Questionmark Perception is a software tool that provides the ability to create, schedule, deliver, and report on/analyze tests, surveys, and other assignment structures. Each school has an administrator who has access to the author tool and can create and maintain topic structures.
Questionmark Live is Question Mark’s web-based question authoring tool for instructors. It gives you the ability to write questions and submit them to the QM Perception authoring manager.
Why use Questionmark?
The transition from Blackboard Vista to Blackboard Learn was one to a new system, and not an upgrade to a new version of the same system. The former WebCT Vista product was purchased by Blackboard in 2005 and these separate platforms were maintained by Blackboard until their decision to discontinue support for Blackboard Vista in 2012.
The same features and functions do not exist in each system, and one component that Blackboard Learn 9.1 lacks is detailed test item analysis and reporting capability. To shore up this gap, UAB has adopted Questionmark Perception. If you used test item analysis and reporting features in Blackboard Vista that are not currently available in Blackboard Learn, you may want to consider using Questionmark to deliver tests.
How to Use Questionmark Live
This animated walk-through covers all the essential elements of using the software and additional support, including knowledge base and best practice documents, is located on the Questionmark support page.
We will also provide an on-site workshop.
Additional details are provided in build and share tests.
Respondus and LockDown Browser
Respondus is a test authoring tool for generating and managing test questions and pools. This software is a desktop application; you can download from UAB Information Technology's software download website.
Respondus Quick Start Guide
Lockdown Browser Quick Start Guide
Creating and formatting questions
Using publisher test banks
Preparing an exam
Workaround for Uploading tests into Blackboard
Please Note: Currently, we have to employ a workaround for uploading tests created in respondus to blackboard. Please use this procedure until further notice.
Blackboard Collaborate Plan and Publish
Blackboard Collaborate Plan is a tool you can use to organize, script, and package a session prior to your real-time, online session. Unlike other products designed for self-paced viewing,
You can download plan here.
You can access a recorded demonstration on the plan tool, sample plans, and the user guide here.
The Publish tool allows you to create video and audio podcasts as well as standalone recordings.
Download the tool here. Click here for a recorded demo and the user guide.
Bb Collaborate Product Overview
Collaborate is a flexible product can that can be used in much the same way as Wimba as a virtual classroom, online meeting space, a location for virtual office hours, among other uses. Essential features include two-way audio, multi-point video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recording.
New features include:
- a redesigned user interface;
- an object-based whiteboard that is more flexible and in which annotations persist throughout a session;
- audio buffering to improve audio quality and echo cancellation that eliminates the need for headphones
- up to 6 simultaneous video streams
- multimedia presentation tool
- private chat monitoring
- mobile access to sessions for students
In addition, two desktop tools are available to develop content and activity before a real-time session: Plan and Publish.
The Plan tool will help you organize and script session content ahead of time, allowing you to devote more session time to interaction with your students. Publish allows you to create standalone recordings or video files from session recordings to allow for asynchronous review.
Features of the Wimba system that are not available in Collaborate include:
- persistent settings and content
- content organized by presentation
- tracking information available to moderator
- open ended polling
The Pilot program began in the summer 2012 term and will continue through spring 2013. Both systems will be deployed for use in Blackboard for the summer 2013 term, and the full switchover will be made at the beginning of the fall 2013 term. Wimba will be disabled at the end of the summer 2013 term.
Click for the Collaborate implementation timeline
Blackboard purchased the Elluminate and Wimba systems in 2010 and announced its intentions to merge both products into a single solution. As result, Collaborate will be the online classroom solution for UAB as of Fall 2013 (See Timeline). We are preparing for this transition with pilot projects, which began in Summer 2012, a series of communications to ensure that everyone is made aware of the transition, and extensive workshop events to ensure that all Wimba users can successfully transition to the new software.
Much like Wimba, Blackboard Collaborate is a platform of tools that provides synchronous video and audio interaction, display, and collaborative tools for online and blended courses.
This system is being used on a pilot basis on some UAB courses during the Fall 2012 term. It provides many of the same features and functions that Wimba does, and will be the UAB online classroom tool from Fall 2013 forward.
The following links provide information on using the system from the moderator perspective. The student support page contains information on how Collaborate works from the participant perspective.
|General Resources||Wimba - Collaborate Comparison Summary|
|Check System Requirements||Quick Start Guide|
|Moderator Guide||System Overview
(Will require that you download the Collaborate client)
|The whiteboard||Application sharing|
|Introduction to web tour||System feature demos|
Wimba Live Classroom and Wimba Voice Tools
Wimba Live classroom provides you with the opportunity to connect to students beyond the boundaries of the classroom. This tool can be used to deliver and record lecture material from anywhere at any time - all you need is a computer with camera and microphone, and an Internet connection. You can use Wimba to teach virtual classes, connect to students remotely during office hours, moderate study groups, and develop content for delivery at a later point in time.
Note: If you have never used Wimba before, but are contemplating it, please stop here and take some time to read about Collaborate.
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|Wimba Voice Tools
Visit the Turnitin instructor training site for more information.
Supported Technology Tools
Instructional technology provides training and support on the following tools. Click for online guides and/or additional information on using any of these tools.
Edit Question Settings
You can control the options available when creating Test questions through the Question Settings link located to the right side of the test canvas.
Test Question Settings
Provide feedback for individual answers
Allows you to include the option to enter feedback for individual answers rather than just one set of feedback for correct or incorrect answers. Individual feedback can't be provided for answers to True/False questions, Multiple Answer questions, Ordering and Matching questions.
Add images, files, and external links to questions
Select this check box to include the option to attach images, files, and URLs to questions.
Add images, files, and external links to answers
Select this check box to include the option to attach images and files to answers.
Add categories, topics, levels of difficulty, keywords and instructor notes to questions
This option allows you to create categories for questions and add keywords to questions. When searching for questions from a Question Pool or other Tests, you may search for questions by category and keyword. This option is not available for surveys.
Specify default points when creating questions
Select this option and all questions will automatically have the same point value. Type the point value in the Default point value field. This only sets a default. This is not available for surveys or pools.
Specify partial credit options for answers
Select this option to make partial credit available for questions included in this assessment. If selected, an option to give partial credit appears when questions are created.
Provide option to assign questions as extra credit
This option allows you to make extra credit available for questions included in the assessment. If selected, an extra credit option appears when each question is created. If this option is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions are answered incorrectly.
Specify random ordering of answers
Will allow the test to display answers in random order.
Specify the horizontal or vertical display of answers
Select this option to include the option to display answers horizontally or vertically.
Specify numbering options for answers
Select this option to include the option for numbering the answers.
Create a Test
In this section we’ll discuss adding a test and determining test and questions settings. We’ll discuss test question creation in detail in the next section: Blackboard Enhanced.
There are two ways to add a test to your course. You can (1) create it directly in the content area, or (2) create the test and then add it to a content area. First, we’ll look at creating a test in a content area:
When you hit Submit you will be shown the test information page:
When you click Submit here you will be taken to the test canvas, where you can add and edit questions:
You can learn how to create all questions types in the next online workshop: Blackboard enhanced.