Adding Tests to Content Areas
Once you have created a test and added questions, the next step is to deploy the test, by:
- Adding the test to a Content Area, Learning module, or Folder.
- Making the test available to students by editing test options.
In addition to setting availability, you can also edit the self assessment, presentation, and feedback options. Carefully selecting the most appropriate options for your course can enhance student learning and encourage academic honesty.
- Ensure, Edit mode is on, and access the "Content Area where the test will be added".
- On the Action Bar, from the Evaluate Contextual Menu, select "Create Test".
- On the Add Test page, select a test from the "Add Test box".
- Click "Submit".
After an existing test is added to a Content Area, the Test Options page appears.
In addition to making a test available to students, you can select other availability options based on your pedagogical requirements:
Add a New Announcement for this Test - Select Yes to announce the availability of a test. The announcement text is automatically generated and includes the test location.
Multiple Attempts - Select Multiple Attempts to allow students to take the test more than once. Use Grade Center settings to determine which score to use. Left unchecked, the students are allowed one attempt.
Force Completion - Select to force students to take the test the first time it is launched without saving it and returning to it later.
Set Timer Hours - Select to know how long students take to complete the test. If the timer is set, students are timed, but not stopped if the time expires; however, their grades are withheld until you review the tests. A timer is visible to the students during the test.
Display After and Display Until - Select the display dates for test availability during a specific time frame.
Password - Select to set a password requirement for students to access the test. Passwords are limited to 15 characters and are case-sensitive.
Self-Assessment - To create a practice test for students to check their knowledge, select Hide Results for this Test Completely from Instructor and the Grade Center under Self Assessment Options. However students will see their scores if you choose to display them.
Feedback - To maximize learning, consider providing feedback to your students. If you do not select this option, any question or answer feedback will not be displayed. If you will be reusing questions, you may not want to provide the correct answers. Instead, consider adding prompts to the feedback that will enable students to locate the correct answers.
Presentation Options - To prevent students from referring back to previous questions, select One at a Time and Prohibit Backtracking. To reduce the potential for academic dishonesty, select Randomize Questions. Each time the test is taken, the questions will be presented in a different order.
Setting Test Options
- If desired, edit the "Test Information", including Name and Description.
- Under Test Availability, select the "Yes radio node for Make the Link Available", and select other settings as needed.
- Select "Self-Assessments" Options.
- Select "Test Feedback" options.
- Select "Test Presentation" options.
- Click "Submit".
If the name or description of the test is changed, the changes only appear in the Content Area. They will not change in the Tests tool or in the Grade Center column.
Encourage Academic Honesty
It may not be possible to completely prevent cheating, but there are steps you can take to minimize it.
While selecting your test settings can help prevent academic dishonesty, below are some other strategies to consider:
- Test frequently, and avoid high-stake exams if possible. Research indicates students are more honest when courses contain numerous assessments, each worth a limited amount.
- When creating questions, randomize the order of each question's answers.
- Use the test as a teaching and learning tool, rather than a measure of fact recall. For example, allow students more than one attempt to encourage them to review the content they missed the first time.
- Pair online objective tests with subjective measures such as writing assignments, projects, applied problems, discussions, or group work.
- Administer tests in a proctored location, if possible. Proctors can ensure students take the assessment at a designated time and without collaborators, unauthorized materials, use of the internet, or handheld devices.
- Use question pools to create random blocks of questions. Students will receive different questions, randomly pulled from the question pool.