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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

Blackboard Learn Provides Enhanced Group Functions

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By in Blackboard Learn, Classroom, Distance Education, Getting Started, Software, Student Behavior, Tools, Uncategorized on .

Group functions within Blackboard Learn now allow for collaboration between students using blogs, file exchange, discussion board, journals, tasks, and Wikis. Students within a group can participate in real-time lessons and problem solving exercises.  Groups may be set up manually, randomly automatic and by self-enrollment. Any number of groups or students to a group may be selected.  Tools are then assigned to the group.  Emails may be sent to students in a course by groups, as well as individual or all settings. Many of these tools allow students to communicate asynchronously outside of class on projects and assignments.

Blogs, when assigned to a group, allow the group to post and add comments to the blogs. When the blog is set up, grading may also be set up as an option with the blog, automatically creating a column in the Grade Center.  Rubrics, which is a grading form, give guidelines to students for the blog entries may also be created and assigned to the blog.

File exchange provides space for group members to share files.  Examples of use might be meeting notes, guidelines, checklists, rough drafts, and images.  Group members, as well as the instructor can add files.  All can delete files from the group or instructor.

Instructors may use a group discussion board to encourage discussions on course material or expanded course topics outside of the classroom.  One example might be review of professional journal articles and writing summaries of those articles. Group discussion boards are limited to only the group members, where they post thoughts and comment on others posts.  Grade columns may be set up with the discussion board, as well as rubrics.

In contrast to the discussion board, journals allow a student to share their thoughts with each other and communicate with the instructor. Journal entries may be set up to only be shared with group members and grading with rubrics may also be attached.  Group tasks are set up on a page that organizes projects or activities (tasks) by defining task priority and tracking task status.  This may be used to assist students in completing projects or preparing for presentations.

Wikis allow a web based collaborative space that can be set up by groups.  Group members may view, contribute and edit content that is posted.  All course members or just the group may view the Wiki, but editing us limited to just the group members. Grading allows for a Wiki group grade that automatically goes to each student in the group.