On September 21 2017, Schoology released a new feature called Assessments. Assessments will eventually replace the Test/Quiz feature, but not for a while. The new Assessments is a very robust feature that includes 15 different types of questions in an online format. Keep in mind, this is a brand new resource. Schoology has mentioned they will continue to add additional functionality and wants to know if we find any bugs.
Teachers and Admin only, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a code to join the practice Schoology Assessment course where you can take a sample test to get a feel for the new question types. Also below are several videos that you might find helpful.
Click on the options listed below to learn more about creating and grading assessments.
- Create an Assessment
To create an assessment, start in either your Course or your Personal Resources area and click on the add button and choose “Assessment”. You will then need to set up the test parameters. When starting from Resources, you’ll need to choose a name and set the point value. When building from the Courses, you’ll also need to set a due date and a grading category. Be sure to leave the “Submissions” set to “Disable” until you are ready to administer the test. You can also customize a password for the test. After setting up the parameters, click Submit.
- Change Settings
Once you finish setting up the test parameters, you’ll be taken to the settings screen. You can customise the settings as you see fit.
- Assessment Has a Time Limit: You can set up a time limit for your assessment. If you decide to include a time limit, click “Yes” and enter the number of minutes.
- Assessment Questions Are Randomly Ordered: Select this option if you’d like the test questions shuffled for each student. Note – if your questions are meant to build on each other, do not select yes.
- Show Possible Points for Each Question During the Attempt: If you’d like students to know how many points each question is worth, select yes. If you’d rather they know only what the whole test is worth, select no.
- Students Can Flag Question for Review: Enable this option if you’d like students to be able to use the flagging tool. It’s a good idea to let students practice flagging, as it’s a useful test skill.
- Students Can Eliminate Answer Choices: This tool allows students to block off answers they suspect are incorrect. Students can always uneliminate answers if needed
- Students Can Use a Calculator During Attempt: This drop down menu has three options. 1. “No” which will not allow students an on-screen calculator. 2. “Yes, Basic” which gives students a basic calculator they can use on-screen. 3. “Yes, Scientific” which gives students a scientific calculator they can use.
- Students Can Use a Ruler During Attempt: This drop down also has three options. 1. “No” which will not give students a ruler. 2. “Yes, 15cm” which gives students an accurate, 15 cm ruler they can move and rotate on-screen. 3. “Yes. 6in” which also gives students an accurate, 6 inch ruler they can use on-screen.
- Students Can Use a Protractor During Attempt: Selecting “Yes” gives students an on-screen protractor they can maniplute.
- Allow Students to View Results After an Attempt is Submitted: This drop-down has three options. “No” which means students cannot go back and see how they answered. “Yes” which allows students to go back and see their answers. “Yes, with correct answers” which allows students to see the correct answer in addition to their answers. Tip – some teachers like to set this option to “No” initially, but change it to “Yes” or “Yes, with correct answers” after everyone has taken the test.
- Number of Attempts Students Can Submit: You can use this drop-down to select the number of attempts students have. You can choose between 1 and 20 attempts. If you select a number higher than 1, a final option will appear allowing you to choose which attempt score you’d like in the gradebook.
After you change all your settings, be sure to click “Save” to save the changes.
- Add Questions
After you configure the settings how you’d like, click on the “Questions” tab along the top to add questions. You can add 15 different question types:
- Multiple Choice: A multiple choice question allows you to set up a question using images and text and add multiple answer choices. Depending on the question, you can allow for one or many correct answers. This question is auto-graded.
- True/False: A true/false question allows you to add a statement, question, or image with a binary answer choice. You can set the question up to be true/false, yes/no, or any other combination of two answer options. This question is auto-graded.
- Matching: With matching, you can create a list of terms or phrases with corresponding matching answers. The students must then match the answer with the correct prompt. This question is auto-graded.
- Ordering: With this question, you can add as many words, numbers, phrases, or images and have students put them in the proper order. This question is auto-graded.
- Fill-in-the-Blank Text: With this questions, you can add text boxes within a sentence or phrase and require students to type in the correct answer. Since this is text-based, students must spell their answer correctly. You can choose whether or not capitalization matters. This question is auto-graded.
- Fill-in-the-Blank Dropdown: With this questions, you can add dropdown boxes within a sentence or phrase and require students to select the correct answer. You can add many dropdowns per question and change the options for each dropdown. This question is auto-graded.
- Fill-in-the-Blank Drag and Drop: With this questions, you can add blank response boxes within a sentence or phrase and require students to select the correct answer from a bank of options. Students must drag the correct answer from the bank to the response box. You can add as many response boxes per question as you like. This question is auto-graded.
- Short Answer/Essay: This question allows you to give the student a prompt and they must answer in short sentences or paragraphs. You can configure some of the options available to students in the text box. Due to the subjective nature of this question type, this question is NOT auto-graded.
- Label Image: This question type allows you to upload any image you like and place response boxes anywhere on the image. You can then create a bank of labels that students must drag to the correct place on the image. This question is auto-graded.
- Highlight Hotspot: This question type allows you to upload an image and make parts of the image clickable hotspots. Students must select the corrext spot(s) to get the right answer. This question is auto-graded.
- Highlight Image: This question type allows you to upload a background image and gives students drawing tools to draw on top of the image. This question can be used in a variety of ways. Due to the subjective nature of this question type, this question is NOT auto-graded.
- Highlight Text: With this question, you can add a block of text and ask students to select a words, phrases, or sentences. You can set up single or multiple correct answers. This question is auto-graded.
- Math Short Answer: With this question, you can give students a math problem to solve and students can use a math keyboard to work out the problem. You can customize which math tools students have access to. Due Due to the subjective nature of this question type, this question is NOT auto-graded.
- Number Line: With this question, you can set up a number line with a minimum value and a maximum value. You can provide students with a variety of responses they have to place on the number line. This question is auto-graded.
- Chart: This question allows you to give students a data set and ask them to build a bar-graph based on the data. This question is auto-graded.
After you select the question you’d like to build, each question follows the same steps. First, you’ll enter the question in the top box. Then you’ll add the response options. After you build the question, if the question can be auto-graded, you’ll be asked to setup the correct answer. Each question has a “Preview” button at the top, right corner of the page. You can preview the question and make sure it behaves as intended. Be sure to save the question once you’re happy!
After saving the question, you’ll be taken back to the question home page. Each question you make will be listed as its own card. You can change the point value of the question on its card. You can also use the three dots to copy or delete each question.
If you would like more information on each building each question, please refer to the Schoology Assessment PDF.
- Give the Test
After you’ve created all your settings and questions, you’re almost ready to give the test. It’s a good idea to use the “Preview” button at the top of the question setup page to see what the whole test looks like. After previewing, you can enable the test for students to text. To enable the test, go to the test on the course page, and click on the gear icon next to the test. Select “Edit”.
On the screen that pops up, change “Submissions” from “Disable” to “Enable”. You can also add a password for an additional level of security.
After you enable the test, you can click on the test to see the submissions. If students are still testing, you will see “In Progress” next to the student’s submission. Once the student has completed the assessment, you’ll see one of two things: “Completed”, which means the test is fully graded and needs to additional input, or “Needs Grading”, which means there are subjective questions you need to grade. To grade a submission, simply click on the submission to review the student’s work. You’ll see each question, and you can change the points awarded manulally if needed. You can also grade the subjective questions. Be sure to save your work.
You have some additional options for students’ tests with the three dots next to each submission. You can select the dots and choose to either Submit/Unsubmit the submission or delete the submission overall. You can also see some test analytics by click the small bar-graph icon along the top. Now that your grading is done, be sure to sync to PowerSchool.
- Tips to Manage Cheating
Cheating is a concern with online test. Be sure to use the LockDown Browser option in Schoology to lock students into a testing environment. Review the information below to learn more.
You can also set up passwords for your tests. Be sure to make the password unique for each period and do not give students the password before testing time. This prevents students outside your class from taking tests for students within your class.
LanSchool can also provide some additional security. You can use LanSchool to monitor all the students while they take the test. LockDown Browser already prevents students from using other programs or visiting other sites, so LanSchool offers eyes on all screens.
- Create an Assessment
- LockDown Browser
LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment for Schoology Quizzes and Tests. To learn more about using LockDown Brower, click on the options below.
- Best Practices for Using the LockDown Browser
- Make sure that your students have restarted their device. In fact, if they haven’t regularly completely shut down and restarted their device, they may need to do so more than once to get all of the updates.
- If you have used the Link Existing Section feature in Schoology, make sure that you go into each section and open the LockDown browser before your students use it.
- Students may get a warning message prompting them to close other programs. These include screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, network monitors, and several other types of applications. These applications can be shut down prior to the start of Respondus LockDown Browser, or you can let the browser close them automatically when it is launched.
- Not specifically a requirement of the LDB, but for general testing security they recommend the following Schoology Quiz/Test settings:
- Attempt Limit: 1 time
- Randomize Order: Yes
- Paging: One question per page
- Resumable: No
The LDB currently works for Schoology Quizzes/Tests AND the new Schoology Assessments feature!
- Integrates with Blackboard Learn, Brightspace, Canvas, Moodle, Schoology and Sakai
- Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
- Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and network monitoring applications
- Print, Print Screen and screen capture functions are disabled
- Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
- Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts and task switching are disabled
- An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
- Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
- Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers
- Localized for multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese
- Troubleshooting Tips
- There is a problem with the LockDown Browser settings for this exam
Ocassionally a LockDown Browser error window will appear that looks like this:
The above error typically occurs because of one of the following:
- The course is a copy, and the instructor did not open the LDB Dashboard once before students began taking exams
- The course is not a copy, but the quiz in question was migrated into the course from an old course, and the instructor did not open the LDB Dashboard once before students began taking that exam.
Opening the LDB Dashboard once for the course (and all others) should resolve these errors. This LTI requirement is always necessary for course copies, and also when a quiz is migrated in from an older course. Once you open the Dashboard, look for any errors and click the “Fix it” button. You may not see any errors, and this if fine. But the opening of the Dashboard itself will activate the LDB settings for the copy. It is not necessary to re-save each individual quiz’s settings. Once you do this, the errors will typically cease for all students who subsequently take their exams.
- When I start Respondus LockDown Browser a warning message states “You must close the following program before starting the browser...” Why does this occur?
Many types of applications are blocked from running at the same time as Respondus LockDown Browser. These include screen capture, messaging, screen-sharing, network monitors, and several other types of applications. These applications can be shut down prior to the start of Respondus LockDown Browser, or you can let the browser close them automatically when it is launched.
- There is a problem with the LockDown Browser settings for this exam
- Best Practices for Using the LockDown Browser