Eric A. Silva

Blackboard Feature Spotlight: Mobile Compatible Tests

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As more and more schools are going 1:1 mobile ready technology is very important. Blackboard Mobile Compatible Tests allow students to take a test within the Mobile Learn app without having to scroll left & right and up & down. There are a few downsides to creating mobile compatible tests. Instructors must work through a separate workflow and not all question types and settings that are available in a regular exam are available in mobile compatible tests. In order to view the “mobile-optimized” version of the test the student must be using the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. The test will render a full html view in a mobile browser such as Safari on the iPad. Mobile tests in the browser “should” be coming in the new Blackboard Learn Ultra that will include a responsive design. Click here and here to learn more about Ultra.

There are the 7 mobile compatible question types available:

  • Calculated Numeric
  • File Response
  • Fill in Multiple Blanks
  • Hot Spot
  • Multiple Choice
  • Short Answer
  • True/False

Creating a Mobile Test

  1. From a Content Area hover over the Assessments tab.
  2. Click Mobile Compatible Tests.
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  3. Enter your test title, description and other additional test settings.
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Lockdown iOS devices for Mobile Tests

Enabling Guided Access

  1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
  2. Scroll down to Guided Access under the Learning header.
  3. Enable Guided Access.
  4. Go to Passcode Settings.
  5. Set a Passcode. This will make sure that your students can not exit Guided Access mode.

Activating Guided Access

  1. Open the Blackboard Mobile Learn App.
  2. Triple-Click the home button.
  3. If prompted, click Guided Access from the menu.

Exiting Guided Access

  1. Triple-Click the home button.
  2. Enter your passcode.
  3. Click End.

Eric Silva

Eric is an Instructional Designer at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and a Graduate Student at Boise State University. Learn more about me.

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