These are mine:
If you're looking for averages from many teachers you may want to use a survey.
We see a lot of different use on our campus. I usually use the Specific Date option, or after Due Date. There has been some confusion about the "After attempts are graded" option, so I don't know if many people use it. Does that mean that the results are visible after all of the submitted attempts are graded, or after all of the students have a grade (what if some students didn't submit the test)?
We have also seen A LOT of confusion about what the different checkboxes mean. It isn't clear that students will see their overall score if you uncheck the Score per Question box, and faculty are often surprised when they left it checked so students would see their score and then students can see all of the questions.
I believe the "After Attempts Are Graded" option means everyone in the course has some sort of grade. If memory serves me correctly, that means you have to enter a zero for anyone that didn't take the test yet. Logistically, that could be a nightmare.
In theory, having to grade all of the essay questions for the attempted tests prior to release of the grades is a nice idea. Feedback options all depend on the faculty and what they want. I get a lot of emails about it and faculty are surprised when I tell them the default is set so students don't see it and they have to allow it. Let's not even get into the confusion where students have to click their score to actually see their feedback.
I have often wondered if that setting in particular (after attempts graded) manages folks who have not taken the quiz yet (if it is a fully auto-graded test). My thinking is that iff it ignores them, the students will see their feedback immediately regardless. If it does not ignore them, then if you have a student(s) who skips that quiz, then nobody sees the feedback.
What really happens?
If my memory serves me, I believe no one sees the feedback if someone hasn't taken it (even if it's all auto-graded multiple choice questions).
I believe I advised an instructor to enter a 0 for the students that still haven't taken the exam with a quick comment included (or use a different feedback option).
I agree with Mike's point on students who don't take the quiz. The last time I tested it, Blackboard waited for all students to have a grade to show the results, so students who skipped it prevented everyone from seeing the results, unless the instructor entered a 0 for everyone (which I recommend as a best practice, anyhow).
My team created a blog post that's a bit dated, but covers all of the options and what they reveal if selected:
Test Results and Feedback Settings - Instructional Technology
Let me know if that's helpful.
- Michael Shelmet
Hi Erik Vagshenian ,
This is just for our weekly quizzes;
Maybe another question should be... what would our faculty like the options to be?
I think it all boils down to several options
Do you want students to see test results when they submit the test
Do you want students to be able to see test results after a specified date .... if both are checked student sees the results at submission then they are locked until a specific date.
Most faculty would like to 'open' the test results with fewer clicks .. and when they have completed their grading not according to some 'hopefull' date
They would also like to be able to enter bulk grades and bulk comments
I use a large test bank, and select questions at random from it for each student. Once a test is completed, the score is immediately visible in "Your Grades"
It may depend on the type of assessment, and if it's a high/low stakes activity, but I suggest On Specific Date to allow the instructor to review and reflect on the results. It also gives students a definitive date to know when their feedback is available. In addition, hiding the associating grading column and possibly removing it from summary calculations until the reveal date.
For the feedback options, at least Score per Question, Correct and Submitted, and Feedback just in case instructors are using publishers' questions that may have this area filled in. What I don't understand is why the help comments do not indicate anywhere that at anytime a feedback option is checked, the question text will be presented. This has always been troubling considering the Score per question option is always checked, along with the After Submission condition. I don't know if this is a default setting and if could be changed. Instructors new to online testing may take the defaults as the suggested settings, and assume students will only see the points per question after submitting their test. Thus, for training in testing, instructors are presented with a document showing the student's feedback view when any of those 6 feedback options are checked to stress this point.
Hi, this differs not only per instructor, but also per situation.
For formative tests, you'd probably want to show all the feedback that is available, immediately after testing. Or only after the due date, if you're afraid students will pass the answers to each other.
For summative tests this differs per faculty or per instructor: some instructors want to show an indicative score immediately after finishing, downsides are that if an exams consists of multiple tests, seeing the result of the first test, might influence the mood of the student and by that also the result of the next test. Therefore we sometimes chose to only make the score available once all tests have been completed. Most of the times detailed feedback is not provided because others in the same room might see this. Only later in a separate session, the feedback settings are changed to provide an online review. However, for a lot of exams, the results are not communicated through Blackboard at all.
The most unexpected feature now is, as suggested earlier, that the score will be visible to the student, no matter what option you select with the feedback options.
This is a great question and I concur with many of the above that say there is value is the variety of options and some lack of clarity on how they all work and interact.
Perhaps we could be more help if you shared the question behind the question -- are you looking to remove functions that may be less popular, add new ones, or make changes/improvements to existing ones? I bet one of those would get you a bunch of ideas.
Definitely some very helpful feedback here and I very much appreciate all the feedback. The fact that you all talked through your reasoning was really the most helpful part of it all.
Thank you - and please don't hesitate to add anything if you've got more to contribute.
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