Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files
Google has added a new feature to Google Drive. According to Google, this new feature helps keep your organization’s information safe. Google is introducing the ability to set an “expiration date” for specific user access to files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
For instance, imagine a student receives an incomplete in your course. To complete the course, the student needs to view a spreadsheet, doc, or presentation containing pertinent information about the course. Following this launch, you’ll be able to share docs, spreadsheets, and presentations with the student, give them view access-only, and set that access to expire at the end of the semester. If the student attempts to open the spreadsheet after the expiration date has passed, they’ll be denied access.
Please note that you’ll only be able to set expiration dates for users with comment or view access; you will not be able to set expiration dates for file owners or users with edit access.
In this recorded webinar, provided by the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS), instructors may review how to write effective instructional goals and learning objectives and how to connect them to assessments and activities in online courses.
In online courses, where a student completes a test off-campus without instructor supervision, online tests must be considered as open-book tests because students often have access to a wide variety of information resources. Furthermore, students with a mobile device would still be able to take pictures of the test questions as displayed on the computer monitor.
Although instructors may enable Respondus Lockdown Browser protections on a test in Blackboard to prevent students from printing a test, this software is meant to be used in proctored classroom environments only.
Faculty concerned about cheating in online testing are encouraged to consider these more effective countermeasures when creating their tests in Blackboard:
When deploying a test to a course, select the “Set Timer” and “Auto-Submit” options to limit the amount of time students have to complete the test once opened. Once the test session reaches its end, the student’s test attempt will automatically submit itself. This technique assumes that students who are prepared for the test will be able to complete it within the constraints of the timed session, but please remember to advise students of the time restraints so that they may plan accordingly.
To discourage students who have completed a test from sharing correct answers with classmates who have not taken the test, set the test’s feedback options to display only the student’s test score after submission. After all students have been graded, you may edit the test’s Test Options to show students their submitted answers, correct answers, and feedback.
Update or add new test questions to your pools each time you teach the course so that your tests will be different each year. This is an important countermeasure to students sharing the test questions and answers that they recall from memory with new students.
To review how to build a test in Blackboard, watch the videos in this training playlist
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