Scoring Methods in BetterExaminations
BetterExaminations is an online examination software integrated with UWindsor's directory that automatically syncs all courses and students to the site. The software has a plethora of question types and can serve as an alternative to Blackboard's assessment tool for instructors who are looking for more advanced and customizable questions. This wiki article will cover all scoring methods in BetterExaminations, how to use them, considerations for using particular methods, and which question types the scoring methods are to be used for.
To access BetterExaminations, go to https://uwindsorca.on.betterexaminations.com/ and it should automatically log you in using the University of Windsor's Single Sign On (SSO).
Alternatively, you can login to Blackboard by going to https://blackboard.uwindsor.ca/ and navigate to your course, then go to Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Better Exams to launch the software in a new browser window.
Scoring Methods Comparison
|Scoring Method||Description||Applicable Question Types||Considerations|
|equivSymbolic|| Recording using Stream
Recordings can be created using Stream's built-in video recorder. All recorded videos are automatically uploaded to Stream under My Content.
| Recording using YouTube Studio
Can create recordings using YouTube Content Studio's Go Live Now feature.
Note: Video privacy settings must be set to either Private or Unlisted to prevent the video from being viewed publicly.
| You can record with YuJa by downloading and using desktop software or by using a web browser recorder. |
|equivLiteral|| Uploading Videos to Stream
Supports uploading of video and audio files. For a full list of supported file types view the Microsoft Stream formats and codecs article.
| Uploading Videos to YouTube
Only supports video files. A list of supported file types can be found on the YouTube help page.
| Uploading Media to YuJa
Supports documents, audio files and video files. For a full list of supported file types, refer to the Monitoring Uploads section of the YuJa support article.
|equivValue|| Sharing Videos using Stream
Can share videos by providing a direct link or by emailing select users. Can edit permissions to restrict access to specific users/groups or to all users enrolled in the university.
Note: Can only share videos with users who have a valid UWindsor email address. Currently no way to share videos to users outside the university.
| Sharing Videos and Channels using YouTube
Public access is available for all videos shared on the site, unless the video is set to unlisted or private. To share unlisted/private videos the user must provide a direct link to the video.
| Sharing Videos using YuJa
All media types can be shared by providing a direct link found in the Links menu accessed from the More menu item visible when hovering over the video.
Alternatively, instructors can also choose to publish uploaded media to their course channel (created when activating YuJa from a Blackboard course site by adding the YuJa tool to course menu) or to shared university channels where user has permissions. For main YuJa channels (e.g. All Instructors, All Students, Library) content can added (where appropriate) upon request through a Service Request at http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp and indicate YuJa channel in description.
|Embedding Media in Blackboard|| Adding a Stream Web Link to a Blackboard Content Area
Can Embed videos using the Blackboard Web Link tool or by pasting the html embed code using the Source Code tool in the text editor.
| Embedding YouTube Videos in Blackboard
Videos can be embedded using the Web Link tool or by using the Add Content tool (plus sign) in the text editor and selecting YouTube Video to search for a YouTube video based on title or link.
| Embedding Videos in Blackboard using YuJa Media Chooser
YuJa videos can be shared using the Web Link tool by providing a direct link or by using the Add Content tool (plus sign) in the text editor and selecting YuJa Media Chooser and selecting a video from the list of videos uploaded to My Media.
Videos can also be inserted by selecting the Yuja Media Chooser tool found under Build Content. This method of embedding is the exact same as inserting via the text editor. Both methods embed the video as an item.
|Editing Videos|| Trim Videos in Stream
Can only trim videos.
| Trim Videos using YouTube Studio
Can only trim videos.
| YuJa Video Editor Documentation
*Extended Feature Set beyond trimming
Offers a variety of editing tools. Only available via browser.
|Downloading Media|| Download Microsoft Stream videos
Can restrict download capability in admin settings. Refer to the Set the default video upload permissions help article.
| Download Videos to Watch Offline
Requires the YouTube app and a paid subscription to YouTube Premium to download videos.
| Downloading Media with YuJa Video
Download permission settings can be adjusted in the Download menu.
|Live Streaming Functionality||Live events in Microsoft Stream|| Get started live streaming
No way to restrict users from outside the university from accessing the live session.
| Live sessions in YuJa
Live interactive sessions can be organized using the YuJa Software Capture application for PC/Mac (no browser support).
|Embedding Quizzes in Videos|| Add a survey, poll, or quiz to a Microsoft Stream video
*Not recommended as feature is not integrated into Blackboard.
Manual columns must be created in Blackboards Grade Center to record attempts.
|N/A|| Using Video Quizzes
Direct LTI Integration. Attempts are automatically synced to LMS Gradebook (Blackboard Grade Center).
|Accessibility & Video Player Options|| Make your Stream videos accessible
Autogenerates captions. Feature can be toggled on/off when uploading videos or in the Update Video Details menu.
| Accessibility Options
Features auto-captioning for uploaded videos and auto-captioning for live streams hosted on the site.
| Accessibility Features in the Media Player
Provides a number of accessibility features such as auto-captioning, re-adjustable caption bar and many others.
|Analytics||N/A|| YouTube Studio analytics
Reports general audience, watch time, real-time activity and much more.
| Content Analytics
Provides a number of useful statistics such as user access, access date, access platform and many more.
For more information on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following resources:
- For an instructor quick start guide on BetterExaminations, please refer to the following instructor press book.
- For additional documentation on all question types, please refer to the official BetterExaminations help page.
- For instructional BetterExaminations videos, click the following link <LINK>.
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