Creating a Pool

A pool is a collection of questions that can be reused in multiple tests or surveys.  This guide will demonstrate how to create a pool within Blackboard.

Accessing Course Tests, Part 1

Image of the Control Panel with the following annotations: 1.Click on Course Tools.2.Select Tests, Surveys and Pools.

Log into Blackboard and go to the Control Panel.  

  1. Click on Course Tools.
  2. Select Tests, Surveys and Pools.

Accessing Course Tests, Part 2

Image of the Tests, Surveys and Pools menu with the option Pools outlined with a red circle with instructions to click on Pools.

You will then be taken to a screen labeled Tests, Surveys, and Pools.  On this screen, select Pools.

Creating a Pool, Part 1

Image of the pools screen with an arrow pointing to the Build Pool button, outlined with a red circle, with instructions to select Build Pool

You will now see a screen labeled Pools.  To create a new pool, click on the Build Pool button.

Creating a Pool, Part 2

You will now see a screen labeled Pool information:

  1. Name: Enter the name for the test here.
  2. Description: Enter a description of the test for students here
  3. Instructions: Enter instructions for the students here
  4. When finished, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.

Adding Questions to the Pool

Image of the Pool Canvas with the following annotations: 1.To create a question from scratch, select Create Question and choose the type of question you wish to create2.To reuse existing questions from another test or pool, select Find Questions.

You will now see a screen labeled Pool Canvas:

  1. To create a question from scratch, select Create Question and choose the type of question you wish to create
  2. To reuse existing questions from another test or pool, select Find Questions.