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Pool Manager

The Pool Manager tool lets you store questions for repeated use. You can add questions from the pool to surveys and tests that you create in Blackboard. Pools are course specific but you can import pools from other courses. Instructors may import a Pool of questions for use in Tests. Pools are exported from the Blackboard Learning System and imported as .ZIP packages.
Note: A student cannot view a pool until it has been added into a survey or a test. You then need to add the survey or test to a content area.

Calculated Formula Questions
Calculated Numeric Response Questions
Either/Or Questions
Essay Questions
File Response Questions
Fill in Multiple Blanks Questions
Fill in the Blank Questions
Hot Spot Questions
Jumbled Sentence Questions
Matching Questions

Multiple Answer Questions
Multiple Choice Questions
Opinion Scale/Likert Questions
Ordering Questions
Quiz Bowl Questions
Short Answer Questions
True/False Questions
From a Question Pool or Assessment (Random)
Upload TXT Questions


Importing an Existing Pool

From the Control Panel:

  1. Click on the Pool Manager link in the Assessment section.
  2. Click on the Import button.
  3. Click on the Browse button to locate and attach the Pool file.
    Note: Pools may be imported from a local file or from the Content Collection (if available). Pools must be imported from files that were created in Blackboard and exported out as .ZIP packages.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

Adding a New Pool

From the Control Panel:

  1. Click on the Pool Manager link in the Assessment section.
  2. Click on the Add Pool button.
  3. Type in information in the appropriate fields.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Adding a Calculated Formula Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Calculated Formula from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question in the Question Text field.
      Note: must use a PC and Internet Explorer to utilize the WYSIWYG editor for this question type.

      Surround any variables with square brackets, for example, [x]. The value for this variable will be populated based on the formula. In the example [x] + [y] = z, [x] and [y] will be replaced by values when shown to Students. Students would be asked to define z.

      Variables should be composed of alphabets, digits (0-9), periods (.), underscores (_) and hyphens (-). All other occurrences of the opening rectangular brace ("[") character should be preceded by the back-slash ("\") character. Variable names must be unique and cannot be reused.
    4. Define the formula used to answer the question in the Formula box.
      For example, x + y. Operations are chosen from the buttons across the top of the Formula box.
    5. Choose the number of possible answers in the Number of Answers drop-down menu.
    6. Set the Answer Range.
      This defines which submitted answers will be marked correct.
      • If the exact value must be entered, enter 0 and select Numeric from the drop-down list.
      • If the answer can vary, enter a value and select Numeric or Percent. Numeric will mark every answer as correct that falls within a range of plus or minus the Answer Range from the exact answer. Percent will mark every answer as correct that falls within a percentage of plus or minus the Answer Range from the exact answer.
    7. Select Yes or No for Units Required.
      • If Yes, correct answers must include the correct unit of measurement, for example, Seconds or Grams. Enter the correct unit of measurement and choose if the unit of measurement is case sensitive. The answer may still receive partial credit if the unit of measurement is not correct.
      • Enter a percentage in Unit Points Percentage. The unit of measurement will account for that percentage of the total credit.
    8. Define partial credit for answers that fall outside the correct Answer Range.
      • Select Yes or No for Allow Partial Credit. Enter a value for the Partial Credit Points Percentage. Now, set the range for partial credit by entering a value and selecting Numeric or Percent for the Partial Credit Range.
      • Answers falling within this range will receive a portion of the total points possible for the question equal to the Partial Credit Points Percentage.
    9. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the on Continue button.
    10. For each variable, set a minimum and a maximum value.
    11. For each variable, select a decimal place using the drop-down list that appears in the Decimal Places column.
    12. Under Answer Set Options, select the Decimal places for answer from the drop-down list.
      Users must provide the correct answer to this decimal place.
    13. Enter the number of different Answer Sets.
      The Answer Sets will be randomized so that different Students will be presented with a different set of variables.
    14. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the on Continue button.
      Note: Make any changes or remove any unwanted answer sets for each set, each variable and answer.
    15. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the on Calculate button.

    Adding a Calculated Numeric Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Calculated Numeric from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question in the Question Text field.
    4. Choose the number of possible answers in the Number of Answers drop-down menu.
    5. Type an answer in each Answer field.
    6. Click on the Correct radio button next to the correct answer.
    7. Enter the Answer Range.
      If the answer must be exact for Students to receive credit, enter 0. Any value that is less than or more than the Correct Answer by less than the Answer Range value will be marked as correct.
    8. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the on Submit button.

    Adding an Either/Or Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Either/Or from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question in the Question Text field.
    4. Choose the number of possible answers in the Number of Answers drop-down menu.
    5. Click the Correct Answer and select a positive value and a negative value from the dropdown lists.
    6. Click on the Correct radio button next to the correct answer.
    7. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the on Submit button.

    Adding an Essay Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Essay from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question in the Question Text field.
    4. Type an example of an answer to assist graders in the Answer field.
    5. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Adding a Fill in Multiple Blanks Question

    From the Test Canvas:

    1. Choose Fill In Multiple Blanks from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Enter the Question Text. Enter each blank as a variable surrounded by square brackets.
      For example, William [blank_1] wrote Romeo and [blank_2].


    Variables should be composed of alphabets, digits (0-9), periods (.), underscores (_) and hyphens (-). All other occurrences of the opening rectangular brace ("[") character should be preceded by the back-slash ("\") character. Variable names must be unique and cannot be reused.

    1. Assign a Point Value. Complete any advanced features for the question as defined by the Creation Settings of the assessment.
    2. Click Next.
    3. A list of variables found in the question will appear. Enter one or more correct answers for each variable.
    4. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Adding a Fill in the Blank Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Fill in the Blank from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question in the Question Text field.
    4. Choose the number of answers in the Number of Answers field.
    5. Type an answer in each Answer field.
    6. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Adding a Matching Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Matching from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Choose the number of questions in the Number of Questions drop-down menu.
    4. Type a question in each Question field.
    5. Choose the number of answers in the Number of Answers drop-down menu.
      Note: You do not need to have the same number of questions and answers.
    6. Type an answer in each Answer field.
    7. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Continue button.
    8. Choose the correct answer for each question in the Match drop-down menu.
    9. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Adding a Multiple Answer Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Multiple Answer from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question into the Question Text field.
    4. Choose the number of possible answers in the Number of Answers drop-down menu.
    5. Type an answer in each Answer field.
    6. Click on the Correct check box next to every correct answer.
    7. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Adding a Multiple-Choice Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Multiple Choice from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question in the Question Text field.
    4. Choose the number of possible answers in the Number of Answers drop-down menu.
    5. Type an answer in each Answer field.
    6. Click on the Correct radio button next to the correct answer.
    7. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the on Submit button.

    Adding an Ordering Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Ordering from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question into the Question Text field.
    4. Choose the number of answers in the Number of Answers drop-down menu.
    5. Type an answer in each Answer field in the correct order.
    6. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Continue button.
    7. Choose the order of the displayed questions from the Display Order drop-down menus.
    8. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Adding a True/False Question

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose True/False from the Add Question drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Type the question into the Question Text field.
    4. Click on the Correct Answer radio button next to the correct answer.
    5. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Adding a Question from a Question Pool or Assessment

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose From a Question Pool or Assessment from the drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Click on the desired pool or test from the list box.
    4. Click on the desired Question Types check boxes to search for particular types of questions.
    5. Click on the Search button.
    6. Click on the check box next to each question you would like to add.
    7. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

    Upload (TXT) Questions (Video tutorial icon view video tutorial

    From the Pool Canvas:

    1. Choose Upload Questions from the drop-down menu.
    2. Click on the Go button.
    3. Click on the Browse button.
    4. Choose the .txt file and click on the Open button.
      (How to create the .txt file)
    5. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on the Submit button.

More Information

Q: How do I add an image, URL, or file to my question?
A: If you would like to add an image, URL, or file to your question, click on the Creation Settings link next to the Go button. From there you can choose to provide feedback to individual answers, add images, files, categories, and URLs to questions, and add images and files to answers.

Q: What are the Correct and Incorrect Response text fields for?
A: The text in these fields appears next to your students' responses when they view their graded exam. Use the text fields when you want to give your students extra information on their answers.

Q: How do I add a new question between question 4 and 5?
A: Click on the Add Question Here link between question 4 and 5 and fill in the fields for the question.

Q: How do I make a change and add more questions after creating and saving a pool?
A: Click on the Modify button to the right of the pool item. From there you can add more questions or modify existing questions.