Skip to main content

giving only a few students access to a test/quiz in Bb

There are times when an instructor will want to give only a few students access to a quiz or exam (make-ups exams come to mind). One might imagine that this should be an easy to do in Bb since it seems like such a common task in teaching...One would be entirely wrong in making such an assumption.

Typically, all sites tell you to use Adaptive Release to create special conditions for specific students. However, they seem to assume that all students have access to the quiz/exam in some way. But what if I wanted to give a make-up to only 1 student who might have been absent the day the quiz was given? And that's where I ran into problems. If I used the regular "Edit the Test Options," I could select a user, but the test would still be viewable by all students, leading to much confusion on the part of students. I could add a password during this stage and give it to just the one student, but this did not alleviate the rest of the class' confusion-- in fact, I would often receive a barrage of emails asking me for the password!

Here's the workaround that I think that might work:

Instead of selecting the standard "Edit the Test Options," choose "Adaptive Release." In "Adaptive Release," you have the following options: 1) Date, 2) Membership, 3) Grade, 4) Review Status, and 5) Submit. The options look this this:

#1) Date sets the criteria of visibility. I usually just leave this alone.

#2) Membership: choose the students who you want to be able to make-up the test/quiz/assignment

#3) Grading: It was the options for this section that I had such a difficult time with. Notice that the options assume that a grade attempt has already been made. But if a student is making up the quiz, there can't be a grade attempt! And it's not an option to lead the criteria blank. The workaround is to choose a score/percent option or choose a range from 0-100. Then go back to the Grade Center and enter "0" in the grade column for that student. Now, only the single student selected for membership and with a "0" in the grade column will fit the criteria for the adaptive release and only she/he will be able to see the make-up assignment. No need to create passwords, etc. So far, it seems to work (always famous last words!). Also keep in mind that you'll need to make sure that no other students have any grades in that column if you go with this method!

#4 and #5) Review Status and Submit: These two sections seems self-explanatory.


Popular posts from this blog

add a public Google calendar to your Android device

Subscribing to a Google calendar on Android is actually a two-step process. You must first subscribe to the calendar using the web version of Google Calendar and then add it to your Android device.
Subscribing to ical on Google Calendar web:
Step 1: go to Google Calendar on the web
Step 2: Choose "Other calendars"
Step 3: In the dropdown menu, choose "Add by URL"
Step 4: Insert the calendar's ical address (probably provided to you by your instructor in the syllabus), click "Add Calendar," and you should be all set.
Adding subscribed calendars to Android: Step 1: On your Android device, you may have to clear the existing calendars and re-sync the data for a new calendar to show up. Settings / Applications / Manage Applications / Calendar -> Clear Datathen Settings / Applications / Manage Applications / Calendar Storage -> Clear Data Wait a few minutes and you should be able to see the new calendar. If it does the new calendar does not show up, also …

are you better off than your parents?

Here's a link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI calculator. You may also want to consider this article and the accompanying graphic: A Rough Ten Years for the Middle Class

So are you better off than your parents?