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Deploying Tests and Surveys

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13:33, 28 Feb 2013

After you create a test or survey, the next step is to deploy it to users in your course. This is a two-step process: adding the test or survey to a course area, then making it available.

About Unavailable Tests

There is a difference between unavailable and deleted assessments.

  • Deleted assessments have been deleted from a course. Deleting an assessment is irreversible.
  • Unavailable assessments are deployed to a content area, but a link does not appear to students.

You can access assessments through the Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys, and Pools.

You manage assessment availability on the Test Options or Survey Options page. Assessment availability is limited to a specific time period by setting the Display After and Display Until dates and times. If the link to an assessment is available, but neither date is set, the assessment is immediately and always available.

Before You Begin

Before you can deploy a test or survey, you need to create it and create new questions, or use the Find Questions feature to copy or link existing questions to it.

To learn more, see Creating Tests and Surveys and Reusing Questions.

How to Add a Test or Survey to a Content Area

  1. Navigate to the course area where you want to add a test or survey.
  2. On the action bar, point to Assessments to access the drop-down list.
  3. Select Test or Survey.
  4. Select a test or survey from the Add Test or Add Survey list.
  5. Click Submit. The Test Options page appears.

How to Make a Test or Survey Available

You set test and survey availability after you deploy the assessment in a course area. You manage availability on the Test Options page.

  1. On the Test Options or Survey Options page, click Yes to Make the Link Available to users. If you select No, it will not appear to students. You may make the link available, and then use the Display After and Display Until fields to limit the amount of time the link appears.
  2. Set the following options for the test or survey:
    Test and Survey Options
    Option Function
    Add a New Announcement for this Test or Survey The announcement will include the date and state "an Assessment has been made available in [Course Area that includes the link to the assessment]". This announcement will appear in the course announcements as well as the My Course and My Announcements modules.

    If an announcement was previously posted using this feature, the date and time of the most recent announcement appears.

    Multiple Attempts Select the check box and choose an option:
    • Select Allow Unlimited Attempts to permit students take the assessment as many times as they want.
    • Select Number of Attempts and type a number to indicate a specific number of attempts allowed.
    Force Completion Select the Force Completion check box to force students to complete the test or survey once it is launched. Students may not exit the assessment and continue working on it at a later date. The Save function is available for students to save the assessment as they work through it, but they may not exit and re-enter the assessment.
    Set Timer Select this check box to set a time limit for finishing the assessment. If you select this option, enter the amount of time to allow for the test or survey in the hours and minutes boxes. The time elapsed appears to students during the assessment. A one-minute warning also appears as students approach the time limit.

    Selecting this option also records completion time, available in the Test Information section when the attempt is complete.

    If you set a timer, turning on Auto-Submit will save and submit the assessment automatically when time expires. Setting it to off gives  students the option to continue after time expires.

    Display After and Display Until Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields to define the availability of the test or survey. Select both the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections.
    Password Select the Password check box to require a password to access the test or survey.
  3. Click Submit.

Controlling the Presentation of a Test or Survey

Additional options are available to control the presentation and feedback for an assessment. To learn more about these options, see Test and Survey Options.

Options for Test and Survey Presentation
Option Function
Include this Test in Grade Center Score Calculations Test results can be used in Grade Center calculations by selecting this option. Test scores do not need to be revealed to students to be used in Grade Center calculation. Self-assessment tests are generally not included in Grade Center calculations. If the test is not included, the score will not affect any Grade Center calculations. This test is also excluded from weighting.
Hide Results for this Test Completely from Instructor and Grade Center This option is available only for tests, and if you select it, a test can be made to behave like a survey, even if points are assigned to the test questions. The display in the Grade Center will read Complete/Incomplete, and N/A (not applicable) or zero appears on the Grade Details page. You will not be able to see any student grades, view answers, aggregate results, or download result details for this test. To protect student privacy, you cannot reverse this choice later without deleting all attempts.
Test or Survey Feedback Determine the kind of feedback that appears upon completion:
  • Score: Presents the final score to students. This is only available for tests.
  • Status: Presents the completion status to students.
  • Submitted Answers: Presents the student’s answers.
  • Correct Answers: Presents the correct answers to the questions. This is only available for tests.
  • Feedback: Presents the question feedback to the student. This is only available for tests.
Presentation Mode All at Once: Present the entire assessment on one screen. Students scroll through all the questions and can move up and down from question to question. If selected, you cannot select Prohibit Backtracking.

One at a Time: Displays one question at a time. The screen includes navigation tools to move between questions. The Submit function appears only on the last page of the assessment. You may also select Prohibit Backtracking and Randomize Questions.

Prohibit Backtracking Select this check box to prevent users from going back to questions that they have already answered. If you do not allow backtracking, questions are presented one at a time and the <<, <, and >> functions will not appear to users during the test or survey.
Randomize Questions Click to display questions in a random order each time the test or survey is taken. If you have included references to the question numbers as they appear on the Test Canvas, do not use this option because the random order will change question numbering.
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