What is a GradeCam Bubble Sheet Assessment?

Otus has partnered with GradeCam to integrate their Bubble Sheet Assessments into our assessment builder.

  • Similar to the concept of Scantron Tests; teachers do not write actual test questions in Otus. Bubble Sheets are used as a place for students to indicate their answers for a test that is given on paper.

  • Allows for a quick way to produce a multiple-choice style test (rubric-style questions also available).

  • Students fill out a bubble sheet, of which is scanned in by the teacher via GradeCam for instant grading


Creating a Bubble Sheet

  • Step 1: In your Assessments module, select Create Assessment.

  • Step 2: Select Bubble Sheet, and fill in the Assessment Name, Type, and Grading Scale.

❗ The grading scale for the assessment will be locked, but you can clone the assessment to change the grading scale from points to non-points and non-points to non-points.


Adding Questions

There are two types of questions for Bubble Sheet Assessments:

  • Multiple Choice

  • Rubric

Once you select the type of question, it will instantly generate.

The rest of this article is broken down into the following sections:


Choose the Number of Answer Options

Points based assessments only

This number plays a role for both multiple choice and rubric questions. Adjust the number of answer options (if needed).

❗ PLEASE NOTE - all questions will have the same number of answer options. This is a GradeCam limitation; you are unable to have a different number of answer options for questions within the same assessment.

  • If you are using a standards-based grading scale, you will not be able to edit the number of answer options; the number of Answer Options will depend on the scale you are using. For example, if you are using a scale that has 4 levels: Mastery, Near Mastery, Approaching Mastery, and Not at Mastery, there will be 4 answer options, labeled 0, 1, 2, and 3. This cannot be adjusted.


Link Standards

  • Step 1: Select Link Standard on any question on the Bubble Sheet assessment.

  • Step 2: Choose a standards folder.

  • Step 3: Once you've located the desired standard(s), check the box next to it (you can add more than one at a time).

  • Step 4: Select Link Standards at the bottom right hand corner.


Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions on a bubble sheet will always be created using the uppercase alphabet, beginning with A. The process of building/scoring the questions is slightly different based on whether it is a points-based or standards-based assessment. See each section below for details.

➡️ Points-Based

  • The number of answer choices is determined by the number you set in the Answer Options box.

  • Correct Answer: Clicking on a bubble indicates the correct answer. There can be more than one correct answer for any multiple choice question.

  • Point Value: Enter a point value into the box to the right of the answer choices.

❓ What if I have some questions that have two options (like True/False), others that have four options A-D, and others that have more than that, like 5 options A-E? Go with the highest number of options. In this situation, you'll want to go with 5 options. See the working example further in this article for more explanation.

➡️ Standards-Based

  • The number of answer choices is determined by the number of levels in the grading scale selected when the assessment was created. In this example, the grading scale selected has 4 levels (Mastery, Near, Approaching, Beginning), so there are 4 "answer choices" (A-D).

  • Correct Answer: Clicking on a bubble indicates the correct answer. There can be more than one correct answer for any multiple choice question.

  • How is this scored? If the student chooses the correct answer, they are awarded the highest level of the grading scale. If the student chooses an incorrect answer, they are awarded the lowest level of the grading scale.


Rubric Questions

Rubric questions are used when there are questions on the assessment that require short answers, extended responses, or any other type of question that can't be scored using a multiple-choice format. The process of building/scoring the questions is slightly different based on whether it is a points-based or standards-based assessment. See each section below for details.

➡️ Points-Based

  • The "bubbles" in this case represent point values rather than "answer options". The student can earn 0, 1, 2, or 3 points on the example rubric question below.

  • Grading: These questions will need to be manually graded; after scanning in the bubble sheet, GradeCam will auto-score all multiple choice questions, leaving the rubric questions for you to enter a score.

Editing the Point Values or Allotted Work Space

  • Select Edit to change the point values or add/edit the allotted work space.

  • Changing point values: You can change the point values of each "bubble" by entering a number between 0 and 9 in the boxes.

  • In the example shown above:

    • This rubric question is now worth 4 points instead of 3. When grading, you will have the option to award the student 0, 2, 3, or 4 points.

    • GradeCam will still calculate the grade based on the 0, 1, 2, 3 grading scale, BUT the Otus Gradebook WILL calculate based on the 0, 2, 3, 4 grading scale.

      • What this means for you: Know that if you change the grading scale of a rubric question, GradeCam will not display the correct total percentage, but the Otus Gradebook WILL display the correct total percentage. This is a GradeCam limitation, rather than an Otus limitation.

  • Adding/Editing work space: You can choose the size for the work space, as well as whether the space includes lines or a grid.

  • For reference, see the image below for the size of small and large sections:

➡️ Standards-Based

  • The "bubbles" in this case represent the levels of the grading scale chosen when the assessment was created. For the example below, a grading scale with four options was used, and has the following levels:

    • 0 = Not at Mastery

    • 1 = Approaching Mastery

    • 2 = Near Mastery

    • 3 = Mastery

  • Grading: These questions will need to be manually graded; after scanning in the bubble sheet, GradeCam will auto-score all multiple choice questions, leaving the rubric questions for you to enter a score.

Editing the Allotted Work Space

  • Select Edit to change the allotted work space.

  • You can choose the size for the work space, as well as whether the space includes lines or a grid.

  • For reference, see the image below for the size of small and large sections:


Working Example

This section will show how each of the questions on this example paper-based assessment will look on a bubble sheet assessment.

➡️ Number of Answer Options

  • Question #4 on this assessment needs 6 answer choices. Since that is the highest number of choices on the assessment, that is the number that will be used.

➡️ Question 1

  • On the original assessment, this is a True/False question. Since this is technically a multiple choice question with two options, we can use the multiple choice option. A would stand for True, and B would stand for False. In this example, B is marked as the correct answer, with stands for False.

➡️ Question 2

  • On the original assessment, this is a multiple choice question. The correct answer is C.

➡️ Question 3

  • On the original assessment, this is a short answer questions, which means it will be a rubric question on the bubble sheet.

  • Since the number of "answer options" is 6, by default, this rubric question is worth 5 points (the student can earn 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 points). What if this question is only worth 3 points instead of 5? Here's how you would change that:

    • Select Edit on the question.

    • Change the scoring so that the highest possible score is 3.

  • This question was also set to have a large workspace with lines.

➡️ Question 4

  • On the original assessment, this is a multiple choice question. The correct answer is F.


FAQ

  • How do rubric questions work? Rubric questions in Bubble Sheet assessments are used when students need to complete a short-answer type of questions. This article contains more information on rubric questions in Bubble Sheet assessments.

  • How do I re-order the questions? Currently, you are unable to re-order the questions. However, you are able to adjust the answer to each question, without needing to re-order. This article will describe the options for editing Bubble Sheet assessments.

  • Can I customize the letters or numbers that appear as answer options? For example, I want to use E, F, G, and H instead of A, B, C, and D. Currently, answer options are unable to be customized.

  • What if I need to change an answer after it has already been graded? You can change the correct answer to a question at any time. If you've already scanned and graded student forms, you'll have to rescan them for the scoring to adjust. This article contains more information on making answer key edits.

  • How do I unlink a standard? You can unlink a standard by selecting the current standard, then choosing a new one to link. This article contains more information regarding edit standards.


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