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Qualtrics as a Quick Quiz Tool with Scoring

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We often think of Qualtrics, Purdue’s online survey software, as primarily a research or data gathering tool, but it will also allow you to set up quizzes with scores and display results to students.  Though the tool is by nature anonymous, a simple solution would be to ask students to fill in their name using a text fill in the blank question, if they want the credit for a given quiz.  Results may be viewed in Qualtrics to provide the instructor with a composite view of the classes’ responses; as well as downloaded to Excel for further analysis or uploading to a grade column in Blackboard. It is not as robust as assessments in Blackboard, but if you are looking for a different kind of student self-study guide or short quiz format, this might be worth exploring.

For example, let’s review setting up a self-study quiz. To set up the quiz, create the questions in Qualtrics as you would usually do using multiple choice, ranking, fill in the blank or true/false formats.  You may also create question display mapping based on certain responses to questions.  What this means is that you may provide additional questions to a student if they had an incorrect response to an earlier question or to proceed past those extra questions, if their original response was correct. A mapping technique based on their answer choices is often useful as a self-study guide to develop mastery over course content outside of the traditional class environment.

To apply the scoring feature, while in Edit Survey mode, click on the Advanced Options button in the upper right of your screen. Then select Scoring on the lower half of the Advanced Options menu.

Qualtrics Advanced Options tab

Qualtrics Advanced Options tab

Menu item for Scoring

Menu item for Scoring





The next step is to select the correct answers by clicking on the answer choice that is right.  It will default to 1 point value.  You can click on the number 1 and type in a different value if desired. For fill in the blank questions, you may add alternative answers by clicking the plus sign to the right of the answer choice.  Note each alternative answer needs a score value entered to the left of it to be scored properly.

Example of scored question

Example of scored question

To display the score to the student at the end of each question or at the end of the survey, or both; click on scoring options in the upper right of the screen and select your choices.Score display options

The final score displayed to the student will look like the snapshot below after they click the submit button. Score displays per question may be used in addition to a final display.

Final scored display

Final scored display


If you would like to read more about scoring, use the following link http://qualtrics.com/university/researchsuite/advanced-building/advanced-options-drop-down/scoring/ or please contact one of our Ed Tech staff at tlt-consulting@purdue.edu

Qualtrics Offers New Features for Mobile Compatibility Checker, Multi-Click Heat Maps, Goals Lines for Graphs and More…

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By in Content Development, Course Redesign, Mobile, Software, Tools, Uncategorized on .

Qualtrics recently added a series of features that you will see listed as you log into Qualtrics, along with links to instructions and tutorials. To review a few of those features, let’s start with the Mobile Compatibility Checker.  This checker allows you to optimize your survey to be viewed and taken on mobile devices.  Mobile Compatibility Checker is a feature that you turn on; then as you scroll through your survey Qualtrics, it will present the mobile checker icon in the left column of a survey question if tips are detected that will help your survey display better on a mobile device.  To turn this feature on:

  1. Log into Qualtrics and go to Edit Survey
  2. Open the Advanced Options drop-down menu located in the upper right of the screen.
  3. Select “Toggle Mobile Compatibility Check”.picture of orange icon box with small mobile device inside of it
  4. Scroll through your survey and look for the mobile checker icon displayed in the left margin of your questions.
  5. When you see the orange icon with a small mobile screen inside of it; click the icon to view suggestions.

If you use questions with heat maps, Qualtrics has added a new option, the Multi-Click Heat Map, to let you determine how many clicks to allow on the map.  To explain further, heat map questions let you load an image as part of your question.  Survey participants then click on the image to indicate their answer to your question.  You could use this for a variety of purposes; identifying points on the human body, picking the most useful areas on a web page for usability studies, locating areas on a geographical map or perhaps identifying creative components in a painting. To use the new feature for the Multi-Click Heat Map question format, follow these steps:

  1. Log into Qualtrics and go to Edit Survey.sample image of hot map question with geographical map
  2. Use the Create a New Item link to add a question.
  3. Select Insert a new Heat Map item.
  4. Select and upload a graphic to use for your question.
  5. In the right tool bar, select the number of clicks you would like to allow on that image by increasing the number of clicks in that option.

If you have ever wanted to add the comparison of goals to your actual data results, Qualtrics has now added Goal Lines for Graphs. This feature lets you edit the survey results graphs to show your goal values in the Y-Axis against the actual survey results values. For example, you might want to show how many students accessed certain campus services in the past year against how many they indicated accessing this year in your current survey.  For research purposes, you could show the expected use of milk in a calcium study or the expected use of safety procedures against what is actually reported.  These graphs may be easily downloaded into reports for MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint.  To include Goal Lines for Graphs:

  1. Log into Qualtrics and along the top bar; go to the tab called Reporting Beta.
  2. Create a new report or open an existing report.
  3. Add a bar, line or control graph to the question you want to graph.
  4. Click Graph Options in the top menu, then click on Goal Line.
  5. Set a value for the goal line based on your Y-Axis values.

To read about other new Qualtrics features such as adding multiple data sources to a word cloud, scheduling future downloads of data or grouping page items; click here. 



Creating a Complete/Incomplete assignment option in Blackboard Learn

By in Blackboard Learn, Content Development, Course Redesign, Distance Education on .

Instructors sometimes ask,  “How can I create an assignment in Blackboard Learn that isn’t graded?”

It is possible to create a check mark in your Grade Center indicating a task is completed without assigning a grade value.  The trick is setting that part up after you have created the assignment.  To have an entry that looks like the image below in your Grade Center, you need to set up the assignment as normal, which requires you to enter some value in the Points Possible field.

image of check mark in grade column




After you have the assignment created, go to that column in your Grade Center.  Select Edit Column Information from the column header drop down menu.  As you scroll through your options, under Primary Display, you will notice an option for Complete/Incomplete.  You may select that option now and change your Points Possible to zero or another desired value.

complete and incomplete option in primary display






Remember to click the Submit button to save your changes. You will now be able to click in the grade cell and add a check mark for students who have completed the assigned task.


Blackboard Learn Workshops for June 2012

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Hands-on workshops will be offered for Blackboard Learn during the month of June 2012.  Faculty and teaching support staff who would like to build a new course in Learn or move content from Blackboard Vista into Learn will find the content and resources useful.  The workshops include an introductory session, as well as topics on assignments, assessments, collaborative tools, grading and moving course content.

Seating is limited, so registration is encouraged.  To read more go to this link…http://www.itap.purdue.edu/newsroom/detail.cfm?NewsId=2560

To view the training calendar and register for a workshop, please go to this link and click on the workshop you would like to attend.  http://www.itap.purdue.edu/training/calendar/

Sessions will be offered in again in August, as well as, during the fall semester.

Suzanne M. Ahlersmeyer, M.S.; ITaP Instructional Designer