1. Create a Quiz
    1. Create a Quiz in a Module or Submodule
  2. Add Questions to your Quiz
    1. Question Types Available in Brightspace
    2. Add New Questions to a Quiz
    3. Import Questions from the Question Library
  3. Organizing your Quiz Questions
    1. Create Question Sections
    2. Add Page Breaks
  4. Creating Randomized Quizzes
    1. Create a Question Pool
    2. Shuffle a Quiz
  5. Preview a Quiz
  6. Make your Quiz Visible to Students

Brightspace’s Quiz tool allows instructors to create quizzes for online assessment. You have the option to add multiple question types to your quizzes, including multiple choice, matching, short answer, true/false, and more. Once you have created a quiz activity for your course, you can then add questions and preview your quiz before making it available to students.

Create a Quiz

For an overview of how to create a quiz in Brightspace, watch the Create New Quiz D2L video tutorial.

TIP:
We recommend creating your questions in the Question Library before you create your quiz. Quiz questions can be stored in the Question Library for re-use in multiple quizzes or in other types of assessments, such as self-assessments for student practice and studying. You can create your quiz questions in a Question Library section that can be easily imported into your quiz.

Follow the instructions linked below from the Using the Question Library page to create a quiz question section:

1: Add a section to your Question Library to organize your questions in a folder.

2: Create your quiz questions in the Question Library section.

Create a Quiz in a Module or Submodule

Create your quiz in a module or sub-module in your course. For instructions on how to add a new module or sub-module to your course, see the Adding Modules and Sub-modules page. 

  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector icon , then select your course from the menu.
  3. In the navbar at the top of your course page, click Content.
  4. In the left sidebar under Table of Contents, click on the module/week section where you’d like to add the Quiz (Week 1 is an example of a module in the image below). Alternatively, you can scroll down the Table of Contents page to locate the module/sub-module you want to add a quiz to.  For instructions on how to add a new module or sub-module to your course, see the Adding Modules and Sub-modules page.                                 
  5. Click the Upload/Create button.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select New Quiz.
  7. Enter a Title and instructions (optional) for your quiz. 
  8. Click the Quiz Setup button. 
  9. On the Edit Quiz page, enter your quiz details under the following headings:
    • General
      • Enter a name for your quiz.
      • Under Category you have the option to categorize your quiz. Associating a category with a quiz allows quizzes to be grouped by category in the quiz list page.
        • To categorize your quiz in an existing category, select the category from the drop-down menu.
        • To create a new category, click Add category and enter a category name.
    • Quiz Questions
      • To add questions to your quiz, click Add/Edit Questions.  You will see the following options:
        • Add – create a new question, question section, or question pool.
        • Import – add questions from the Question library or upload a file.
      • Once you have added questions to your quiz, the following options will appear:
          • Questions per page – When used, this parameter will control how many questions are placed on a page for presentation purposes; otherwise the entire quiz will appear on the same page.
          • Paging – When this option is enabled, users taking the quiz will only be able to move forward through pages. They will not be allowed to move to a previous page once they have left it.
          • Shuffle questions at the quiz level – This will shuffle your quiz questions.
    • Description/introduction (optional)
      • Add a quiz description or introduction that will be shown before quiz availability.
    • Page Header/Footer (optional)
      • Add a page header or footer that will be shown at above or below every quiz page.
    • Optional Advanced Properties
      • Allow Hints
      • Disable right click – this prevents students from printing a quiz by right clicking on a page.
      • Disable Email, Instant Messages and alerts – students will not be able to access email, messaging, or alerts if they have a quiz attempt in progress.
  10. Under the Restrictions tab, you have the following options:
    • Hide from Users – This option is selected by default so your quiz is hidden while you are setting it up.
    • Due Date – To set a due date:
      • Select the Has Due date checkbox to set a due date.
    • Availability
      • Select the Has Start Date checkbox to set a Start Date for the quiz, then enter the date and time.
      • Select the Has End Date checkbox to set an End Date for the quiz, and enter the date and time.
      • Select Display in Calendar if you want the due date to be visible to students in the course calendar.
    • Release Conditions – See the Creating Release Conditions page for instructions.
    • Timing 
      • To set a time limit for students to complete the quiz, select Enforced Time Limit.
      • Enter the number of minutes students are allowed to complete the quiz.
      • Enter a Grace Period. The grace period is the amount of time students have to submit after the time limit before the submission is marked as late.
      • Select one of the following grace period options:
        • Allow the student to continue working. The student can make changes and submit after the grace period.  The quiz will be flagged as late.
        • Prevent the student from making further changes.  The student will not be able to make changes once the grace period is over and can only submit.
        • Allow the student to continue working, but automatically score the attempt as zero after an extended deadline – The student can continue to make changes and submit after the grace period but the quiz attempt will automatically be given a zero.
  11. Under the Assessment tab, select the Automatic Grade box if you want the quiz to be graded automatically. 
  12. Click Save and close to return to your Manage Quizzes page, or click Save to remain on your quiz editing page.

Add Questions to your Quiz

As a best practice, quiz questions should be created and organized in the Question Library. Questions that are stored in the Question Library can be easily imported into a Brightspace quiz and re-used in multiple quizzes.

To create quiz questions in Brightspace, the following steps are recommended:

1: Add a section to your Question Library to organize your questions in a folder.

2: Create or Import your quiz questions into the section.

3: Import the questions from your Question Library section into your quiz.

Question Types Available in Brightspace

→Click here to view D2L’s instructions and video tutorials for each specific question type

The table below is from the Brightspace Community

Question Type Description Grading and Features D2L Video Tutorial
True/False (T/F) True or false is a type of question where the question-creator indicates whether a statement is truthful or not. Automatic https://youtu.be/4GspMhb8caw

Multiple Choice (MCQ) Multiple choice questions give users multiple possible answers to a question and asks them to select the correct or best answer Automatic https://youtu.be/f75PNQsUV-M

Multi-Select (MS) Multi-select is a type of question where the user selects one or more correct answers from a group of possible answers. Automatic https://youtu.be/fbcG4ZZfofI

Written Response (WR) In Brightspace Learning Environment, written response (formerly know as long answer) is a type of question that is more than a few words long. It is an open-ended text response. You can allow learners to upload files to this question type, as well. Manual

Allows files to be uploaded

https://youtu.be/MJv3giIUNoA

Short-Answer (SA) A short answer question is a type of question where the user responds to a prompt with a short, one or two-word text response. Traditionally, many people think of a short answer question as a sentence or two in length, but for the short answer question type in Brightspace Learning Environment, it can be automatically graded, and for this reason, is shorter. Automatic https://youtu.be/XryKHVdmAR0

Multi-Short Answer (MSA) Like the short answer question, multi-short answer is a few short-word text responses. It is well-suited for situations that require an answer in the form of a list Automatic https://youtu.be/2KrSsVSEgPo

Fill in the blanks (FIB) A fill in the blanks question is a question type where the user has to insert the correct response into a blank space in order to complete a sentence. You can have more than one blank in this question type, and it can be automatically graded. Automatic https://youtu.be/eZGvpdWX00g
Matching (MAT) Matching questions ask users to pair correct items together for points. For example, users may be asked to match a term to its proper definition or a date to its event. Automatic https://youtu.be/wItWupr3HI4

Ordering (LA) An ordering question is a type of question where the user places the answers in the correct order. Automatic https://youtu.be/zPKNiy1VERM

Arithmetic Questions (2+2) An arithmetic question is a question type in which numbers can be randomly chosen for each variable. The numbers used for each variable in the question are based on specific number ranges. Automatic

Allows files to be attached

https://youtu.be/90rNiiE-mio

Significant Figures (x10) The significant figures question type is most applicable to science and math related questions. Users are able to enter their answers in scientific notation format. Automatic

Allows files to be attached

https://youtu.be/4etr8z9ckMM

Likert Question (LIK) The likert question is unique to the Survey tool. Likert questions are a way to gather feedback by creating questions with answers based on one of the six scales available. Used in Surveys only

Ungraded

https://youtu.be/naHabWYwXeQ

Add New Questions to a Quiz

  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course under My Courses or locate your course using the Course Selector grid
  3. Locate your quiz in one of the following ways:
    • In the navbar, click Tools and select Quizzes in the drop-down menu. Find your quiz on the Manage Quizzes page.
    • In the navbar, click Content and select the module or submodule that holds your quiz.
  4. Click on the arrow next to the quiz you want to add questions to.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Edit.
  6. Under the Quiz Questions heading, click Add/Edit Questions.
  7. Click the Add button.
  8. Select New Question, then select a question type from the menu.                                                                       →Click here to view D2L’s instructions and video tutorials for each specific question type
  9. Enter the required and optional fields for your selected question type, which may include one or more of the following:
    • Question Text: This is the text that is displayed to students.
    • Points: The default is 1 point for certain question types. This is the point value for your quiz question.
    • Answers: This is where you enter the answers for a multiple choice question, or select true or false for a true or false question.
  10. When you are finished entering your question details, click Save.

Import Questions from the Question Library

NOTE: A best practice is to create your questions in a Question Library section folder before importing your questions into a quiz. Follow the instructions linked below:

  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course under My Courses.
  3. Find your course using the Course Selector Icon in the mini-navbar
  4. Locate your quiz in one of the following ways:
    • In the navbar, click Tools and select Quizzes in the drop-down menu. Find your quiz on the Manage Quizzes page.
    • In the navbar, click Content and select the module or submodule that holds your quiz.
  5. Click on the arrow next to the quiz you want to add questions to.
  6. In the drop-down menu, select Edit.
  7. Under the Quiz Questions heading, click Add/Edit Questions.
  8. Click the Import button.
  9. Select Browse Question Library.
  10. Click the checkbox next to the section or question(s) you want to import.
    TIP: Click the arrow next to a section name to view and select/deselect individual questions within a section. You can preview a question by clicking the magnifying glass icon
  11. Click Import, or select the drop-down arrow to select one of the following import options:
    • Import to bottom of Quiz
    • Import to top of Quiz
    • Import to Section

You will now see a list of all imported questions. Click the move icon to reorder your questions. To return to your quiz editing page, click Back to Settings for (quiz name).

Organizing your Quiz Questions

Create Question Sections

Quiz sections can be created to organize question groups in your quiz, or to shuffle a specific set of questions.
  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector icon , then select your course from the menu.
  3. In the navbar, click Tools, then select Quizzes in the drop-down menu. Find your quiz on the Manage Quizzes page.                                               
  4. Click on the quiz you want to add a section to.                                                       
  5. Click the Add/Edit Questions button.                                                         
  6. Click Add, then select Section from the drop-down menu.
  7. Enter a section title and a description (optional). Customize the following settings:
    • Hide Section Title from learners: Select this box to hide the section title from students as they take the quiz.
    • Hide Section Text from learners: Select this box to hide the text entered in the “Section Text” text box.
    • Shuffle questions in this section: Select this box to shuffle the order of the questions within the section. This will not shuffle sub-sections.
  8. Click Save.
  9. You will now see your section on your quiz page. You can drag and drop a question into the section using the move icon                              

Add Page Breaks

For longer quizzes, you can add Page Breaks to control how many questions are displayed per page.  When a student advances to a new page of the quiz, all answers are saved automatically.

  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector icon , then select your course from the menu.
  3. Locate your quiz in one of the following ways:
    • In the navbar, click Tools and select Quizzes in the drop-down menu. Find your quiz on the Manage Quizzes page.
    • In the navbar, click Content and select the module or submodule that holds your quiz.
  4. Locate the quiz you want to edit and click the arrow next to the quiz name.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Edit.
  6. Scroll down to the list of questions under the Quiz Questions heading, then add a page break in one of the following ways:
    • Click the page break bar (grey line) between the the questions.
    • Enter the number of Questions per page, then click Apply.
  7. Page breaks will now be indicated with a blue line. To remove a page break, click the blue line.
  8. Click Save and Close when you are finished making changes.

Creating Randomized Quizzes

You can shuffle a quiz at the quiz level, or you can create a Question Pool to create a randomized question set.

  • Question Pool – Create a set of questions within a larger question pool so that each student will receive a different version of the quiz. The greater the difference between the number of questions in the question pool and the number of questions on the quiz, the greater the chance that each student will get different questions.
  • Shuffle Questions Any quiz can be shuffled at the quiz level. When a quiz is shuffled, the questions will be reordered for each student’s quiz attempt.

Create a Question Pool

Create a Question Pool to create a randomized question set within a quiz. Question pools can be drawn from question libraries and/or from questions that are in other quizzes in the course. See the Using the Question Library page for instructions on how to add questions to the Question Library.
  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector icon , then select your course from the menu.
  3. In the navbar, click Tools, then select Quizzes in the drop-down menu.  
  4. Locate an existing quiz on your Manage Quizzes page or click New Quiz.
  5. Click the Add/Edit Questions button.                                                         
  6. Click Add, then select Question Pool from the drop-down menu.
  7. Enter a Question Pool title.
  8. Enter the Number of Questions to select.
  9. Enter the Points per Question.
  10. Click Browse Question Library.
  11. Select the questions you want to import, then click Import.
  12. You will now see a list of your selected questions and a preview on the right side of the page.
    TIP:  Click the Refresh button to shuffle the preview. 
  13.  Click Save.

Shuffle a Quiz

Follow the instructions below to shuffle questions at the quiz level.
  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector icon , then select your course from the menu.
  3. Locate your quiz in one of the following ways:
    • In the navbar, click Tools and select Quizzes in the drop-down menu. Find your quiz on the Manage Quizzes page.
    • In the navbar, click Content and select the module or submodule that holds your quiz.
  4. Click on the arrow next to the quiz you want to add questions to.                         
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Edit Quiz.
  6. Under the Quiz Questions heading, select the Shuffle questions at the quiz level checkbox.
  7. Click Save and Close to return to your Manage Quizzes page, or click Save to continue editing your quiz settings.

Preview a Quiz

Video Tutorial: Preview a Quiz as a Student

  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course under My Courses.
  3. Find your course using the Course Selector Icon in the navbar
  4. In the navbar at the top of your course page, click Tools.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Quizzes.
  6. Click on the arrow next to the quiz you want to preview.
  7. In the drop-down menu, select Preview.
  8. Click Start Quiz! to begin previewing your quiz.

Make your Quiz Visible to Students

  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course under My Courses.
  3. Find your course using the Course Selector Icon in the mini-navbar
  4. In the navbar at the top of your course page, click Tools.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Quizzes.
  6. Click on the arrow next to the quiz you want to make visible. Quizzes that are hidden from students are indicated with a crossed out eye icon
  7. In the drop-down menu, select Make Visible to Users.

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