How to set up online Timed Assessment Submissions on Blackboard Guide for Academic Staff
Before creating a submission, please ensure the process that you plan to use has been approved by your College or School and, that you have filled in the Online Exam Rubric template and included it at the start of your paper.
NOTE: The instructions below are written for circumstances where students are required to write answers into a file on their own computer, and then submit that file within a 24-hour period to either Turnitin or the Blackboard Assignment submission system. If a Timed Assessment involves a short answer Blackboard test the guidance below will need to be slightly adapted to take account of this. The main change is likely to be in section 3 where a link to the short answer test would need to be included, rather than a coursework submission link.
There are 5 main steps that need to be followed to deploy a Timed Assessmnet via Blackboard. You must:
PLEASE NOTE: During the set-up processes described below you will have to enter the start and end date/time of the assessment up to 3 times.
1. Create a dedicated assessment folder that will appear at the top of the page in the ‘content’ area. Once in the relevant Blackboard site:
Under Content, hover over the first line until you see a + symbol with a purple line, click on the + symbol and select ‘Create’.
A panel will open on the right-hand side, select ‘Folder’ and name it ‘Timed Assessment’ and make sure in the drop-down menu to select ‘Visible to students’ and click on save.
This will now create a folder called ‘Timed Assessment’ at the top of the page in the content area.
Click on the ‘Timed Assessment’ folder to open it. You can then add:
The Online Timed Assessment paper with the questions and any instructions, timed to appear for the required 24 hours.
An assignment submission link for the students to submit their assessment answers, also timed for 24 hours.
A discussion board for students to post any queries they may have about the timed assessment.
2. Add the online timed assessment paper and instructions
After you have opened the ‘Timed Assessment’ folder, click on ‘Upload’ to browse your computer to locate the word document or PDF that has the exam questions and any instructions and select open. The document will now upload and appear in the folder.
You may need to edit the name of the document you have just uploaded so that it appears as ‘[insert module code] Timed Assessment’. To edit the name, hover over the document and click on the 3 dots and select ‘Edit’
A panel will open the right-hand side, hover over the title of the document and click the pencil icon to edit the name and then click ‘Save’ at the bottom.
The document will now appear in the ‘Timed Assessment’ folder. You will now need to set the availability of the document. Click on ‘Hidden from students’ and select ‘Release conditions’.
A panel will open on the right-hand side. Check the date/time box and ensure the availability of this document is set for the 24-hour period that has been agreed (example below) and then click the ‘Save’ button. (If an alternative window of availability has been agreed for a timed assessment then set the availability accordingly).
Once the release conditions have been set, hover over where it says ‘Available based on date’ to ensure that you have set the correct date and time. See below for an example.
3. Add an assignment submission link for the timed assessment
Use the links below to find detailed guidance on creating either a Turnitin submission link or a Blackboard Assignment link.
Please note the additional steps below that must be followed for either Turnitin or Blackboard Assignment links when creating them for online timed assessments
Every assignment link must make use of the availability options in either the creation of a Turnitin or Blackboard Assignment link, so that the University policy for a 24-hour window (except in circumstances where a different time window has been agreed) for the online timed assessment is adhered to.
There is no need to set the Timed Assessment to be marked anonymously.
For Turnitin Assignments
The Start Date must be set as the start date and time of the agreed 24-hour period of availability for the online timed assessment.
The Due Date must be set as the END date of the 24-hour period for the exam (except in circumstances where a different time window has been agreed).
Under ‘Optional Settings’ the assignment should be set to NOT allow late submissions (i.e. make sure that the ‘allow late submission box’ is not ticked)
ALLOW submission of any file
IMPORTANT Set the ‘Post Date’ for 10:00 am on 31 December
NB You will need to manually post the grades while the column is hidden for the Grade Journey process to work.
If you are using a grading rubric, attach it in the normal
NOTE: If students need to submit multiple files to fulfil the assessment requirements (e.g. a Word file and an Excel file) then you will need to create separate submission links (named appropriately) or use Blackboard Assignment for the submission (see 3.2 below) which can accept multiple files via one submission link.
See example settings for a Turnitin assignment below: