So, you finally took the plunge and used a short answer/essay style question in your Blackboard test and now you are needing to mark it. Problem is 250 students sat that exam and you have 250 different answers that need marking and just like a written exam you want to make notes/comments on the submitted responses. With a paper based exam this is easy – you just write on the exam script. Turnitin has the functionality to add notes/comments directly onto the assignment submission but with computer based exams, there is no functionality to do this at all.
The other issue is that there is no built in print or export function. However by following the instructions below will help in resolving the above. As I’m sure you have already realized if you want to retain these you will need to keep the hard copies
1 In the Module Management Menu on Blackboard, Select Grade Centre and then Tests.
The Grade Centre will appear.
2 Identify the test in the “Grade Information Bar” that has the short answer/essay style question
3 Click the “Click for more options” arrow next to the test name at the top of the score matrix.
4 Select the “Grade Questions” option.
You will see a screen similar to this
5 Identify under the Question Type column a question that is a short answer or essay style question.
6 There will be a number two columns to the right. This is the number of attempts for this question. Click on this number. This will show all the answers submitted to this question
7 Select the right hand mouse button next to a student name. On the resulting menu select “Print”
8 Follow the on screen guidance for printing
9 You can now make comments and notes accordingly.
10 Don’t forget that after each question you can give student feedback. You may wish to summarize your notes/comments and inform your students of how you marked the question