Recent Updates

  • Most question types in Tests & Quizzes are automatically graded by the system. However, you will need to manually score short answer/essay questions, file uploads, and audio recordings. You may also adjust the auto-graded scores, add comments, or give partial credit.

    If you would like to send your assessment scores to the Gradebook so that they can be included in the course grade calculation or allow students to see an answer key or other feedback in Tests & Quizzes, see What are the Grading and Feedback options for an assessment?

    For more information on making grade adjustments to overall scores, including assigning scores to students with no submission, or grading by student, see the following articles:

    Note:

    • Tests & Quizzes will NOT automatically grade students with no submission.  If a student who did not submit an assessment should receive a grade of 0, you'll need to enter a 0 for their grade.
    • Comments cannot be added within the Tests & Quizzes tool for students with no submission and they do not have access to feedback for assessments they did not submit.  If you'd like to provide comments to a student with no submission, you might upload a file with comments to their folder in Drop Box.   If you'd like to print an answer key to an assessment to provide to students who did not submit, see How do I print an assessment (i.e. test or quiz)?
    • Once a grade has been saved for a student in Tests & Quizzes, you cannot delete the grade to remove it from the student's course grade.  If you inadvertently assign a score to a student who should not have received one for an assessment, and the assessment score is being sent to the Gradebook, you will need to remove the assessment score from the student's final grade using a Grade Exclusion in the Gradebook.
  • By default, students with No Submission to an assessment will have a blank, or null, grade.  The assessment will not count in their final grade until a grade has been entered for them.  You can assign the same grade, such as 0, to all students who did not submit an assessment.

    WARNING: Once a grade has been saved for a student in Tests & Quizzes, you cannot delete the grade to remove it from the student's course grade.  If you inadvertently assign a score to a student who should not have received one for an assessment using this feature, and the assessment score is being sent to the Gradebook, you will need to remove the assessment score from the student's final grade using a Grade Exclusion in the Gradebook.

  • By default, only you will be able to access the question pools you create, but you can share your question pools with other instructors from within the system.

    You can only share a question pool with a user who has permission to create assessments, and you must share the question pool from a site for which both you and the user have such a role; it does not have to be the site where you created the pool.

    Once someone shares a question pool with you, you can then access the pool from any site in which you have the ability to create assessments, unless the creator of the pool revokes access.

    Pool owners will see the names of everyone with whom they've shared the pool on the Share Pool screen in all of their own sites. If someone with whom a pool has been shared is not a member of the site the pool owner is viewing, that person will be listed under "Site Members with Access" with the role of "anonymous_access".

    Removing a user from a site does not remove access to any question pools you've shared with him or her. You must revoke access using the instructions below.

  • By default, only you will be able to access the question pools you create, but you can share your question pools with other instructors from within the system.

    However, question pool owners have more options for sharing and managing question pools than users with shared access. In some cases, you may wish to transfer ownership of a question pool to another user so that the new user has all of the available options going forward. For example, if the original owner of a pool is retiring or leaving the institution, he or she may need to transfer all of his or her pools to another faculty member in the department.

    Note: Transferring ownership of a question pool also transfers ownership of any subpools within the selected pool.

  • The settings of a test or quiz are complex, and offer many options.  In many cases, the default values will work, but should be reviewed.  The modification of a setting in one section will not change settings in other sections.

  • You can edit an assessment's title or description in the About this Assessment section of the assessment Settings.  For more information on additional assessment settings, see How do I inspect and adjust the settings of an assessment?

  • In Availability and Submissions, you will find options including who should take the assessment, availability dates, and how many submissions are allowed. For more information on additional assessment settings, see How do I inspect and adjust the settings of an assessment?

  • Grading and Feedback includes options such as whether to send grades to the Gradebook, the score that is recorded if a student has multiple submissions, and the types of feedback you make available to students. For more information on additional assessment settings, see How do I inspect and adjust the settings of an assessment?

  • Updated on: Dec 21, 2020

    What is a question pool?

    A question pool is a set of questions, identified by a name, that belongs to you (not the worksite).  You can share a question pool with others, and others can share theirs with you.

    Questions pools are set up in advance of an assessment, for convenience.  When you are ready to give your students an assessment (a test or quiz), you can pull questions from your pools and also from pools that have been shared with you.  

    Question pools serve as the basis for random-draw questions.  To give each student a different question on the same subject, set up a question pool with several equivalent questions on that subject, and then add a random-draw question using that pool.

    Question pools can be subdivided into subpools, and those subpools can be further subdivided, for organization that reflects your teaching methods.