Creating and Using Forms

When to Use?

Forms are questionnaires or surveys designed to collect information or gather student opinions. By default, forms are not graded; however, instructors may enable grading or delegate forms for extra credit.

Note: If a survey has been copied from a Blackboard Classic course into an Ultra course, it will transfer over as a form, retaining all valid question types as listed below.


Creating a Form

1. Click on the purple plus sign and choose Create.

2. When the Create Item layer opens, scroll down to the Assessment area, and select Form.

Assessment options in the Create Item layer.


3. When the new layer opens, the form will appear the same as if you were creating a test or an assignment. Give the form a name and click on the plus sign to add content.

a. Question Types

i. Essay question

ii. Likert question

iii. Multiple Choice question

iv. True/False question

v. Reuse questions

b. Content Types:

i. Text

ii. Local file

New form layer where the form is given its name, content is added, and settings adjusted.


Note: While forms can be graded, individual question types cannot. See below for more information regarding grading forms.

Form Settings

1, To modify your form’s settings, select the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Form settings layer

2. Here, you may make the following modifications:

a. Due date and time

b. Prohibit late submissions

c. Prohibit new attempts after due date

c. Enable class conversations

d. Presentation options

i. Display one question at a time

ii. Prohibit backtracking

iii. Randomize questions

iv. Randomize answers

v. Randomize pages (if the form is split into multiple pages)

e. Formative tools

i. Formative assessment

ii. Display formative label to students

f. Grading & submissions

          i. Grade category

          ii. Attempts allowed

          iii. Grade using

  1. letter
  2. points
  3. percentage
  4. complete/incomplete

          iv. Maximum points

g. Additional tools

         i. Assign to groups

h. Description

Note: Instructors can assign a Form to a group and allow multiple attempts. When assigning forms to groups, enabling multiple attempts promotes dynamic, iterative learning experiences. Groups can now submit the Form, receive feedback, and submit another response. 

Reviewing Results

To review form submissions all at once, you may download the results as an Excel or CSV file. See the steps below:

1. Once you have entered your Blackboard shell, select the “Gradebook” option from the top menu.

Top-level menu in a Blackboard Ultra course.

2. Enter the list view. This can be done through selecting the three-line icon in the gradebook.

List view and grid view icons in the gradebook.

3. Navigate to your form in the gradebook and select the three dots on the right side of the item. Click “Download Results.”

3-dot menu for the form in the gradebook showing the options: send reminder, edit, download results, and delete.

4. Within the newly-opened menu, select the options based on your preferences. Click “Download” once you are ready.

Download options - file type, format of results, attempts to download, and download and cancel buttons.

Grading Forms and Enabling Extra Credit

If grading is enabled, the instructor must individually grade each submission. You may not select or assign a correct answer to each question, nor can you create individual grades for each question.

To create an extra credit form activity, ensure that the form is worth zero points. When grading submissions, you may then enter in the extra credit point total. Additionally, ensure that the students are aware the form is an extra credit assignment by including the information in the title or description of the form.

Grading & Submissions option from the form settings - grade category, attempts allowed, grade using, and maximum points.

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