Tests, Surveys, and Pools

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19:35, 4 Jul 2015

You can use tests and surveys to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. You create tests and surveys and then deploy them in a course area. When you add a test or survey to a content area, it is "deployed."

You assign points to test questions for grading evaluation, but survey questions are not scored.

Survey results are anonymous, but you can see whether a student has completed a survey and view aggregate results for each survey question. To learn more, see Test and Survey Results.

Before You Begin

When you create an assessment, consider:

  • Do I need a test or survey?
  • Are special instructions needed?
  • How many questions?
  • What type of questions?
  • For tests, what is the point value associated with each question?
  • Will partial credit be acceptable for some or all test questions?
  • Are some test questions very difficult and may count as extra credit?

Wired Connections Are Best

Remind your students that it is best to take tests using a wired connection. Wireless connections are more prone to network issues. The stability of the signal depends on how long and how much bandwidth users draw, similar to 4G phone data connections.

About Creating Tests and Surveys

After you add a test or survey to a content area, properties such as availability and presentation options are managed there. To learn more, see Create Tests and Surveys.

After you add a test or survey to a content area, the Test Options or Survey Options page appears. To learn more, see Deploy Tests and Surveys.

You can view and grade tests submitted by students in the Grade Center. You cannot view or grade them  from the content area where they are deployed.

Specify Question Settings

Before you begin adding questions, you can change the test or survey's question settings. Question settings include options to change default point values for a test, add images, files, or web links to answers, and designate questions as extra credit.

To learn more, see Question Settings.

Delete a Deployed Test or Survey From a Content Area Without Attempts

When you delete a test or survey from a content area, the assessment itself is not deleted. It is still available on the Tests or Surveys page where you can edit, redeploy, or delete it from the system.

If students have not attempted to take the test or survey, you may safely delete it from the content area without any loss of data.

If you deploy a test or survey again, it is considered new. No connection or shared data exists between the first and second deployments. The Grade Center treat each deployment as separate Grade Center items.

Delete a Deployed Test or Survey From a Content Area With Attempts

If students have already taken an assessment, be cautious and consider the consequences before deleting it.

You can make an assessment unavailable rather than delete it.

Deleting an assessment with attempts has consequences. After clicking delete, a warning appears with options:

  • Preserve scores in the Grade Center for this Test, but delete all attempts for this Test. This option deletes the assessment from the content area. Any grades in the Grade Center related to this assessment will remain, but the attempt itself will be deleted. In this instance, the grade stays but the assessment and any attempts are deleted. You cannot view any of the students' responses to questions. This can have serious consequences, for example, if an essay question still needs to be graded. You cannot grade the question after deleting the assessment because the details of the attempt were deleted.
  • Remove this content item, the Grade Center item for this Test, all grades for this Test, and all attempts for this Test. This option deletes the assessment from the content area and erases any record of the assessment from the Grade Center. This will destroy all record of student performance on the assessment.

Use the following steps to delete an assessment from a content area:

  1. Access the assessment's contextual menu and click Delete.
  2. Click OK in the dialog box.
  3. Click Preserve scores in the Grade Center for this Test, but delete all attempts for this Test -OR- Delete this content item, the Grade Center item for this Test, all grades for this Test, and all attempts for this Test. (See previous explanations.)

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Delete a Test or Survey From the Tool

On the Tests or Surveys page, access the item's contextual menu and click Delete.

If the Delete function does not appear in the contextual menu, you have deployed it in a content area. Follow the instructions for deleting a deployed test or survey before trying to delete it from the Tests or Surveys page.

Removing a test or survey deletes it, but does not have any impact on the Grade Center.

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