, provide drill and practice exercises, perform opinion polls or administer course evaluations.

Types of Assessments

There are two assessment options to choose from:

Survey: The survey option creates assessments that record answers anonymously. Use this when you want to perform opinion polls or course evaluations. Survey results are non-graded and anonymous.
Quiz/Test: In the quiz/test option, you can assign point values to each question. Student answers can be submitted for grading, and the results are recorded under each student entry in the gradebook. The new version also has the option to randomize the answers in multiple choice questions.

Types of Questions

There are seven basic types of questions you can use in assessments. These include:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True False
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Multiple Answer
  • Ordering
  • Matching
  • Essay

Samples of these question types are available.

In addition, there are ten new questions types:

  • Calculated Formula
  • Calculated Numeric Response
  • File Response
  • Hot Spot
  • Fill in Multiple Blank
  • Jumbled Sentence
  • Opinion Scale / Likert
  • Short Answer
  • Either / Or
  • Quiz Bowl

A Blackboard tutorial displays samples of these new question types.


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