Question Types

Question Types in Original Course View

There are many types of questions that can be included in an assessment. For instructions on how to create different question types, please see the guides in the Tutorials & Guides tab to the right.

  • Calculated Formula: Contains a formula with a number of variables. The correct answer can be a specific value or a range of values.
  • Calculated Numeric: Resembles a fill-in-the-blank question, except a number is entered to complete the statement. The correct answer can be a specific number or within a range of numbers.
  • Either / Or: A statement with a pre-defined choice of two answers (Yes/No, On/Off).
  • Essay: A question where the answer must be typed in a text box.
  • File Response: Students upload files to respond to the question.
  • Fill in Multiple Blanks: Multiple responses are inserted into a sentence or paragraph.
  • Fill in the Blank: A statement that requires an answer to complete it. Answers are evaluated based on an exact text match.
  • Hot Spot: A specific point on an image is used to indicate the answer. For example, selecting all the countries in South America by clicking on each one on a map.
  • Jumbled Sentence: A sentence with a number of variables within it.
  • Matching: Two columns of items where each item in the first column must be matched to an item in the second column.
  • Multiple Answer: A number of choices with one or more correct answers.
  • Multiple Choice: Allows a number of choices with exactly one correct answer. Indicate the correct answer by selecting the correct answer.
  • Opinion Scale / Likert: A rating scale used to measure attitudes or reactions.
  • Ordering: A question that requires users to provide an answer by selecting the correct order of a series of items.
  • Quiz Bowl: An answer appears; the users responds with a who, what, or where question to respond.
  • Short Answer: Similar to Essay questions; answer length is limited.
  • True / False: A statement with the option to choose either true or false. True/False answer options are limited to the words True and False.

Assignments in Ultra Course View

Status: Available with Limitations

At this time, you can create these question types in tests and assignments in your course:

  • Calculated Formula: Contains a formula with a number of variables. The correct answer can be a specific value or a range of values.
  • Calculated Numeric: Students must specify a numeric response. The correct answer can be a specific value or within a range.
  • Essay: A question where the answer must be typed in a text box.
  • Fill in the Blank and Fill in Multiple Blanks:  A statement that requires an answer to complete it. Answers are evaluated based on an exact text match. Can include one or multiple blanks.
  • Matching: Two columns of items where each item in the first column must be matched to an item in the second column.
  • Multiple Choice: Allows a number of choices with one or more correct answer. Indicate the correct answer(s) by selecting the correct answer(s). Blackboard does not indicate to students whether there is one or multiple correct answers, so you may want to include that information in the question stem.
  • True/False: A statement with the option to choose either true or false. True/False answer options are limited to the words True and False.

In addition to questions, you can add the following content blocks within a test:

  • Add text: Type text in a text editor to provide instructions to students. 
  • Add local file: Upload a file that students can download during the test.
  • Add file from Cloud storage: Add a file from cloud storage, such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.

The following questions types are NOT yet available in Ultra Course View, but most can be handled with another question type:

  • Either/Or: Use True/False or Multiple Choice
  • File Response: Use an Assignment instead of a Test, with a timer enabled if desired
  • Hot Spot: Label the graphic with a few options and use Multiple Choice (development is planned)
  • Jumbled Sentence: Rewrite question as another type
  • Opinion Scale/Likert: Use Multiple Choice
  • Ordering: Use Matching where each item is matched to the correct position
  • Quiz Bowl: Not available and not planned
  • Short Answer: Use Essay

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