D2L - Quizzes

An overview of quizzes in D2L.

Table of Contents

 

Making Quizzes

Create a Quiz in D2L

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the New Quiz button to create a new quiz or click on the name of the quiz that you want to edit.
  3. Type in a name for your quiz in the Name field.
  4. You may want to assign your quiz to a Category if any exist.
  5. To have the quiz be linked to the gradebook, select the item from the Grade Item drop-down list or create a new grade item by clicking on the add grade item link.
  6. Select the box next to Auto Export to Grades so the system can send auto-graded attempt scores directly to the gradebook. You will need to have the quiz linked to a grade item.
  7. Select the box next to Automatic Grade to allow the quiz attempt grade to be seen right away after the student completed and submitted the quiz.

Optional Advanced Properties:

  1. Select the box next to Hints to enable question hints. The actual hints are set up within each question.
  2. Enter in an email address in the Notification Email field if you want to be notified when a student completes a quiz attempt.
  3. Select the box next to Disable Right-Click and Disable Pager Access to prevent the students from being able to utilize the features when taking a quiz.
  4. Click on the Expand Messages link if Description and Introduction text boxes are not shown. The Description is what’s displayed to students prior to quiz availability.
  5. The Introduction is what’s displayed once a student begins a quiz. Enter one or both if desired and click the on radio button above each text box.
  6. You can enter a page header or footer. If the text boxes are not displayed, click on the Expand Page Header/Footer link.

Click the Save Quiz button.

Types of Quiz Questions Available in D2L

An overview of the question types available in D2L:

True or False (T/F):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  • If you want to have an image in the question, click on the Add a File button, and select an image.
  • Use the Enumeration drop-down list to select an enumeration style.
  • Choose a display Style.
  • Set the Weight of the options in the drop-down lists. Type in 100 for the correct answer choice.
  • Click the Save button.

Multiple Choice (MC):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  • If you want to have an image in the question, click on the Add a File button, and select an image.
  • Use the Enumeration drop-down list to select an enumeration style.
  • Choose a display Style.
  • Type in the question options (answer choices) in the value text boxes. Set the Weight of the options in the drop-down lists.  Type in 100 for the correct answer choice.
  • Click the Save button.

Multi-Select Question (M-S):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  • If you want to have an image in the question, click on the Add a File button, and select an image.
  • Use the Enumeration drop-down list to select an enumeration style.
  • Choose a display Style.
  • Choose a marking format:
    • All or nothing: Students will receive full points for the question only if they select all the correct answers and none of the incorrect answers.
    • Right minus wrong: Students will receive points equal to the number of correct answers they choose minus the number of incorrect answers.
    • Correct answers: Students will receive points for each correct answer they select and for incorrect answers they leave blank. Incorrect answers selected and correct answers left blank are ignored.
  • Check the Randomize options box to display the answers in a random order for each student.
  • Type in the question options (answer choices) in the value text boxes. Click  to add more answer options.
  • Check the check boxes in the Correct column beside each of the correct answer options.
  • Click the Save button.

Long Answer Question (LA):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  • If you want to have an image in the question, click on the Add a File button, and select an image.
  • Select the number of Rows and Columns to include in the Input Box to control the size of the text box that the question displays.
  • OPTIONAL: You can enter Initial Text to display text at the top of the answer text box.
  • OPTIONAL: You can enter answers in the Answer Key field to display solutions for grading purposes (not displayed to test takers).
  • Click the Save button.

Short Answer Question (SA):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  • Select the number of Rows and Columns to include in the Input Box to control the size of the text box that the question displays.
  • Click Add Blank to create additional answer boxes if your SA question requires users to submit more than one answer.
  • Click Add Answer if you accept more than one possible solution for each answer.
  • Type in the answer(s) in the Text field(s) and choose the Weight(s).
  • The Check Answers button is used to validate any regular expression you include in the answer fields.
  • Click the Save button.

Multi Short-Answer Question (MSA):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  • Select the number of Rows and Columns to include in the Input Box to control the size of the text box that the question displays.
  • Click the Add Answer icon to increase the number of available answers.
  • Type the answer in the Text field and choose the Weight.
  • The Check Answers button is used to validate any regular expression you include in the answer fields. Regular expressions are explained more in a separate document.
  • Click the Save button.

Fill in the Blanks Question (FIB):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter the text that appears before the first blank in the first text field.
  • Choose your blank size in the drop-down list.
  • Click Add Blank to create additional blank fields. Click Add Text to create additional text fields. Your listed order of blank and text fields correspond with the sequence displayed to users.
  • Enter your question text and the fill-in-the-blank answer in respective fields.
  • Enter a Weight for each answer.
  • Click the Save button.

Matching Question (MAT):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  • If you want to have an image in the question, click on the Add a File button, and select an image
  • Choose a marking format:
    • Equally weighted: The total points value is divided equally among all possible correct matches. Users receive equally weighted points for each correct answer.
    • All or nothing: Students must have all the possible correct answers or else they will receive no points.
    • Right minus wrong: Students will receive points when the number of right answers chosen is subtracted from the number of wrong answers chosen to get an overall score.
  • Type the question choices in the text boxes and if you want to add more choices click on the Add Choice button.
  • Type the matches in the text boxes and if you want to add more choices click on the Add Match button.
  • Use the drop-down list beside each match to select a corresponding choice number.
  • Click the Save button.

Ordering Question (ORD):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter your Question Text in the text box.
  • If you want to have an image in the question, click on the Add a File button, and select an image
  • Choose a marking format:
    • Equally weighted: The total points value is divided equally among all possible correct matches. Users receive equally weighted points for each correct answer.
    • All or nothing: Students must have all the possible correct answers or else they will receive no points.
    • Right minus wrong: Students will receive points when the number of right answers chosen is subtracted from the number of wrong answers chosen to get an overall score.
  • Type the question choices in the text boxes and if you want to add more choices click on the Add Item button.
  • Use the drop-down list beside each match to select the correct choice number.
  • Click the Save button.

Arithmetic Question (2 + 2):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter in your Question Text in the text box. To refer to variables, type the variable surrounded with curly braces.
    • If you set variables x, y, and z with a Min 1 to Max 5 number range in 1-step increments, the question “You have x green marbles, y red marbles, and z blue marbles. How many marbles do you have in total?” will randomly generate a rational number (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) for x, y, and z.
  • Enter the solution's Formula and enclose all variables in curly braces.
    • The formula for the example question in Step 2 is x+y+z.
  • The formula field supports the following operations, functions, and constants.
  • Select an Answer Precision from the drop-down list to define the number of acceptable decimal places. Select Enforce Precision if correct answers must contain a specific number of decimal places.
  • Select and enter a Tolerance level in the units +/- or percent +/- field to accept near-accurate, estimated, and rounded answers.
    • A percent +/- tolerance of 3 would allow answers to be off by 3%. A units +/- tolerance of 0.5 would allow answers to be off by 0.5 units.
  • Enter a unit type (mm, cm, grams, inches, etc.) in the Units field to assess if answers include correct units of measurement. Select a percentage from the Worth % of Points drop-down list to assign a weighted points value to the measurement unit.
  • In the Variables section, define all the variables you used in the Question Text.
  • In the Name column, type in the name of the variable. (ex: x)
  • In the Min column, type in the minimum value for the variable.
  • In the Max column, type in the maximum value to the variable.
  • In the Decimal Places drop-down list, select the number of decimal places for the variable.
  • In the Step field, type the increment that the system should use when choosing random numbers from the range that you specified in the Min and Max fields.
    • If you create variable x with Min=100, Max=200 and Step=5, the system will only choose values for x that are increments of 5 above 100 (105, 110, 115, etc., up to 200) when generating numbers for your question.
  • Click Add Variable to add more variables or click on the trash can to remove any of the variables.
  • Click the Test button to test your formula.
  • Click the Save button.

Significant Figures Question (x10):

  • Assign the Points value and a Difficulty level.
  • Enter in your Question Text in the text box. To refer to variables, type the variable surrounded with curly braces.
  • In the Variables section, define all the variables you used in the Question Text.
  • In the Name column, type in the name of the variable. (ex: x)
  • In the Min column, type in the minimum value for the variable.
  • In the Max column, type in the maximum value to the variable.
  • In the Decimal Places drop-down list, select the number of decimal places for the variable.
  • In the Step field, type the increment that the system should use when choosing random numbers from the range that you specified in the Min and Max fields.
  • In the Formula Field type the formula that you use to calculate the correct answer.
  • Click the Test button to test your formula.
  • In the Significant Figures drop-down, choose the number of significant figures that the system should accept in answers.
  • Select either Units or Percent under Tolerance, and type in the value in the corresponding text field.
  • Type the unit that the answer to the question should be in (if any) in the Units field. Check Case Sensitive if the unit is case sensitive.  Choose a percentage value form the Worth drop-down list if you wish to assign points for using the correct unit in the answer.
  • Click the Save button

D2L Question Library

When creating quizzes and exams in D2L, it is recommended that instructors utilize the Question Library as the source for their questions.

Benefits to using the Question Library

  • Ability to randomize quizzes.
  • Reliable reusability of questions from semester to semester.
  • Ease of editing problem questions in one place and pushing the change to affected quizzes.
  • Ability to use review questions on quizzes and quiz questions on exams, etc.
  • Easier to organize.
  • Group questions by theme, topic, unit, or chapter.
  • Allows for flexibility between semester to keep things "fresh."

Accessing the Question Library

Get to the question library by clicking "Quizzes" in the nav bar and then selecting "Question Library" at the top.

Creating new sections

Choose how you would like to organize your sections. Consider organizing your sections by topic, chapter, unit, etc. Consider that you can pull in an entire section when creating randomized quizzes so "banks" of questions you intend to randomize should be kept together. Note that you can create sections within sections just like folders. While it is possible, it is not advisable to create questions directly in the question library without putting them in sections.

To create a new section:

  1. Access the Question Library
  2. Navigate to the location where you would like to create the section (the Question Library itself or another section)
  3. Click New and choose Section
  4. Provide a section name and then click Save

Creating individual questions in a section

To add (individual) questions to a Section:

  1. Access the Question Library and navigate to the location where you would like to create the question
  2. Click New at the top and select your question type
  3. Provide the settings required by your question type and then click Save -- NOTE: Click "Save and New" to save the current question and immediately create another of the same type.

Bulk importing questions

DLE support staff can create a file which can be uploaded to the Question Library given a document with a certain format. This must be a TXT file with the following format:

  • Plain text only (no tabs, unusual characters or symbols, etc.) We suggest including something like “[[IMAGE 01]]” or “[[FORMULA]]” (without quotes) at the beginning of any question that needs an image so they’re easier to find later and add images to since we can’t include images in the import tool.
  • One paragraph break between a question and the answers & two paragraph breaks between each question
  • An asterisk before the correct answer for multiple choice questions
  • No bolding, underlining, or italicizing will be retained in the import process
  • View a sample TXT document with the correct formatting below

DLE staff uses a tool to convert this file into a CSV version of your question set import it into your section. You can then:

  1. Access the Question Library and navigate to the location where you would like to import the questions
  2. Click Import at the top
  3. Under "Import Source" select "From a D2L Text Format File" then click Choose File under Source File
  4. Browse for and open the CSV created by the D2L Import Tool
  5. Click Save
  6. Review and edit as necessary the imported questions
TXT Example

Spock is half Vulcan. He has a...

*Human mother

Human father

Romulan mother

Romulan father

 

Star Trek shared several sets with ___ for budgetary reasons.

I Love Lucy

*The Andy Griffith Show

Hollywood Squares

Gilligan’s Island

 

The original pilot of Star Trek was refused by the network for being too ___.

Salacious

Racist

*Cerebral

Sexist

 

Before it became part of CBS Television Distribution, Star Trek was owned by ___.

*Lucille Ball

Frank Sinatra

Joan Collins

Paul Newman

 

[[IMAGE 001]] Pictured here, ___ is considered the greatest Star Trek villain.

*Khan

Kruge

Gorn

God

Moving questions around the library

  1. Navigate to the question's current/old location
  2. Check the boxes next to the questions you would like to move
  3. Click the "Move" button either at the top or the bottom of the page
  4. Click the new location in the list provided -- NOTE: clicking moves the questions immediately; you are not given a confirmation step.

Moving sections around the library

  1. To move a section or set of sections:
  2. Navigate to the section's current/old location (this may be the root of the question library)
  3. Check the boxes next to the sections you would like to move
  4. Click the "Move" button either at the top or the bottom of the page
  5. Click the new location in the list provided -- NOTE: clicking moves the questions immediately; you are not given a confirmation step.

Adding Questions to a Quiz in D2L

  1. Click on the quiz you'd like to edit
  2. Click on the Add/Edit Questions button.
    1. To create a new question from this interface, choose New then select your question type.
    2. To create a new section from this interface, choose New then select section or random section.
    3. To import questions from your Question Library, click on the Import button.
      1. In the Source Collection drop-down list, select Question Library.
      2. In the Source Section drop-down list, choose Collection Root to show all the questions and sections in your question library, or choose a specific section.
    4. Check the boxes next to the questions that you want in the quiz.
    5. Click the Save button.

Using (and re-using) questions in the question library

When in the "Add/Edit Questions" step of quiz creation, simply choose "Import" rather than "New." Under Import Source, choose "From and Existing Collection." Under Source Collection, choose "Question Library." Then choose the section you would like to pull from under "Source Section" and check the boxes next to the questions you'd like to use.

  • TIP: Select "Collection Root" under Source Section and then expand the sections you'd like to pull from to pull from multiple sections all at once. This comes in handy when repurposing questions for a final exam or re-using review questions on a quiz.

Generating Random Questions for a Quiz in D2L

Before creating a random section, you will need to create questions in the Question Library.

Create the Random Section:

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Create a new quiz or click the dropdown for the quiz in which you would like to add a random section.
  3. Click on the Properties tab if you are not defaulted to it.
  4. Click on the Add/Edit Questions button under "Quiz Questions."
  5. Click the New button and choose Random Section.
  6. Type in a Section Name. You also have the option to provide:
    1. A message: A note that can be displayed when the section is displayed to students. For example: "This section deals with the material covered in Chapter 8."
    2. Private comments: A note that only you or those grading the exam will see.
    3. Image: An image that might go along with your message (note that the "Message" field also has the "Insert Stuff" button and thus can contain images). Example: Image, "Figure 8.3" while the message is "Refer to Figure 8.3 to answer the following questions."
    4. Description (of the image if used)
    5. Display Options: Choose whether the section name is shown to students, whether there should be a line after that section name, and whether & where to show your message and image.
  7. Click Save at the bottom.

Import questions to the random section

  1. A purple folder icon indicates the random section was created. Click on this folder.
  2. Click on the Import button at the top.
  3. Use the Source Section drop-down list to select a section from your Question Library. TIP: use "Collect Root" to view a list of all the questions in the question library.
  4. Check the box to the left of all questions that you want to include in the random section. TIP: automatically select all the questions in one section by checking the box next to the section's folder icon.
  5. Once you have selected your questions, click the Save button.

"Activate" the random section

  1. At the top of the page, under "Questions per attempt," enter the number of questions that you want each student to see from the random section.
  2. If you would like students to get ALL questions in the section but in a random order, enter the same number of questions under "Questions per attempt" as there are "Total" questions (listed at the bottom of the questions list).
  3. Do not put a larger number here than there are "Total" questions (listed at the bottom of the questions list), as it will cause errors when students take the quiz.
  4. Under "Points each" enter the number of points each one of these questions should be worth.
  5. Click the Save button at the top. NOTE: When clicking this button, it does not look like it does anything, but this step is REQUIRED to successfully add the random section questions to the quiz.
  6. To return to the quiz question list, click on the quiz name at the top of the page. To return to the quiz edit page, click "Done Editing Questions"
Considerations
  • D2L cannot tell the difference between random sections' source library sections. In other words, if you create multiple random sections and select the same question(s) for each of them, a student could get the same question twice.
  • You may have multiple random sections, and/or random sections in addition to questions, as well as "regular" sections. A regular section appears with a yellow (rather than purple) folder and will display ALL questions within it in order. A section can also contain other sections, including random sections. When doing so, however, pay particular attention to the previous consideration as well.
  • When editing a question (e.g. correcting an answer) you will be asked where you would like it changed. Be sure to select both the section/quiz and the question library.

Deleting Questions from a Quiz in D2L

  1. Navigate to the quizzes tab.
  2. Select the quiz you are interested in editing.
  3. Click "Add/Edit Questions"
  4. Click the check box next to the question you wish to delete and press delete
  5. Confirm that you want to delete the question.
  6. Select "done editing." This will delete question from your quiz.

Copying, Re-Ordering, Deleting, and Previewing Quizzes

Copying a quiz:

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Click on the More Actions button and then choose
  3. Select the quiz that you want to copy by clicking on the Quiz to Copy drop-down list.
  4. Type in a New Quiz Name.
  5. Set the new quiz status as active or inactive by clicking on the New Quiz Status drop-down list.
  6. Select Edit quiz after copy completes if you want to edit the quiz after you copy it.
  7. Click the Save button.

Re-ordering quizzes:

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Click on the More Actions button and then Re-Order.
  3. Modify the Sort Order value.
  4. Click the Save button.

Deleting a quiz:

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Click on the More Actions button and then
  3. Check the box next to the quiz that you want to delete.
  4. Click the Delete Selected button.

Previewing a quiz:

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to the quiz you want to preview and select
  3. Click the Start Quiz button. By previewing the quiz you will be viewing the quiz from a student’s perspective.
  4. Click the Exit Preview button when finished.

Setting Quiz Restrictions in D2L

Setting up quiz restrictions (Restrictions Tab)

Click on the Restrictions tab.

  • Under the Dates and Restrictions section you can set the Status to active or inactive by clicking on the drop-down menu. You can also set the quiz start and end dates.  Students can only take and see the quiz when it is set to active.
    • Set the Start Date and End Date by clicking the drop-down lists or the calendar icon.
  • Add release conditions in the Additional Release Conditions section. You can set release conditions so that the students meet certain requirements before taking the quiz.
    • Click Attach Existing to add a release condition that you have already created in the Conditional Release area or in another tool.
    • Click Create and Attach to create a new release condition to associate it with the quiz.
  • Click the Expand optional advanced restrictions link if you don’t see the optional restrictions.
    • Type in a password in the Password field to require students or proctors to enter a password in order to take the quiz.
    • Type in an IP address in the IP Restrictions field to restrict quiz access to students from a certain location.
    • Under the Timing section you can set a time limit for the quiz by typing in the number of minutes in the Time Limit field.
    • Select the box next to enforced to enforce the time limit.
    • Select the box next to show clock to show a clock while taking the quiz.
    • Type in the Grace Period field to determine how many minutes the user has after the time limit has expired to submit their quiz before it is flagged as late.

Late Submissions:

  • Select Allow normal submission to let students submit the quiz even if the time limit and grace period have expired.
  • Select Use of Late Limit to create an acceptable limit on how late a submission can be. If the student submits their quiz after the quiz end time + late limit, they will receive a 0. This grade can be manually changed in the gradebook later on, if so desired.
  • Select Auto-Submit Attempt to automatically submit an attempt when the student performs an action after the time period has expired. If the user takes no action, the quiz will show the attempt as 'attempt in progress' in the quiz grading area.

To allow students special access to the quiz, select Allow selected users special access to this quiz.  Click on the Add Users to Special Access button.  Check the boxes next to any of the special access properties.  Check the boxes next to the student(s) that you want to assign special access to.  Click the Add Special Access button.  Click the Save button.

To restrict the quiz to specific individuals, select Allow only users with special access to see this quiz.  Click on the Add Users to Special Access button.  Check the boxes next to any of the special access properties.  Check the boxes next to the student(s) that you want to assign special access to.  Click the Add Special Access button.  The quiz would then be restricted to only the students that you selected. Click the Save button.

Setting up number of quiz attempts (Assessment Tab)

  1. Click on the Assessment tab.
  2. Choose the number attempts allowed from the drop-down list.
  3. Choose which attempt will be included in the grade calculation for the quiz by clicking on the Overall Grade Calculation drop-down list. The attempt calculated can be the highest, lowest, first, last, or average of all attempts.
  4. Click the Save button.

Other Special Quiz Features

Mandatory questions

A mandatory question that is unanswered will prevent students from submitting their quiz or moving on to additional pages of the quiz (assuming page breaks are used in quiz  layout).

  1. Click on the quiz you'd like to edit.
  2. Click on the Edit Values button.
  3. Check the box in the Mandatory column next to the question(s) you would like to force students to answer.
  4. Click on the Save button.

Bonus quiz questions

  1. Click on the quiz you'd like to edit.
  2. Click on the Edit Values button.
  3. Check the box in the Bonus column next to the question(s) you would like to assign a bonus value to.
  4. Click on the Save button.

Questions per Page

  1. Click on the quiz you'd like to edit.
  2. In the field for questions per page, type in the number of questions that you want to be available per page when the students are taking the quiz.
  3. Click the Apply button.
  4. Check the box Prevent moving backwards through pages if you want students who are taking the quiz to only be able to move forward through pages. They will not be allowed to move to a previous page once they have left it.
  5. Make sure to click on Save.

Quiz Restrictions

Giving Special Access to a Student on a Quiz or Exam in D2L

  1. Example: sometimes students need extra time, or sometimes they need to have an extended due date.
  2. First, click on the quizzes tab and select the quiz you are interested in.
  3. Then, click on the "restrictions" tab.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and press the "add users to special access" button
  5. Extend the special access you would like to give the student (extra time, different due date, etc.)
    1. NOTE: Settings left unchanged will keep their default values (the settings for the quiz itself). Example: On an exam open from June 01 to June 06 with a time limit of 20 minutes. Instructor Dr. Dre checks the start date box and changes the date to May 25. The selected student(s) [in the next step] will have from May 25 to June 06 but will still have a time limit of 20 minutes.
    2. NOTE: An instructor may create multiple "special access" conditions. You may for example have two students who get time and a half (one special access setup with those two students selected) and one other student who needs an extra two days to take the exam (a separate special access).
  6. Click "save and close"
  7. The key icon next to the exam's name means that you have successfully granted the student special access to the quiz.
    1. NOTE: This icon indicates "at least one" special access setup. If you set up multiple conditions, only one key will be displayed.

Grading a Quiz in D2L

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar. You will only need to grade the quizzes if you don’t have them setup to auto grade or if you have any essay questions.
  2. Click Grade from the drop-down menu of the quiz you want to grade.
  3. You can grade by Attempts or by Questions (item analysis). Select the grade option you want from the appropriate tab.

Grading by Attempt

  1. Click on the attempt you want to grade. The user's entire quiz is displayed including question data, the user's answers and the correct answers. If a user's answer is correct it appears with a check mark and if it is wrong it displays with an X.
  2. Provide overall quiz feedback in the Attempt Comments field.
  3. Enter individual question feedback in the Feedback field beneath each question.
  4. If you want to override an existing auto-grade, enter a new value in the Final Score field.
  5. After you finish manually grading a quiz, click Recalculate.
  6. Select the Graded check box if you are ready to make the score part of the user's overall quiz grade, and allow the user to view the grade.
  7. Click Save.

Grading by question

Before you click on a question, there are two options available to view question responses:

  • Grade Individual Responses
  • Update All Attempts.

Grade Individual Responses enables you to grade a quiz one question at a time. This means you can grade and leave feedback for all responses to each question before moving onto the next question. There are two additional options available in this view:

  • Blind Marking: When selected, student information does not appear alongside responses and responses display in a shuffled order. This aids in preventing unintentional bias during marking.
  • View Graded Responses: When selected, previously-graded responses appear as part of the response queue.

In this view, you can also choose to display 1, 5, 10, or 20 responses on each page.

Update All Attempts enables you to view question statistics, make grading changes, and leave feedback for all responses to the selected question.

Question statistics display a percentage breakdown of how users responded to the question and the date of the most recent response. Other information displayed in the question statistics includes the quiz version, question text and options, and number of responses for each option.

Below the question statistics, there are options to modify the grade for all responses to the current question. Use Grading Type to override grades for all users at once, instead of individually updating each quiz attempt. The following options are available for the Grading Type:

  • Give to all attempts: Allows you to award points to all users who received the current question on their quiz. Type the desired point value in the text field.
  • Give to attempts with answer (#): Allows you to award points for a specific response. This is useful if a question was incorrectly set up when the quiz was created. For example, if students who completed the quiz received a grade value of 0 when they really should have received a grade value of 1, you can use this option to award them the appropriate grade value.

Resolving Issues with Student Quizzes

Checking the Quiz Event Log to Investigate Student-Reported Quiz Trouble in D2L

Sometimes students report issues with quizzes in D2L and the instructor would like to check further into the story. To aid the investigation, an instructor can look at the quiz event log, which is a record of everything the student did in the quiz.

To view the quiz event log:

  1. Select quizzes from the course navbar.
  2. Click the triangle next to the quiz you are interested in and select "Grade" from the drop down menu.
  3. You will now see a list of students with a completed exam. But, if the student reported being unable to submit her/his exam, you will have to do a special search for the student. Select "users with attempts in progress" in the drop down menu under "restrict to". Then click the magnifying glass icon next to the search box. This will find all students who are in between starting and submitting an exam.
  4. Find the student's name and click the exam attempt you want to see.
  5. Now you will see all the questions the student answered. You will also see a link to the "quiz event log" which is a record of everything the student did in the exam.

Submitting a Quiz for a Student in D2L

Sometimes students report problems submitting a quiz or exam in D2L. This document shows how to submit an exam on a student's behalf.

  1. select the "Quizzes" tab in the course navigation page.
  2. Click the triangle next to the name of the quiz that bedevils you and select "Grade" from the drop down menu
  3. You will need to do a search for the student whose exam is in limbo. To do this sort the exams by "users who have an attempt in progress" from the drop down menu under the heading "restrict to". Then, counter-intuitively, click the magnifying glass icon to search for students who have taken the exam but not submitted it yet.
  4. click the icon of the two little men - who resemble the playing pieces from the Life boardgame. This will allow you to enter the exam as the student.
  5. Check over the exam to see if there are any problems and then, if everything seems o.k., click "Go to submit quiz"
  6. you will have to verify that you really want to submit the quiz - if you do, click "yes" and you are done.

Resetting a quiz/exam in progress

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Click on the quiz/exam that you want to reset.
  3. Click on Grade.
  4. Click on the Display Options link.
  5. Place a check in the Allow Reset checkbox.
  6. Click the Save button.
  7. Click on the Restrict to: dropdown and select “Users with attempts in progress”.
  8. Click on Search.
  9. Place a check in the attempt checkbox for the student that you want to reset the quiz/exam for.
  10. Click on the trash can icon.
  11. Click the Yes button in the confirmation box.
  12. The quiz/exam should be deleted and the student can take it again.

Resetting a completed quiz/exam

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the quiz/exam that you want to reset and choose Grade
  3. Click on the Display Options link.
  4. Place a check in the Allow Reset checkbox.
  5. Click the Save button.
  6. Place a check in the attempt checkbox for the student that you want to reset the quiz/exam for.
  7. Click on the trash can icon.
  8. Click the Yes button in the confirmation box.
  9. The quiz/exam should be deleted and the student can take it again.

Controlling What Students See after Completing a Quiz in D2L

Setting up submission views: (Submission Views Tab)

  1. Click on Quizzes from your D2L course.
  2. Click on the name of the quiz you'd like to modify submission views for
  3. Click on the Submission Views tab.
  4. The details of the default submission view are displayed.
  5. Click the Default View link to modify submission views.
  6. Use the Show Questions option to select certain items that you want the students to see after they submit their quiz. Click Yes and choose options:
    1. Show questions answered incorrectly – this option will only show the answers that the student answered incorrectly.
    2. Show questions answered correctly – this option will only show the answers that the student answered correctly.
    3. Show all questions without user responses – this option will show all the quiz questions to the student without their answers that they selected.
    4. Show all questions with user responses – this option will show all the quiz questions to the student along with their answers that they selected.
    5. Show question answers – this option will show the correct answers to the questions.
    6. Show question score and out of score – this option will show the score achieved and the out of values for each question.
    7. Show attempt score and overall attempt score – this option will show the students score as soon as they submit their attempt. The score that is displayed is only what the system can auto-grade.
    8. Show class average and/or show score distribution – these options will display the statistics to students after they submit their quiz.
  7. Click the Save button if you created a submission view.

Making changes to quizzes

Adjusting Quiz Questions & Answers, Change Quiz Question/Answer Text, Change Quiz Question/Answer Scores

The following guidelines are for INSTRUCTORS ONLY. Students do not have the editing privileges outlined below.

For those instructors who have created and administered quizzes through D2L, you likely understand (through first-hand experience) the process of creating quiz questions. In the case of a multiple-choice question, for example, you (1) type in the question, (2) provide D2L with the possible response options, and (3) indicate the correct response option if you are using the autocorrection tool. Finally, you wait for your students to take the quiz.

What happens if you later wish to edit a question or answer? Perhaps you wish to change the wording of the question, or the wording of the response option(s). Maybe you've discovered that you programmed the wrong answer as the correct one, so you need to edit the autocorrection settings, select the correct answer, and have the question rescored. In any case, how should you proceed?

Change Quiz Question Answer Text

If you wish only to change the wording of a question or any of its response options (i.e., nothing needs to be rescored ), follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Quizzes tool in the course navigation bar
  2. Click on the name of the quiz you wish to edit (alternatively, you could access the question through the Question Library )
  3. Click on the Layout/Questions tab
  4. Click on Add/Edit Questions
  5. If your questions are broken down under Headings, click on the relevant heading
  6. Click on the question name of the question you wish to edit, or click on the drop-down arrow next to the name and select Edit
  7. Make your textual change to the question or any of the response options and click on the Save button
  8. Your changes have now been made and saved. However, there are a few important things to note:
    1. First, you need to make sure that the question has been correctly changed in all locations in which it is used. For example, you might have gone into a specific quiz to edit a question, but a copy of that particular question may also exist in the Question Library. Sometimes D2L will identify copies of a question that exist elsewhere and alert you to them, asking if you wish to change all copies of that question. For unknown reasons, however, D2L is not always able to do this, so it is important that you manually verify that allcopies of a question are appropriately edited.
    2. Second, students who took the quiz before you edited the question will NOT see the changes you make. In other words, if they have access to the quiz questions and answers after completion of the quiz (i.e., you have released the quiz report), these students will see the question only in the format in which it was presented when they took the quiz (not the edited, updated format). Only those students who take the quiz after you edit the question will see the edited, updated version of the question.

Change Quiz Question Answer Scores

If you wish to change how a particular question is scored, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Quizzes tool in the course navigation bar
  2. Click on the name of the quiz you wish to edit (alternatively, you could access the question through the Question Library )
  3. Click on the Layout/Questions tab
  4. If your questions are broken down under Headings, click on the relevant heading
  5. Check the box next to the question(s) you wish to modify scoring for
  6. Click on the Edit Values link
  7. Make your scoring change to the question(s) and click on the Save button
    1. Students who take the quiz from this point forward will be presented with the edited, updated version of the quiz (with your new scoring rules in place). However, students who have already taken the quiz have been graded according to your previous scoring rules, and their scores have not been changed. If you have students who have already completed the quiz and need to have their quizzes rescored according to your new scoring rules, continue with step #8 below:
  8. Click on the Quizzes tool in the course navigation bar
  9. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the name of the quiz you wish to have rescored
  10. Click on Grade Quiz from the pull-down menu
  11. The next screen is set to the Users tab by default; you should click on the Questions tab
  12. Click on the question that needs to be rescored
  13. Clicking on a question presents you with a detailed summary of that particular question, including all the versions of that question that were administered to your students (e.g., Version 1, Version 2, etc.). Below each version, you are presented with a frequency distribution of your students' responses.
  14. Click on the Grade Version # icon (the pencil) for each version of the question.
  15. For each version of the question, you have the opportunity to give selected responses a specific point value. In other words, you can direct D2L to rescore old versions of a quiz according to your new scoring rules.
  16. Click on Save Results
    1. All of your students' quiz attempts should now be scored (and rescored) according to your new scoring rules. As mentioned earlier, however, you still need to make sure that a given question has been correctly changed in all locations in which it is used. For example, you might have gone into a specific quiz to edit a question, but a copy of that particular question may also exist in the Question Library. Sometimes D2L will identify copies of a question that exist elsewhere and alert you to them, asking if you wish to change all copies of that question. For unknown reasons, however, D2L is not always able to do this, so it is important that you manually verify that all copies of a question are appropriately edited.

Re-Scoring a question (once students have taken the quiz)

  1. Go to Quizzes
  2. Click the dropdown next to the quiz and click Grade
  3. Click on the Questions tab
  4. Click the option to Update All Attempts
  5. Click on the question you would like to re-score:
    1. If you changed a question (above), your question will appear under Questions that are not in the quiz anymore
    2. If you are rescoring a question you have not yet changed (you have not completed the steps above), your question will appear as a normal part of the quiz.
  6. Review the question, the correct answer (indicated with a blue arrow) and the breakdown of how many students chose each answer.
  7. Choose a Grading Type
    1. Enter a number in "Give to all attempts" to give all students who received this question that number of points (regardless of their answer choices). Note that this score replaces the score they received on this question; it does not add to it.
    2. Choose "Give to attempts with answer #" to give all students with a particular answer choice a certain score. Note that this does not alter the scores for students who have given other answers. Example: A question is marked with B as the correct answer while another answer (C) is also acceptable. Choosing this option and giving "attempts with answer 3" (C) "1 points" will give everyone who chose that answer 1 point--it will not affect those who correctly said B (they will still get 1 point).
  8. Once you have made this selection click Save.
  9. All of your students' quiz attempts should now be scored (and re-scored) according to your new scoring rules. As mentioned earlier, however, you still need to make sure that a given question has been correctly changed in all locations in which it is used. For example, you might have gone into a specific quiz to edit a question, but a copy of that particular question may also exist in the Question Library. Sometimes D2L will identify copies of a question that exist elsewhere and alert you to them, asking if you wish to change all copies of that question. For unknown reasons, however, D2L is not always able to do this, so it is important that you manually verify that all copies of a question are appropriately edited.

If the Update button for quiz scores does not work

When you go to grade a quiz, the Update button that is supposed to copy quiz scores into the gradebook does not work.

This function is useful if students have already taken a quiz associated with a grade item and the instructor decides to change the number of points the grade item is worth. This operation will cause the grades for the grade item to change: For example, if the point value for the grade item is changed from 20 to 25, a grade of 18/20 = 90% will change to 18/25 = 72%.

It should be possible to restore the correct quiz scores to the gradebook by going to grade the quiz, selecting all the attempts, and pressing the Update button.

In the meantime, you may use the following workaround:

  1. Select the quiz from the Quiz tool.
  2. Click the "Grade Quiz" icon.
  3. Select the Users tabbed page if not already selected.
  4. For each student who has taken the quiz, do the following:
  5. Select the "attempt 1" link.
  6. Press the Save button near the upper-right corner.
  7. Select the "Go back to Attempts/User" link near the upper-left corner.
  8. Notes:
    1. The gradebook will not be updated if you select the "overall grade" instead of the "attempt 1" links.
    2. If the student has multiple attempts for the quiz, it is only necessary to perform this procedure for "attempt 1".

Statistics and Reports

Exporting Quiz Statistics in D2L

  1. Click on Quizzes in the navigation bar.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow next to the quiz you want to view/export and then choose
  3. On the View Statistics page, click the User Stats, Question Stats, and Question Details tabs to view statistics broken down by user and by question.
  4. Click Export to CSV file if you want to save the quiz's statistics to your computer.

Note: The system will export the statistics from the tab you are currently viewing (for example, User Stats).

Setting up quiz reports: (Reports Setup Tab)

Reports allow you to view quiz results for the entire class. It's a seldom used feature, but is available.

  1. Click on Quizzes from your D2L course.
  2. Click on the quiz you'd like to set up reports for.
  3. Click on the Reports Setup tab.
  4. Click on the Add Report button.
  5. Type in an identifiable report name in the Report Name field.
  6. Select the type of report that you want by selecting one of the options:
    1. Question Statistics – An “overall” report that can show the class average, score distribution, and the percentage of correct responses for each question.
    2. Question Details – The report displays the difficulty for each question, includes text responses, includes bonus questions, and displays private comments from sections.
    3. Users Statistics – The report displays the class average, displays score distribution, and displays org defined id.
    4. Attempt Details – The report displays usernames and attempt durations.
    5. User Attempts – The report displays usernames.
  7. In the Release area, select immediately to release the report now, or select the radio button next to the date drop-down list to choose a date.
  8. In the Release Report To area, check the boxes next to the roles that you want the report to release to.
  9. Click the Save Report button.



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Created:2018-08-30 10:29 CSTUpdated:2018-08-30 13:56 CST
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