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
Visit the Turnitin instructor training site for more information.
Turnitin provides originality checking services, class management tools, and paperless digital grading products. This most recent version of the product includes Peermark, a student-to-student review and feedback tool; and Grademark, a new grading interface.
Students submit assignments, papers, and other written through the Turnitin tool. Once submitted, these papers are compared against various repositories which are used by Turnitin. Papers are examined for matches and/or similar content to articles, websites, and even other student paper submissions. The results of these comparisons are collated and delivered to the instructor through a tool called an Originality Report.
Create An Assignment
The turnitin Assignment Inbox
Creating a Turnitin Assignment
Peermark assignments are based on existing assignments. i.e. assignments that you have already created in the system. With the advanced options in PeerMark instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, decide if students should be excluded from reviews, or pair students to assign students specific papers to review.
Peermark assignments are created using the following three distinct steps:
|Step 1: Create a Peermark Assignment →|
|Step 2.a: Distribute a PeerMark Assignment →|
|Step 2.b: Pair Students for Review →|
|Step 3: Add Questions to the Review →|
|Accessing the assignment inbox →
|Assignment inbox columns →|
|Opening the originality report and downloading papers →|
GradeMark allows you to edit and grade student papers online. You can develop a database of comments, create rubrics, and check spelling and grammar using the functions within grademark.
|GradeMark Basics →
|cAdd or delete a grademark comment →||c|
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.
Edit and Grade an Assignment
Editing assignment content or properties is fairly straightforward: click the the action menu link to the right of the assignment name, then select Edit. This menu also presents you with some additional editing capability including the following:
There are four types of metadata:
- General Information: Includes the title, catalog entry, source, entry, language, and a description of the item.
- Lifecycle Information: Includes the creation date and time, contributors, name and role of author or editor, organization, and date of latest changes or updates.
- Technical Information: Includes the format of the content item and its location.
- Rights Management Information: Displays copyright restrictions and a description of any conditions on item usage.
In the statistics report you can check who has reviewed the item, and you can use Review Status as Adaptive Release criteria.You can check whether students can access your content items. If you have made a content item unavailable, the User Progress page indicates that the item is not visible to users. The User Progress page also lists Adaptive Release rules that affect the visibility of an item. If Review Status is enabled for an item, you can check which students have reviewed it and when they reviewed it.
In the control panel, expand the Grade Center menu and select Needs Grading:
You can also go to Grade Center and locate assignments that need grading:
The assignment disappears from the Needs Grading List and the score shows up in the grade center:
Create an Assignment
To publish an assignment to your students, you must add it to a content area that is already on the course menu, or that you create by adding to the course menu.
When creating an assignment for a specific group or groups, select Groups of Students to open a box that allows you to select any group that you have created in the course: