Analyse test results to enhance student learning

What is it?

In Blackboard, there you can use the question analysis tool to see questions that your students, as a cohort, answered correctly or struggled with. You can use this to tailor future lessons, or adjust quiz questions for future cohorts. 

What does it do?

Instructors can see when their students opened, started, and submitted tests and assignments with the Student Activity report. And view results as they are marked.

Question Analysis provides statistics on overall performance, assessment quality, and individual questions. This data helps you recognize questions that students struggled with. Question Analysis is for assessments with automatically marked questions (not essay questions that require marking by the instructor).

  • Analyse your student survey feedback
  • Filter results by question
  • Monitor student interactions with your survey
  • Analyse results as they are made available
  • Download and distribute results

What should I know?

Step 1: Navigate to your course content’s assessment area and select the three dots beside your test.

Blackboard ultra module, showing the analytics options in the content drop down menu (3 horizontal dots)

Step 2: You will come across Student Activity and Question Analysis

Student Activity

 You will find the Student Activity Overview page which will provide you with:

  • Submission time average – the time it has taken to complete the survey
  • Time to open average – the time it has taken to open the survey
  • Time before due date – countdown to the deadline
  • Submission Activity – How many students have/have not interacted
  • Mark distribution – The distribution of marks across submissions
Blackboard Ultra content student activity overview screen

On the Student Activity Details page you will find specific information on each individual student and their interactions with the survey including who has and has not submitted, whether it is late, and the mark allocated (this will be relevant for a test, but not so much a survey).

Step 1: Change between graph and list view using the icons at the top of the Student Activity Details page.

Download the results

Step 2: The system will keep the results for 14 days however, you can download the file at the top of the Student Activity Details page. It will download into a CSV file where you can open it on Excel or save for onward distribution, if necessary.

Blackboard ultra content student acitivity details screen highlighting teh graph and list view options as well as teh download as CVS option

For details on how to get the most out the Student Activity Overview, visit the Blackboard Help guide on Student Activity Details in the training module.

Question Analysis

Step 1: Navigate to your course content and find your survey. Select the three dots and select the Question Analysis option

Blackboard ultra module, showing the Question Analysis button in the content drop down menu (3 horizontal dots)

Step 2: You will find analytics based on the most recent student submissions here. Select Run Report to refresh the results. This can take a few minutes or longer, an email will inform you once the report is ready.

Blackboard ultra question analysis screen highlighting the Run report button

Download the report

Step 3: The system will keep the report for 14 days however, you can download the file at the bottom of the report. It will download into a CSV file where you can open it on Excel for future reference.

Blackboard ultra question analysis screen highlighting the download as CSV option for the question analysis report

You can see all the questions at a glance from the front page, and you can click on the link for each individual question to find more detailed results.

For details on how to interpret the analysis report, visit the Blackboard Help guide on Question Analysis in the training module.

Updated on 08/09/2021

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