Create formative and summative assessments using Quizzes.  For example, low stakes practice quizzes can be helpful for students to master content and prepare for the next assessment.  Best practice is to build the questions in the question library first to import to any quiz. Grades can be set up to automatically export to the grade book.

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Quizzes: Manage Quizzes

Quizzes: The Question Library

Useful Terms

Useful Terms:

  • Question Library: The Question Library works as a question bank from which you can select questions when you’re creating a quiz. It is the central space to keep questions organized by topic, question type, etc. It is recommended that you build your questions directly into the Library so it can be imported to a quiz.
  • Section (in the Question Library and Quizzes): These work like folders which allow you to organize your questions by topic, unit, or type of questions, etc. You can set specific parameters to a section in your quizzes, such as question randomization.
  • Question Pool: Set a given number of questions randomly selected from a section in the Question Library.
  • Categories: Allow you to group quizzes under a Category in the Quizzes Page. For example, Unit 1 Quizzes.
  • Quizzes Page: Once in your course, click on Quizzes under Assessments on the Main Navigation Bar. You will be taken to the Quizzes Page where you can manage quizzes, access the Question Library, review quiz statistics and enable LockDown Browser.
    Quiz navigation

The Question Library and Creating Sections

Accessing the Question Library

  1. Click on Assessments > Quizzes on the Main Navigation Bar.
  2. Click on Question Library on the top menu of the Quizzes Page.
    Question Library

Organizing Questions: Creating Sections

  1. Question LibraryIn the Question Library, click on New and choose Section (folder) from the drop-down menu.
  2. Enter a name for the section.
    New question section
  3. Click Save (if you want to add other types of questions) or the option to Save and New (create a new question of the same type) / Save and Copy (create a new question with the current question as a template) by clicking the drop-down menu.

  4. The section will show up in the Question Library and in the menu to the left.

Types of Questions

Types of Questions

There are 12 different question types.  It is best practice to use the Preview button for each individual question as well as the entire quiz to test for accuracy before a quiz is released.

Many quiz question types give the option to insert an image via rich text editor in the question text box. All question types allow you to include Feedback and Hints under the Options menu. Other options may be available depending on the question type (e.g., short description, add enumeration).

If you choose to enable LockDown Browser and Monitor for Written Response, Arithmetic or Significant Features type questions, do not check the option to Enable inserted images and attachments or Allow attachments to support answers.  It may cause a security risk.

Click Save (if you want to add other types of questions) or Save and Copy (create a new question with the current question as a template) or Save and New (to create another question of the same type).

Adding Questions to Question Library

Add Questions to Library

  1. Question sectionsIn the Question Library, click on the Section where you want to add questions.
    Note: The sections can be accessed by clicking on the folders in the “tree” on the left side of the library.
  2. Click New and choose the type of question that you want.  There are 12 question types, and the process for creating each question is slightly different. You can also add text or image information.
    New questionNote: Import button can only accept CSV formatted text files. D2L provides a download template of question type structures for a CSV file.  IMPS QTI compliant course package (ZIP) file is acceptable.  It is also possible to import existing questions from other course quiz folders.
  3. In the Question Text field enter the question.
    Note: If you copy and paste text into the question text box, clear formatting.  For example, if clearing formatting on a Word document, highlight the text and under Styles, click Clear Formatting.
    Question text
    If clear formatting of text is not completed, then select Remove Formatting when text is pasted in a text box in D2L.
    Enter the points and click Save (if you want to add other types of questions) or Save and New (to create another question of the same type) or Save and Copy (create a new question with the current question as a template).

Note: It is possible to upload a CSV formatted file or Zip IMS QTI compliant course package or select questions located in the library by selecting Import.  D2L accepts the import of files from Respondus 4.0.

D2L Quiz Walkthrough

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Creating Quizzes

To organize your quiz in folders, click on New and select Section from the drop-down menu. (If this step is done in the Question Library, use the import option to find the questions to insert in your quiz.) 

Setting up a Quiz

Under Assessments, select Quizzes from the menu.  Manage Quizzes opens by default [1].  Click New Quiz [2].

Enter a name for your quiz [3]. Link to an already existing category or create a category for organization purposes [4].  Click on Add/Edit Questions to be presented with the option to add or import questions [5]. Enter a description which displays before the quiz is available.  Be sure to select the "On" radio button to enable the setting [6].  (The Introduction section has been removed.)  Page Header/Footer displays content at the top or bottom of each page, respectively.  Be sure to select the "On" radio button to enable the setting [7].  Optional Advanced Properties lists the following options:  Allow hints, Disable right click, Disable pager and alerts [8].  Click Save and Close (return to main page) or Save (to remain on the same page) [9].


 

Note: It is possible to upload a CSV formatted file or Zip IMS QTI compliant course package or select questions located in the library by selecting Import.  D2L accepts the import of files from Respondus 4.0.

Select Add > New Question to create new questions. (Likert question is found under Question Library or Surveys tool).

Use Import button to upload existing questions.  Click Browse Question Library to select the folder(s) or individual questions or upload a D2L formatted file. It is possible to search for and select questions in Question Library section by clicking the Source: drop-down menu. Filter by test question and sort by question type, points, and title. Click the Import button after you select the questions or section to import.  Then, select the Back to Settings back button.

Other Import options:

  • It is possible to import a section (folder of questions) found in the question library into a quiz using Import drop-down menu > Import to Section. 
  • It is possible to import a section (folder of questions) found in the question library into a quiz using Import drop-down menu > Import to Top of the Quiz or Import to Bottom of the Quiz. 

Click the Import button after you select the questions or section to import.  Then, select the Back to Settings back button.

Import questions

On the Edit page, access these tabs – Restrictions, Assessment, Submission Views.

Once editing is complete, click Save and Close to return to the Quizzes Page.

The Restrictions tab allows you to:

  • Change your quiz status to Active. By default, quizzes are inactive - not available to students.
  • Set a time limit for students to take the quiz.
  • Manage late submissions.
  • Assign special access to the quiz. For example, assign extra time to specific students.

The Assessment tab allows you to:

  • Associate the quiz with a Grade Item in the Gradebook.
  • Attach a rubric to the quiz.
  • Manage the attempts (how many times students can take the quiz) and the Overall Grade Calculation (the grade that gets calculated based on the attempts allowed).

The Submission Views tab allows you to:                 

  • Edit the default message students see when they submit the quiz by clicking on the link Default View.
  • Choose what questions, if any, you want students to see when they submit their quiz. For example, you can show questions answered incorrectly or correctly.
  • Add Additional View – Restrict date/time students have access to the quiz.

Reports Setup tab allows you to:

  • Export a variety of quiz report types depending on question statistics or question details.
  • Set up when to release the report and to whom.

Creating a Quiz with Randomized Questions from a Section in the Library

  1. Click on Quizzes on the Main Navigation Bar under Assessment tab.
  2. In the Manage Quizzes page, click on New Quiz on the top of the page.
  3. Enter a name for your quiz.
  4. Click Add/Edit Questions.
  5. Click Add and select Question Pool from the drop-down menu.
  6. Enter a title for the question pool [1], number of questions to select [2], enter points per question [3].
  7. Click Browse Question Library button [4] to select section of questions and select Import.
  8. Click Save [5].
  9. Select "Back to Settings for Quiz" button in the upper left-hand of the page.
  10. In the Properties tab, to randomize questions at the quiz level, select Shuffle Questions at the quiz level.  Other options include preventing students from moving backwards through pages. To set the number of questions per page, enter a number and click Apply. Click Save and Close. Preview the quiz to ensure the settings have been applied.

Restrictions Tab

Check the Hide from Users box if you do not want the quiz visible to students [1].  Enter a due date and availability dates [2].  Release conditions is possible if you would like the student to complete a separate activity before the quiz is made available [3].  The LockDown Browser and Monitor can be enabled under the Quizzes main page.  Once LockDown Browser is enabled under the Quizzes main page, the Required to take this quiz and Required to view quiz feedback and results options will be made available [4].  Enforced time with grace period is available [5].  Special Access is used to provide additional time or another quiz attempt for selected students[6].

Note: (Firefox is preferred browser): If you would like to enable LockDown Browser (which prevents the student from opening a new browser during testing), click the LockDown Browser tab under the Quizzes main page to Require Respondus LockDown only or Respondus LockDown and Monitor (which not only secures the student to test environment only, but records the student taking the test).  Click Save and Close after reviewing the options under the Advanced Settings.  For example, enable calculator on the toolbar is one of the options listed.

Mac Users: To access LockDown dashboard when using Safari: Click Safari menu > Preferences > Privacy button > Uncheck box for Prevent cross-site tracking.

Lockdown browser

Assessment Tab

Assessment tabStudents can see their score as soon as they submit their attempt.  The score displayed is only what the system can auto-grade.  This setting must be turned on for grades to be automatically sent to the grade book and the default submission view to be released to the students. [1]

Add grade item or associate to grade item in the grade book. [2]

When the Auto Export to Grades is enabled, the system can send auto-graded attempt scores to the grade book.  Set attempts as marked in the Grade Quiz page to populate the grade book with scores if the Automatic Grade is not checked. [3]

Click the drop-down menu to select the number of attempts allowed. [4]

Click the drop-down menu to select the Overall Grade Calculation: Highest Attempt, Lowest Attempt, Average of all Attempts, First Attempt, Last Attempt. [5] 

Save and Close to return to main page or Save to remain on the same page. [6]

Submission viewSubmission Views

The default view is what the student views immediately after submitting a quiz. The default is set to showing no questions. For further details, click on the Submissions Views tab.

Reports Setup

If a report of question statistics, question details, users’ statistics, attempt details or user attempts is desired, then complete the Reports Setup by clicking Add Report. Choose the type of report and when and to whom to release the report.

Reports

Previewing a Quiz

Preview a Quiz on main quiz page

  1. Click Quizzes from the Assessments (main navbar) drop-down menu.
  2. Click the drop-down caret next to the quiz or exam title and select Preview.

Preview a Quiz while adding/editing questions

  1. Click Quizzes from the Assessments (main navbar) drop-down menu.
  2. Click Edit from the drop-down menu next to the quiz name.
  3. Select Add/Edit Questions.
  4. Click Preview (upper right-hand of the page).

Make a copy of a Quiz

To copy an already existing quiz, select Copy from the drop-down menu. The Properties tab of the Edit Quiz page will appear.  Edit the title of the quiz name and edit the questions via the Add/Edit Questions button (if applicable).

Make the quiz visible to users in order for students to take the quiz.  (By default, the newly created quiz is hidden from users.)

Note:  If you are seeking instructions on how to a copy a quiz to another course site, click here.


 

Editing and Deleting Quizzes

Editing Quizzes

  1. Click Quizzes from the Assessments (main navbar) drop-down menu.
  2. Click on the drop-down menu next to the name of the quiz you want to edit.
  3. Select Edit from the menu.
  4. Make your changes to the settings by using the tabs at the top of the page [1].  (The Reports Setup tab has been removed and moved to the drop-down list on the quizzes main page.) 
  5. By default, the entire quiz will appear on the same page.  To limit the number of questions on each page, select the number of questions per page and click Apply [2].  Select the checkbox if you would like to prevent students from accessing previous pages [3].
  6. Select the checkbox whether to enable shuffling questions at the quiz level [4].  Each student will see the questions ordered differently.
  7. Click Add/Edit Questions to add questions or to edit existing questions in the quiz [5].   Be sure to save your edits!
  8. To edit points, assign difficulty level, bonus or mandatory questions, click Edit Values [6].
  9. If you would like to move questions to the top, bottom or a section in the quiz, select the checkbox(es) for those questions and select the drop-down menu for Move To.

Deleting Quizzes

  1. Click Quizzes from the Assessments (main navbar) drop-down menu.
  2. Check the box next to the quiz you wish to delete.
  3. Click on More Actions at the top of the Quizzes Page and select Delete.
  4. Confirm the quiz deletion by clicking the Delete.

Restore Deleted Quizzes

If you would like to recover a deleted quiz, navigate to More Actions and select Restore.

Retake Incorrect Questions Only

It is possible for students to retake a quiz or exam with only incorrect questions available to answer.  When grading, the instructor can only provide a score for the questions answered on that attempt.  Correctly answered questions add to the student’s score.  The overall grade calculation (e.g., highest attempt, lowest, first, last and average) is applied.  Average calculated grade allows for assigning partial credit for questions not answered correctly on the first attempt.

In order for students to be able to complete the subsequent attempts, the previous attempts must be published.

  1. Quiz retakeIn Assessment tab of Edit Quiz page, first select the number of attempts under Attempts Allowed. This must be assigned as 2 or more for the checkbox to be available.
  2. Click Apply.
  3. Check the box for On new attempts, only allow answers for previously incorrect questions.
  4. Click Save and Close.

Note: If you are using Automatic grading, Written Response questions will be marked as 0 and included in future attempts until graded manually.

Assessing Quizzes with Retake Incorrect Questions Only:

The retaken attempt 2, and any subsequent attempts will display under the student’s name in the Users tab area of the Grade Quiz page.

User viewAttempts view

The Attempts tab (of the Grade Quiz page) will also list the retaken attempts for the students along with date/time stamp of completion along with score and grade and date/time published.

Special Access

Students may be granted access to a quiz for various reasons (e.g., additional time, alternative date and/or time).

  1. Click Assessments (main navbar) to select Quizzes under the drop-down list.
  2. Under the Manage Quizzes tab, select Edit under the drop-down list for the specified quiz.
  3. Under the Restrictions tab, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the Special Access section and use the default selection to Allow selected users special access to this quiz. This selection allows you to create an alternative time restriction for specific students.  The second option restricts access to the quiz to specified students.  (Only those students selected would be able to see the quiz.)
  4. Under the Special Access Properties tab, complete the following (if applicable):
    • Enter a new due date.
    • Enter new availability start and end dates.
    • Select Enforced Time Limit and enter a number in one of the three fields (New Time Limit, Multiplier of original quiz time, or Extra Time), to automatically update the other two fields and provide a new time limit.
    • Select the number of allowed attempts.
    • Check the student(s) that the new access applies to and click the Add Special Access.
    • Click Save and Close button to save the settings.  (Note: Once saved, the student’s name will appear along with the new settings under the Special Access section of the Restrictions tab.)

Quiz Accommodations

There is a shortcut to setting quiz accommodations.  Instead of navigating to the Restrictions tab of the Edit Quiz page, use the Classlist.

Moving Questions from a Quiz to Question Library

  1. Select Question Library in Assessments > Quizzes.
  2. Click Import > Browse Existing Questions and find your quiz name in the drop-down list.
    add questions to library
  3. Check the checkbox for all items and select Add.

Grading Quizzes

  1. Quiz gradingGo to Quizzes on the Main Navigation Bar.
  2. Click on the drop-down menu next to the name of the quiz you want to grade.
  3. Select Grade from the menu.
  4. This takes you to the Grade Quiz Page where you can filter submissions by student, attempts or questions.
  5. Click on the attempt link under the student’s name to grade it. The student’s entire quiz displays.
    Qiz attempts
  6. Correct student answers appear as a green checkmark, incorrect answers appear as a red X with the correct answer marked with a blue arrow. Written responses (long answers) will need to be manually graded.
  7. You can provide feedback in two ways:
    • Individual feedback for a question: Click on the Expand question feedback link beneath the score box to type your feedback.
      Quiz feedback
    • Overall Quiz Feedback: Type your feedback in the Attempt Feedback box and change the final score if desired.
  1. After grading a quiz, click Save Draft and click the right arrow in the upper right-hand of the page to grade the next student.
    Grading students
  2. When you are done grading everyone, click Back button at the upper left-hand of the page to return to the quiz attempt listing.
  1. Click the Publish Feedback icon at the top of the quiz attempt list page to publish the quiz scores.

Grading an in-progress quiz

If you choose to grade a quiz with an in-progress status, you can use the Enter In-Progress Quiz as User permission to submit the quiz on the student’s behalf. 

  1. Under Assessments > Quizzes, click Grade to access the students’ quiz attempts.
  2. Click the people icon next to (in progress).
    In-progress grading
  1. Click Yes to confirm you would enter the quiz as user.
  1. Once in the quiz, click Submit Quiz.

Troubleshooting Tips for Quiz Scores not Publishing to grade book

Export to gradebookAllow Export to Grades

  1. Check to ensure a grade item is associated to the quiz under Assessment tab of Edit page.
  2. A grade item needs to be selected to check Allow automatic export to grades.
  3. If there are questions that require manual grading, do not select Automatic Grade option (to allow attempt to be graded immediately upon completion).
  4. Click Save and Close.

Publish Feedback

  1. Select Grade option of the Quiz drop-down menu to find the listing of the quiz attempt links.
  2. Ensure all student names are displayed by scrolling to the bottom of the page to ensure the number per page is set to 200 per page.
  3. Scroll to the top of the page to check the box next to First Name, Last Name to select all students in the list.
  4. Click Publish Feedback.
    Publish feeback

Filter quiz status

Filter by Users

  1. Under Assessments > Quizzes, click the drop-down menu next to the Quiz name to select Grade.
  2. Click Show Search Options link.
  3. Scroll down the page to find the four options available for status: All evaluations, published evaluations, unpublished evaluations and pending evaluations.
  4. Click the magnifying bar to activate the search for the particular status selection.

Filter by Pending evaluations (quiz attempts)

Filter the questions within a student quiz attempt for pending evaluations.  This can be used to manage the question types requiring manual grading (e.g., written response).

  1. Click a student quiz attempt link.
  2. Under Question View, select the drop-down menu to select Pending evaluations.

Anonymous Grading

Note: Once anonymous grading is enabled, visibility of student names cannot be modified after submissions exist.

  1. Under Assessments > Quizzes, click the drop-down menu next to the Quiz name to select Grade.
  1. Click on the Questions tab, to select Blind Marking [1] and click the first question to start grading [2].
    Blind marking
  1. Grade questionEnter the score [1] and feedback [2]. Click Save and Continue [3].  Select the next student by clicking the number or arrow [4].
  2. Click Go Back to Questions to grade the next question.
  1. To publish grades for all students to the gradebook, select the checkbox at the top to select all and click the publish icon. Click Save and Close.

Publish grades

Submit an In-Progress Quiz

If you do not see a student's quiz attempt listed, search to find whether it is still in-progress.  This can happen if the student forgets to click the Submit button. The instructor can submit the quiz on behalf of the student.

  1. In Assessments > Quizzes, select Grade under the drop-down menu for that particular quiz.
  2. Select Show Search Options.
  3. Select All Users or Users with attempts in progress from the "Restrict to" drop-down menu. Click the magnifying glass to trigger the search by the search box.

4. Find the student's name and attempt (in-progress). Click on the people icon to enter the quiz.  (A confirmation pop-up message will appear to enter quiz as user.  Select Yes.)

5. Click the Submit Quiz button.

Reset or Restore a Quiz Attempt

Quiz resetReset Quiz Attempt

A student is not able to resume a quiz that was started, but an instructor can reset the quiz attempt to allow the student to restart the quiz.

  1. Under Assessments > Quizzes > Manage Quizzes, select the drop-down menu next to the quiz name and select Grade.
  2. Check the box next to the attempt you would like to reset and select the trash can icon (reset). Click Save and Close.

Restore Quiz Attempt

If a quiz attempt was deleted, the instructor can restore it by accessing the attempt log.

  1. Under Assessments > Quizzes > Manage Quizzes, select the drop-down menu next to the quiz name and select Attempt Logs.
  1. Select the Restore button next to the attempt that was deleted in error.
    Attempt logs

Regrade a quiz attempt

If your quiz question was set up incorrectly after a quiz was submitted, D2L allows the ability to regrade the attempts.  The instructor has the option to manually update each student’s quiz attempt or update all attempts at once. 

Update individual quiz attempt

  1. Under Assessments > Quizzes > Manage Quizzes, click the drop-down menu next to the quiz name and select Grade.
  2. Click the attempt link to access the quiz results for each student. Enter the correct score for each quiz question accordingly.
  3. Click Save and Close.

Quiz attempt gradeUpdate all attempts

  1. Under Assessments > Quizzes > Manage Quizzes, click the drop-down menu next to the quiz name and select Grade.
  2. Select the Questions tab and select Update All Attempts radio button.
  3. Select the question that you plan to give points back to. By default, the grading type is set to Give to all attempts ( ) points.  Otherwise, specify which answer requires the points.  Enter the number of points in the text box along with an option to comment. Click Save.
  4. Modifications Log will date stamp the action at the bottom of the page.
  5. Click Go Back to Questions.

Note: Editing a quiz question after a student submits the quiz will not fix the student’s grades. A dialog box appears when an instructor attempts to edit a grade with student attempts. If you try to make an edit, another dialog box will inform you that those edits will only impact future attempts.

Submission Views

The Submission Views tab in Quizzes provides the instructor with the ability to allow students access to the exam questions, their responses and the correct answers.  By default, the system only sends a confirmation message that the exam was submitted and provides a score. 

Once the setup is complete, it is recommended to send an email or news announcement to communicate to students how to access their exam or quiz along with your feedback via the Quizzes tool > Submission > attempt link. 

Add Additional View Setup

  1. Click Assessments (main navbar) to select Quizzes under the drop-down list.
  2. Under the Manage Quizzes tab, select Edit under the drop-down list for the specified quiz. Click the Submission Views tab to select the Add Additional View.
  3. Click the Submission Views tab to select Add Additional View.
  4. Enter a name for the Additional View, such as “Exam 2 Feedback.”
  5. Set the date and time for when the access becomes available.
  6. You can limit time for which the view is available. (If this additional view is set up prior to students taking the test, it will allow students to see the test immediately after taking it.  If you choose not to check the limited duration, you can leave this unchecked and the exam will be open indefinitely.)
  7. Check the Yes radio button and Show question answers (optional). There are many options available.  (For this example, all questions with user responses and correct answers will display for the student.)
  8. Click Save.
  9. Create another additional view to end the access to the exam by selecting No for the Show Questions? section in View Details. You will need to enter a new name for the Additional View, such as “Exam 2 Feedback ends” and select an end date.  Be sure to save your edits.

    Note: The quiz grades will need to be published for the additional view to be accessed by the students.