Thomas Jefferson University

Assessment for Traditional, Blended and Online Courses

Assessment is more than just a grade at the end of your course. At Jefferson, you'll want to practice continuous assessment, to help your students succeed, and to document the learning outcomes identified for your lecture, workshop or course. Blackboard supports a variety of assessment measures:

  • Online testing (including multiple choice, true/false, short answer, essay, matching, and sorting, just to name a few).
  • Tests can be entered directly into Blackboard or by using the Respondus application (useful if your questions are already in a Word or Excel file).
  • An assignment drop box for written assignments.
  • A specialized "Safe Assign" dropbox for written assignments you want to run through the plagiarism evaluation tool.

Each of these can be set up for general student access (which you can specify a begin and end time for) or as an adaptive release access which lets you require specific prior activities or scores before the student can move forward to the next activity.

Blackboard workshops are offered each semester to help you take advantage of this powerful resource, or contact an instructional designer to answer your specific questions or request a consultation.

For further information, contact Educational Technologies at or (215) 503-2830.

Assessment for Traditional, Blended and Online Courses