By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Ernie Kulhanek, who’s posted for us several times in the past, recently shared this handy tool with me. Apparently, the College of Southern Idaho has developed a web application that allows you to paste in text from a Microsoft Word document (or similar word processor), click a button, and automatically convert the quiz into a format that can be deployed in Blackboard.
Step-by-step instructions for this process (care of High Point University) can be found by clicking here.
This web app supports multiple choice, multiple answer, true/false, essay, fill in the blank, and matching questions. Each type of question requires very specific formatting, so be prepared to put all those hours of tedious citation practice back in your freshman Comp class to work (snicker, snicker!).
If you are building a test from scratch, you would probably be better off just building it directly in Blackboard. However, if you’ve got a bunch of paper quizzes that you are interested in converting to an online format, this tool could make your life significantly easier.
It’s important for users to realize that this is not a standard supported function of Blackboard. So, if you are going to give it a shot, be prepared to do the leg work on your own, and keep in mind this disclaimer from the College of Southern Idaho:
This quiz generator is freely available for public use with no guarantees as to its accuracy, completeness, or usefulness. It is provided with no support, although it is appreciated if any bugs found are reported back to the author.
That being said, Ernie Kulhanek assures me that he tried it out with one of his tests and the process worked just fine.
Finally, here’s a handy YouTube video that shows the tool in action: