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EDU Support Blackboard Instructor Assignments, Assessments & Exams Step 2: Construction of your exam Question flow

Question flow

With the use of the question flow you can choose how to show the questions of your exam to the students. Do you want to present the questions in linear or random order, with or without backtracking, one by one or all at once and with or without versions? 

You can use the question flow for Essay assignments, Assignments, and Tests.

Depending on the preferences for your exam the set up will differ. Find out what the options are and how to use them below. 


Set up the question flow

  1. Create all the essay assignments/assignments and tests that should be a part of the question flow. Create them in the ‘Exam/Tentamen’ folder. 

  2. Check the boxes in front of the questions you want to group together and click on Create Question Flow Group.

  3. Choose how many of the selected questions you want to present to each student (choose 1 if you are using different versions of a question). Optional: you can give the group a title.

  4. Click on Create Question Group to submit. 

If necessary, repeat these steps to create all your groups.


Check/edit the settings of the question flow 

If you want to check or edit the settings of the question flow, go to the top of the page of the ‘Exam/Tentamen’ folder. You see a blue block called ‘Quick Info’. The settings for the question flow are by default: Random order of groups, Random order within groups and one at a time presentation. Click on Edit Settings to change this.

  1. Choose if you want to present the groups in linear or random order. Linear is the order in which the questions are displayed in the ‘Exam/Tentamen’ folder. 

  2. Choose if the questions are presented all at once or one at a time. One at a time presentation also means that students can’t backtrack. Students need to submit a question before they see the next one. Returning to a previous question is not possible.

  3. Click on Submit to save your choices.


Examples of frequently used settings of Question Flow

A. Versions: there are several version of each question, students will see 1 version of each question

  1. Create the groups: check the boxes in front of all the versions of a question and click on Create Question Flow Group. Repeat this for all the groups of questions.

  2. Go to Edit Settings. The order within groups should be Random to make sure students get different versions of the question (if this is set to Linear, they all get the first question of the group). The order of the groups can be Linear or Random, so students will either see the questions in the order they are presented, or in random order.

  3. Choose if students can see the questions all at once, or one at a time. Note that if you opt for the combination of all at once and Random order, the students can choose their own order in which to make the questions, which means it is not truly random.

B. All questions: Students have to answer all the questions, one by one and they can’t backtrack. 

  1. Check the boxes in front of all questions and click on Create Question Flow Group

  2. Go to Edit Settings. Because all questions are in one group, the order of groups does not matter. The option Random will show the same order as Linear. The order within group can be Linear or Random, so students will either see the questions in the order they are presented, or in random order.

  3. For the setting Presentation choose one at a time: students will see one question at a time, and after submitting it, they will see the next. They cannot go back to previously answered questions.

C. Combination: some questions have several versions, other questions have not.

  1. Create the groups: check the boxes in front of the questions you want to group together. The versions of a question should be one group, the questions that will be presented to all students can either be “groups” of a single question each or one group of which all questions will be shown.

  2. Go to Edit Settings. Because there are groups with versions, make sure that the order within group is set to Random. Choose if order between groups should be Linear or Random, and choose the type of presentation.

Students should see:

1 version of each question

all questions

Order of groups

Choose: Random /Linear

Does not matter

Order within group

Always: Random

Choose: Random /Linear


Whom to contact?

For further information about exams and the help we can provide, please email our team at digitaaltoetsen@rug.nl.

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