Avoid Using Force Completion in Blackboard Tests

Posted: 7/21/15

Due to a recent influx of reported issues encountered while taking Blackboard Tests, we’d like to remind Faculty of the consequences of using Force Completion on Blackboard Tests.

Force Completion, found under Test Options > Test Availability, is typically used to prevent students from navigating away from a Test in order to minimize cheating. When a student navigates away from a Test, and the Force Completion option is turned on, the Test is automatically submitted for them by the system. However, should the student encounter any technical difficulties, such as losing internet connection, they will not be able to complete the test.

Because of this behavior, you may want to limit the use of the Force Completion option to supervised exams, where, if issues occur, an instructor can be available to reset the test.

As an alternative, we recommend using a timer to limit how long students have to complete the test. If a student encounters a technical issue, or closes their browser, the timer will continue to run on the server even though they have left the test. When the Auto-Submit feature is also used, the test will automatically be submitted when the timer expires. This approach will minimize cheating while also allowing those who encounter technical difficulties to log back in and continue the test within the time limit established by the instructor.

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To learn more, please visit the FAQ section of the Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center, or visit Blackboard's Test and Survey Options help page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the DoIT Helpdesk at 815-753-8100 or helpdesk@niu.edu.

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Call the IT Service Desk at 815.753.8100, email ServiceDesk@niu.edu, or submit a ticket at it.niu.edu

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