Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: May 2014

Wednesday Tip: Creating Mobile Compatible Tests

This week we will take a look at how to create tests that are compatible with many of today’s mobile devices.

Mobile devices have gradually become a popular way for students to access Web content. This being the case, many universities and content companies have created applications that are designed to work more efficiently within a mobile device environment. Blackboard has taken advantage of this trend and has released a mobile application that allows students to access course content. In addition, Blackboard has created a way for instructors to create tests designed for those accessing their course using devices such as iPads and Galaxy devices.

Use the following steps to create a mobile compatible test within your course.
After entering your course:

1. Locate the location of where you would like to place the test within your course.


2.  Click on the grey “Assessements” button located near the top of your content area. Then slide down and click on

“Mobile Compatible Test”


3. A window will appear and ask you to enter in information for your test. Enter in the desired information and click “Save Settings”.


4. It is now time to enter in the questions for this test. Click on “Add Question” and select a question type.


5. Enter in the question and answer text and click “Save Progress” Continue this same process to enter in the remaining questions.

When you are finished entering in your questions click “Save and Close”. This will then place your mobile compatible test in the location that you originally selected.fivea




Please note that even though this test has been designed to work on mobile devices, students can still take the test on their personal computer.

Bb Wednesday Tip: Using “Set Grade Center Due Dates” Tool

Using the “Set Grade Center Due Dates” Tool

When creating any graded item in Blackboard such as an assignment, SafeAssignment, Discussion Board, or test, setting a due date creates a Calendar item which allows student to quickly reference when items are due. An easy way to change the due dates of all graded items in one place is by using the “Set Grade Center Due Dates” tool. This tool also allows the availability of graded items to be changed with a single click. To use this tool, please reference the steps below:

1. Navigate to your Blackboard course where you would like to edit due dates.

2. In the left navigation menu, click the “Course Tools” link under the “Course Management” section, and click the “Set Grade Center Due Dates” link.

Step 2

3. On the “Grade center Due Dates – individual due dates (all assignments listed)” page, you will notice there is a list of all items in your course which can have due dates. By default, these items are listed by “Name” in ascending alphabetical order. To change the listing to descending alphabetical order, click the word “Name” in the gray highlighted column header. To change the sorting method to be sorted by “Grading Period”, “Category”, “Is Available?”, or “Due Date”, click, any of these titles in the column headers.

Step 3

4. Once you have chosen a sorting method to easily locate items in the list, you can begin editing the due dates of graded items. To update or add a new due date, first find the item to update in the list and enter a date in the “Due Date” column in the form of mm/dd/yyyy or click the calendar button to select a date from a pop-up calendar. Once a date has been added or edited, a small triangle icon with an exclamation mark will appear next to the new date to remind you that you have edited this date. Optionally, availability can also be changed by clicking the checkbox for “Is Available?” for any item as well. Once you have repeated this process to edit any other dates and availabilities necessary, click the blue “Submit” button to commit changes.

Step 4

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