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Blackboard: Assessment Types

You can create many different types of assessments in your course areas. Include assessments alongside your other course materials to create a cohesive learning experience for students. You can create assessments in advance, making them available only as they are needed.

Assessment Type

You can create tests to assess student knowledge. Numerous question types are available, including multiple choice, true/false, matching, calculated, and essay. You assign point values to the questions as you create them.

The majority of questions are auto-graded, so after students submit their answers for grading, the results are recorded in the Grade Center. Students can find out their score immediately after completing it if all questions are auto-graded and you release this information.


Surveys are ungraded tests. You can use surveys to poll student opinion and conduct class evaluations. Survey results are anonymous, but you can see whether a student has completed a survey and view aggregate results for each survey question. Survey creation and deployment is almost identical to test creation, except for:

  • Survey creation settings do not include options for assigning scoring defaults because survey questions are not graded.
  • When questions are added, you do not specify which answers are correct.
  • Random blocks of questions cannot be added to surveys.

You can use assignments to present a variety of learning activities to students which they can view and submit from one location. Assignments can be submitted as:

  • Text students include on the Upload Assignment page
  • Attached files
  • A combination of both text and attached files Rubrics and examples may be provided as part of the assignment to let students know how they will be evaluated.
Self and Peer Assessment
The Self and Peer Assessment Building Block is designed to enhance the reflective learning skills of students. Students receive constructive feedback from their peers as well as provide it.
Safe Assignment

The SafeAssign building block enables comparison of submitted assignments against a database of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works. You can use Safe Assign to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students properly cite sources. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent to plagiarism and an educational tool.

SafeAssignments and regular assignments are created and graded in similar ways. However, they are completely separate tools and you cannot change an existing assignment into a SafeAssignment.

Ensures original work by checking submitted papers against 17+ billion web pages, 200+ million student papers and leading library databases and publications.GRADEMARK:
Saves time and improves feedback through online grading where standard and customized marks appear directly on the student’s paper.PEERMARK:
Engages students in the writing process by providing structured, anonymous feedback of other student’s written work.


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Eric Silva

Eric is a Systems Analyst and Blackboard Administrator at The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a graduate from Boise State University. Learn more about me.


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