I have an instructor who wants a timed writing exam and midterm - these would be timed essays. Any suggestions of how I can make this happen in Blackboard? Is it even possible?
This question seems pretty basic so I'm not sure if I am understanding the question but I am going to take a stab at it.
Several of our professors use essay questions in conjunction with multiple choice questions and set the timer for the amount they would like; students have to monitor their own work to ensure they complete the whole exam within the time frame.
I have another professor that for a PROCTORED exam gives the "exam" in two parts, ie two different blackboard tests (this requires coordination with proctors and awareness of students there are two parts of the exam)- part a is multiple choice and part b is the tasks/writing portion. Blackboard does not allow for individual essay questions to be timed; only the whole exam.
It's pretty simple to create an essay exam and set a timer. I recommend that if a timer is used, that auto-submit also be used. DO NOT turn on Force Completion - that's just asking for problems.
But frankly I'm not a fan of timed writing exercises. There are very few real-world tasks that require high-stakes writing while the clock is ticking. Journalist on a deadline. Speechwriter for a politician. Not a whole lot else. I always recommend short, low-stakes, formative quizzes. It gives students a better sense of how they're doing, and it greatly reinforces the learning - the research is very clear. Plus, if you give a quiz over the reading assignment and make it due BEFORE the lecture period (assuming a lecture or hybrid class), they you can go in and look at the results before class and see what the students clearly understand, and what they're confused on. Very useful info!
When I have essay exams, they're take-home, open everything, with a deadline a couple of days away. But the exam question is, "What have you learned and what does it mean to your life and career?" Not really something you can cheat on. I tell students that if they want an A, plan on spending at least four hours writing and revising. Spend less than an hour, and you'll probably get a C at best.
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