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Creating a Quiz

With a D2L quiz, instructors can create several types of quiz questions including long answer, fill in the blank, matching, and multiple choice.  Instructors can also customize quiz options to allow special access, permit multiple attempts, and create a report.

Basics of creating a quiz

  1. Creating quizzes for a course involves a series of steps. The basic procedures can be broken down into the following parts:
    • Create your quiz questions You can create questions in either (A) the Question Library, or (B) by importing them from a text file, Respondus, or other quiz software.
    • Create a quiz Create a quiz by: (A) Defining a quiz name and general properties, (B) establishing the quiz restrictions, (C) establishing the quiz attempts, (D) establishing the quiz reports, (E) populating your quiz with questions, and (F) setting up the quiz layout.
    • Preview and release the qui

Instructors can create quiz questions in two ways. The first, recommended by D2L, is to create questions using the Question Library. The Question Library acts as a repository for questions and is the only way to create random sections in quizzes. Once questions are created, they are imported into a specific quiz.

Other Important Information 

  1. If possible, set up the grade items in the gradebook before creating a quiz. This is especially important if using a weighted gradebook, since in a weighted grading system the percentages all relate to each other.
  2. It is recommended that quizzes are not edited after students have begun taking the Quiz. Doing so may result in students not being able to complete the quiz if they are caught between old and new Quiz versions. Quiz statistics will also be inaccurate.
  3. Creating a quiz does not automatically create an entry in the Grades area. In order for an entry to appear in the Grades area instructors MUST fill in the appropriate information in the General section of the Properties tab shown below.
  4. Grades are not automatically sent to the Grades area. Instructors MUST fill in the appropriate information in the General section of the Properties tab shown below.

There are several steps involved in creating a Quiz for your course.

  1. Create Quiz questions. Questions can be created in either the Question Library (recommended), directly in the Quiz, or by using Respondus.
    • Random Sections can only be created if the questions are in the Question Library. 
     
  2. Create a Quiz by: 
    • defining a Quiz name and general properties, 
    • establishing the Quiz restrictions, 
    • establishing the number of Quiz attempts, 
    • establishing the Quiz reports (optional), 
    • adding questions to your Quiz and 
    • setting up a Quiz layout. 
     
  3. Preview the Quiz.

Understanding the Question Library: An Overview

The Question Library is a central, shared repository for the questions you create, copy, and import and acts like a test bank. Instructors can pull questions from multiple quizzes to make up an exam.  Use the Question Library to build an archive of questions that can be reused and shared, thus avoiding the tedium of re-inputting shared questions.

The assessment tools—quizzes, surveys, and self assessments—share the questions stored in the Question Library. The questions that can be accessed by these tools are dependent on the tool type. Certain question types cannot be used by some tools. For example, surveys cannot use all question types.

question_library 

Features: 

  • Fill the Question Library with questions and/or questions imported from a text book test bank.
  • Store more questions in the Question Library than the amount for any test.  This makes varying test questions from semester to semester easy and convenient.
  • Create sections that group questions in the Question Library. 
  • Group questions by unit, chapter, topic, question type, or any other grouping that makes sense for the course.  This makes questions easy to locate and to use.
  • Write questions within a quiz itself, select specific questions from the Question Library, or use a combination of these two methods. 
  • Set up a random selection of a specified number of questions from the Question Library, rather than select specific questions from the Question Library.

Working with the Question Library

Creating Sections in the Question Library

Sections provide a way to organize questions in the Question Library.  Instructors can create sections relating to each quiz or exam or to the type of question.

  1. On the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the QUESTION LIBRARY button. question libraryThe "Question Library" pane appears.
  3. From the Create New pull-down menu, select Section. 
  4. Click the GO button. The "New Section" pane appears.

    question_library_create_new
     
  5. Go to the General section.
  6.  In the Section Name text box, type a name for the section.

    new_section
     
  7. If desired, type desired text in message box. Message can be made visible to students (refer to step 9).
    To use HTML to type message, click within the text area or click EDIT edit button

    message box 1
     
  8. If desired, type desired text in private commente box. Private Comments are not visible to students.

    message box 2
     
  9. To add an image:
    1. Click the ADD A FILE button. The "Submit a File" dialog box appears.
    2. Click "BROWSE..." The "Choose file" dialog box appears.
    3. Using the Look in pull-down menu, locate and select the image.
    4.  Click the OPEN button.
    5. Click the UPLOAD button. 
     
  10. To specify the items to appear in the section, go to the Display Options section and select the desired option(s). An option is selected if a checkmark appears before it.

    message box 3
     
  11. To add feedback for the section:
    1. Click EXPAND SECTION FEEDBACK  
    2. In the Section Feedback, text box type the text

      message box 4
       
     
  12. Click the SAVE button. The new section is created and added to the Question Library pane.

Creating New Questions in the Question Library

Instructors have the option of creating questions right in the Question Library, to later add to quizzes. The types of questions that can be created in the Question Library are identical to those that can be created in quizzes.  

Instructors can create several different types of questions in the Question Library and may want to create sections in the Quiz Library in order to keep the different types organized.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the QUESTION LIBRARY button. question library The "Question Library" pane appears.

    question_library
     
  3. From the Create New pull-down menu select the desired type of question.
  4. Click the GO button. The New <Question Type> Question pane appears with options for that type of question. [Learn More About Question Types]
  5. Fill in the information as appropriate. Options will vary depending on the type of quiz question.

     Option   Description 
    Title  Question titles are optional but may help in organizing your Question Library because the title, rather than the entire question, appears in the Question Library.
    Points  This determines the number of points the question is worth.
    Difficulty  Assigning a difficulty can be helpful if you are weighting your questions.  You can select difficulty settings of 1-5.  The default value is 1.
    Question Text  This is the actual text of the question to be answered by the student, written in plain text or HTML.
    Image  Image Displaying an image pertinent to the question is optional.
    EXAMPLE: An instructor might want to display a chart to be analyzed before answering a question.
    Question Hint   Creating a question hint is optional and can be written in plain text or HTML.
    Question Feedback   Creating question feedback (comments) is optional and can be written in plain text or HTML.
  6. To preview the question, click the PREVIEW button.
    To save the question, click the SAVE button.
    To save the question and create a copy of it (to base the next question on) click the SAVE & COPY button.
    To save the question and create another of the same type of question, click the SAVE & NEW button. 
  7. When finished creating questions, in the upper right corner of the screen click BACK TO QUIZZES button.

Modifying Questions in the Question Library

Questions in the Question Library can be moved from section to section, reordered, or deleted.  Instructors can set point values and level of difficulty on questions in the Question Library.

Moving Questions 

Selected questions can be moved from one section of the Question Library to another.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the QUESTION LIBRARY button. question library The "Question Library" pane appears.

    question_library
     
  3. From the Section pane, click the section that contains the desired questions to be moved. If the question is not currently in a section, continue to step 4.
  4. In the Content pane, select the desired questions to be moved. NOTE: A question is selected when a checkmark appears before it.
  5. Click the MOVE icon.  3 dots   The "Move Objects" pane appears.
  6. Click the section that is to contain the questions. This moves the question and the system automatically returns to the pane displaying the contents of the Section selected in step 3.

Deleting Questions

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click QUESTION LIBRARY question library The "Question Library" pane appears.
  3. From the Section pane click the section that contains the questions. Questions for that section appear in the Content pane.
    If the questions are not currently in a section continue to step 4.
  4. In the Content pane, select the questions. A question is selected when a checkmark appears before it.
  5. Click the DELETE icon. trashcan A confirmation dialog box appears.
  6. Click DELETE.The pane refreshes to reflect the deletion.

Reordering Questions

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the QUESTION LIBRARY button. question libraryThe "Question Library" pane appears.
  3. From the "Section" pane click the section that contains the desired questions. Questions for that section appear in the "Content" pane.
    If the questions to be reordered are not currently in a section, continue to step 4.
  4. Click the ORDER icon 2 arrows The "Order" pane appears.
    order_questions_header
     
  5. Select the question to move.(A question is selected when a checkmark appears before it.)
    The question will be highlighted.
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  7. Click the UP or DOWN arrows as appropriate.
  8. Click the SAVE button. The system will automatically return to the Questions list, displaying the contents of the Section selected in step 3. The pane will reflect the reordering.

Editing Question Values

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar,  click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the QUESTION LIBRARY button. question library The "Question Library" pane appears.
    question_library
     
  3. From the "Section" pane, click the section that contains the question to be edited. Questions for that section appear in the Content pane.
    If the questions are not in a section, continue to step 4.
  4. Select the questions with values to be edited OR Select "Select all rows."

    question selection
     
  5. Click the EDIT VALUES button. edit values The "Edit Values" pane appears.

    edit scores
     
  6. To change the point value of a question, go to the Points text box for that question and type the value.
  7. To change the level of difficulty for a question, go to the ''Difficulty" pull-down menu for that question and select the value.
  8. To always include this question as part of a random section, select Mandatory. 
  9. Click the SAVE button. The system will return to the pane displaying the contents of the Section selected in step 3.

Properties Tab

  1. From the Course Home page navigation bar, click on the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click on the NEW QUIZ button new quiz button .The "Manage Quizzes-New Quiz" pane appears.

    new quiz window

     
  3. On the Properties tab, go to the General section
  4.  In the Name text box, type the desired quiz name.

General Quiz Options: 

The General section of the Properties Tab contains several general quiz options including naming a Category, associating the quiz with a Grade Item, and two of the MOST important check boxes, Auto Export to Grades and Automatic Grade.

Category

The Category option allows instructors to choose an already-existing category from the pull-down menu, choose "no category", or add a new category for the quiz. This step is optional.

To add a new category for the quiz,

  1. Click the ADD CATEGORY link. The "Add New Category" dialog box appears.
  2. In the Name text box, type the desired category name.
  3. Click on the SAVE button.

! Grade Item

With the grade item option, instructors can link the quiz to an existing grade item, choose "none" for no grade item, or add a grade item for the quiz. Note that if using a weighted gradebook, it is better to set up the grade items in the grade book before creating the quiz.

To add a grade item for the quiz,

  1. Click the blue ADD GRADE ITEM link. The "Add New Grade Item" dialog box appears.
  2. Complete the specifications of the new grade item in the dialog box.
  3. When finished, click on the SAVE button.

! Auto Export to Grades

The "Auto Export to Grades" option will automatically send the quiz grade to the linked grade item. Check the box next to this option to put it into effect. If selecting to automatically export to grades, the next option, "Automatic Grade," should also be checked.

! Automatic Grade

The Automatic Grade option allows the quiz to be graded as soon it is completed. If this box is not checked prior to student quiz completion, the grades will remain in the quizzes area and will not be automatically moved into the Grades area.

Check the box next to "allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion" to put this into effect. If the quiz contains long-answer questions, the system will only automatically grade the True/False and multiple choice questions; the long-answers need to be graded by the instructor.

Optional Advanced Properties 

The Optional Advanced Properties section provides faculty with the ability to add Hints, a Notification email, disable right-click and disable pager access. To access it, click the  down arrow next to the blue text "Expand optional advanced properties."


quiz advanced options 

Hints 

If this option is selected, students may view hints on quiz questions.

Notification email 

Instructors may type in their email address here if they wish to receive notification each time a student completes the quiz.

Disable Right-Click 

Disable Right-Click is an option that prevents student from right-clicking on the quiz, which would allow them to save it as a file or print it from their computer.

Disable Pager Access 

This determines the availability of the option to disable pager access during an active quiz attempt. When set to 'On' it allows a user editing a quiz to disable pager access for a particular quiz. However, it is not necessary to check this option, as we have already disabled the D2L Pager.

Messages 

The Messages Property allows instructors to add additional written content to the quiz, as a Description or Introduction or both. If it is not already expanded, click the down arrow next to the blue text that says "Expand Messages." 

Descriptions are visible before the quiz is available and can be used to remind students what topics a quiz will cover. To add a Description, select the "on" button next to Description and type the description in the box. Instructors may type a description in the box withou selecting "on" to make the description invisible to students. 


quiz messages 

Introductions are visible only once a student begins the quiz. To add an introduction to the quiz that is visible to students, select "on" next to Introduction. Type the introduction in the box.


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Page Header/Footer 

Page Headers and Footers will be shown at the top and bottom of the quiz page, respectively. If the section is not already expanded, click the down arrow next to "Collapse page header/footer."

To add a page header, select the "on" button next to "Page Header" and type the header in the box.


quiz header 

To add a page footer, select the "on" button next to "Page Footer" and type the footer in the box. 


quiz footer 

Save Quiz 

When the quiz properties are all set, go back to the top of the page and click on the SAVE QUIZ button. To preview the created quiz, click the PREVIEW button quiz preview 

Restrictions Tab

Instructors can set when a quiz will be available to students and specify how long students have to complete the quiz. 

Setting Quiz Availability

  1. From the Course Home page red Navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizze"s pane appears.
  2. Click the desired quiz. The "Edit Quiz" pane appears.
  3. Select the Restrictions tab.The Restrictions options appear.

    quiz restrictions
     
  4. Go to the Availability section
  5. From the "Status" pull-down menu, select "Inactive" or "Active." A quiz will be visible to students only when the status is set to Active.
    •  To have the quiz available any time the status is Active, do not select start or end dates. The quiz will be available until changed to Inactive status.
     
  6. To set a specific beginning and ending availability period:
    • Select "Has Start Date."
    • Use the date and time pull-down menus to indicate the desired start time OR to select the date from a calendar click SELECT DATE calendar .
    • Select "Has End Date."
    • Use the date and time pull-down menus to indicate the desired end time OR to select the date from a calendar click SELECT DATE calendar .
     
  7. Click the SAVE QUIZ button. The quiz availability is set.

Setting Quiz Duration

The Timing options in D2L allow instructors to establish a time limit for quizzes and to determine how quizzes submitted after that time limit will be handled.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The ''Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the desired quiz. The "Edit Quiz" pane appears.
  3. Select the Restrictions tab. The Restrictions options appear.
  4. Go to the Timing section
  5. In the Time Limit text box, type the desired number of minutes students will have to complete the quiz.

    quiz timed
     
  6. Select enforced. Selecting this option also selects "show clock."
  7. Select "show clock." This option displays a count-down clock during the quiz showing how much time is left to complete the quiz.
  8. To set a grace period for late quizzes, in the Grace Period text box type the desired number of minutes. The grace period is a time limit for students to submit quizzes after the deadline without them being marked late. The value must be set to at least 1 minute.
  9. To determine how to treat quizzes that are submitted late, go to the Late Submissions section and make the desired selection.

    Option   Implication 
    Allow normal submission  
     
    Late submissions are accepted, but flagged as late for the instructor's reference. No points are deducted.
     
    Use Late Limit of # minutes 

    Late submissions are always accepted, but quizzes submitted after the Late Limit are marked 0 points.

    To use this feature, "enforced" must be selected.

    The Quiz will automaticall submit after the Time Limit + Late Limit + Grace Period have been exceeded.

    Auto-Submit Attempt  
     
    The clock runs out and indicates time exceeded.  The student can continue working but cannot save subsequent answers.  When the student clicks SUBMIT only those answers recorded before the end time will be accepted.

    To use this feature enforced must be selected.
  10. Click the SAVE QUIZ button.

Setting Quiz Restrictions and Special Access

Instructors can set restrictions that enhance the security of a quiz as well as set access to some students and not others.  This can be helpful for accommodating special circumstances.

Setting Advanced Restrictions 

Instructors can further restrict access to a quiz by requiring a password or requiring that the quiz be completed on a computer with a specific IP address.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the desired quiz. The Edit Quiz pane appears.
  3. Select the Restrictions tab. The Restrictions options appear.
  4. In the Optional Advanced Restrictions section, click the arrow next to the blue text Expand optional advanced restrictions. The Optional Advanced Restrictions options appear.

    quiz optional advanced
     
  5. To set a password, go to the Password text box and type the desired password.
  6. To set a specific IP address, go to the IP Restriction text boxes and type the desired IP address. This allows users to take the quiz only from the specified IP address (specified computer).
  7. Click the SAVE QUIZ button. The advanced restrictions are set.

Adding Special Access

Instructors can tailor restrictions for one or more students to accommodate special needs or situations.

 Adding Special Access: Accommodating Selected Users 

Instructors can change the availability or length of time for a quiz for selected students.  For example, if a student has a learning disability, an instructor could choose to allot them more time to complete the quiz than other students.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the desired quiz. The Edit Quiz pane appears.
  3. Select the Restrictions tab. The Restrictions options appear.
  4. In the Advanced Availability section, select "Allow selected users special access to this quiz."
  5. Click "Add users to special access." The "Special Access" dialog box appears.
  6. To assign a special time for quiz availability, go to the Special Access Properties section and make the desired date and time selections.
  7. To assign a different time limit than the rest of the class:
    1. Select Assign special time limit.
    2. In the Time Limit text box type the desired number of minutes.
    3. Select enforced. 
     
  8. To assign a different grace period than the rest of the class:
    1. Select Assign special grace period.
    2. In the Grace Period text box, type the desired number of minutes.
     
  9. To assign a different late limit than the rest of the class:
    1. Select Assign special late submissions.
    2. Select the desired Late Limit option.
     
  10. In the User List section, select the users to which these special access criteria will apply.
    NOTE: A user is selected if a checkmark appears next to his/her name.
  11. Click the ADD SELECTED button. The dialog box closes and the selected students appear in the Advanced Availability section.
  12. To add different special access for other students, repeat steps 5-12.
  13. Click the SAVE QUIZ button. Special access for the selected users is set.

Adding Special Access: Restricting Access to Selected Users 

Using this feature, instructors are able to restrict certain students from accessing a quiz.  Tthis would be applicable in a situation where one or more students were to take a make-up quiz.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the desired quiz. The Edit Quiz pane appears.
  3. Select the Restrictions tab. The Restrictions options appear.
  4. In the Advanced Availability section, select "Allow only users with special access to see this quiz."
    NOTE: When this option is selected, the quiz is only available for those who are listed in the Advanced Availability section.
  5. Click "Add users to special access." The Special Access dialog box appears.
  6. To assign a special time for quiz availability, go the Special Access Properties section and make the desired date and time selections.
  7. To assign a different time limit than the rest of the class:
    1. Select Assign special time limit. 
    2. In the Time Limit text box, type the desired number of minutes.
    3. Select enforced. 
     
  8. To assign a different grace period than the rest of the class:
    1. Select Assign special grace period. 
    2. In the Grace Period text box, type the desired number of minutes.
     
  9. To assign a different late limit than the rest of the class:
    1. Select Assign special late submissions.  
    2. Select the desired Late Limit option.
     
  10. In the User List section, select the users to which these special access criteria will apply.
    NOTE: A user is selected if a checkmark appears next to his/her name.
  11. Click the ADD SELECTED button. The dialog box closes and the selected students appear in the Advanced Availability section.
  12. To add different special access for other students, repeat steps 5-12.
  13. Click the SAVE QUIZ button. Special access for the selected users is set.

Attempts Tab

If desired, an instructor can set up a quiz so that students may attempt to take the quiz more than once.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the quiz to be modified. The "Edit Quiz" pane appears.
  3. Select the Attempts tab. The Attempts options appear.

    quiz attempts
     
  4. From the Attempts Allowed pull-down menu, select the desired number.
  5. From the Overall Grade Calculation pull-down menu, select the desired option:

    Option  Description 
    Highest Attempt  Uses the student's highest score
    Lowest Attempt  Uses the student's lowest score
    Average of all Attempts  Uses an average of the scores from the student's multiple attempts
    First Attempt  Uses the student's first score
    Last Attempt  Uses the student's final score
  6. Click the SAVE QUIZ button. The number of attempts allowed is modified.

Submissions Tab

Instructors can let students view certain information after their quizes have been submitted.  This helps to assure students that their quizzes have been submitted successfully. Instructors can also allow students to view their answers and the correct responses.  Additional views block certain quiz information until a specified date.

Changing the Default Submission View

The Default submission view gives students the following information:

  • The date and time they submitted the quiz
  • Their score for this attempt
  • The total possible score

Instructors can change or add information to the default view.  This section will explain how to change the default view students see upon submitting a quiz.  Options not selected for the initial view can be included in an Additional View.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the desired quiz. The "Edit Quiz" pane appears.
  3. Select the Submission Views tab. The Submission Views options appear.

    quiz submission view
     
  4. To view the default view properties, click DEFAULT VIEW. The "Edit Quiz Submission View" pane appears.
  5. To change the default message, go to the View Properties section and in the Message text box type the desired quiz submission message.
    HINT: To create the message using HTML code click HTML EDITOR edit button

    quiz submission properties
     
  6. To allow students to see quiz questions:
    1. In the View Details section, go to Show Questions? and select Yes. 
    2. Select which questions to display and the question format.
    3. To display the correct answer with the displayed question, select Show question answers.  
    4. To show the number of questions the student got correct, select Show question score and out of score.

      quiz view details
       
     
  7. To allow students to see their attempt score immediately after submitting their quiz, go to the Score section and select Show attempt score and overall attempt score.  
  8. To allow students to view the average score for the class, go to the Statistics section and select Show class average. 
  9. To allow students to view the grade distribution for the class, go to the Statistics section and select Show score distribution. 
  10. To save changes, click the SAVE VIEW button. Report options are set.

Creating an Additional View

This section will explain how to create an additional submission view for a quiz.  Instructors can use the "Additional View" option to control the release of information for a quiz.  Only the most recent information will be displayed to the students.  For example, the initial view might show only the User Answers. 

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. Click the desired quiz. The "Edit Quiz" pane appears.
  3. Select the Submission Views tab. The "Submission Views" options appear.
  4. Click Add additional view. The "New Quiz Submission View" pane appears.

    quiz additional view 1
     
  5. Go to the View Properties section and in the Name text box, type the desired name for the new view.

    quiz additional view 2
     
  6. In the Message scroll box, type the desired message. HINT: To create the message using HTML code click HTML EDITOR edit button 
  7. Go to the View Restrictions section.
  8. From the Date pull-down menus select the desired date and time that this view will be available.

    quiz alt restrictions
     
  9. To allow students to see quiz questions:
    1. In the View Details section under Show Questions? select Yes. 
    2. Select which questions and the question format to display.
    3. To display the correct answer with the displayed question, select Show question answers.  
    4. To show the number of questions the student got correct, select Show question score and out of score.

      quiz alt options
       
     
  10. To allow students to view the average score for the class, select Show class average. 
  11. To allow students to view the grade distribution for the class, select Show score distribution. 
  12. To save changes, click SAVE VIEW. The additional report is created.

Reports Tab

Please see the  Quiz Reports  page.

Layout and Questions Tab

Although instructors can create quiz questions from the layout and questions tab we recommend first creating them in the Question Library and then Importing them into your quiz. Questions created in the Question library can be used in multiple quizzes.

To help organize questions, instructors can create sections relating to each quiz or create quiz questions "from scratch."

Creating Sections 

Sections provide a way to organize quiz questions and can be created based on the types of questions in the quiz.  For example, the true/false questions could have their own section while multiple choice questions make up a different section.  A midterm or final exam could also have sections dividing the quiz into major units or chapters.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. In the Current Quizzes section, select the desired quiz. The "Edit Quiz" pane appears.
  3. Select the Layout/Questions tab. The quiz questions appear.
  4. Click the ADD/EDIT QUESTIONS button. The "Quiz Layout" pane appears.

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  5. From the Create New pull-down menu, select Section. 
  6. Click the GO button. The "New Section" pane appears.

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  7. Under General, go to the Section Name text box and type a name for the section.
  8. If desired, in the Message scroll box type section message. This will appear under the section name during the quiz. To use HTML to type message, click HTML EDITOR edit button 
  9. To specify how the section will appear, go to the Display Options section and select the desired options.
    NOTE: If choosing to display message and image, select "display section message and image once" or "repeat section message and image before each question."

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  10. Click the SAVE button. The new section is created and added to the "Quiz Layout" page.
  11. Return to the Quizzes and Layout page by clicking on the Back to Quizzes/Layout link.
  12. To limit the amount of questions place a number in the text box after the word Place and then click on the Go button.
  13. To prevent students from moving backwards, click on the checkbox next to thw words "Prevent moving backwards through pages."

Creating Questions from Scratch 

After creating the quiz sections, instructors can create several different types of questions for the quiz.

  1. From the Course Home page red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. In the Current Quizzes section, select the desired quiz. The "Edit Quiz" pane appears.
  3. Select the Layout/Questions tab.
  4. Click ADD/EDIT QUESTIONS. The Quiz Layout page appears.
  5. From the list, select the section that will contain the questions to be created. An item is selected if a checkmark appears before it.
  6. From the Create New pull-down menu, select the question type.

     Quizzes & Surveys: Understanding Question Types 

    The following table explains the different types of questions available for Desire2Learn quizzes and/or surveys.  All question types include the option of providing custom feedback.  Some questions include the feature of automatic grading, but some such as Long Answer cannot be automatically graded.

     

    Question Type 

    Quizzes/
    Surveys
     

    Brief Description 

    Automatic Grading for Quizzes 

    Arithmetic

    Quizzes

    This type of question requires mathematical calculation.

     

    Fill in the Blanks  

    Both

    This question type evokes a one-word answer from students. 

     

    Image Information 

    Both

    Allows instructor to present an image (e.g. diagram, model) for questions.

    N/A

    Likert

    Surveys

    This question allows students to answer on a scale, including 1-5, 1-8, Agreement, Satisfaction, Frequency, Importance, and Opposition. 

     

    Long Answer  

    Both

    Long answer questions are also known as essay questions. Students type their responses into a scroll box. 

     

    Matching 

    Both 

    Two columns of information are displayed and students must indicate the matching sets of information.

    yes

    Multiple Choice  

    Both

    Multiple choice questions have two or more options. Students select only one answer. 

    yes

    Multi-Select  

    Both

    Multi-select questions use checkboxes, allowing students to make more than one selection.

    yes

    Multi-Short Answer 

    Both

    Students type their answer to a muli-part question (e.g., Name three attributes of...). 

     

    Ordering  

    Both

    The students place answers in the correct order by typing a number next to each answer.

    yes

    Short Answer  

    Both

    Students type their answers into a scroll box. Responses 3-6 words long are appropriate for short answer questions.

     

    Significant Figures

    Quizzes

    This question allows for an additional type of mathematical calculation. 

     

    Text Information 

    Both

    Allows instructor to present information (e.g. a case, problem, situation)

    N/A

    True or False  

    Both

    Students select whether a question is true or false

    yes

  7. Click GO. The New Question pane appears.

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  8. Fill in the information as appropriate. Options will vary depending on the type of quiz question.

    Option   Description 
    Title  Including a title for the question is optional, but it may help in organizing questions in the Question Library.  The title of the question appears in the Question Library rather than the entire question text.
    Points  This is the number of points the question is worth.
    Difficulty   Assigning a difficulty can be helpful if weighting questions.  Difficulty settings are from 1-5.
    Question Text   This is the actual text of the question to be answered by the student. It can be written in plain text or HTML.
    Image  Instructors may upload image files to be included in the question.
    Enumeration  Indicates how the answers will be labeled.
    EXAMPLE: For a multiple choice question label each answer option a,b,c,d.
    Style   Indicates how the answers will appear (e.g., horizontal, vertical).
    Randomize options  Selecting this option will randomize the answers; the answers will not be in the same order for each student.
    Value  Indicates the possible answers for that question.
    Weight  Specifies how much that answer is worth.  For example, all answers except the right one can be 0 or partial credit for certain answers.
    Feedback  Can be used to inform student why this answer is perhaps right or wrong. This will appear when the student reviews their answers.
    Hint  Displays hints for questions. NOTE: This is found by clicking EXPAND QUESTION HINT.
    Question Feedback  Creating question feedback (comments) is optional and can be written in plain text or HTML.  This will be seen when the student reviews their answers.
    NOTE: This is found by clicking EXPAND QUESTION FEEDBACK.
  9. To preview the question click the PREVIEW button.
    To save the question click the SAVE button.
    To save the question and create another click SAVE AND NEW.
    To save the question and create another of the same type click SAVE AND COPY. 
  10. When finished, click BACK TO QUIZ LAYOUT/QUESTIONS. 
    1. Return to the Quizzes and Layout page by clicking on the Back to Quizzes/Layout link.
    2. To limit the amount of questions place a number in the text box after the word Place and then click on the Go button.
    3. To prevent students from moving backwards, click on the checkbox next to thw words "Prevent moving backwards through pages."
     
  11. Click the SAVE QUIZ button. The new quiz questions are created.

Importing Questions from the Question Library

The Question Library serves as a test bank of quiz/exam questions.  Its features and flexibility make it a valuable tool when creating quizzes.  For more information, refer to the Question Library: An Overview.

  1. From the Course Home red navigation bar, click the QUIZZES link. The "Manage Quizzes" pane appears.
  2. In the Current Quizzes section, select the desired quiz. The "Edit Quiz" pane appears.
  3. Select the Layout/Questions tab.
  4. Click the ADD/EDIT QUESTIONS button.
  5. Click the IMPORT button at the top next to the Create new pull-down menu. The "Import Into [Quiz Name]" pane appears.
  6. From the Source Collection pull-down menu, select Question Library. 
  7. From the Source Section pull-down menu select the desired section. The screen refreshes showing the questions in that section.

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  8. In the Source Collection section, select the questions desired questions. To select all questions in the section select the section name.
    A question is selected if a checkmark appears before it.
  9. Click the SAVE button.The questions are added to the quiz.
  10. Click BACK TO QUIZ LAYOUT / QUESTIONS to go back.

Deleting a Quiz

  1. On the Manage Quizzes page, click the Delete Quizzes icon.
  2. Delete a quiz by click on the check boxes beside the quiz name.
  3. Click on the Delete Selected button.