Skip to main content
Blackboard Help

Creating Assessments in a Course Area

You can provide tests, surveys, and assignments in content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, or folders. You can create a new test, survey, or assignment or link to an existing one.

You add assessments by pointing to Assessment in the course area’s action bar to select the type of assessment.

Image illustrating associated text

You can provide relevant assessments with your teaching materials. For example, include a pre-test at the beginning of a learning module and a post-test at the end. Or, take a survey of students' background knowledge in the subject in your course orientation folder.

About Assessment Types

You can create several 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 Descriptions
Assessment Type Description
Test 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. After students submit their answers for grading, the results are recorded in the Grade Center. Students can find out their scores immediately after completing it if all questions are auto-graded and you release this information.

To learn more, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.

Survey 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 you add questions, you do not specify which answers are correct.
  • You cannot add random blocks of questions to surveys.

To learn more, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.

Assignment You can use assignments to present a variety of learning activities to students which they can view and submit from one location. Students can submit assignments as:
  • Text students include on the Upload Assignment page.
  • Attached files.
  • A combination of both text and attached files.

To learn more, see Assignments.

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.

To learn more, see Self and Peer Assessment.

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 SafeAssign 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.

You create and grade SafeAssignments and regular assignments in similar ways. However, they are completely separate tools. You cannot change an existing assignment into a SafeAssignment.

To learn more, see SafeAssign.