This would provide an option to make assessments available offline for students in the form of a PDF to download and/or print.
In individual courses or all courses, including those that are unavailable? So, students could download any file they have submitted?
Can I clarify this idea? Is this not "downloading annotated marked assignments" from BoxView? If so, this is on the way in the CU3 patch.
Apologies for the confusion. This would allow students to print what is known as a Test in Original courses. So the student or instructor could print a paper copy of the test to fill out by hand, review when he/she doesn't have internet access, etc.
I think what might also be extremely useful is for the instructor (or student) to download or print a paper copy of a test that has been taken and graded. This may be a copy for the record of a high stakes test that can be lost if users get removed from Blackboard, or the grade column gets removed or the course gets removed. And don't tell me archiving is the answer. Has anyone actually restore a big, OLD course with the purpose of getting info? All older accounts get recreated, that is other users who were enrolled, but since removed from Blackboard, and you have to keep track to manually delete them when you delete your restored archive. It is a mess!
Great points Gail Watson! In particular, the ability for the instructor and/or student to download or print a copy of a test that has been taken and graded is exactly what we need here at our institution.
This would be great! We had a lot of performance problems in our first couple semesters in Blackboard Learn, and though that's several years in the past now, many instructors still don't trust that the system will stay up through a whole assessment and like to keep a backup printed assessment. Ctrl + P works well enough but a real print option would be great - as long as it was instructor only or the instructor had the option to toggle it on and off for students.
I would especially like this for my multiple choice tests that I often have to provide to an aide who has to READ the test ALOUD to a student.
Kathy Williams As a heads up, the CTRL + P option does not work cleanly once you have enabled Ultra Navigation because the pages open in layers. We have found if our instructors want to print, they first have to open the Edit Test in a new tab and then when they hit CTRL + P it prints cleanly.
Including an option for instructors to download a test with/without the answer key would be extremely helpful for many of our instructors.
Interesting, we aren't using the Ultra navigation yet so this hasn't come up.
Never hurts to have more options available!
We use Respondus 4.0 (there's a free 30-day trial) to download and/or print our tests. It can connect with the Blackboard server and export your test as a .doc or .pdf. It takes a little more time than just a little checkbox on Blackboard, but gets the job done!
Instructor ability to download assessment from BB in any format has been at the top list for me for a long time. Ideally in a few versions but at very least as PDF. Respondus is great but a lot of extra work if the need is to simply have a digital copy of test outside of BB.
Our faculty would greatly appreciate the ability to download the test questions they have spent a great deal of time crafting on Blackboard - ideally in a PDF file that can capture images, but even in a text-based or CSV type of file. Exporting/importing test and pools is convenient, but there are many instances in which a test needs to be given in an "offline" classroom.
I like Gail Watson's idea, Instructors should be able to disable it for students though, as they don't always want them to be able to print questions nor their answers.
Make sure there is some type of option/feature/icon/image that appears so the student can tell which tests/assessments are printable and which are locked. Otherwise, it will create confusion and students will reach out to the instructor each and every time they are not able to print a test/assessment. Something "visual" needs to appear as a clear indicator whether or not an assessment can be printed or not. If you see this "icon" it means you can print the test. If you don't see this "icon" or if you see this different "icon," it means you CANNOT print the test.
And the next step of this feature, if there's enough interest, could be the option to take a picture/scan the paper test and have it automatically populate in Learn ... A good way for institutions who don't have enough computer labs for tests to still take advantage of the power of Learn (automatic grading, item analysis, answer exports,...)
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