Tests and Quizzes

Tests and quizzes can be conducted on Blackboard Learn. Remind your students that they should use a wired connection when they take tests whenever possible. Wireless connections are more prone to network issues, as the stability of the signal depends on how long and how much bandwidth students draw, similar to 4G phone data connections.

A syllabus quiz is a strategy to ensure the key concepts of your syllabus are understood by your students.

New to Blackboard assessments?

  • Consider posting a low-stakes Blackboard quiz for practice
  • Use multiple-choice and true/false questions at first to practice creating questions.
  • Work up to essay questions once you’re comfortable with creating auto-graded questions like multiple choice and true/false.
  • Create assignments to be turned in online:
    • Post and collect a practice assignment in Blackboard
  • Read the Blackboard Best Practices for Online Testing From Start to Finish (Note: This document does not reflect the ACCC experience, but OCU. We understand testing in Blackboard is complex and we want to provide comprehensive and clear advice; therefore, we are reviewing the content and will update the link with our recommendations soon.)

Alternate options

We recommend using alternatives to timed, proctored exams wherever possible. Large courses reliant on in-person exams should consider open-book exams or frequent low-stakes assessments as alternative assessment strategies that are relatively easy to grade.

  • Ask students to present during class via Blackboard Collaborate, either individually or in groups.
  • Have students produce Panopto or YouTube videos and submit their presentations in Blackboard.
  • Ask students to create posters or presentations that can be shared and online using Google Slides.
  • Create open-book, take-home assessments with process questions, rather than single answers.

Strategies to promote academic integrity in Blackboard tests and quizzes

  • Be transparent with students about the learning goals and assessment strategies.
  • Ask students an honor code question at the beginning of the test in Blackboard. (e.g., “As a member of the UIC community, I have agreed to act with honesty and integrity in all of my academic work, including this test.” True or False)
  • Avoid easy-to-cheat formats such as multiple-choice or true/false answer questions for high-stakes tests.
  • Ask complex, specific questions such as: “Define how a particular situation impacts your community.” Try to think about questions that won’t be likely to be found using a quick online search.
  • Use Blackboard’s SafeAssign tool for essay assignments to help detect plagiarism. To help alleviate student anxiety, integrate learning activities that emulate the format of a higher-stakes assignment before asking them to produce the final work. Diversify assessment formats by relying less on essays and written exams and more on using students’ presentations.
  • Design assignments with process questions, rather than single answers.
  • Design open-book or collaborative exams.

For more strategies to avoid cheating while using Blackboard Tests, refer to this answer about common cheating situations and how to prevent them.