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  • Online Assessments: SafeAssign + Tips and Pitfalls Whats and Whys of assessments Assessment types Types of test questions Assignments Rubrics SafeAssign Peer Review
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  • Blackboards Assessment Features Blackboards Assessments o Tests o Surveys Other Assessment Tools o Assignments o Self and Peer Assessments o SafeAssignments o Links to External Publisher Assessment Tools Other Gradable Activities o Discussion Forums o Journals, Blogs, Wikis o Instructors Choice
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  • Advantages of Online Assessments Increase student engagement Provide timely feedback Location- and time-independent Automatic score recording Time-saving (Students and Instructors) Inclusion of online media
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  • Disadvantages of Online Assessment Students require technology Students require technology skills Technology problems Impersonal Difficulty providing assistance during a test Integrity Issues
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  • Uses for Online Tests Traditional Testing Gather (useful) information Assess your teaching Pre-class preparation Online Worksheets Practice tests
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  • Commonly-used Types of Questions Multiple Choice o Students pick the single correct answer True/False o Students choose whether a statement is true or false Fill in the Blank o Students must fill in a blank or blanks with the correct answers
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  • Commonly-used Types of Questions Matching o Provides two columns for students to match Short Answer or Essay o Students type their answers into a text box o Only difference is the size of the answer box File Response o Students can upload a file to answer the question
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  • More Types of Test Questions Calculated Formula o Assigns values to variables in an equation and asks students to calculate the answer Calculated Numeric o Fill in the Blank question which only accepts a numeric answer Hotspot o Student must click on the correct (rectangular) area of an image
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  • Still More Types of Test Questions Jumbled Sentence o Students select the correct order of answers from a drop down list containing all of the potential answers Opinion Scale / Likert o Survey-style answers based on an ordered scale Quiz Bowl o Jeopardy-style answer with a question Either/Or o Fancier True/False question which allows other dichotomous answers like agree/disagree Multiple Answer o Students choose all answers which are correct Ordering o Students must place a list in the correct order
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  • How to Build a Test Manually, from scratch Use Respondus to import from.doc files Re-using questions o From other tests o From Pools
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  • Test Exceptions and Feedback
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  • Test Best Practice Provide a practice test in your Course Provide TestTaking information to your class Randomize the order of answers o Dont use all of the above and none of the above or other positional questions Use a mixture of question types Structure tests with sets Avoid large images or other large media
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  • Academic Integrity Difficult to prevent students from referring to other sources Online tests should be viewed as open book Steps to reduce the potential for dishonesty: o Have students sign an academic integrity policy o Limit the time for completing the test o Use Question Sets and randomization to present a different version of a test to each student o Create a follow-up assignment requiring students to apply the knowledge they have demonstrated on a test o Proctor the online tests where you can monitor student activity
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  • Assignments Allows for paperless marking A drop box for electronic submission Automatic creation of Grade Center column Drop box closes on or shortly after the due date Two kinds available o Regular Blackboard assignment submission area o SafeAssignment
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  • Grading Assignments
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  • Grading an Assignment From the Grade Assignment Window: o Download submitted document o (Use track changes?) o Enter comments o Enter Grade o Upload marked document
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  • Rubrics Clarify expectations for assignment Standardize marking across graders Improve feedback Time-saving
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  • Create Rubric
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  • Grading With A Rubric
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  • Rubrics Available Assignments SafeAssignments Essay, Short Answer, and File Response test questions Blogs and journals Wikis Discussion board forums and threads
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  • SafeAssign: The Plagiarism Detection Tool for Blackboard SafeAssign is a plagiarism detection and identification service included with our Blackboard license. It helps educators determine if plagiarism has occurred by detecting unoriginal content in student papers.
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  • Instructors: How to Begin Go to a Content Page such as Course Content Under Assessments choose SafeAssignment. Choose student viewable = NO
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  • How Does SafeAssign Work? The submitted papers are checked against SafeAssigns databases of source material: o The Internet: comprehensive index of documents available for public access on the Internet. o ProQuest ABI/Inform database. o Institutional document archives. o Global Reference database: papers volunteered by students from Blackboard client institutions. Trent students cannot contribute to the Global Database.
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  • Sample Originality Report
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  • Types of Submissions Student Submit: o A dropbox is created in Blackboard o Student may submit only one document o Paper becomes part of the Trent repository Direct Submit: o Instructors can submit particular papers or portions of papers o Paper becomes part of the Trent repository
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  • Best Practices for SafeAssign Do not use the student viewable option o greatly increase questions and anxiety for students o report should be viewed subjectively by the instructor Do not use the draft option o draft assignments do not join the Trent Repository Demonstrate to your students: o what a safeAssign report shows o emphasize whether or not its plagiarism is still subjective
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  • To Be Aware Of Trent Respository and the Global Respository hosted on Blackboards servers in the US o Documents are identified by code number o Key linking code and student is held only on Trents server Trent students submissions cannot become part of the Global Repository Disabled for Trent
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  • Peer Review The Blackboard Guide: /self_peer_assessment.pdf /self_peer_assessment.pdf Blackboards Help Pages: us/Learn/9.1_SP_10_and_SP_11/Instructor/070_As signments/005_Self_and_Peer_Assessment us/Learn/9.1_SP_10_and_SP_11/Instructor/070_As signments/005_Self_and_Peer_Assessment A good quick guide from University of New South Wales: assessment assessment
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