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Accessing Assessments

To access the Assessments tool, from the Course Nav Bar click to expand the Evaluation link group and select Assessments.

Image of the default course navigation bar with the Evaluation link group expanded and the Assessments tool highlighted

The Assessments tool allows you to create online quizzes to gauge a student's understanding of course material. With a variety of quiz options, question types, and flexible availability, your online quizzes can be as simple or as complex as you prefer. The Assessments tool offers question types in both subjective and objective formats. Additionally, collaboration with the third party software Respondus can make importing your quizzes a breeze.


When creating quizzes, a best practice is to begin in the Question Library. The Question Library is a question repository shared across the Assessment (Quiz) tool, the Survey tool, and the Self Assessment tool. Creating questions in the Question Library is also the only way to create a random quiz. 

To navigate to the Question Library, Click the Question Library menu option located on the Manage Quizzes page.

image of the Question Library menu link on the Manage Quizzes page

The Question Library is divided into two frames. The Left-Frame holds the tree-structure of your question sections (or folders). The Right-Frame will display your question sections (folders) as well as any questions not belonging to a specific folder.

image of the left frame within the questionlibraryimage of the right frame within the question library

From this page, use the New and Import buttons to begin creating questions and sections. Use the menu buttons to Move, Delete, Reorder, and Edit Values for the questions and sections.

image of the action buttons within the question library

When you've completed your question building workflow, click the Done Editing Questions button on the far right to return to the Manage Quizzes page.  

image of the done editing questions button within the question library Click on a question type to view field-by-field instructions for creating a question:

Sections (Folders)
Sections act as folders within quizzes and the question library. It is a good practice to organize your course materials. Sections can aid that organization.

  1. Enter a Section Name. Note that, by default, students do not see the section name unless you turn on that access.

    image of the section name field

  2. The Message field displays below the section name, but only if access for students is turned on. Otherwise, students will not see this message.

    image of the section message field

  3. Private Comments are reserved for instructors, teacher assistants, and graders. Any text entered in this box will not display to the student.

    image of the section private comments field

  4. Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above the section.
  5. Display Options:

    image of the section options field

    1. Mark the show section name option to allow students to see the section name.
    2. Mark the insert a line break after section name option to insert a line break.
    3. Mark the display message and image option to allow students to see the message and image included within the section. You may choose to display the message and image only once or before each question within the section.
  6. Include any Section Feedback that will display to the student after he/she submits a quiz attempt.
  7. Click Save to return back to the Question Library.
True/False

The True/False question type is used to determine the validity of a statement. By default, D2L presents the student with only two answer options, True and False.

example of a true/false question

Follow these steps to create a True/False question:

  1. Optional: Enter a questiontitle. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

    image of the quesiton title field

  2. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox. Note that you may want to include a prefix for True/False Questions.

    example of a true/false question

  3. Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

    image of the insert an image button

  4. Description – If you selected an image with the Insert an Image button, add a description of that image in this textbox.
  5. Options:
    1. Enumeration – By default, D2L does not include an enumeration option for your answer options. If you would like to include enumeration, select an option from the dropdown menu.

      Image of the enumeration options

    2. Style – By default, the question’s answer options will be listed vertically. You have the option of listing answer options horizontally or within a dropdown menu.

      Image of the question answer options styles

  6. The Answer Options table allows for you to perform the following actions:
    1. List the answer options in the Valuecolumn (not applicable with True/False Questions)

      image of the answer option table with the value column highlighted

    2. Identify the correct answer by placing a 100 in the Weight (%) column of the correct answer option’s row.

      image of the answer option table with the weight column highlighted

    3. Place answer option feedback in the Feedback column for each answer option’s row. Note that students see only the feedback once the quiz has been submitted for the answer option he/she selects.

      image of the answer option table with the feedback column highlighted

  7. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 
  8. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.
  9. Choose a saving option:

    image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

    1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
    2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
    3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
    4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
    5. Cancel – Discards all changes.  
Multiple Choice

The Multiple Choice question type is used to give a student a list of answer options that may answer the question prompt. In a MC question, a student is able to select only one answer option.

example of a multiple choice question

Follow these steps to create a Multiple Choice question:

  1. Optional: Enter a questiontitle. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

    image of the quesiton title field

  2. Points assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

    Image of the question points field

  3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

    Image of the question difficulty field

  4. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox.

     image of the question text for a multiple choice question

  5. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

    image of the insert an image button

  6. Optional: Description – If you selected an image with the Insert an Image button, add a description of that image in this textbox.
  7. Display Options:
    1. Optional: Enumeration – By default, D2L does not include an enumeration option for your answer options. If you would like to include enumeration, select an option from the dropdown menu.

      Image of the enumeration options

    2. Style – By default, the question’s answer options will be listed vertically. You have the option of listing answer options horizontally or within a dropdown menu.

      Image of the question answer options styles

    3. Optional: Randomize Options - Marking this checkbox will randomize the answer options for this particular question. Note that this feature will not randomize the order of the questions, only the order of the question answer options. If you have a question with answer options that refer directly to other answer options (e.g. A and B only), do not select this option.

      image of the randomize options field

  8. If the question requires more than four answer options, use the Add Option button to add an additional answer option row. You may also add more than one option at a time by placing a number in the textbox before clicking the Add Option button.

    image of the add option button

  9. The Answer Options table allows for you to perform the following actions:
    1. List the answer options in the Valuecolumn

      image of the answer option table with the value column highlighted

    2. Identify the correct answer by placing a 100 in the Weight (%) column of the correct answer option’s row. You may also identify answer options that should receive partial credit by placing a different percentage in the weight column of that answer option row. For example, placing a 50 in the Weight column of an answer option will award the student 50% of the question's point value.

      image of the answer option table with the weight column highlighted

    3. Optional: Place answer option feedback in the Feedback column for each answer option’s row. Note that students see only the feedback once the quiz has been submitted for the answer option he/she selects.

      image of the answer option table with the feedback column highlighted

    4. To delete an answer option row, click the trashcan icon.

      image of the trashcan icon

  10. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 

    Image of the question hint field

  11. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

    Image of the question feedback field

  12. Choose a saving option:

    image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

    1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
    2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
    3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
    4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
    5. Cancel – Discards all changes. 
Multi-Select

The Multi-Select question type is used to give a student a list of answer options that may answer the question prompt. In a Multi-Select question, a student is able to select multiple answer options.

example of a multi-select question

Follow these steps to create a Multi-Select question:

  1. Optional: Enter a questiontitle. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

    image of the quesiton title field

  2. Points assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

    Image of the question points field

  3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

    Image of the question difficulty field

  4. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox.

     image of the question text for a multi select question

  5. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

    image of the insert an image button

  6. Optional: Description – If you selected an image with the Insert an Image button, add a description of that image in this textbox.
  7. Options:
    1. Optional: Enumeration – By default, D2L does not include an enumeration option for your answer options. If you would like to include enumeration, select an option from the dropdown menu.

      Image of the enumeration options

    2. Optional: Style – By default, the question’s answer options will be listed vertically. You have the option of listing answer options horizontally or within a dropdown menu. (Dropdown menu not available for Multi-Select question types.)

      Image of the question answer options styles

    3. Grading - This option controls how D2L calculates a a question's score:

      image of the grading options for a question

      1. All or Nothing - Students must select all correct answer or they will receive a 0 for the question.
      2. Right Minus Wrong - A student's question score is calculated by subtracting the number of incorrect answers from the number of correct answers.
      3. Correct Answers - A student's question score is calculated by the percentage of total correct answers selected.
    4. Optional: Randomize Options - Marking this checkbox will randomize the answer options for this particular question. Note that this feature will not randomize the order of the questions, only the order of the question answer options. If you have a question with answer options that refer directly to other answer options (e.g. A and B only), do not select this option.

      image of the randomize options field

  8. If the question requires more than four answer options, use the Add Option button to add an additional answer option row. You may also add more than one option at a time by placing a number in the textbox before clicking the Add Option button.

    image of the add option button

  9. The Answer Options table allows for you to perform the following actions:
    1. List the answer options in the Valuecolumn

      image of the answer option table with the value column highlighted

    2. Identify the correct answer(s) by placing a checkmark in the Correct column of the correct answer option’s row. You may identify as many correct answers as you wish.

      image of the answer option table with the correct column highlighted

    3. Optional: Place answer option feedback in the Feedback column for each answer option’s row. Note that students see only the feedback once the quiz has been submitted for the answer option he/she selects.

      image of the answer option table with the feedback column highlighted

    4. To delete an answer option row, click the trashcan icon.

      image of the trashcan icon

  10. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 

    Image of the question hint field

  11. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

    Image of the question feedback field

  12. Choose a saving option:

    image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

    1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
    2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
    3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
    4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
    5. Cancel – Discards all changes.
Long Answer (Essay)

The Long Answer, or Essay, question type is used to give a student the opportunity to type an extended answer into an input box. D2L cannot grade Long Answer question types automatically. An instructor or grader must manually award each student a question point value.

example of a long answer(essay) question

Follow these steps to create a Long Answer (Essay) question:

  1. Optional: Enter a questiontitle. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

    image of the quesiton title field

  2. Points - Assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

    Image of the question points field

  3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

    Image of the question difficulty field

  4. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox.

     image of the question text for a long answer question

  5. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

    image of the insert an image button

  6. Optional: Description – If you selected an image with the Insert an Image button, add a description of that image in this textbox.
  7. Input Box - These two dropdown menus control the size of the box available to students that will hold the student answer. For long answer (essay) question types, an input box size of 20 rows by 80 columns create an ideal size. Use the preview button described in step 10.4 to view a preview of the input box size.

    Image of the Input Box Sizing dropdown menus

  8. Optional: Initial Text - Any text you enter into the Initial Text textbox will automatically populate in a student's input box. For example, if you would like the student's answer to begin with some specific verbiage, enter that verbiage here. Likewise, if you would like the student to complete a chart, create the chart in this initial text textbox.

    Image of the intitial text field.

  9. HTML Editor - Check the Allow Html Editor option to provide your students with the ability to format their text, insert images, links, and files into their answer.

    Image of the Allow HTML checkbox

  10. Optional: Answer Key - Enter an example of a correct answer in this field. Note that only instructors and graders have access to the content in this box. The information entered here will not automatically evaluate a student's answer. Instead, use the information in this box as a reference or guide when evaluating a student's answer.

    Image of the answer key field

  11. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 

    Image of the question hint field

  12. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

    Image of the question feedback field

  13. Choose a saving option:

    image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

    1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
    2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
    3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
    4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
    5. Cancel – Discards all changes.
Short Answer

The Short Answer question type is used to give a student the opportunity to type a short (1-4 word) answer into an input box(es). D2L can grade short answer questions automatically but it is a good practice to review the automatic grading and manually override a student's question point value when deemed necessary.

example of a short answer question

Follow these steps to create a Short Answer question:

  1. Optional: Enter a questiontitle. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

    image of the quesiton title field

  2. Points assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

    Image of the question points field

  3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

    Image of the question difficulty field

  4. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox.

     image of the question text for a short answer question

  5. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

    image of the insert an image button

  6. Optional: Description – If you selected an image with the Insert an Image button, add a description of that image in this textbox.

  7. Add Blank - For Short answer and Fill-In-The-Blank question types, you must create blanks to create a textbox to hold the student's answer(s). By default, short answer questions have only one blank. To add additional blanks, enter the number of additional blanks needed and then click the Add Blank button.

    Image of the Add Blank button

  8. Answer Options

    Image of the Question Blanks options

    1. Rows & Columns - These two dropdown menus control the size of the box available to students that will hold a student's answer. For short answer question types, create a blank large enough to hold the question's answer. Use the preview button described in step 11.4 to view a preview of the Answer box size.
    2. Add Answer - If you will accept various iterations of an answer for a blank, click the Add Answer button to add multiple answer options/variations.
    3. Check Answers - Use the Check Answers button to verify that the answers you entered are compatible with D2L's evaluation mechanisms.

  9. The Answer Option Table - Note that each answer option listed in this table relates to only one Blank. The example image depicts a scenario where three additional answers have been added, with only two of the four answers eligible for full credit. If the student enters Brian Noland OR Dr. Brian Noland, that student will receive the full question point value. If the student enters Dr. Noland, he or she will receive only half of the question's point value.

    Image of the answer option table for short answer question types


    1. Answer - Type in the question's correct answer in the Answer box. D2L will evaluate a student's entry by using the exact spelling, spacing, and punctuation entered in the Answer box. Case Sensitivity is set in the Evaluation section. 
    2. Weight - Identify the correct answer by placing a 100 in the Weight field  of the correct answer option’s row. You may also identify answer options that should receive partial credit by placing a different percentage in the weight field of that answer option row. For example, placing a 50 in the Weight field of an answer option will award the student 50% of the question's point value.
    3. Evaluation
      1. Case Insensitive - D2L will evaluate a student's answer regardless of the case used.
      2. Case Sensitive - D2L will evaluate a student's answer along with Case Correctness.
      3. Regular Expression - Use alpha-numeric and meta-characters to determine the correct answer. Case sensitivity is determined by expression formulas you set. For assistance with Regular Expressions, contact D2L faculty support by phone: (423) 439-8616 or by email: .
  10. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 

    Image of the question hint field

  11. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

    Image of the question feedback field

  12. Choose a saving option:

    image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

    1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
    2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
    3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
    4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
    5. Cancel – Discards all changes.
Multi-Short Answer (MSA)

The Multi-Short Answer question type is used for questions that require two or more answers. In this example, the answer to the question "What are the two official ETSU school colors?" is Navy Blue and Old Gold. The student is able to type in Navy Blue into either blank and Old Gold into either blank. To receive full credit for the question, the student must enter both answers, one answer in each blank.

example of a Multi-Short-Answer question

 

  1. Optional: Enter a questiontitle. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

    image of the quesiton title field

  2. Points assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

    Image of the question points field

  3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

    Image of the question difficulty field

  4. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox.

     image of the question text for a multi short answer question

  5. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

    image of the insert an image button

  6. Optional: Description – If you selected an image with the Insert an Image button, add a description of that image in this textbox.

  7. Options
    1. Input Boxes - Select the number and size of the Answer Blanks you will provide for the student. By default, MSA question types will have three Input Boxes.

      Image of the Input boxes options for an MSA question (number of input boxes, rows of each box, columns of each box)

    2. Answer - By default, MSA question types will have three answer options weighted at 33.3% each, requiring the student to enter the correct three answers into the three blanks provided. If your MSA question requires more than three answers, use the Add Answer button to add additional Answers. Note that you must verify that the number of answers matches the number of input boxes you create.

      Image of the Add Answers and Check Answers buttons

    3. Check Answers - Use the Check Answers button to verify that the answers you entered are compatible with D2L's evaluation mechanisms.

  8. The Answer Option Table - Note that each answer option listed in this table relates to only one Blank. The example image depicts a scenario where three additional answers have been added, with only two of the four answers eligible for full credit. If the student enters Brian Noland OR Dr. Brian Noland, that student will receive the full question point value. If the student enters Dr. Noland, he or she will receive only half of the question's point value.

    Image of the answer option table for multi short answer question types


    1. Answer - Type in the question's correct answer in the Answer box. D2L will evaluate a student's entry by using the exact spelling, spacing, and punctuation entered in the Answer box. Case Sensitivity is set in the Evaluation section. 
    2. Weight - If your question has only one correct answer, identify that correct answers by placing a 100 in the Weight field. If you question requires more than one answer to be considered correct, distribute the weight evenly among the correct answers to ensure that the sum of the weight is 100%. For example, in this particular question there are two answers the student must enter to be awarded full credit. Placing a 50 in each of the weight fields ensures that the student will receive 100% of the question point value. (50+50=100).
    3. Evaluation
      1. Case Insensitive - D2L will evaluate a student's answer regardless of the case used.
      2. Case Sensitive - D2L will evaluate a student's answer along with Case Correctness.
      3. Regular Expression - Use alpha-numeric and meta-characters to determine the correct answer. Case sensitivity is determined by expression formulas you set. For assistance with Regular Expressions, contact D2L faculty support by phone: (423) 439-8616 or by email: .
    4. Delete an answer option by clicking the trashcan icon.
  9. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 

    Image of the question hint field

  10. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

    Image of the question feedback field

  11. Choose a saving option:

    image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

    1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
    2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
    3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
    4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
    5. Cancel – Discards all changes.
Fill-In-The-Blank

Fill-in-the-Blank question types function similarly to Multi-Short-Answer question types in that you may create multiple blanks. The major difference, however, is that the answers for each blank are not interchangeable. Also, FIB question types allow for you to insert blanks in the middle of text sections, replicating a true "fill in the blank" experience.

example of a fill in the blank question

  1. Optional: Enter a questiontitle. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

    image of the quesiton title field

  2. Points assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

    Image of the question points field

  3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

    Image of the question difficulty field

  4. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

    image of the insert an image button

  5. Optional: Description – If you selected an image with the Insert an Image button, add a description of that image in this textbox.

  6. Question Text - By default, D2L presents each new FIB question with one text area, followed by a blank, followed by an ending text area. (Think: TEXT _____ TEXT) If your question calls for additional text areas or blanks, use the Add Blank and Add Text buttons to add additional fields. Note that you are not able to reorder the text and blank rows so you may be required to add or delete blanks and texts to achieve your desired results.

    image of the add blank and add text buttons

    1. Add Blank - Click the Add Blank button to create an empty field that a student will use to input in an answer. The new blank will display at the end of the last item.
    2. Add Text  - Click the Add Text button to enter text that will display before or after a blank. The new text box will display at the end of the last item.
  7. The FIB Text and Blank Table - Note that each answer option listed in this table relates to only one Blank. The example image depicts a scenario where three additional answers have been added, with only two of the four answers eligible for full credit. If the student enters Brian Noland OR Dr. Brian Noland, that student will receive the full question point value. If the student enters Dr. Noland, he or she will receive only half of the question's point value.

    Image of an example setup of an FIB question with the format TEXT|BLANK|TEXT where the blank would accept three different iterations of the same answer.

    1. Size - Select the number of characters from the Size dropdown to determine the size of the blank box.
    2. Answer - Type in the question's correct answer in the Answer box. D2L will evaluate a student's entry by using the exact spelling, spacing, and punctuation entered in the Answer box. Case Sensitivity is set in the Evaluation section. 
    3. Weight - If your question has only one correct answer, identify that correct answers by placing a 100 in the Weight field. If you question requires more than one answer to be considered correct, distribute the weight evenly among the correct answers to ensure that the sum of the weight is 100%. For example, in this particular question there are three answers the student must enter to be awarded full credit. The first answer, Johnson City, TN is worth 50%, the two remaining answers (Virginia and North Carolina) are worth 25% each. (50+25+25 = 100). Regardless of your distribution, you must ensure that the correct answer options sum to 100%.

      Image of an example setup of an FIB question with the format BLANK| and | BLANK where each blank would accept only 1 correct answer.

    4. Evaluation
      1. Case Insensitive - D2L will evaluate a student's answer regardless of the case used.
      2. Case Sensitive - D2L will evaluate a student's answer along with Case Correctness.
      3. Regular Expression - Use alpha-numeric and meta-characters to determine the correct answer. Case sensitivity is determined by expression formulas you set. For assistance with Regular Expressions, contact D2L faculty support by phone: (423) 439-8616 or by email: .
    5. Delete an answer option by clicking the trashcan icon.
  8. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 

    Image of the question hint field

  9. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

    Image of the question feedback field

  10. Choose a saving option:

    image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

    1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
    2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
    3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
    4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
    5. Cancel – Discards all changes.
Matching

The Matching question type presents a student with a column of answer options paired with a numbered list. The student must select the correct number of the corresponding numbered list item that relates to the answer options. D2L automatically randomizes the order of the numbered list.

 image of a matching question

Follow these steps to create a Matching question:

    1. Optional: Enter a question title. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

      image of the quesiton title field

    2. Points assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

      Image of the question points field

    3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

      Image of the question difficulty field

    4. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox.

      image of the question text for a matching question

    5. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

      image of the insert an image button

    6. Optional: Description – If you selected an image with the Insert an Image button, add a description of that image in this textbox.
    7. Choices - Choices are the answer options provided to the student in a numbered list. Students will select the correct answer from the list of choices.
      1. Grading - This option controls how D2L calculates a a question's score:

        image of the grading options for a question

        1. Equally weighted - D2L will divide the question's point value evening across all possible correct matches. 
        2. Right Minus Wrong - A student's question score is calculated by subtracting the number of incorrect answers from the number of correct answers.
        3. All or Nothing - Students must select all correct answer or they will receive a 0 for the question.
      2. Add Choice - By default D2L provides you with two choices. If your question requires more choices, use the Add Choices button to create additional rows in the Choices table.

        Image of the add choice button

      3. The Choices Table - Enter one choice in each Value row of the Choices table.

        Image of the Choices table

    8. Matches -Displayed in a randomized list on the left-side of the question, matches are the values that students will use to help select the appropriate answer. In this example, the student will use the year to select the correct name choice. (E.g. 1911 = East Tennessee State Normal School). Additionally, for each match you must select the correct choice number that corresponds with the choice table row.
      1. Add Match - By default D2L provides you with two matches. If your question requires more choices, use the Add Match button to create additional rows in the Matches table.

        Image of the Add Match button

      2. The Matches Table - Enter one match in each Value row of the matches table. Then, select the corresponding choices row number in the Correct Choice column.

        Image of the matches table

    9. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 

      Image of the question hint field

    10. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

      Image of the question feedback field

    11. Choose a saving option:

image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

        1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
        2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
        3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
        4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
        5. Cancel – Discards all changes.
Ordering

The Ordering question type presents a student with a randomized list of terms or other values paired with a dropdown menu for each value. The student must select the correct order number from the dropdown menu for each value.

example of an ordering question 

Follow these steps to create an Ordering question:

    1. Optional: Enter a question title. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

      image of the quesiton title field

    2. Points assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

      Image of the question points field

    3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

      Image of the question difficulty field

    4. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox.

      image of the question text for an ordering question

    5. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

      image of the insert an image button

    6. Options:
      1. Grading - This option controls how D2L calculates a a question's score:

        image of the grading options for a question

        1. Equally weighted - D2L will divide the question's point value evening across all possible correct matches. 
        2. Right Minus Wrong - A student's question score is calculated by subtracting the number of incorrect answers from the number of correct answers.
        3. All or Nothing - Students must select all correct answer or they will receive a 0 for the question.
      2. Add Item  - By default D2L presents you with 4 item boxes. If your question requires more items, click the Add Item button to add additional item rows.

        image of the add item button

    7. Item Table - Complete the item table row for each item to be included in the question's list:

      Image of the item table
      1. Value - Enter the actual item. (e.g. Sidney G. Gilbreath).
      2. Correct Order - Select the correct order number from the dropdown menu.
      3. Feedback - Enter any feedback that will be visible to the student.
      4. Remove - to delete an item row, click the trashcan icon.
    8. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam. 

      Image of the question hint field

    9. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

      Image of the question feedback field

    10. Choose a saving option:

image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)

        1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
        2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
        3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
        4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
        5. Cancel – Discards all changes.
Arithmetic

The Arithmetic question type displays a question to the student that demands knowledge of mathematics theories and uses variables to create a unique question for each student that can be solved using the formula provided in the question setup. 

example of an arithmetic question 

Follow these steps to create an Ordering question:

  1. Optional: Enter a question title. If you do not enter a title, D2L will inherit the first line of the question text as the Question Title. Note that only the Question Title displays on the Properties tab of Edit Quiz. Also, similar question titles will assume a numbered naming convention (e.g. Which of the follow1; Which of the follow2).

    image of the quesiton title field

  2. Points assign a value by entering a number in the Points field.

    Image of the question points field

  3. Optional: You have the option of assigning a Difficulty level (1-5) to the question. Assigning a difficulty to your questions will give you the ability to view statistics by difficulty.

    Image of the question difficulty field

  4. Enter the actual question or question prompt in the Question Text textbox.

    image of the question text for an arithmetic question

    1. To display the value of a variable, ensure that the variable is enclosed in curly braces.
  5. Optional: Use the Insert an Image button to insert an image above your question text. Alternately, you may insert an image via the formatting ribbon within the question text textbox. For more information on the formatting ribbon, visit the Content page.

    image of the insert an image button

  6. Formula - Enter the formula D2L will use to evaluate a student's answer. Ensure that the variable is enclosed in curly braces. Click the test button to test your formula.

    Image of an example formula {x} + ({x}*{y})

    Supported Functions:
    +,-,*,/ - basic mathematical operators
    {x}^{y} - x to the power y
    abs({n}) - absolute value of n
    cos({n}) - the cosine of n (in radians)
    sin({n}) - the sine of n (in radians)
    sqr({n}) - the square root of n
    tan({n}) - the tangent of n (in radians)
    log({n}) - the log base 10 of n

    ln({n}) - the log base e of n

    The following constants are supported:
    pi - 3.14159265358979
    e - 2.71828182845905

  7. Answer Precision - Define the number of decimal places you will accept for the question solution. If you plan to enforce answer precision, ensure that the Enforce Precision option is marked. It is a good practice to specify the precision details and expectations in the quiz question, if applicable.

    image of the answer precision options

  8. Tolerance - Define the accuracy detail in either units (number) or percentage. For example, setting a tolerance of 0.5 on a correct answer of 75 will instruct D2L to accept any answer between 74.5-75.5 as correct.

    image of tolerance option

  9. Units - If the correct answer requires a unit of measurement to be included in the student's answer, specify the unit here. (mm, cm, grams, inches, etc) It is a good practice to specify the unit details and expectations in the quiz question, if applicable.

    image of units option with worth dropdown

  10. Evaluation Options

    image of the evaluation options for an arithmetic question

    1. Case Insensitive - D2L will evaluate a student's answer regardless of the case used.
    2. Case Sensitive - D2L will evaluate a student's answer along with Case Correctness.
    3. Regular Expression - Use alpha-numeric and meta-characters to determine the correct answer. Case sensitivity is determined by expression formulas you set. For assistance with Regular Expressions, contact D2L faculty support by phone: (423) 439-8616 or by email: .
  11. Variables

    Image of the Arithmetic Variables table that includes the name, min, max, decimal places, step, and remove options

    1. Add Variable - If your question requires additional variables, use the Add Variable button to insert additional rows into the Variable Table.
    2. Name - Enter the character you used in your question and formula. You may use letters, numbers, and special characters, but be sure the variable you use matches the corresponding variable in the formula exactly.
    3. Min - Define the lower range number accepted for the specific variable.
    4. Max - Define the upper range number accepted for the specific variable.
    5. Decimal Places - If you would like D2L to use decimal places in the variable, select the number of decimal places here.
    6. Step - Enter the interval you wish D2L to use when selecting a variable.
    7. Remove - Click the trashcan icon to delete a variable row.

      (Example: If you set Min at 1 and Max at 10 and a Step of 2 D2L would randomly pull a number between 1 and 10 in intervals of 2)

  12. Optional: Enter a Question Hint. Question hints display to the student during the exam.

    Image of the question hint field



  13. Optional: Enter Question Feedback. Question feedback displays to the student after he/she has submitted an attempt, regardless of the answer option selected.

    Image of the question feedback field



  14. Choose a saving option:

    image of the save options for a question (save, save and copy, save and new, preview, and cancel)


    1. Save – Saves the current question and returns you back to the collection root folder.
    2. Save and Copy - Saves the current question and displays a new, exact copy of the now previous question.
    3. Save and New - Saves the current question and displays a new, blank question of the same question type.
    4. Preview – Displays a preview of how the question will appear to students. This action does not save any changes made to the new question screen.
    5. Cancel – Discards all changes.

To create a new quiz, click the blue New Quiz button. You will be redirected to the Edit Quiz page. This page is divided into six tabs. Each of these tabs contain information related to creating quizzes.

image of the new quiz button the Manage Quizzes screen

When creating a quiz it is most helpful to work your way through the tabs from left to right. This way, you will be certain that you have completed the necessary setup before your students are allowed access. Some features of the quiz are difficult to modify once the quiz is available to your students. Confirm that your quiz is acting as you intend before releasing it to your students.

Properties

After clicking the New Quiz button you will be brought to the Edit Quiz Page, Properties Tab. The Properties tab holds your quiz name, quiz questions and paging options, directions and introduction materials, as well as the ability to disable the right-click mouse action. Populate all of the necessary fields on this tab before moving forward in the quiz creation process.

  1. Enter the Name for your quiz.

    Image of the Name and Category fields on the Properties tab of the Edit Quiz Page

  2. Optional: Select a quiz category from the list. If you have not created a quiz category and would like to do so, click the[add category]hyperlink. This link will open a window that will allow you to create a quiz category on the fly.
  3. Click the Add/Edit Questions button to enter the question creation screen. Information about creating quiz questions can be accessed here.

    Image of the Add/Edit Questions button on the Properties tab of the Edit Quiz page.

  4. Optional: Enter information into the Description and Introduction sections. Information entered in these two textboxes will appear to the student on the Quiz Summary page, before the student begins the assessment. Note that if you choose to populate either of these fields, you must select the ON radio button for the information to display.

    Image of the Description textbox on the Properties tab of the Edit Quiz Page.

  5. Optional: Enter information into the Page Header and Footer sections. Information entered in these two textboxes will appear to the student along the top and/or bottom of the quiz question page(s). Note that if you choose to populate either of these fields, you must select the ON radio button for the information to display.
  6. Optional: Select the appropriate Optional Advanced Properties:

    Image of the Advanced Optional Properties on the Properties tab of the Edit Quiz Page.
    1. Allow Hints - checking this checkbox will make available question hints to your students while the students are taking the assessment. Note that you populate question hints inside of the quiz question setup. Information about creating quiz questions can be accessed here.
    2. Disable right click - Disable right click (or control-click on a Mac) prohibits users from printing quiz questions by right-clicking on a question when taking a quiz. Note: This option is not compatible with Macs when using Internet Explorer or Safari.
    3. Disable pager and alerts - If you turn on this option, users cannot access the pager tool or their alerts if they have a quiz attempt in progress. Note that this option is also activated when an instructor previews an assessment.
    4. Notification Email - The email address or comma-separated list of email addresses specified in this field will receive an email message every time a student completes a quiz attempt.
  7. Click Save and then navigate to the Restrictions tab.

If you do not see textboxes for the Description/Introduction or Page Header/Footer, or Optional Advanced Properties, click theExpand hyperlinks.

Restrictions

The Restrictions tab holds all information regarding when and how participants access your quiz.

  1. Select a quiz Status. By default quizzes are Inactive. Students cannot see inactive quizzes. Toggling a quiz to Active will allows students to see the link to the quiz. Remember that there is no way to automate this change. If you set a quiz to Inactive you will need to manually toggle the status to Active before students can access it. It is recommended that if you are using Start and End Dates, go ahead and set your quiz to Active. If the quiz is Inactive it will remain invisible to students despite any start and end dates set.

    Image of the Status Options (Inactive/Active) on the Restrictions tab of the Edit Quiz Page.

  2. Optional: If you are planning on setting date and time parameters, complete the Availability section:

    Image of the Start and End Dates on the Restrictions tab of the Edit Quiz Page.

    1. Start Date-sets the earliest date and time that a participant will be able to begin the quiz. To set a start date check the Has Start Date box and set a date and time.
    2. End Date-sets the latest date and time that a participant will last be able to begin the quiz. To set an end date check the Has End Date box and set a date and time.
    3. Select Display in Calendar to have your start/end dates automatically synced to the course calendar.

      Start and End Dates do not control a quiz's time limit. These dates control the availability of the Start Quizbutton.
  3. Optional: Release Conditions- Creating release conditions control which criterion students must meet in order for D2L to release the quiz to that student. For more information about release conditions, visit the Release Conditions page
  4. Optional:LockDown Browser:
      1. To enable LockDown Browser, click on the new LockDown Browser tab at the top of the quiz menu.
        LockDown Browser Tab Location
      2. Once inside the Lockdown Menu, click on Modify Settings on the quiz you wish to restrict.
        Modify Settings Location
      3. Once inside this menu, adjust the settings for your preferences and click Save and Close. If this is a quiz that has already been locked using the old LockDown Browser option, you will need to click “Fix” on the right hand side in this menu. Also be aware that a student will not be able to take the test in the Testing Center, unless you remove the IP Restriction.
        LockDown Browser Settings

If you do not see any additional restriction settings, click the Expand optional advanced restrictions hyperlink.

  1. Optional:The Optional Advanced Restrictions holds the settings that allows for you to set a quiz password and/or specific IP range.


    Image of the Password and IP Restriction fields located on the Restrictions tab of the Edit Quiz page.

    1. Password- Create a case-sensitive password that students must enter in order to gain access to the quiz. **This password is case sensitive.
    2. IP Restrictions- Restrict your students to a specific IP range This feature is useful if you have worked with a specific testing center with static IP addresses assigned to the machines. Please do not enter an IP range unless you have verified that the range is static. If using IP address restrictions, the first box must contain the starting numbers of the IP address range. Each additional field is optional depending on how specific you want the IP address restrictions to be.
  2. Optional: Timing

    Image of the Time Limit options  located on the Restrictions tab of the Edit Quiz page.

    1. To activate a time limit, check the Enforce a time limit radio button. Leaving this option unchecked will not turn on the quiz time limit, thus resulting in an untimed exam.
    2. If using a time limit, you can mark the show clock check box, allowing participants see the amount of time remaining to complete the exam within the time limit.

      Enforced time limit options (TIme limit, grace period)

    3. Grace Period-Type total minutes in the Grace Period field to set the number of minutes a participant has, after the time limit has passed, before the quiz is flagged as late. The grace period must be at least 1 minute.

    4. Late Behaviour

      Image of the Late Submission options located on the Restrictions tab of the Edit Quiz page.

      1. Option 1 - Participants can submit their quiz at any time within the start and end dates of the exam, regardless of any time limit or grace period set. The quiz submission will be flagged as late, but no points will be deducted.
      2. Option 2 - Participants must complete their quiz within the time limit and grace period set. Once the time limit and grace period have passed the participant is prompted to submit their attempt. If no action is taken by the participant the quiz will not be submitted, the quiz will be placed in the Attempts in Progress status, and no grade will be given.
        1. When using this option you must check the enforced check box to enforce the late limit.
        2. For more information about quiz attempts with an In Progress status, see Grading Quizzes.
      3. Option 3 - Participants must complete their quiz within the time limit, grace period, and late limit set. If the student has not submitted by the end of the late limit the quiz submission will be flagged as late and the participant will receive a 0 on the quiz attempt. The late limit may be set between 1-120 minutes in length. When using this option you must check the enforced check box to enforce the late limit.

        D2L WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY SUBMIT A TEST ON BEHALF OF A STUDENT.
  1. Click Save. Be sure to save your changes before adding special access to your quizzes. Otherwise, your restriction settings may be lost.
  2. Optional: Special Access -To provide specific participants with availability and time limits for the quiz that are different from the rest of the class, click the Add User to Special Access button. Use this feature for students who require longer examination times or for students who missed the initial quiz dates.

    Image of the Add Users to Special Access button located on the Restrictions tab of the Edit Quiz page

    1. Allow selected users special access to this quiz- Selecting this radio button will allow students with special access to open the quiz outside of the regular restrictions you set previously without affecting the rest of the class and their access.
    2. Allow only users with special access to see this quiz-Selecting this radio button will allow ONLY students with special access to open the quiz outside of the regular restrictions you set previously. Your remaining classlist will NOT be able to access the quiz.
  3. Click Save and navigate to the Assessment tab.
Assessment
The Assessment tab controls the settings that enable you to connect your quiz to the grade book and the configuration for automatically exporting graded quizzes to the gradebook. With the proper configuration, D2L will automatically grade objective quiz questions and export quiz scores to the gradebook. Alternately, an instructor can manually grade the quiz as well as manually export quiz grades to the gradebook. Information on grading a quiz can be found in the Grading Quizzes section.
  1. Optional:Automatic Grade - When this setting is turned on users can see their score as soon as they submit their attempt. The score displayed is only what the system can auto-grade.

    Image of the Automatica Grade option on the Assessment tab of the Edit Quiz page.

      1. Automatic Grade must be turned on for grades to be automatically sent to the grade book, and for the default submission view to be released to users when they complete an attempt.
  2. Optional:If you are using the D2L gradebook, select the grade item associated with this quiz from the Grade Item drop down menu. You may also click the [add grade item] hyperlink to create a grade item. Selecting a grade item from this dropdown menu will not automatically export your quiz grades to the grade book.

    Image of the Grade Item menu on the Assessment tab of the Edit Quiz page.

  3. Optional:If you've selected a grade item from the dropdown menu, checking the Auto Export to Grades checkbox will automatically send graded quizzes to the grade book.

    Image of the Auto Export to Grades option on the Assessment tab of the Edit Quiz page.
  4. Optional:Use the Student View Preview drop down to select Edit Display Settings. From this screen you can choose to Override display options for this item to change what course participants are able to see when viewing this specific grade item in the D2L grade book.

    Image of the Student View Preview options on the Assessment tab of the Edit Quiz page.

  5. Optional: Click the Add Rubric button to attach a grading rubric to the quiz.Note:Although Rubrics can be attached and used on quizzes, scores generated within the Rubric do not transfer to the Quiz attempt score. In order to get the Rubric score into the Quiz attempt score you will have to manually enter the score for each user.
  6. Attempts - Select the number of attempts that each student is allowed.
    1. If the number of attempts is greater than 1, please select a calculation method.

      Image of the Attempts Allowed option on the Assessment tab of the Edit Quiz page.

  7. Click Save and proceed to the Submission View Tab.
Submission Views

The Submission View tab controls what the student sees once he or she submits an exam. By default, the student sees only a published score. If, on the Assessment tab, the Automatic Grade was unchecked, the student may not be seeing his or her grade. Click on the Default View hyperlink to configure the students' Submission View.

Image of the Default View hyperlink on the Submission View tab of the Edit Quiz page.

  1. Alter the Message field to display a confirmation message to the student. This message is a great opportunity to communicate a turn-around time for feedback and/or quiz results.

    Image of the Message field of the Default View on the Submission View tab of the Edit Quiz page.

  2. Show Questions - Select either Yes or No in the Show Questions section to either show the exam questions to the student or to suppress quiz questions from the student. Note that selecting Yes does not automatically show the student the quiz questions' correct answers.

    Image of the Show Questions options of the Default View on the Submission View tab of the Edit Quiz page.

    1. If you selected Yes, choose from one of the following options:
      1. Show questions answered incorrectly - This option will display only those questions the student answered incorrectly.
      2. Show questions answered correctly - This option will display only those questions the student answered correctly.
      3. Show all questions without user responses - This option will display all questions but will not show the answer options the student selected. This option is basically displaying a completely unanswered quiz to the student.
      4. Show all questions with user responses - This option will display all questions as well as the answer options the student selected.
    2. Show question answers - Checking this checkbox will use an arrow to indicate the correct answer for every question displayed.
    3. Show question score and out of score - Checking this checkbox will display the max point value of a question and the number of points a student achieved. This option is relevant for essay questions where the student may receive partial credit.
    4. Score - Checking this checkbox will display the student's overall quiz grade. The Score option is the only option checked by default.
    5. Statistics - If you wish to show class average or score distribution, check the related checkbox.
    6. Click Save to return to the Edit Quiz - Submission View Tab
  3. Optional: Click the Add Additional View button to create a separate submission view to be released on a future date. This option is most relevant if you want to delay the release of all quiz questions and answers until after the testing window closes.

    Image of the Add Additional View button on the Submission View tab of the Edit Quiz page.

  4. From here, you can select Save and Close and the quiz should function without any issues.

Continue to the Objectives tab to connect this exam to a competency structure. Or, continue to the Reports Setup tab to create and configure reports to be released to yourself or to your students. If you would like assistance with the Objectives tab or the Reports Setup tab, please contact D2L Faculty Support at 423-439-8616 or

 

Creating a Randomized Quiz

Create a Random Quiz

Creating a random quiz begins in the Question Library. You must have all questions populated in the
question library so that you can import the questions into your random section. Follow these steps to create
questions in the question library and then import those questions into a random section within a quiz.



Creating a Section of Questions in the Question Library

 

  1. Navigate to the Assessments tool by selecting Assessments from the Evaluation link group located in the default course navigation bar.

    Image of the default course navigation bar with Assessments tool selected.

  2. Click Question Library.
    Image of the question  library link

  3. Click the New button and choose Section. In D2L, sections act as folders for the organization of assessment questions. These section folder can organize questions by chapter, topic, or other methods.
    Image of the New button expanded in the quesiton library and the section option selected


  4. Give your section a name and then click Save. This action will return you to the Question Library.
    Image of the section name field of the new section screen


  5. Locate the section you just created and click on its name to open it.

    Image of the question library with a section selected

  6. Click the New button and select a question type.

    Image of the New button expanded in the quesiton library and a question type selected

  7. Complete the question creation process and click Save when finished.
  8. Create your question(s) within this folder. When you’re finished, click Done Editing Questions.

    Image of the question library

  9. This action will return you to the Manage Quizzes page.

Create a Random Section inside a Preexisting Quiz.

  1. From the context menu of a preexisting quiz, select Edit.

    Image of a preexisting quiz with its context menu expanded and the edit option selected.

  2. On the Properties tab, locate and click on the Add/Edit Questions button.

    Image of the properties tab of edit quiz with the add/edit questions button selected

  3. Click the New button and select Random Section.

    Image of the New button expanded with the random section option selected

  4. Give your section a name and click Save. Note that your students will not see the name that you give the folder, only the questions in the folder. After saving the section name you will return to the Add/Edit questions page.

    Image of the new random section page with the section name field selected

  5. Click on the name of the section you just created. Notice that the folder is purple to denote a random section. Questions within this folder will be randomized to your students.

    Image of the Add/edit questions page of a quiz with a random section selected

  6. Click the Import button – Notice that there is NOT a button to create questions on this page.

    Image of the import button on the random section page

  7. In the Source Section dropdown menu, choose the section you created in the question library Refer back to the Creating a Section of Questions in the Question Library section of this pageto follow the steps of creating a section in the Question Library.

    Image of the import into screen with the source section expanded and the section selected

  8. Select the checkbox to the left of the question(s) you would like to include.

    Image of the source collection section and questions selected

  9. Click save. This action will return you to the Random section inside your quiz.
  10. Enter a number in the Questions per attempt box. This number will control how many questions the student will have on an exam.

    Image of the Random Section settings

  11. Enter a number in the Points each box. This number will control how many points each question will be worth.
  12. Click the Save button located at the TOP of the screen.
  13. When you’re finished, click Done Editing Questions. This action will return you to the Edit Quiz page.
  14. While back on the Edit Quiz page make sure you click the option to shuffle the quiz questions.
     Question Shuffle Checkbox
  15. Continue creating your quiz or click Save and Close to save your changes.

The Manage Quizzes screen not only displays and organizes your quiz list but it also gathers information about how your quiz grading is progressing. From this page you are able to capture, at-a-glance, the number of students who have completed an assessment as well as the number of those attempts that D2L has published. If you remember from the previous section, D2L automatically grades all objective question types. As an instructor, you have the ability to control what D2L does with those graded quizzes. Refer back to the Assessment Tab setup of Edit Quiz for more information.

Your Assessment Tab setup drives D2L actions for handling graded quizzes. The example scenarios below illustrate the workflows used for a quiz that includes an essay, or long answer, question type. If you remember, D2L cannot automatically grade essay questions. So, once we graded the essay question, we want that quiz grade to export to the gradebook.

Image of the manage quizzes page with the published column highlighted

The Manage Quizzes page contains the quiz list table. The far right column of the quiz list table, the Published column, contains the following information:

  • The denominator (the bottom number of the fraction) tells the instructor how many attempts have been completed.
  • The numerator (the top number of the fraction) tells the instructor how many of those attempts are set as published.
    • Remember, only published scores can be exported to the gradebook. If you see a fraction in the published column with a 0 as the top number, you will automatically know that no grades have been sent to the gradebook.

To access the Grade Quiz area, click Grade from a quiz's context menu.

Image of a quiz context menu with the grade option selected. Quiz context menu options include: edit, preview, grade, reports, statistics)

The Grade Quiz page contains three different grading/viewing options: Users, Attempts, and Questions. The default view of the Grade Quiz page is the Users view.

Tab options on the Grade Quiz Screen

  • Users - The Users view will display all completed attempts by a student's first and last names.
  • Attempts - The Attempts view will display all completed attempts and give you the option of filtering the attempts by graded/ungraded, by score, and by date.
  • Questions - The Questions view will allow you to grade quiz questions individually. This option is helpful when the quiz may contain mostly objective questions with only one or two subjective (essay) question. Instead of opening each student's attempt, finding the essay question, and assigning a grade, the Questions tab workflow will allow you to open the essay question for ALL STUDENTS, giving you the option of scoring only that essay question for each student on a single screen.

It is also worth mentioning that, by default, D2L will display only users with completed attempts. Users with attempts in progress as well as students who have yet to begin an assessment will not be listed on this page by default. You can change the filtering/viewing options by selecting a different option from the Restrict to dropdown menu and then clicking the magnifying glass found within the Search For textbox.

Image of the restrict to dropdown

Choose a scenario below to see how an instructor should manually grade a quiz in D2L and then export that grade to the gradebook.

Students who have Completed an Attempt

From the Users Tab


  1. From the Users tab of the Grade Quiz page, scroll to find a student within the attempts table.
  2. Click the Attempt hyperlink for that particular student.

    Image of the Attempt Hyperlink within the grade attempts table

  3. If applicable, select the appropriate attempt for the selected student in the Attempt dropdown menu.

    Attempt dropdown

  4. Optional: Click the Quizzes Event Log hyperlink to display a pop-up window containing timestamped information for a student's quiz progression.

    Quizzes event log hyperlink

  5. Optional: The Final Score textbox is auto-calculated by D2L, but you may override this score, if necessary.

    Grading Feedback options for an attempt (Autograde, final score, student preview, and graded checkbox)

  6. Optional: The Graded checkbox publishes the quiz attempt grade so that it can be exported to the gradebook.
  7. Optional: Enter any attempt feedback in the Attempt feedback textbox.
  8. Review the auto-graded questions, making any changes in the Score textbox that you deem necessary.

    example of an autograded question

  9. Enter a score in the Score text box for the subjective questions. Note that it is always a good practice to review the auto-graded question types of Short Answer, Multi-Short Answer, and Fill In The Blank to check for small spelling and spacing errors.

    Example of a question that was not autograded
    1. Optional: Click the Expand question feedback hyperlink to open the question feedback textbox. Enter any additional feedback relevant to the particular question in this box.
  10. Select a saving option:
    1. Save and Close - Saves all changes made, updates the final grade score, and returns to the Users tab of the Grade Quiz page.
    2. Save - Saves all changes, updates the final grade score, but remains on the attempt page.
    3. Cancel - Discards all changes and returns to the Users tab of the Grade Quiz page.

From the Attempts Tab

  1. From the Attempts tab of the Grade Quiz page, scroll to find an attempt within the attempts table.
    1. Note: You may want to use the Attempt filtering options to display only attempts meeting specific criteria.

      Image of the Attempt filtering options

  2. Click the Attempt hyperlink.

    Image of the Attempt Hyperlink within the grade attempts table

  3. If applicable, select the appropriate attempt for the selected student in the Attempt dropdown menu.

    Attempt dropdown

  4. Optional: Click the Quizzes Event Log hyperlink to display a pop-up window containing timestamped information for a student's quiz progression.

    Quizzes event log hyperlink

  5. Optional: The Final Score textbox is auto-calculated by D2L, but you may override this score, if necessary.

    Grading Feedback options for an attempt (Autograde, final score, student preview, and graded checkbox)

  6. Optional: The Graded checkbox publishes the quiz attempt grade so that it can be exported to the gradebook.
  7. Optional: Enter any attempt feedback in the Attempt feedback textbox.
  8. Review the auto-graded questions, making any changes in the Score textbox that you deem necessary.

    example of an autograded question

  9. Enter a score in the Score text box for the subjective questions. Note that it is always a good practice to review the auto-graded question types of Short Answer, Multi-Short Answer, and Fill In The Blank to check for small spelling and spacing errors.

    Example of a question that was not autograded
    1. Optional: Click the Expand question feedback hyperlink to open the question feedback textbox. Enter any additional feedback relevant to the particular question in this box.
  10. Select a saving option:
    1. Save and Close - Saves all changes made, updates the final grade score, and returns to the Users tab of the Grade Quiz page.
    2. Save - Saves all changes, updates the final grade score, but remains on the attempt page.
    3. Cancel - Discards all changes and returns to the Users tab of the Grade Quiz page.

From the Questions Tab

  1. From the Questions tab of the Grade Quiz page, first determine if you want to enable Blind Marking. Enabling Blind Marking will display a student's answer, but not the student's name.

    Image of the Grade individual Reponses option and the Blind Marking option

  2. Click the Question Title of the question you would like to grade.

    Image of the questions within a quiz on the grade by question screen

  3. By default, only one student's answer displays. Use the << arrows >> to navigate to the next student's answer. Optionally, you can use the dropdown menu to select the number of student answers to display per page. 

    Next student answer arrows

  4. Enter a score in the Score text box for the subjective questions. Note that it is always a good practice to review the auto-graded question types of Short Answer, Multi-Short Answer, and Fill In The Blank to check for small spelling and spacing errors.

    Example of a question that was not autograded
    1. Optional: Click the Expand question feedback hyperlink to open the question feedback textbox. Enter any additional feedback relevant to the particular question in this box.
  5. Select a saving option:
    1. Save - Saves all changes, updates the final grade score, but remains on the attempt page.
    2. Go Back to Questions- Discards any unsaved changes and returns to the questions tab of the Grade Quiz page.
Students with an Attempt in Progress

You have two options when dealing with a student's attempt in progress:

  1. You can reset a student's attempt. Resetting a student's attempt will completely discard any answers the student saved, presenting the student with a new, blank quiz. Instructions for resetting a student's attempt is included in the next section.
  2. You can submit an attempt on the student's behalf. This option is available for students who may have experienced some technical difficulties when attempting to submit a quiz attempt.

These instructions will guide you through the second option, submitting a student's attempt on his/her behalf. This option will move the student's attempt from "in progress" to completed. Once the student's quiz has been completed, see the Grading - Students who have completed an attempt section to learn more about completely the manual grading workflow, if necessary.

  1. From the Users tab of the Grade Quiz page, select "Users with an attempt progress" from the Restrict to dropdown menu.

    Image of the restrict to dropdown and the search for textbox

  2. Click the magnifying glass icon, located within the Search for textbox.
  3. If there are any students who were unable to submit the exam, or, if there are students actively taking the exam, both will display in the attempts table.

    Image of the attempts table for attempts in progress

    1. Click the Attempt 1 hyperlink to review the Quizzes Event Log and to review the student's performance on the quiz. By reviewing the event log, you can gather information to help you determine which avenue to explore: submit the attempt or reset the attempt. Note that the Quizzes Event Log shows the timestamp and IP address information for student quiz progression. This progression includes answers saved and paging changes. The event log does not capture technical issues.
      1. If you have decided to submit the attempt on the student's behalf, click Cancel to return to the previous page.
    2. Click the person icon located to the right of the attempt 1 hyperlink.
    3. Click Yes in the popup window alerting you that you are about to enter the quiz as the user (student).

      image of the confirmation popup displayed before entering a quiz as the student

    4. Scroll to the bottom of the quiz page and click the Go to Submit Quiz button.

      Image of the Go To Submit Quiz Button

    5. Click the Submit Quiz button on the Quiz Submission Confirmation screen.

      Image of the quiz submission confirmation screen with the submit quiz button

    6. Click Yes, Submit the Quiz.

This student's attempt will now be included in the Users who have Completed an Attempt section.

Resetting a Student's Quiz Attempt

You have two options when dealing with a student's attempt in progress:

  1. You can reset a student's attempt. Resetting a student's attempt will completely discard any answers the student saved, presenting the student with a new, blank quiz.
  2. You can submit an attempt on the student's behalf. This option is available for students who may have experienced some technical difficulties when attempting to submit a quiz attempt. Instructions for submitting a student attempt can be found in the previous section or by clicking this link.

These instructions will guide you through the first option, resetting a student's attempt. Note that any answers the student selected will be discarded and unrecoverable

  1. From the Users tab of the Grade Quiz page, select "Users with an attempt progress" from the Restrict to dropdown menu.

    Image of the restrict to dropdown and the search for textbox

  2. Click the magnifying glass icon, located within the Search for textbox.
  3. If there are any students who were unable to submit the exam, or, if there are students actively taking the exam, both will display in the attempts table.

    Image of the attempts table for attempts in progress

    1. Click the Attempt 1 hyperlink to review the Quizzes Event Log and to review the student's performance on the quiz. By reviewing the event log, you can gather information to help you determine which avenue to explore: submit the attempt or reset the attempt. Note that the Quizzes Event Log shows the timestamp and IP address information for student quiz progression. This progression includes answers saved and paging changes. The event log does not capture technical issues.
      1. If you have decided to reset the student's attempt, click Cancel to return to the previous page.
    2. Mark the checkbox located to the left of the attempt 1 hyperlink.

      Image of the attempts table for attempts in progress

    3. Click the trashcan icon.
    4. Click Yes on the Confirmation screen.

      image of the delete attempt confirmation window

Note that the student will now be charged with retaking the exam or quiz.

Publishing Quiz Scores to the Gradebook

 Quiz grades can be entered into the gradebook in three different ways:

  1. Quizzes contain all objective question types and, depending on your quiz settings, D2L automaticallypublishes and exports the grades to a grade item.
  2. Quizzes are manually graded and then, depending on your quiz settings, manually published to the gradebook by the instructor.
  3. Quiz grades are manually entered into the gradebook and are not associated with the D2L Quiz tool.

It is also important to note that students are unable to see any quiz grades that are not published.

To Publish Quiz Grades and Automatically Export Scores to the gradebook:

  1. Determine how the quiz is configured by consulting the Assessment Tab on the Edit Quiz page. Confirm that a grade item is selected within the grade item dropdown. Also confirm that the Auto Export option is selected and that Automatic grade is not selected.

    Image of the Edit Quiz - Assessment Tab with a grade item select and the auto export option selected

  2. Return to the Grade Quiz page.

    Image of a quiz context menu with the grade option selected. Quiz context menu options include: edit, preview, grade, reports, statistics)

  3. Click the Published icon.

    Image of the grade quiz screen with the Publish icon selected

  4. Click the Save button.
  5. If you have multiple pages of quiz attempts, repeat steps 3 and 4 for each page.
  6. Once you have completed these actions, click Save and Close.
  7. Navigate to your gradebook and confirm that all scores have been exported.

To Publish Quiz Grades and Manually Export Scores to the gradebook:

  1. Determine how the quiz is configured by consulting the Assessment Tab on the Edit Quiz page. Confirm that a grade item is selected within the grade item dropdown. Also confirm that the Auto Export option is not selected and that Automatic grade is not selected.

    Image of the Edit Quiz - Assessment Tab with a grade item selected and the auto export and auto grade options not selected

  2. Return to the Grade Quiz page.

    Image of a quiz context menu with the grade option selected. Quiz context menu options include: edit, preview, grade, reports, statistics)

  3. Click the Published icon.

    Image of the grade quiz screen with the Publish icon selected

  4. Click the Save button.
  5. Click the Export to Grades button. Note that this button is only available if the Auto Export to grades option is not selected on the Edit Quiz - Assessment Tab.

    Image of the export to grades button

  6. If you have multiple pages of quiz attempts, repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 for each page.
  7. Once you have completed these actions, click Save and Close.
  8. Navigate to your gradebook and confirm that all scores have been exported.

 

Throwing Out a Quiz Question

 If you find an error in a quiz question setup or if you have reason to "throw out" a quiz question you may regrade the question and award points to all students or students who selected an answer option that differed from the option marked as correct. Follow these steps to regrade a question:

  1. From the Questions tab of the Grade Quiz page, select the Update All Attempts radio button.

    Image of the Grade Quiz - Questions tab with the Update All Attempts radio button selected

  2. Click the Question Title of the question you would like to regrade.

    Image of the questions within a quiz on the grade by question screen

  3. In the Grade section, click the Give to all attempts ___ points radio button. Enter the question point value in the points textbox. (Refer to the Question Worth section for the question point value.)

    Image of the Grade option for giving points to all attempts

  4. Optional: Add any comments regarding the regrading of the questions
  5. Select a saving option:
    1. Save - Saves all changes, updates the final grade score, but remains on the attempt page.
    2. Go Back to Questions- Discards any unsaved changes and returns to the questions tab of the Grade Quiz page.

To Award Points to Attempts that selected an alternate answer:

  1. From the Questions tab of the Grade Quiz page, select the Update All Attempts radio button.

    Image of the Grade Quiz - Questions tab with the Update All Attempts radio button selected

  2. Click the Question Title of the question you would like to regrade.

    Image of the questions within a quiz on the grade by question screen

  3. In the Grade section, click the Give to attempts with answer ___  ____ points radio button. Select an answer option from the dropdown menu that coordinates with the answer option you want to award. Enter the question point value in the points textbox. (Refer to the Question Worth section for the question point value.)

    Image of the Grade option for giving points to selected answer options

  4. Optional: Add any comments regarding the regrading of the questions
  5. Select a saving option:
    1. Save - Saves all changes, updates the final grade score, but remains on the attempt page.
    2. Go Back to Questions- Discards any unsaved changes and returns to the questions tab of the Grade Quiz page.
Troubleshooting Quiz Grades

A common problem reported to D2L help is an issue with quiz grades not exporting to the gradebook. There are primarily three causes for this issue:


  1. Quiz grades will not export to the gradebook.
  2. Published Grades are not automatically exporting to the gradebook.

If your quiz grades are not exporting to the gradebook, it is typically because of one of two issues:

  1. There is not a grade item associated with the quiz/not set to auto export.
  2. Quiz scores are not published and/or set to automatically publish.

For the first reason, confirm the quiz's settings on the Edit Quiz - Assessment tab. If the quiz contains only objective questions, and those quiz grades should be automatically published and exported to the gradebook, confirm that there's:

  • A grade item selected in the Grade Item Dropdown.
  • The Automatic Grade option is selected.
  • The Auto Export option is selected.

If the quiz contains objective and subjective (essay) questions, confirm that there's:

  • A grade item selected in the Grade Item Dropdown.
  • The Automatic Grade option is NOT selected.
  • The Auto Export option is selected.

Then, Navigate to the Grade Quiz screen and confirm that all attempts have been graded and that all attempts are published. There should be a checkmark in each attempt's published column. If this checkmark is missing, Click the Published icon and then click the Save button.

Image of the grade quiz screen with the Publish icon selected


Sometimes published grades do not automatically export to the gradebook even if the Edit Quiz - Assessment Tab settings are correct. If changes were made to the quiz's setup after students have attempted the quiz, the automatic exporting features may not function appropriately. Remember that is it always best practice to not make any changes to a quiz's setup after the quiz window has opened. But, if changes have been made and grades are not automatically exporting to the gradebook, try the following steps:

  1. Wait until the quiz window ends and all students have attempted the quiz.
  2. Navigate to the Edit Quiz - Assessment tab and confirm the following settings:
    • A grade item selected in the Grade Item Dropdown.
    • The Automatic Grade option is not selected.
    • The Auto Export option is not selected.
  3. Return to the Grade Quiz page.

    Image of a quiz context menu with the grade option selected. Quiz context menu options include: edit, preview, grade, reports, statistics)

  4. Click the Published icon.

    Image of the grade quiz screen with the Publish icon selected

  5. Click the Save button.
  6. Click the Export to Grades button. Note that this button is only available if the Auto Export to grades option is not selected on the Edit Quiz - Assessment Tab.

    Image of the export to grades button

  7. If you have multiple pages of quiz attempts, repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 for each page.
  8. Once you have completed these actions, click Save and Close.
  9. Navigate to your gradebook and confirm that all scores have been exported.

If you need further help, please contact or call 423-439-8616.

Create a Quiz Category

Use categories to better organize the different types of assessments available to your students.

To Add a Quiz Category:

  1. From the Manage Quizzes page, click the Edit Categories button.

    Image of the edit categories button on the manage quizzes page

  2. Click the Add Category button.

    Image of the edit categories page with the add category button selected and the new category name highlighted

  3. Enter a Category Name in the Name column.
  4. Optional: Enter a Sort Order. Sort order will control the order of the categories on the Manage Quizzes page.
  5. Click Save and Close

You can also create a category from within the Edit Quiz Page.

  1. From the Manage Quizzes page, click either New Quiz or select Edit Quiz from a preexisting quiz's context menu.
  2. For the Category option, select a preexisting category or click the add category hyperlink to create a new category.
    Image of the Category dropdown and the add category hyperlink within the edit quiz page

To Delete a Quiz Category

  1. From the Manage Quizzes page, click the Edit Categories button.

    Image of the edit categories button on the manage quizzes page

  2. Mark the checkbox to the left of the category or categories you would like to delete.

    Image of the edit categories page with a category selected and the trashcan icon highlighted

  3. Click the TrashcanIcon.
  4. Click Save and Close
Reorder Quizzes

Control the order your quizzes appear with the Reorder option.

  1. From the Manage Quizzes page, click the More Actions button and select Reorder from the dropdown menu.

    Image of the more actions button on the manage quizzes screen with reorder selected.

  2. Select a number in the in the Sort Order dropdown. Note that the sort order will dynamically update with each sort order number you select or change.

    Image of the sort order page

  3. Click Save to return to the Manage Quizzes page.
Copy a Quiz (Create a Duplicate Quiz)

Create a duplicate quiz by using the Copy feature.

  1. From the Manage Quizzes page, click the More Actions button and select Copy from the dropdown menu.

    Image of the more actions button on the manage quizzes screen with copy selected.

  2. Select a preexisting Quiz to Copy from the dropdown menu.

    Image of the Copy quiz screen

  3. Enter a New Quiz Name. Note that the default name will be Copy of ____.
  4. Select a New Quiz Status. Note that students cannot see Inactive quizzes.
  5. If you would like to be automatically redirected to the Edit Quiz screen of the duplicate quiz, make the Edit Quiz after copy completes option.
  6. Click Save.
Delete a Quiz

Delete a quiz by using the Delete feature.

  1. From the Manage Quizzes page, click the More Actions button and select Delete from the dropdown menu.

    Image of the more actions button on the manage quizzes screen with delete selected.

  2. Mark the checkbox of the quiz or quizzes you would like to delete.

    image of the delete quiz screen.

  3. Click the Delete button.
  4. Click Cancel to return to the Manage Quizzes page.

 

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