This page introduces one of the course's assessments. An assessment is any question-and-answer vehicle in which your answers are compared to a "correct" answer key.
All assessments are conducted using the University's Blackboard system. You will need to log in using your ODU/OCCS login name and password, not the CS Dept account info that you use elsewhere in this course.
The pages generated by Blackboard test tool pages will not have the "Discuss This Page" feature found on most of the course website. If you have questions about this assessment, return to this page and ask them here. Be sure to indicate specifically which question you want to discuss. Also keep in mind that questions about assessments should almost always be Private.
There are 3 kinds of assessments in this course.
For long essay-style questions, you might want to consider preparing your answer in your favorite text editor, and cutting and pasting it into the exam form. That way, a crash won't cost you a great deal of time spent on that question.
Unfortunately, there is bug in BlackBoard's exam tool that causes it to lose this formatting if you revisit the question before your final submit. Don't panic if this happens. I can generally recover the formattign i nthe instructor's interface when I am grading and, if not, it's my problem to deal with then, not yours.
True/False, multiple-choice and multiple-answer questions are graded immediately and automatically.
If the assessment contains any essay and fill-in-the-blank questions, these will be graded by the instructor, some time after you have submitted your assessment.
For fill-in-the-blank questions, Blackboard may assign a preliminary grade, but that is based on a very inflexible character-by-character exact match to my answer key. If the question listing still says "Needs Grading", please do not send me panicky messages about how your answer is really correct and will you be able to get full credit.
Enter the blackBoard portal here.