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Quizzes

The Quizzes tool enables you to create and manage assessments of students' learning. You can create questions in your course's Question Library, choose which questions are included in a particular quiz, and set up grading options.

The tabs in the Quiz tool in version 10.3 have changed somewhat. View the details below.

This page includes information on:

Creating Sections and Questions


Quiz questions should be created in the Question Library in folders called sections. From there, they can easily be imported into D2L quizzes. The advantage of using the Question Library is that the same questions can be used in multiple quizzes and imported into quizzes containing random sections.

Sections allow instructors to organize questions in the Question Library. You can create sections or folders relating to specific topic areas, by quiz or exam, or organized by the type of question.

  1. On the navigation bar, click Quizzes.

  2. Click Question Library.

  3. Press New and select Section from the dropdown menu.

    section

  4. In the Name text box, type a name for the section.

  5. Click Save. The section now appears in the Question Library.

  6. Click on the section or folder name, then begin creating questions in the section.

The D2L Quiz Question documentation explains how to create the five most commonly used quiz questions:

It is possible for D2L administrators to import new quiz questions from a properly-formatted Word document. To learn about formatting the questions you wish to import, view the Standard Format for Importing Questions documentation.

Creating a Quiz


  1. On the navigation bar, select Quizzes.

  2. Click New Quiz.

  3. In the Name field of the Properties tab, type a name for the quiz.

  4. OPTIONAL: Select a category.

  5. Import questions from the Question Library. See the Importing Questions section below.

  6. RECOMMENDED: Check "Disable right click" in Optional Advanced Properties so students cannot easily print the quiz.

    optional advanced properties

  7. Press Save at the bottom of the Properties tab.

  8. Click on the Restrictions tab to set timing-related options.

  9. Activate the quiz by choosing Active in the Status pulldown menu. Student cannot see inactive quizzes.

  10. Click the Has Start Date and Has End Date checkboxes to add start and end dates to your quiz. Use the pull-down menu to adjust the dates and times. This sets the quiz window, the period of time which the student has to access the quiz.

  11. In the Timing section, limit the amount of time students have to take the quiz:
  • In the Time Limit text box, enter the number of minutes allowed for the quiz.
    RECOMMENDED: Allow normal submission for late submissions.
  • Also, click the checkboxes in front of enforced and show clock.
  1. When you've finished making changes, click Save.

  2. Click on the Assessment tab.

  3. RECOMMENDED: Link to a grade item on the Assessment tab:
    • Select one from the Grade Item pull-down menu
      OR
      Create one by clicking [add grade item]
    • Fill out the dialog box as appropriate
  4. RECOMMENDED: If you want the quiz to be automatically graded and scores sent to the Grades tool, select Automatic Grade and Auto Export to Grades.

  5. Set the number of times students can take a quiz in the Attempts Allowed dropdown menu. The default number of quiz attempts is 1.

  6. Press Save.

  7. OPTIONAL: To make quiz results available to students, access the Submission Views tab. Refer to the steps in the Submission View Settings section below.

Importing Questions


You can import questions in to a quiz. from the question library.

  1. To import questions into your quiz, click on the name of the desired quiz in the Quizzes tool.

  2. On the Properties tab, scroll down to the Quiz Questions section; press the button labeled Add/Edit Questions.

  3. Press the Import button.

  4. From Source Collection, select Question Library

  5. Select the Source Section that contains the quiz questions to be imported.

  6. A list of questions will appear.

  7. Check the checkboxes in front of the questions to be imported into this quiz.

  8. Press Save. Your questions are now imported in to the quiz. Press Done Editing Questions

Submission Views Settings


Using Submission Views, you can set options for displaying to students results of graded quiz attempts. Students only see their own quiz results. Those students who do not take the quiz will not have access to the answer views.

  1. In the Quizzes tool, click on the name of the desired quiz.

  2. On the page that appears, go to the Submission Views tab.

  3. The Default view appears. This view opens to students immediately after submitting the quiz. The default settings allow students to see their own grade on the quiz.

  4. To edit the default view, click the linked Default View text. -OR-
    To create a new view, click Add Additional View.

    NOTE: By default, all D2L quizzes are set up to only display student overall grades on the quiz immediately after submission.


    NOTE: The starting availability of the default quiz submission view begins at the time of the student's submission.


    NEW: When creating an additional view, you may now limit the amount of time students have to view their answers with the Limited Duration option.

    limited duration

  5. RECOMMENDED:
  • You may choose to show all the questions on the quiz, just the questions answered incorrectly, or those answered correctly.
  • You may also allow students to view their own responses to the questions you display, i.e., Show all questions with user responses.
  • In addition, you can allow students to see the correct answers for each question you display, i.e., Show question answers.
  • You may display the points earned on each quiz question as well as the total points for each question, i.e., Show question score and out of score.
  • In the Score section, select Show attempt score and overall attempt score to each student their total earned points on this quiz.

NOTE: When students view their graded submissions, they will also have the option to View Feedback for questions in which comments were created.

  1. Once you have chosen the desired settings, click Save.

Previewing Quizzes


Once you create your quiz or exam, it is very important to preview it multiple times to review it from the student perspective. Previewing can help you locate spelling, grammar, and formatting errors, missed images or instructions, and other errors. Resolving these issues before students begin taking the quiz or exam means a better experience for students.

To previous a quiz/exam:

  1. Click on Quizzes on the navigation bar in your D2L course.

  2. Find your quiz in the list and click on on the arrow to the right of the quiz title.

  3. Choose Preview from the dropdown menu.

  4. Read the instructions and press Start Quiz! at the bottom of the page.

  5. Press OK to confirm.

  6. The quiz questions display in preview mode just as students will see them. You may answer questions, save your answers, then submit your quiz.
    Note: No scores are recorded for quiz previews.

Deterring Students from Cheating


Consider asking open-ended questions or assigning papers and projects rather than using multiple-choice exams as your major assessments. Multiple assessments and different assessment types also deter cheating. Contact CETL@uwec.edu to discuss additional strategies.

Viewing Completed Quiz Attempts


  1. In the quiz list, click the black arrow to the right of the desired quiz name, and select Grade from the dropdown menu.

  2. The list of all completed attempts by all students appears. The default choice when accessing this list is shown as "Users who have completed an attempt." Note that there are other options. Make your choice, then click on the magnifying glass icon to the right of Search field above the "Restrict to" dropdown menu.

    Quizzes Restrict List

  3. The results meeting the criteria selected above will appear, if any results are available.

    NOTE: If a student indicates s/he took the quiz in question but you cannot see it in the list of completed attempts, select "Users with attempts in progress" in the dropdown above, then click on the magnifying glass icon to the right of the Search field to complete the search. A list of students with unsubmitted attempts, those who entered the quiz but did not submit the quiz, will appear.

  4. If results appears, click Attempt 1 beneath a student's name to view an individual student's quiz answers for that attempt.

  5. OPTIONAL: After clicking on Attempt 1 link, you may access the Quizzes Event Log (found in the section labeled Attempt 1) to view a timeline of that student's activity in the quiz.

Submitting Attempts on Behalf of Students


Sometimes students complete a quiz but exit without submitting their attempt. It is possible for instructors to view and submit those quiz attempts on behalf of the student(s).

IMPORTANT NOTE: This must be done after the quiz period has ended, or it could interfere with students currently taking the quiz.

  1. From the Manage Quizzes area, click the black arrow to the right of the desired quiz, and select Grade.

  2. From the Restrict to dropdown menu, select Users with attempts in progress.

  3. Click the magnifying glass to the right of the search box above.

    Quizzes Search For Unsubmitted

  4. If results display, you will see the attempt list with an "In Progress" notification and an "Enter Quiz as User" icon.

    Attempt In Progress
  5. Click "Enter Quiz as User" icon: Enter Quiz As User

  6. Click Yes to confirm.

  7. The student's attempt will open. If desired, review the quiz answers in that attempt.

  8. Submit the quiz on the student's behalf by clicking Go to Submit Quiz, found at the bottom of the list of questions.

  9. Confirm the submission if asked, or click Exit Impersonating if you decide not to submit the quiz of the student's behalf.

  10. If you chose to submit the attempt, you will be returned to the list of unsubmitted attempts for that quiz.

Manual Quiz Question Grading


This section describes how to manually grade a quiz containing question types that are not practical for D2L to automatically grade. This includes short answer or long answer essay questions and, in some cases, fill-in-the-blank questions.

  1. On the navigation bar, click Quizzes.

  2. Click the black arrow to the right of the quiz your wish to grade, and select Grade from the menu that appears.

  3. On the screen that opens, you will see a list of all the users who have completed attempts.

  4. Select the first attempt in the list.

    Manual Quiz Attempt

  5. You will be taken to a page that will display the details of that student's quiz attempt. Scroll down to the Quiz Results section. Under each individual question, you will see both your question and the student's response. If you specified a correct answer when creating the quiz, you will also see this text in the Answer Key section under the student response.

  6. Click Expand question feedback. Click in the textbox that appears to enter individual feedback for the student on his/her answer.

  7. To enter a grade for the response, manually enter a number in the Score textbox. Notice that it also indicates the point value you assigned to the question.


    Manual Quiz Grade


  8. You may then scroll down to the next question in the quiz. If your quiz has a large number of questions or your grading process requires more than a few minutes for each student, we recommend that you save frequently as you grade individuals. To do this, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Save.

  9. Once you are finished grading this attempt, click Save at the bottom of the page.

  10. Recalculation will automatically occur whenever an individual question is graded. If you manually alter the final score on a quiz and then decide to clear that score, the system reverts back to automatically recalculating the final score.

  11. Note the word Graded and the unchecked box that appears under it. If you check this box, the grade will automatically be released to the student at this time, as well as be entered into the gradebook. Be sure to SAVE. If you wish to release grades to all students at one time, leave this box unchecked.

    Manual Quiz Graded

  12. If you wish to add overall comments for the student in addition to (or instead of) individual comments for each question, enter them in the Attempt Comments textbox. If you do this, make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Save before advancing on to another submission.

  13. To advance to the next student's submission, scroll to the top of the page and click the blue arrow pointing to the right. Manual Quiz Blue ArrowWhen the arrow turns gray, it means you have reached the last student submission.

  14. Once you have finished grading all submissions and have saved your final changes, click Close at the bottom of the screen. This will return you to the screen showing all the users and their attempts, with you updated scoring.

  15. To send all grades to the gradebook and release the grades to all students, click the icon next to the word Graded. Notice that checkmarks appear in all the boxes in the column.

    Manual Quiz Release Grades

  16. Click Update.

Quiz Question Re-grading


There may be a time when you wish to regrade a quiz after attempts have been made by students. Perhaps a question was poorly worded, and you wish to make two answers possible. Or, perhaps you accidentally marked the wrong answer as correct. In any case, it is possible to automatically regrade quiz questions and award the proper points to the students.

NOTE: After your students take a quiz, it is advisable to review the quiz attempts to make sure they look correct. If the majority of the class got one question wrong, it may indicate that the question was faulty or unclear.

NOTE: Correcting your quiz question(s) in the Question Library and in the quiz is a separate step. It is important to make the corrections so the questions are accurate when you copy the components of your course to future terms.

  1. In the desired course, click Quizzes in the navigation bar.

  2. Find the quiz you wish to edit. Click the black arrow next to the quiz name, and select Grade from the list.

    Quiz Edit

  3. On the screen that opens, you will see all attempts by all the students in your course. At the top of the screen, click the Questions tab.

    Questions Tab

  4. Select the radio button next to Update All Attempts to ensure that once you make your changes, the grades of all students will be adjusted accordingly.
    UpdateAllAttemptsImg

  5. Select from the list the question you wish to edit.
    Edit Question

  6. On the screen that appears, you will see the number of students who chose each answer option. The answer option with the blue arrow to the left is marked as the correct answer.
     Update Attempts

    Below that, you will see the Grade section where you can make your changes. You will see how much the question is worth in this section, which will most likely be relevant for adjusting points.
    Question Worth

  7. Look in the Grading Type section to view your options for re-grading.
    Grade Type
  8. Choose from one of the two radio buttons in the Grading Type section:
    1. If you wish to simply give all students credit for the question no matter which answer option was chosen, keep the Give to all attempts... option checked, and insert a point value in the blank provided.

      EXAMPLE:

      All Attempts

    2. If you wish to allow a second correct answer, check the Give to attempts with answer... option. From the dropdown menu, select the answer you wish to mark as correct (you can see how they are numbered above in the Quiz Responses section). Then, in the blank, insert the number of points you wish to award to the students.

      EXAMPLE:

      Answer Attempts


    3. Or, if you wish to correct the points award because the wrong answer option is marked as correct, choose the second radio button. You may need to do this if the answer you originally marked as correct was actually incorrect. In this case, you would want to make sure you: a) award points for students who chose the actual correct answer, and b) deduct points for students who chose the incorrect answer originally marked as correct. This correction requires two steps:

      1. To deduct points for the incorrect answer originally marked as correct, choose the number/letter of the answer originally marked correct, then enter 0 (zero) for the point value to replace the points originally awarded for this answer. Press Save and choose Yes to confirm.
        Zero Points
      2. To give credit for the correct answer, choose the number/letter of the correct answer option in the Give to all attempts with answer... dropdown menu, then assign the appropriate number of points to award for this correct answer. Press Save and choose Yes to confirm.
        Add Points

      3. OPTIONAL: Enter explanatory comments in the Comment section.

    Your changes will appear in the modification log below and will be reflected in the students' grades for this quiz.
    Modifications Log

  9. NOTE: This process does not correct the question and associated answers in the Question Library in your D2L course. Be sure to edit the question and answers (and save in all locations when prompted) so all will be correct when you copy this course in the future.

  10. Press Go Back to Questions at the bottom of the screen to return to the question list. Select the Users tab to view the grade updates for each attempt.

Help Desk

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