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Creating and Editing Quizzes

To create a new quiz:

  1. From within your course, click Quizzes in the course navigation bar. 
    Quizzes Tab
  2. Under the Manage Quizzes tab, either:
    1. Click New Quiz to create a new quiz, or
    2. Select the quiz you want to edit from the list.
      New quiz buttons


Setting Up Quiz Properties

The Properties tab will display by default when you create or edit a quiz.

Edit quiz properties

  1. Enter a name for your quiz in the Name field.
  2. You can create categories to group your quizzes together by adding categories and then selecting them from the Category drop-down list (optional).
    Quiz title and category fields
  3. Click Add/Edit Questions to enter an interface that allows you to create or import questions into this quiz. Please see the Creating Quiz Questions and Understanding the Question Library support pages for more details on creating and importing questions.
    Add quiz questions
  4. Click the Expand/Collapse Messages arrow (optional):
    1. Description field: select On to activate and enter a message that is displayed to users prior to quiz availability.
    2. Introduction: select On to activate and enter a message to display a message to users immediately before they start the quiz.
      Enter quiz description fields
  5. Click the Expand/Collapse Page Header/Footer arrow if you want to add a page header and/or footer (optional).
    1. Select On under Page Header and/or Page Footer and enter the text into the proper fields to enable either feature.
      Headers and footers on quizzes
  6. Click Expand/Collapse optional advanced properties (optional):
    1. Check Allow Hints to enable question hints. The actual hints must be set up within each question (optional).
    2. Check Disable Right-Click to prevent users from right-clicking on a PC (or control-clicking on a Mac) when taking a quiz (optional).
    3. Check Disable Pager and alerts to prevent users from sending or receiving of pager messages (email) while taking this quiz (optional).
    4. Enter your email address in the Notification Email field if you want to be notified when a user submits a quiz for marking (can be your Learning Environment or an external email address) (optional).
  7. Click Save and Close or Save.
    advanced quiz properties

Setting up the Quiz Layout

As you add questions to the quiz, you will notice that the questions will begin to populate under Quiz Questions in the Properties tab of the quiz editor. From here, you can format the layout of the quiz.

  1. You can set the number of questions that will be displayed on a single page by entering a number in the appropriate field. You can also set whether you would like to prevent users from moving backward through pages while taking the quiz.
    Quiz questions per page
  2. If you set a limit a certain number of questions to be displayed per page, you will notice that purple lines appear between questions. Page Breaks indicate how your quiz will be structured. Alternatively, you can click on any space between questions to insert a page break to customize the layout. The numbers next to each question are the page that question will appear on from the user’s perspective. 
    quiz page breaks
  3. You can shuffle questions and sections by checking Shuffle questions at the quiz level. Note: This will shuffle every question and section regardless of how you structured your page breaks. If you wish to randomize questions within in a section, see Creating New Sections under Understanding the Question Library.

Creating Random Sections

Random Sections randomly pull a certain number of questions from a determined pool of questions for each quiz attempt. For example, if you have a section of 10 true/false questions set up in the Question Library, you can tell the Random Section to pull 2 questions from that section of 10 for each user. Random Sections can only be set up through the quiz editor (they cannot be created in the course’s Question Library). Therefore, be sure to create a section with a pool of questions in the course’s Question Library prior to setting up a Random Section. See Understanding the Question Library for information on creating new sections.

To create a Random Section:

  1. Under Properties in the quiz editor, click on Add/Edit Questions.
    Add quiz questions
  2. In the Question Library for this quiz, click the New drop-down menu and select Random Section.
    Random quiz section
  3. Enter a name for the section.
  4. Enter a message for the section. Users will see this message when they enter this section in a quiz.
    quiz section details
  5. Enter private notes in the Private Comments section.
  6. Add an image by clicking Add a File. You can also enter a description of the image.
    Private comments section
  7. Display Options lets you determine what users see when they enter this section in a quiz.
    1. Shuffle questions in this section: Enabling this option shuffles questions only in this section. Questions in this section will not be randomized into other sections included in the quiz.
    2. Show section name: Display the name you entered for the section.
    3. Insert a break line after section name: Users will see a break line after the section name in the quiz.
    4. Display message and image: If you entered a message, image, and/or image description, each one will be displayed to users. If enabled, select whether to display the section message and image once or before each question in the section.
      Quiz Display options
  8. Click Expand/Collapse Section Feedback to write feedback specific to the section of the quiz.
    quiz section feedback
  9. Click Save.
     Quiz save button
  10. Click on the Random Section you just created.
  11. Click Import.
    Import button
  12. In the drop-down menu labeled ‘Choose a section from which to import’, find the section you created in the course’s Question Library. If you did not create sections, select Collection Root.
    import source section fields
  13. The section and its questions will appear below the Source Collection section. Either click the folder to select all questions or you can pick and choose specific questions for the Random Section to pull from.
    quiz source collection
  14. Click Save.
    Quiz save button
  15. In the Random Section editor, write how many questions you would like the system to pull from the pool of questions for each user. For instance, you decide to import a section containing 6 questions and you enter 2 into the Questions per attempt field. Each time a user takes the quiz, the system will randomly ask the user 2 questions from the pool of 6. Remember, the questions pulled may be different for each user for each attempt.
    questions per attempt
  16. Enter the point value for each question.
    points per question
  17. You can select any number of questions and click Edit Values to adjust the difficulty of those questions.
    edit quiz question values
  18. Click Save along the top of the page next to Import.
    Random quiz section save button
  19. Click Done Editing Questions along the upper right of the page once you are done making edits. 
    Done editing questions button

The Random Section and the number of random questions it will pull for each attempt will appear under Quiz Questions in the Properties tab of the quiz editor. You can make adjustments to the quiz layout as you see fit. 

Editing Values

  1. Click Edit Values.
    Edit quiz values
  2. Notice how a few options are now enabled next to each question in your quiz. From here, you can make quick adjustments to each question including:
    1. Point values
    2. Difficulty ratings
    3. Identifying questions as Bonus questions
    4. Making any number of questions Mandatory. Mandatory questions must be answered and cannot be skipped by the user. If this question is on a page, users will not be able to move onto the next page until the mandatory question is answered. 

Setting Up Quiz Restrictions and Special Access

Use the options located under the Restrictions tab to set up the availability and timing of your quiz.

quiz restrictions tab

  1. Click the drop-down list under Status to make the quiz Active or Inactive. Users can only see quizzes that are Active.
  2. In the Availability section, you have the option to make the quiz available to users for a limited window:
    1. Select the checkbox next to Has Start Date, then choose a start date using the drop-down lists or the calendar icon.
    2. Select the checkbox next to Has End Date, then choose an end date using the drop-down lists or the calendar icon.
    3. Select Display in Calendar if you would like the dates to show in the course calendar. This option only available if you have a set Start or End Date and the quiz is Active.
    4. Note: If you change the Availability (and timing) of a quiz after the quiz period has started, the change will be reflected for any students who have not submitted their quiz. However, any changes will not affect any Special Access already set.
  3. Release conditions allow you to set requirements that must be met before taking the quiz. For example, you could create a release condition that requires users to view a certain content topic before they can attempt the quiz. In the Additional Release Conditions section:
    1. Click Attach Existing to add a release condition that you have already created in the Conditional Release area or in another tool.
    2. Click Create and Attach to create a new release condition and associate it with this quiz.
    3. Learn more about attaching release conditions to quizzes through D2L’s official tutorial video.
      dates and restrictions options
  4. The Respondus LockDown Browser cannot be enabled through this tab currently. However, you can enable this feature in the LockDown Browser tab in the Quizzes tool main page.
    Quiz Security Options
  5. Click the Expand Optional Advanced Restrictions link to add extra restrictions to your quiz.
    1. To require users to enter a password to attempt the quiz, enter a password in the Password field.
    2. To restrict quiz access to users from a certain location, click Add new IP Range and enter IP addresses in the IP Range Start and IP Range End fields.
      Advanced quiz restrictions
  6. Under Timing section, you can enable a time limit for your quiz by selecting Enforce a time limit and typing the applicable number of minutes in the Time Limit field. The default time limit is 120 minutes. You can also have a timer displayed to users taking the quiz by checking Show clock.
    Quiz timing options
  7. In the Special Access section you can override the availability and timing settings of a quiz for specified users. You may want to enable Special Access to: accommodate users with special needs; increase the quiz time limit for special-needs users; or have a different window of availability for individual users.
    1. First, determine the Type of Access you would like selected users to have.
    2. Next, select Add Users to Special Access to add special access permissions.
      Quiz Special Access
  8. Check the boxes beside any of the special access types, and fill in the appropriate fields. Special access can include a unique start and end date, time limit, and special attempt restrictions.
    Special Access Properties
  9. Select which users you would like to give your special access permissions to in your course and click Add Special Access. Adjust the view or use the search bar to find specific users if need be.
    Special access quiz users
  10. Click Save and Close or Save.
    Save and close buttons

Setting Up Quiz Assessment Properties

Assessment Properties are found under the Assessment tab.

  1. Enter the Assessment tab.
    Quiz Assessment Tab
  2. Select the box next to Automatic Grade to allow the quiz attempt grade to be seen immediately after the user has completed and submitted the quiz. The displayed score is limited by what the system can auto-grade.
    • Note: If this option is not selected, then students will not see any feedback left for them.
  3. Select a Grade Item from the drop-down list or create a Grade Item by clicking Add Grade Item. Associating a grade item with a quiz allows quiz results to be automatically linked to the Grades tool.
  4. Select the box next to Auto Export to Grades in order to send auto-graded attempt scores directly to the grade book (this requires that a grade item is associated with the quiz). 
    • Note: If this option is not selected you will have to manually update the quiz results.
  5. Click the drop-down arrow underStudent View Preview to edit how the quiz’s grade is displayed to users.
  6. Add a rubric by clicking the Add Rubric button or click Create Rubric in New Window to create a new rubric.
    Quiz Assessment Tab
  7. Click on the drop-down list under Attempt Allowed to limit the number of times users can attempt the quiz. Be sure to hit Apply after making your selection.
  8. Click on the drop-down list under Overall Grade Calculation to adjust how the quiz’s grade is calculated.
  9. Click Save and Close or Save.
    Quiz attempts options

Editing Submission Views

You can edit what students see when they review their submissions for a quiz.

  1. Click on the Submission Views tab.
    Quiz Submission Views Tab
  2. Click the Default View link to enter the editor.
    Quiz Submission View Default
  3. By default, users see a generic submission message that they see upon submission. You can edit this message if you wish.
    Quiz submission message
  4. You can edit whether you want user’s to see the quiz questions and answers when reviewing a submission. By default, this feature is disabled. To enable, click Yes and select how you would like the questions to be displayed.
  5. Select whether you would like users to see their attempt and overall attempt scores. This is enabled by default.
  6. Choose whether you would like users to see the class average and/or score distribution.
  7. Click Save.
     Quiz submission view details
  8. On the Submission Views page, click Save and Close.
    Save quiz submission views