How to Import Question Banks (Ultra) - Instructor

When to Use?

A Question Bank is a collection of questions that is stored for repeated use. You can import question banks for use in assessments in your courses. Instructors typically use banks to create a database of questions they can reuse in multiple assessments.

Question Banks in Blackboard Ultra are the same as Question Pools in Blackboard Original. You can use question banks to share questions between multiple assessments. You can import question banks from other courses and resources. When you select bank questions for an assessment, copies of the questions are created and added to the assessment. You can edit the copies in your assessment without concern as your other assessments won't be affected. Changes you make to one instance of the question or content aren't reflected in the other instances. If you want changes to show in all instances, you must find and edit each copied instance individually. 

NOTE: You can import question pools or files from outside resources into your course. Only ZIP files are supported.


How to Import a Question Bank

1. On your Course Content page, select Manage Banks located within the Details and Actions panel on the left-hand side of the screen.

Manage Question Banks

2. On the Question Banks page, select the plus icon (+) in the top right-hand corner and browse for one or more ZIP files to import.

Browse for Question Banks to Import

3. Select your desired files then click Open. The file(s) will begin importing.

Processing Question Bank

4. As the file(s) imports, you can view the supported question types.

These supported question types appear in a question bank after import:

  • Calculated Formula
  • Essay
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Fill in Multiple Blanks
  • Matching
  • Multiple Choice
  • Multiple Answer
  • True/False

NOTE: Unsupported question types are removed. If your file has no supported question types, the question bank isn't added to your course.

5. You'll receive a success message when the file imports successfully. The message can take some time to generate. You can refresh the page to see if the import was successful or not. You'll also receive an email when the operation is completed.

X: Question Bank imported successfully

NOTE: You'll also receive a message if the file or some question types weren't uploaded. If you uploaded a file with multiple banks and some items weren't imported, select the View Details link. The Import Details panel opens with more information.

Other messages that may appear:

  • Unsupported question types were removed: Only supported questions in this file appear in the Question Banks section on the Reuse Questions page.
  • The bank wasn't imported as no compatible questions were found: No questions in this file appear in the Question Banks section on the Reuse Questions page. The question bank isn't added to the Question Banks page.

6. The most recently imported bank appears first in the list. An exclamation icon appears with banks where one or more unsupported questions were removed.


See also: Question Banks

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