Assessment Adjustments in Buzz

The purpose of this article is to show the different adjustments that can be made to assessments in Buzz.

Lincoln Learning Solutions (LLS) courses are set up with default settings for Assessments. Teachers may change these settings for a specific student, a group of students, or for all students. This article will explain considerations for each Assessment Settings tile and ways you may consider adjusting to fit the needs of your students. This is not designed to cover all options, but to provide some considerations.

 TIP: To learn more about our default settings and creating of Assessments, click here.

NOTE: Click here for the Agilix support page.

Assessment Settings Tiles

Within the Editor of your course, select the Edit icon on the Assessment you would like to adjust. Next, click the SETTINGS tab at the top. You will then see a variety of tiles.  

TIP: Click the tile titles below to jump to those explanations. Each area will contain a list of setting options to consider.

Gradebook and submission: Shows the weight of the assessment.

Assessment pool settings: Configure assessment question pooling.

Assessment review: How a student will review assessment results.

Activity settings: Number of attempts, questions per page, and randomization.

Advanced assessment options: Different options for modifications.

Advanced gradebook options: How this assessment will affect the student’s grades.

Visibility and access: Setup visibility and access rules.

Gradebook and Submission

This tile shows how much this assessment is worth.

Assessment Pool Settings

Lincoln Learning Solutions designs online assessments comprised of question pools that create a version of the assessment based on question type and/or number of specified questions. 

TIP: If you have a modification that may ask you to eliminate Essay questions, this is where you can adjust how many questions are pulling per question group. It is important to map out your changes as eliminating questions in a pool will adjust the number of overall questions and potential adjusting points. Please see the example below for additional details.

Assessment pool settings allows you to choose how many questions and the forms of those questions you want in your assessment. You can pool the questions by groups, learning objectives, or question type.

Pool Settings Key:

  • Point = point per question
  • LLS = Lincoln Learning Solutions-created
  • CERT = Ceritca created
  • MC, MA, MT, O, E, PE, PMC = question type (see below)

TIP: 1-pt_LLS_MC means 1-point multiple-choice questions created by Lincoln Learning Solutions.

IMPORTANT: The assessment points are associated to the pool setup. If you adjust the number of questions for any type, your points will scale to the original points unless adjusted.

EXAMPLE: This assessment is worth 32 points, eight 1-point multiple choice, one 2-point multiple answer, one 3-point multiple answer, one 3-point matching, one 4-point matching, six 1-point passage multiple choice, two 3-point passage essay. If I eliminate one of the 3-point passage essays, the assessment will be scaled to 29 points. Therefore, if a student scores a 25 out of 29, that is equal to a 27.59 out of 32. However, if you eliminate one of the 3-point passage essays, you do have the ability to add three 1-point multiple choice questions and the scale will stay the same.

Assessment Review

This tile allows you to choose how you would like your students to receive their assessment results.

You have a few different drop-down options for how you would like your students to review the assessment results. You can select:

  • Always (will always display regardless of the question or assessment outcome)
  • Never (will disable the feature)
  • After available attempts (will display if the student completes after the available attempts)
  • After minimum attempt (will display if the student completes after the minimum attempt, typically one)
  • When answered correctly (will display only if the student answers correctly)
  • After due date (this is only for traditional/ranged courses and will display after the assigned due date has passed)
  • After score visibility date (this is only for traditional/ranged courses and will display after the score visibility due date has passed)

NOTE:  Lincoln Learning Solutions updates Display correct questions, Display correct choices and Display feedback results to After minimum attempt. This is not the default setting. 

Agilix provided a few scenarios below to help illustrate the various options.

Display question results shows every question in entirety (all questions that were assessed and all of the answer options). When disabled, all questions are hidden.

Display student answers shows only the answer the student provided (either through a selection or text input). When disabled, both the selected or provided answers from the student and the correct answers are hidden.

Display question score shows the points each question is worth and the points the student achieved. When disabled, both are hidden.

Display correct choices shows icons next to multiple choice/multiple answer options indicating whether the answer is correct or not. When disabled, no checkmarks (correct) or exes (incorrect) are shown next to the answers.

Display feedback shows immediate, automatic feedback after the student submits an answer. When disabled, no immediate automatic feedback is shown.

Activity Settings

Number of attempts: Lincoln Learning Solutions' default is one attempt to take the assessment. If you would like your students to have multiple attempts at completing an assessment, you can change that here.

WARNING: If you change the number of attempts in the Activity settings tile, you will want to confirm your Score attempt in the Advanced assessment options tile.

Questions per page: LLS default is one question per page, but if creating your own, consider how you want the students to interact with the assessments. Keeping at one question per page helps to apply focused questioning for all students.

Randomization: These two checkboxes help to ensure students are getting a different question order with a different response order.

Advanced Assessment Options

This tile allows you to add or disable features for your students’ assessments.

Here you can set a time limit, set the default question score, as well as set the minimum attempts you want your students to take. LLS default settings allow printing of all assessments.

Modification Considerations

The checkboxes for modification needs are great for modifying the assessment interaction for a student or group of students.

Show highlighter allows students to highlight text while taking the assessment.

TIP: To provide the highlighting tool for an essay question make sure to put the essay question on its own page. To provide the highlighting tool for a passage question with multiple questions attached to the passage, make sure to display the attached questions on the same page.

Show answer eliminator allows students to eliminate multiple choice questions while taking the assessment.

Allow students to take question notes allows students to record notes about a question while taking the assessment.

Allow students to take permanent, activity notes during the assessment allows students to take notes during an assessment that they can return to after completing the activity.

Allow students to bookmark and review questions allows students to review questions while taking the assessment and filter by those they have answered, those they haven’t, and those for which they’ve recorded notes.

WARNING: Formative assessment will potentially excuse a student from previous or upcoming activities based on the standards associated. This should not be checked unless there is a specific use case.

IMPORTANT: Assessment password can be applied, but if you are doing forced progression, you may want to consider adding the password at the Visibility and access tile.

Advanced Gradebook Options

LLS defaults to checking Score can be dropped from calculated course score and Include this activity’s score in final-grade calculation.

There are two other options for a teacher to consider in the Advanced gradebook options tile:

  • Require a passing score for course credit: Use this option with caution.

WARNING: If you check Require a passing score for a course credit and a student fails, this can prevent the course score from appropriately displaying in the Gradebook. If the teacher has any of the items in the course with this setting enabled in the items settings and the student does not have a passing score on any of those items, this will cause a course score not to be recorded until they achieve a passing score on those items.

  • Treat as a zero in gradebook until this activity is scored: If you check this box, this assessment will be scored as a zero until the student completes it.

Visibility and access

This tile can be used to apply forced progression. Click here for additional details on how to apply forced progression.

NOTE: Adjusting settings at the activity or assessment level may block global updates if applied, or updates must be applied manually post adjustment of settings at the activity or assessment level.

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