Tuesday, October 08, 2013

How to Upload Questions from a File into a Question Pool in Blackboard

To create a pool of test questions in blackboard, you will need to begin with an empty pool.
From Control Panel -> Organizational Tools -> Tests, Surveys and Pools, click "Pools" and then
"Build Pool":  http://screencast.com/t/5EK5MXDiS1

Once you have built the pool, you are ready to import test questions.   Questions must follow the Blackboard question and answer format here:

An example of this format can be seen in this video, which also shows how to save as a tab delimited file from Excel:

If you are creating your test questions in a text editor, you can simply use the tab key between fields and then save the file as text (.txt).

If you are working in Excel, you must specify the file type “tab delimited text.”     

To import your test questions to your question pool, from Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Tests, Surveys and Pools, click "Pools."   Click the arrow next to the name of your pool to display the options menu, and choose "Edit."
In the next screen, choose "Upload Questions."  Browse to your question file and select the file, then assign a default number of points per question.  This number can be changed later.  Click "Submit" to complete the upload:   http://screencast.com/t/Lagew9vEUHU

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