Blackboard : Grade Centre, Create Questions Workshop


Use the Grade Centre in Blackboard - find out how to integrate assignments  and quizzes into your course.

A major feature in Blackboard is the ability to create assignments, quizzes and surveys. Instructors can design these evaluation tools using a variety of question styles. Questions may be grouped and selected by the instructor, so that no two students would receive the exact same set of questions. Availability and time may be controlled by the instructor and students may access the assignment, quiz or survey online, and receive a marked or evaluated assignment immediately upon submission. The automatic grading of evaluations means students may receive immediate feedback.

This hands-on workshop explains how to create and manage marked assignments, quizzes and anonymous surveys in Blackboard.

Special Notes:
Question Sets vs. Random Blocks
Using Question Sets provides much more flexibility. Blackboard recommends creating quizzes with multiple question sets to ensure that each section of a chapter is assessed, while using randomization to give each student slightly different questions. Many instructors combine fixed questions that all students will receive with multiple question sets.

In principle a Blackboard LS "Classic"/Learn and Angel Learning Random Blocks are the same as the Blackboard "WebCT" Vista/Campus Edition Question Sets. The prime difference is in creating and adding questions to the Question Set or Random Block. In Blackboard Vista/CE, you can create new questions or add questions from the Question Database into a Question Set. With Blackboard LS/Learn, you need to pull in existing questions from pool files in the Pool Manager.

Overall, Random Blocks and Question Sets work the same when the quiz/test/exam is delivered to the students.

Question sets are new to BB 9.1. With Random Blocks, you select a source (a pool or another test), then specify the number of questions and the question type(s) to be included in the block. With a question set, you actually select specific questions, and can also filter based on other criteria such as categories or levels of difficulty.
So, you might want to include 3 questions out of a list of 5 on one topic, and 1 question out of 3 on another topic, all drawn from the same "Chapter 1" question pool. You can do that with two question sets, but to do it with random blocks you would have to split the question pool up into multiple pools.

Question sets are particularly useful working with question pools supplied by a publisher, which are probably going to be chapter-based, and may also include more category/topic information than you would include if you were creating the questions yourself.


The participants will:

  • work with the grade centre
  • recognize the different types of questions available;
  • build and maintain a question pool;
  • build quizzes and surveys;
  • randomize questions on a quiz;
  • administer a quiz, change marks and grade a quiz.


  • Basic computer skills

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1.5 hour Course

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