Thao Nghi Tu
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The Short Answer/Essay question type in Sakai Tests & Quizzes unfortunately cannot be graded automatically. You will need to manually enter a score for each student who responded to the question. A quick way to see all the students with responses per question is to use the “Questions” view in test submissions. Here is a help guide on viewing student responses by question. Be sure to click the “Update” button periodically at the bottom of the page as you’re updating scores.
If you have additional tech questions about this, please send us a help request on help.unc.edu.
Thao Nghi Tu
ITS Teaching & Learning
Yes, as you noticed, the settings have to be updated on each discussion Topic to make them visible in the Lessons tool. It’s a bug we’ll need to have fixed, hopefully soon!
Thanks for understanding,
I confirmed your students can see the discussion boards in the Forums tool itself. This may be a bug we need to address in the Lessons tool. Can you try setting an available date on your Topics? For each Topic in the Forums tool:
1) Click Topic Settings
2) Change Availability to Specify dates to open
3) Change Open Date to now and remove Close Date
Then see if that removes the unpublished notification you’re seeing in the Lessons tool. Please feel free to email me directly or submit a help request if you’re still having issues.
That’s correct — “exit” and “submit” are two different things. Students will always be able to exit a test including single-submission tests, whether that’s by saving and exiting or having their browser close for whatever reason, and then go back into the test to submit it. That is of course assuming the timer has not run out (if it’s timed) or the due date has not passed. We recommend checking the “Autosubmit” box to automatically submit any tests students did not successfully submit.
There are no silly questions here. 🙂 The Short Answer/Essay type of question allows for Model Short Answers and Feedback to be displayed to students. Please note that whatever content is added here will be visible to all students who took the test. If you do not want all students to receive the same feedback on each questions, you/your TA would need to add individualized comments one-by-one from the Word doc.
In order for these options to display to students once feedback is available, be sure to check the appropriate options in the “Set advanced feedback options” in the Grading and Feedback tab in your Settings. If the test has already been published, you want to edit the test in the Published Copies tab.
Here are some resources on feedback in Tests & Quizzes:
Students can navigate to another Sakai site while taking a test, however it’s imperative that they not open multiple browser tabs/windows of Sakai to do so. Having multiple browser windows open of Sakai while taking a test can potentially cause them to lose their work due to opening a new active Sakai session. If students must navigate to another part of Sakai, whether it’s in the recitation site the exam is in or the lecture site, students should save their work and exit the exam before navigating to another part of Sakai within that same browser tab. We do have several notices within the Tests & Quizzes tool to alert students of this browser behavior. My guess is that some students may work in multiple browser tabs while they have the test open in one window and their notes in another window, so I think the safest solution would be to remove the timer or give an overly generous time to complete the exam in case any of them lose some of their work. It’s also a good idea of them to save written responses in particular in a Word doc for example. We have several tips on Sakai Tests & Quizzes you and your students are welcome to review.
Please note if there is a timer and students navigate away from their exam, the clock does not pause but continues to run. Also note the recommended web browser for Sakai is Firefox. Let us know if you have any more questions!
You and I have been emailing back and forth today but I also wanted to add information on here for others.
You can add more questions on an exam where students choose which questions to answer, however the tricky part is figuring out the grading. Sakai assessments are calculated based on the total point values of all questions combined. If you’re not expecting students to answer all questions on a test, you don’t want them to be penalized for the questions they don’t answer.
One option to get around this is to make all your questions worth 0 points and then add one additional question that’s worth the total maximum points for this section on the test. Students can leave this last question blank. For example, you may have 10 total questions, each worth 10 points, and want students to answer 7 of those questions. The first 10 questions will be worth 0 points each and your last question will be worth 70 points. As you’re grading, you can enter scores for the first 10 questions so that your grading may look like this:
Question 1 of 11: 10 / 0 Points
Question 2 of 11: 0 / 0 Points (student left unanswered)
Question 3 of 11: 10 / 0 Points
Question 4 of 11: 10 / 0 Points
Question 11 of 11: 0 / 70 Points
The total calculated will be based out of 70 points.
Unfortunately the Tests & Quizzes tool currently doesn’t have feedback upload capability. Depending on how many students you’re adding feedback for, it may save you time to manually upload a spreadsheet with your comments and scores directly into the Gradebook instead of automatically sending scores to the Gradebook from the Tests & Quizzes tool and copying and pasting each comment. You would export the spreadsheet from your assessment, modify the spreadsheet so that it is formatted for the Gradebook and include comments, and then upload that spreadsheet as a separate Gradebook Item into the Gradebook tool. You would also need to disable automatically sending the scores from the Tests & Quizzes tool into the Gradebook so that your assessment scores don’t appear twice. Please note this option would be to provide comments for the overall assessment and not on individual questions.
There is also the PostEm tool, which is basically a spreadsheet viewer. Any feedback text you add into your spreadsheet columns will be visible to the associating student. See more information on PostEm.
I believe you received assistance from my colleague through a help request but wanted to post the response on here in case others are looking to do the same thing. That is indeed how you would release an assessment to someone early. If you don’t anticipate adding/deleting questions or making too many changes, you could also use the “Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date” option in the exam Settings. This allows you to make the exam available at an earlier time for individual users or Groups you have created without having to duplicate and manage multiple assessments.
Here is a tutorial on setting up timed exceptions.
By default, no feedback is available to students, however you can change the feedback setting at any point. Please note the “Immediate Feedback” option means students can see the feedback immediately, so while they are taking the quiz. We highly recommend selecting either “Feedback on Submission” or “Feedback will be displayed to the student on a specific date” (after due date for example). In the Set advanced feedback options, you can choose what to make available to students in the feedback. Assessments are also sent to the Gradebook by default, but this can be changed in the settings at any point as well. Please follow these steps in the Tests & Quizzes tool to make changes:
1) Select Published Copies tab
2) Select Action menu for assessment > Settings
3) Select “Grading and Feedback” tab
4) To remove the quizzes from the Gradebook, uncheck the Gradebook Option: Send assessment score to Gradebook immediately, regardless of options below
5) To modify when feedback is displayed to students within the Tests & Quizzes tool, select Feedback on submission or on a specific date and select date/time
Hi Ben, I’m going to send you an email since this is specific to your course. Please look for that reply shortly!
Yes, the students’ answers should still be saved up until the point of the last save before the disconnection. Students can manually save their answers and Sakai also automatically saves every 5 minutes during a test. It’s extremely important to note that answers will be saved as long as students are in one active browser tab of Sakai. We highly recommend students remain in one browser tab/window of Sakai while taking tests as opening multiple windows of Sakai can potentially cause them to lose their answers due to the new window of Sakai now being the active session that is saved. We have this blog post with Sakai tips for students that you are welcome to share with your students.
To share your VoiceThreads with your students, I would recommend adding the VoiceThread tool to your Sakai site so that you can easily select which VoiceThreads to share with the course. This way all students in your course would get access to the VoiceThreads you select and you won’t need to grant permission for each individual student.
First, add VoiceThread to your Sakai site: Site Info > Manage Tools > check VoiceThread and continue through the steps to add it.
Once the tool has been added to your site, click on the “+ Add your own” option in the top right corner of the VoiceThread tool > Select from my Voicethreads > select the VoiceThread to share > Share. I would recommend giving students “View and comment” permissions to allow them to view and add their own comments. Giving them edit permissions would grant them the ability to make changes to your VoiceThread. Your students should then see the VoiceThreads you have shared with them in the VoiceThread tool of your Sakai site and through the direct links you share.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
The feedback will remain available to students starting on that date and time. Yes, you can go back and switch the feedback setting to “No feedback” after you have discussed the exam in class. Just be sure to modify the version in the Published Copies tab.
Here is some information on making feedback available to students. Be sure to edit the copy of the assessment in the Published Copies tab since this is the version released to students. Also note that we recommend never selecting “Immediate Feedback” as this is available to students as soon as they take the test.