Test and Surveys (Course Evaluations)
Surveys may be used by instructors to assess your overall understanding on a certain topic, a specific assignment, or on the course in general. All survey data is presented to your instructor anonymously, feel free to provide open and honest feedback to best improve your learning experience.
- Take a survey/course evaluation PDF
Your instructor has the ability to administer tests via UTC Online. A test can be distributed in multiple formats depending on how your instructor wishes to display questions. For example, the questions can be displayed all at once or one at a time. Your instructor can also apply multiple settings to a test that affect how the test can be completed. For example, instructors can choose how many times a test can be attempted, the time allowed to complete the test, and whether or not students can go back and change answers that have already been entered (i.e. back tracking). An additional benefit to using the test feature within UTC Online students may be able to access their tests via My Grades (depending on the feedback settings chosen by the instructor).
If you experience technical difficulties while taking a test (power outage, loss of Internet connection, etc.), your instructor has the option of “resetting” your test attempt. Resetting the test attempt will delete all the answers you made in that attempt. You must start from the beginning of the test on your next attempt. Furthermore, your instructor has the final decision whether test attempts are reset and subsequent attempts are allowed.
- Access and take a test in UTC Online PDF VIDEO
- Submit multiple attempts PDF
- Types of test questions PDF URL
- Use Respondus Lockdown Browser (see below for additional information) PDF
Taking Tests in UTC Online
Follow these guidelines when taking a Blackboard test/quiz to avoid problems such as being locked out of a test/quiz.
- Before the Test:
- Turn off pop-up blockers in browser preferences and close all other software such as instant messaging, email notifications, or other programs which may interfere when taking a test.
- Give yourself time to take the test, accounting for any technical problems that may occur. Once you have entered the test, do not leave the test or do anything else until you are finished.
- It is not recommended that you connect to Blackboard using America Online as your browser or through a dial-up connection. Your connection may be terminated at any time. Recommended browser is Mozilla Firefox.
- Do not use a mobile device's web browser to take a Blackboard test or quiz; instead, use a non-mobile device's web browser to take the test or quiz.
- Make the Visual Text Box Editor unavailable before the test (you can turn it back on after the test): Main tab > Tools: Personal Information > Set Visual Text Box Editor Options
- During the Test:
- Wait for all questions to load before beginning the test.
- Do not navigate to other websites or any other area of Blackboard while taking the test. If you do, you may be locked out of your test.
- Single click on the arrow when advancing to the next question: avoid hitting Enter on your keyboard or double clicking on the arrow.
- Never use the back or forward button in your browser; instead, always use Blackboard's navigational tools to navigate through the test.
- Keep your browser active. The assessment feature in Blackboard is set to time out when there is a lot of inactivity. To keep the test active, you must save the test or individual questions periodically by clicking the "Save" button every now and then located near the end of the test. Checking boxes and typing does not keep the browser active.
- When you have completed the test, make sure you click on the Submit button (and not the Save button). Click on the Submit button only once; there may be a delay as the test is scored.
- If using a mouse with a scroll wheel, click on your answer and then click elsewhere in the test area, and then scroll down with the scroll wheel to avoid scrolling to a different answer.
Respondus Lockdown Browser
Respondus LockDown Browser prevents a user from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications during an assessment. If an online exam or assessment requires that Respondus LockDown Browser be used, the exam won’t be accessible with a standard web browser.
Respondus LockDown Browser provides a custom interface for the Internet Explorer (Windows) or Safari (Macintosh) software that is already installed on a computer. It does not modify an existing copy of Internet Explorer or Safari, but rather, installs a separate program that displays a custom interface and set of features. Respondus LockDown Browser uses the same security features and service packs that are currently installed for Internet Explorer or Safari. Installing Respondus LockDown Browser won't modify your current version of Internet Explorer or Safari in any way.
(Note: Respondus LockDown Browser should only be used for taking online exams and assessments. It shouldn’t be used to access other areas of a learning system.)
Respondus Lockdown Browswer is intalled on all computers in the UC student computer lab as well as in the library. You can also install the Lockdown Browser on your personal computer by following the steps below:
For Windows users, the Respondus LockDown Browser installer program will be downloaded as the file LockDownSFX.exe. You must run this installer program to install Respondus LockDown Browser on the computer you are using. After installation, you can start the LockDown Browser by using the shortcut that appears on the desktop or via the Start menu (Start > Respondus > LockDown Browser).
For Macintosh users, a folder named LockDown Browser Install will be created on your desktop. Within this folder is the installer program named Install Respondus LockDown Browser.pkg. You must run this installer program to install Respondus LockDown Browser on the computer you are using. After installation, you can start the LockDown Browser via the Applications folder (look for LockDown Browser).