Can I import a test pool into the new Course Sites Ultra? Is there a way to upload a specific file type so that I do not have to type all the exam questions one by one?
Hi Nestor Del Valle
Please refer to the documentation here: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Tests_Pools_Surveys/Reuse_Questions
The functionality provided by question pools - in other words the ability to reuse questions - is already present in Ultra courses through the "Reuse Questions" functionality. The workflows have been redesigned and improved. They are different but the capabilities provided are there. The "gap" as such would be if you are using question types which are not yet supported in Ultra courses. These will be stripped out at the point of conversion. I don't have any target dates currently on new question types being added to Ultra courses.
Do you have the questions in an Original course already?
No I do not, at least not in an Original Course Sites course if that is your question. At my old institution, we utilized the 'normal' Blackboard lms. I previously utilized a software that zips the questions into a format Blackboard can read and imported the files into tests, pool, or survey. Do I have that same option with course sites BB Ultra?
At this time you can't do it directly into an Ultra course in the way you have just described although it is something we are looking at as part of our roadmap. You can work around it if you take a couple of extra steps however:
1) Import all your questions into an original course.
2) Create a single test in that course and add all the questions to it
3) Create a course export package with just the tests in it
4) Restore that original export package into the Ultra course using the Import Content option
5) Hide the test you imported so that students cannot see it.
6) Create a new test and use the Reuse questions option from the Add menu
7) You can now pick all the questions you imported* from the question bank
* Note: any question types not supported in Ultra will be stripped out on import
I'm sorry this isn't as convenient but if you can import them into an original course and do this once it should save you some time and hopefully we'll be able to bring you a better approach inside Ultra natively soon.
What will happen when the Original Coursesites is no longer available?
Hi Alethea Trundy
The main thing to remember where Original CourseSites is concerned is to export copies of any courses you want to retain before the site is made unavailable at the end of 2018. You will still be able to import the courses into an Original course in the new CourseSites after this time. We have no plans to prevent users from continuing to use the Original Course experience inside of the new CourseSites.
When approximately will be available the function of Pools of test and bank questions in Ultra experience. Because, we are in the planning to move, but really, we can't make a move until this functions are available.
Yes, I wanted to thank you Nathan. I imported the course content of a couple of courses and all the exams came with them. When I select the reuse question option I am able to select COMPLETE COPIES of old exams or chapter test banks. I know you may be aware of this already, but I wanted to post this for others who view this thread. They need not worry. Your instructions worked well I am grateful.
Hi @Nathan Cobb and Abraham Lopez
Yes, we can reuse the questions, but, I can't see where is the function of by sample: use 10 questions of each block of questions. And make a test that will be use 10 questions from each selected pool.
My population of professors use this future. We are in the exploration of Ultra in the preview site( Blackboard Learn ). We really need to know if the Ultra can reuse the questions by the Random Block configuration to select a quantity of questions of each pool selected to make and execute a test.
At the time of typing the ability to use the questions through the random block configuration is not available in Ultra courses.
However, it is on our near term roadmap and I expect to see it in an upcoming release in the not very distant future. I'll make sure I highlight it for you when it arrives.
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