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Group similar question types in Blackboard tests and quizzes

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Keyboard-only users (i.e., individuals with visual and/or motor challenges) may experience cognitive load when attempting to navigate the different question types in Blackboard tests and quizzes. To minimize this issue, group similar question types (e.g., all true/false together, all multiple choice together, all essay questions together, etc.).

Many question types within Blackboard (e.g., multiple choice, short answer, true/false, etc.) require different keystroke combinations in order for a student to answer a question (e.g., space bar for multiple choice, up/down arrows for true/false, etc.). For this reason, it is not uncommon for students to spend more time trying to remember how to navigate through a specific question type then to focus on correctly answering it.

Grouping similar question types reduces the likelihood of this issue, allowing the student to focus on the content as opposed to the method of access.