Once you sign into Blackboard and select your course, click ‘Launch Akindi’. Akindi will automatically sync your course and class roster (including section numbers and emails) and be ready for you to create your first assessment.
GIF: Select course, click Launch Akindi.
Creating an Assessment
To start, click the 'Create Assessment' button on the top right hand corner.
Image: Create Assessment Button
To Set up your Assessment, choose a course, add the assessment name, and select a layout. Choose to pre-fill the test sheets with the student IDs and turn on multiple versions. Click 'Continue'.
GIF: Select Course, add assessment name, select layout, continue.
Creating an Answer Key
Enter your answer key by selecting the correct response for each question. Turn on advanced marking options to control the weight and grading scheme of each question. Click 'Continue'.
GIF: Select correct response for each question.
Printing Test Sheets
Click 'Download Sheets' to open a PDF of your test sheets, download the test sheets and print them using any printer and regular paper.
GIF: Click Download Sheets, Save and/or Print PDF.
Scanning and Uploading Test Sheets
After the test has been completed, scan the test sheets to a PDF using any scanner and upload the PDF to Akindi.
GIF: Upload Sheets, Select File, Upload.
When scanning the test sheets, Akindi will call exceptions if student information is missing or mis-filled, if a student bubbles-in more responses than the answer key contains, or if a page wasn't able to be graded.
Select the one of the presented suggestions to or search the student name by ID of student number in the dropdown menu.
GIF: Resolve student ID exception, search student in dropdown menu.
Analyzing the results
Once the sheets have been uploaded, click 'View Results'! Our results analysis help you to answer two main questions: how well did the student do and how well was the test designed.
GIF: Question Breakdown Analysis.
Exporting the Results
Sync grades back to Blackboard by clicking the 'Send Grades back to Blackboard' button on the 'Results Analysis' Page.
Image: Overview page of Results Analysis.
There are a number of other ways to export the results using the 'Actions' dropdown menu. Export the raw results into a CSV file, download the question breakdown in a CSV, or email students their grades.
GIF: Actions dropdown menu, select desired export.
Collaborating with TAs and Instructors
Invite a TA or another instructor to collaborate on a course or section by clicking 'Collaborate', inputting their email and selecting the permission settings.
The instructor or TA will receive an email inviting them to join the course or section.
GIF: Collaborate, enter email, select access level, invite, done.