When administering a quiz or test online via Blackboard, the Distance Education and Instructional Technology (DEIT) department suggests that the Force Completion test option not be selected.
With Force Completion selected, any exit from the quiz or test counts as the student’s attempt – this applies even in the instance of a device malfunction or loss of Internet connectivity (using a wireless internet connection can have common, brief breaks in connectivity). In these instances, students are unable to recover any work they’ve completed on the exam (quizzes and tests cannot be reopened where the student left off). This often leads to a lot of laborious workarounds to get one or two students caught up for a technical error.
Instead, DEIT recommends using the Timer function along with turning the Auto Submit feature ON.
With this setup, a student has exactly as long as you allow from the time they start the exam (the clock is dependent upon the Blackboard server, so if a student starts a test at 1PM with a time limit of 60 minutes, they only have until 2PM to finish – they cannot exit at 1:20PM and then still have 40 minutes to use whenever they so choose). This provides students an opportunity to recover from potential system glitches or loss of Internet.
If you also want to ensure that students cannot close out of the test to check other resources, please activate the Respondus LockDown Browser for quizzes and exams.
*All students have access to the LockDown Browser tab on the navigation menu in each course, which will walk them through the process of downloading, installing, and testing the functionality of the LockDown Browser software prior to attempting a graded assessment with this tool.
If the LockDown Browser is activated for a quiz or exam, Respondus creates a unique string of letters and numbers in the Password field under Test Options to connect to that assessment.
This password should not be modified or removed (if students are properly using the LockDown Browser, they will not be prompted for it).
In the instance that the password is modified or removed, students will receive a message stating that there is a problem with the test settings and to contact the instructor. To fix the problem, go back to the Respondus LockDown Browser Dashboard (under Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser) and click on the Fix It button, which will be located to the right of the quiz/test name.
If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the Force Completion test option or the password that’s created with the use of the Respondus LockDown Browser, please contact DEIT at firstname.lastname@example.org (or by phone at 610-282-1100 ext. 2290).