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Become more proficient and effective in the quizzes tool

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There are Specific settings in the quizzes tool you can use to make you more effective and efficient.

1. Create all questions within the Question Library first

If you create all your questions within the Question Library first, you can reuse the questions in various quizzes, surveys, and self-assessments, as well as setting it up as a random question sets.

How to do it?

Follow this tutorial.

2. Set a number of questions per page

Break down large quizzes into shorter, more digestible bits by placing questions on multiple pages. It will benefit students to focus on selected questions. Put 5 or fewer questions on a page.

This will also help students in case they have technical issue because D2L will automatically save the answers when they go to the next page.

How to do it?

Set a number of questions per page in a Quiz

 

Edit your Quiz, in the Properties tab below Quiz Questions, enter the number of questions you want to view per page in the set Questions per page box, and click Apply. Click Save and Close when you’re done.

 

 

3. Group question order using Sections

Group your quiz questions by concept. Switching back and forth between concepts can be confusing for students. You can create different sections to group all questions that belong to each section.

How to do it?
  1. Edit your Quiz
  2. in the Properties tab below Quiz Questions, click Add/Edit Questions
  3. Click New and choose either Section or Random Section
  4. Enter the name for the section and Save. Students may see the section name if you release the quiz submission view.
  5. Click on the section’s name that you just created and start adding your questions
  6. Click Done Editing Questions and click Save and Close to save your changes

Quiz questions organized by sections

4. Have clear question titles

Use the same text for your question titles as your question text, or put hints in the question title so you can easily preview and identify the questions later if you need to make changes. Your students will not see the question titles.

Question title inside a quiz in D2L

How to do it?Change question title in D2L
  1. Edit your Quiz
  2. In the Properties tab below Quiz Questions, click Add/Edit Questions
  3. Click the question name to edit the question and under Title, then type the appropriate title for the question (hint: you can copy from the question text)
  4. Click Save
  5. Click Done Editing Questions and click Save and Close to save your changes

 

5. Set the Quiz with Auto Export to Grade

This setting enables students to see their scores as soon as they submit their attempts. Combine this setting with the option “allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion,” enables auto-graded attempt scores to be sent directly to the grades tool.

How to do it?

Edit your Quiz and click on the Assessment tab. Under Automatic Grade, check the box for “Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion.” (note: D2L will grade automatically grade question type that contains pre-recorded answer, such as multiple choice, true/false, matching, etc.)

Then under Auto Export to Grades, check the box for “Allow automatic export to grades.” (note: make sure you already created a Grade Item).

Auto grade and auto export quiz in D2L

6. Question feedback and question hints

Provide contextual clues to help them understand where they erred. This would prevent student emails asking why they got certain questions wrong. You can provide clues to help students in 2 ways:

  • Using question hints while taking the test to suggest how to approach a question. Be sure to activate the hints in the Quiz Properties tab, under Optional Advanced Properties by checking the box for “Allow hints.”
  • Using question feedback when they see their results to provide comments as to what you are looking for in the question. You can add question feedback and hints when you create or modify the quiz questions.
Question hint and Question feedback inside D2L Quiz questionHow to do it?

Edit your Quiz, in the Properties tab below Quiz Questions, click Add/Edit Questions. Click the question name to edit the question. You can find Question Hint and Question Feedback at the bottom of the page. (Note: Using the Question Feedback at the bottom of the page allows students to see the general feedback whether they answer the question right or wrong for multiple choice and multi-select questions.)

Click Save when you’re done. Click Done Editing Questions and click Save and Close to save your changes.

 

Is that all?

Yes, you should have everything you need to become proficient and effective in the quizzes tool.