1. To Create a Quiz
    1. Quiz Settings
  2. To Add Questions to your Quiz
    1. Question Types
  3. To Preview the Quiz
  4. Random Questions Sets
  5. Multiple Quiz Attempts
  6. Shuffling Quiz Questions
  7. Quiz Overrides: Allowing Students Extra Time on Quizzes
  8. Question Bank
    1. Accessing the Question Bank
    2. Creating New Questions 
    3. Edit, Duplicate, Preview or Delete Questions in the Question Bank
    4. Creating Question Bank Categories
    5. Moving Questions to a Question Bank Category
    6. Adding Questions from a Question Bank Category to your Quiz
    7. Importing Questions to your Question Bank
    8. Aiken Format
    9. Exporting Questions from your Question Bank
  9. Manual Grading Short Answer/Essay Questions
    1. Downloading Short Answer/Essay Questions for Offline Grading
  10. Regrading Quizzes
  11. Reviewing Quiz Results
  12. Making quiz grades visible to students
  13. Quiz Statistics
  14. Quiz Tips, Security and Cheating
    1. Alternate Types of Assessment Using Quizzes
    2. Chapter and Lecture Checks
    3. Test Practice
  15. Tips to Improve Security and Reduce Cheating
  16. Video Tutorials

cuLearn’s Quiz activity 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. Quizzes can be set up for automatic grading, or can be saved for grading by the instructor. 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. Quiz questions can be stored in the Question bank for re-use in multiple quizzes.

→Watch the Introduction to Quiz Building video tutorial for an overview of the quiz setup process

To Create a Quiz

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Go to the topic/section in which you’d like to add a Quiz.
  4. In the Add an activity drop-down menu, select Quiz.
  5. Under General, enter the following information:
    • A Name for your quiz.
    • A Description for your quiz (optional).
  6. Under Timing, enter the following information:
    • Set the Open the quiz date/time for the quiz.
    • Set the Close the quiz date/time for the quiz.
    • Set the Time limit for the quiz.
    • NOTE: It is important to set a time limit so that a countdown timer is shown in the quiz navigation block and when the timer has run out, the quiz is submitted automatically with whatever answers have been filled in so far.
    • We strongly recommend making cuLearn quizzes one question per page and not all the questions on one page. See the LAYOUT TIP below. 
  7. Customize your quiz settings under the
  8. Click Save and Display when finished.

A link to your quiz will now be displayed on your course page (see example below). You can either add new questions from scratch or use questions stored in your Question Bank.

Quiz Settings

Most of the default settings under the remaining categories rarely need to be modified.  One setting that is worth paying attention to is Timing, that is, when the quiz opens and closes, and what time limit (if any) you choose. You can edit your quiz settings at any time by clicking Edit to the right of your quiz, and selecting Edit Settings in the drop-down menu (see image below).

TIMING TIP: It is difficult to share answers or look answers up if a time limit is set.  Give your students a reasonable amount of time to answer questions but not so much time that they can cheat!

LAYOUT TIP:  We strongly recommend making cuLearn quizzes one question per page and not all the questions on one page. The student’s answers are only saved when a student is moving from page to page and when they click finish attempt. So, with one question per page, if something goes wrong with the student’s computer, their internet connection or cuLearn, the majority of the student’s work will be saved. Before the students write the quiz, you can make sure that every question is on its own page by going to the quiz settings, you can update the pagination setting and have it apply to all the questions by checking the Repaginate now box (see image below).

RANDOMIZING TIP:  Also consider shuffling/randomizing the question order AND shuffling/randomizing response options under Question Behaviour (see image below).  This will make it more challenging for students to share their answers.

→Quick Video Tutorial: Using Random and Shuffle

To Add Questions to your Quiz

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. In the Activities Block on your course page, click Quizzes.
  4. Click on the name of your Quiz.
  5. In the Gear icon drop-down menu, select Edit Quiz.
  6. On the Editing Quiz page, click on the Add drop down menu.  
    NOTE: This drop-down menu gives you the opportunity to add a new question, add a question from the question bank or add a random question.    
  7. Select add a new question.
  8. In the Choose a question type to add pop-up window, select the type of question (Multiple choice, Short answer, etc.) you would like to add.
    *Find out more about the different question types here
  9. Click Add.
  10. Enter a question name (eg. Q1.) and fill out the settings for the question.
  11. Click Save Changes when finished.  When you have finished creating the quiz, it will now be visible on your main cuLearn course page (unless you have chosen to hide it).
    NOTE:  If you are creating a multiple choice question make sure your correct choice is given a grade of 100% in the drop-down Grade menu.

Question Types

When adding questions to your quiz, you can choose from the following question types:

To Preview the Quiz

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click Preview quiz now (see image below).
    NOTE:  When previewing your quiz, do not submit any answers.  If answers are submitted, you will NOT be able to edit your quiz!      

Random Questions Sets

Once you have added questions to your Question Bank, you can set up your quiz to select a random question from a specific category in your Question Bank. If you have not yet set up a category for your quiz questions in your Question Bank, you will first need to create a category.

→Watch the Creating Randomized Quizzes video tutorial for an overview of how to set up a randomized quiz using the question bank

To Add a Random Question

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. From your course page, click on your quiz or create a new quiz
  4. Click the grey Edit quiz button.           
  5. On the Editing Quiz page, click the Add drop-down menu.  This drop-down menu gives you the opportunity to add a new question, add a question from the question bank or add a random question.   
  6. Select + a random question. 
    NOTE: You will not be able to add or remove questions once a quiz has been attempted.
  7. An Add random question at the end pop-up window will appear.  You will have two choices: Select your random questions from an existing category, or create random questions using a new category (which you must then create).

  8. To select questions from an existing category, select the number of random questions you would like to enter into your quiz (in the drop-down menu provided).  cuLearn will automatically draw random questions from the category specified in the Category drop down menu at the top of the pop up window
    NOTE: If you have more than one existing category to select from, you may only select random questions from one category at a time.
  9. Click Add random question.

You will now see your random question indicated with a die icon on your Editing Quiz page (see example below). To view the questions in your randomized question category, click the “See questions” link to the right of the question. You can preview your quiz to see how your random question will appear to your students.

Multiple Quiz Attempts

If you wish to give students more than one attempt at a quiz, you may easily do so by using the Attempts allowed function.

To Use the Attempts allowed function

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the Settings Gear icon on the top-right of the page.
  5. Select Edit settings from the drop-down menu.
  6. In the Updating Quiz page, click on the Grade tab. 
  7. Click on Show more…
  8. Select the number of Attempts allowed from the drop-down menu.                                   
  9. Click Save and return to course.

Shuffling Quiz Questions

→Quick Video Tutorial: Shuffling Quiz Questions

You can can shuffle your quiz questions so that they appear in a random order each time the quiz is attempted.

To shuffle your quiz questions:

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the Settings Gear icon on the top-right side of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Edit quiz.        
  6. Select the Shuffle checkbox.
  7. Click Save.

Quiz Overrides: Allowing Students Extra Time on Quizzes

Click here to find out how to give individual students (or a group of students) extra time on a quiz.

Question Bank

Instructors can create, import or export questions and save them in a Question Bank. Different versions of tests may be prepared later by shuffling the saved questions. Question Categories can also be created to group and sort questions.

Accessing the Question Bank

You can access the question bank in your course settings, or through any quiz activity you have added to your course page.

To access the question bank in your course settings:

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click the blue settings gear on the top-right side of your course page.
  4. In the drop-down menu, select More…                                                                   
  5. Scroll down to the Question Bank section. Click the Question Bank heading link to access your Question bank, or jump to one of the following Question Bank tabs:
    • Questions
    • Categories
    • Import
    • Export                 

         

To access the question bank through a quiz:

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the Settings Gear to the right of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Question Bank.

Creating New Questions 

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the Settings Gear to the right of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Question Bank.
  6. Click on the Create a new question… button.
  7. In the pop-up window, select your preferred question type (Multiple choice, Matching, etc.).
    *Find out more about the different question types here
  8. Click Add.
  9. Under General, fill in a name for the question (Q1 for example) and the question text.               
    TIP: Putting the answer in the question name allows you to quickly locate the answers when students are asking for them. This is especially useful when dealing with large sets of questions!
  10. Assign a mark value for the question and fill in the optional feedback you want to show before and/or after the student takes the quiz.           
    NOTE:  If you are creating a multiple choice question make sure your correct choice is given a grade of 100% in the drop down ‘Grade’ menu.  Leave incorrect choices/options with ‘None’ as a grade in the drop down menu.
  11. Click Save Changes.

Edit, Duplicate, Preview or Delete Questions in the Question Bank

All questions in your question bank have four icons allowing you to edit, duplicate, preview, or delete the question.

  • To edit a question, click the gear icon
  • To duplicate a question, click the double page icon
  • To preview a question, click the magnifying glass icon
  • To delete a question, click the trash can icon

Creating Question Bank Categories

You can group and sort your quiz questions under different categories/sub-categories. Under the Categories tab in your Question Bank, categories can be created on the site, course or quiz level.

To create a question category:

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the Settings Gear to the right of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Question Bank.
  6. Click the Categories tab.                                                                                 
  7. Go to the Add category section (close to the bottom of the page).   
  8. Fill in the following information:
    • In the Parent category drop-down menu, select a parent category for your new category to be placed in, or select Top if you want the category to stand alone.
    • The name of the quiz category.
    • Any category info (optional).
  9. Click Add Category.

Moving Questions to a Question Bank Category

To move questions into their respective categories under Question bank:

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the Settings Gear to the right of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Question Bank.
  6. Click Questions.
  7. Check the checkbox next to the question(s) you want to move.
  8. In the drop-down menu next to Move to >>, select the category to which the question. should be moved, then click Move to >>
  9. A number will appear next to the chosen category. This number indicates the number of questions in a particular category. For example, in the image above the category name is “Example 1” and the question number is 4.

Adding Questions from a Question Bank Category to your Quiz

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. In the Activities Block on your course page, click Quizzes.
  4. Click on the name of your Quiz.
  5. In the Gear icon drop-down menu, select Edit Quiz.
  6. On the Editing Quiz page, click on the Add drop down menu.  
  7. Select from question bank.
  8. In the Add from the question bank at the end pop-up window, select a category from the drop-down menu. 
  9. You will see the category questions listed at the bottom of the window.  Select the questions you wish to add to the quiz.
    TIP: You can click the top checkbox next to the T to select all questions
  10. Click Add selected questions to the quiz.

You will now see your questions listed on the Editing Quiz Page (see example below)

Importing Questions to your Question Bank

If you have created pre-made questions outside of cuLearn, you can import them to your cuLearn Question Bank.  

NOTE: Your questions MUST be in Aiken format in order to upload them to cuLearn 

Aiken Format

Aiken format makes it easy to import multiple choice questions into your cuLearn quizzes. Below you will find a guide and template for formatting Aiken questions. Ensure that all multiple choice questions are formatted in the following way:

What is the correct answer to this question?
A. Is it this one?
B. Maybe this answer?
C. Possibly this one?
D. Must be this one!
ANSWER: D

Which LMS has the most quiz import formats?
A) Moodle
B) ATutor
C) Claroline
D) Blackboard
E) WebCT
F) Ilias
ANSWER: A

NOTE: Aiken format is case sensitive

Aiken Formatting Resources

Quick Guide – Aiken format multiple choice questions

AIKEN Quiz template

Tips for formatting Aiken questions

  • The question must be on one line.
  • Each answer must start with a single capitalized letter (A, B, C, D, etc.) followed by a period “.” or bracket “)”then a space right before the first word of the answer. (ex/ A. The)
  • The ANSWER line must immediately follow the multiple choice options, starting with “ANSWER: ” and then the appropriate letter (Ex/ ANSWER: A).  Notice that there is a space between the colon and the letter A in the answer.
  • A single space between every question is enough to separate them.
  • Save the file with the extension .txt


To Import your Aiken formatted questions

NOTE: The answer letters (A,B,C etc.) and the word “ANSWER” must be capitalized, otherwise the import will fail
  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the Settings Gear to the right of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Question Bank.
  6. Under Question Bank, click the Import tab
  7. Select the File Format that you want to import to be Aiken format.
  8. Click Choose a file.
  9. Select the name and location of the file to upload then click Upload this file.
  10. Click Import.

Exporting Questions from your Question Bank

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the Settings Gear to the right of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Question Bank.
  6. Under Question Bank click Export.
  7. Choose one of the following File Formats:
    • GIFT format – enables multiple choice, true/false, short answer, matching, missing word, numerical and essay questions to be imported or exported via text file.
    • Moodle XML format – this is a moodle specific format for importing or exporting questions.
    • XHTML format – enables all questions in the category to be exported to a single page of strict XHTML for possible use in another application. 
  8. Under General, select a question category to export.
  9. Click on Export questions to file.

Manual Grading Short Answer/Essay Questions

To view and grade the text answers for a quiz:

  1. Log in to your cuLearn course page
  2. Click on the link for the Quiz.
  3. Click the Gear icon to access the quiz administration settings. (See the screen image below for a visual of this setting.).    
  4. Click on Manual Grading. (See the screen image above for the visual).
  5. Click on the words Grade all underneath the Total column (right hand side of the screen) for the specific question you want to grade. See the screen image below for a visual of this screen and the grade all link.
  6. Scroll down to the first question.
  7. Enter the grade into the Mark box for each question
  8. Continue grading any other questions listed
  9. Click Save and go to the next page to save the grades. As you mark each question, the grade will be saved for each student and then tallied for the student’s quiz total once the short answers are all graded. The final grade on the quiz will be pushed to the gradebook column by cuLearn.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to email edtech@carleton.ca or call extension 4433.

Downloading Short Answer/Essay Questions for Offline Grading

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the blue settings gear icon on the right side of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Responses.                                               
  6. Scroll down to the download table as drop-down menu.
  7. Select one of the download options from the menu (.csv, .xlsx, etc.).     
  8. Click Download.

The short answer/essay answers will automatically download to your computer in your selected file type.

Regrading Quizzes

See Regrading Quizzes

Reviewing Quiz Results

To access a student’s quiz or exam attempt:

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on your quiz.
  4. Click on the blue Attempts link.     
  5. If you scroll down on this page you will see a table showing all graded and ungraded attempts. Click on the Review attempt link under a student’s names to get a detailed view of the attempt, including when each question was answered.                                                                                   

NOTE:  When reviewing the attempt, you can click on the quiz navigation menu on the right side of the page to navigate to a specific question (see screenshot below). You can either view one page at a time by clicking “Show one page at a time”, or you can view all questions by clicking the “Show all questions on one page” link.

Making quiz grades visible to students

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on the Exam Link.
  4. Click on the blue gear icon on the top-right side of the page.
  5. In the drop-down menu, select Edit settings.                                                 
  6. Scroll down to Review options. Click to expand this section.
  7. Customize when you want students to see their quiz grades by selecting the Marks checkbox under the following four headings:
    • During the attempt – You can only enable Marks to be visible during the attempt if your quiz questions are set to be “interactive with multiple tries” under Question Behaviour.
    • Immediately after the attempt – Marks will be visible for the first two minutes after “Submit all and finish” is clicked.
    • Later, while the quiz is still open – Marks will be visible until the quiz close date/time.
    • After the quiz is closed  – Marks will be visible after the quiz close date/time.     
  8. Click Save and return to course or Save and Display.                                     

Quiz Statistics

For information on accessing quiz statistics and performing an item analysis, see Quiz Statistics Report

Quiz Tips, Security and Cheating

Alternate Types of Assessment Using Quizzes

Assessment does not necessarily need to be a high-stakes ‘game’ consisting of a midterm and final exam.  Smaller, more frequent assessment allows you to gauge student performance throughout the course (and encourages students to keep up with course material as well).  In addition to a traditional quiz, cuLearn’s Quiz tool may be used in the following ways:

Chapter and Lecture Checks

Creating mini chapter checks/quizzes after each assigned reading not only motivates students to complete required course readings but rewards them for completing the reading(s) as well.  These quick quizzes will give students feedback on how well they understood the reading assignment and will provide you with data on the aspects of the reading students found confusing (and concepts they have already mastered), thus allowing you to better focus your in-class activities/lecture.

To set up a chapter check quiz, limit the amount of time students are given to complete the quiz and allow students to take the quiz only once.  As a low-stakes, self assessment tool, you should allow cuLearn to display feedback and correct answers.  If you’re concerned students will share their answers after they’ve completed the quiz, randomize the questions and the answer order.  If you are using questions from your question bank, randomize some of these questions as well.

You can create similar quizzes to check student understanding after lectures (as a form of review for students and feedback for you as well).  This is a great way to gauge students’ understanding of course content and reflect on your teaching practices (and make necessary changes prior to the next class if required).

Setting up a lecture check is similar to a chapter check in that you would give students a limited amount of time to complete the quiz a day or two prior to the next lecture.  Students would be permitted to take the quiz only once (and would receive feedback on their responses in addition to whether their responses were correct).

Test Practice

cuLearn Quizzes can be used to prepare students for in-class exams and tests.  Providing your students with a realistic practice test (complete with questions from previous exams/tests) can alleviate part of students’ anxiety and help them prepare for their test/exam.

To set up a practice test, create a zero point test (so it will not count toward their mark in the gradebook) and allow students an unlimited number of attempts so they can review and practice as many times as they wish.  To further challenge students, when they finish their Quiz, you can set up your Quiz so that question feedback is displayed but correct answers are NOT displayed (students would have to go through their notes and the textbook in order to find the correct answers).

Tips to Improve Security and Reduce Cheating

Whenever students are evaluated, instructors need to find ways to prevent students from sharing their answers. This can be especially challenging when administering online assessments/evaluations. Most online quizzes are completed outside the classroom environment (though that need not be the case necessarily), so there need to be security features in place to make cheating more challenging.  For some tips and suggestions on how to prevent cheating, please review the strategies listed below:

  • Randomize the order of the questions presented to students
  • Randomize the order of the responses to each question by selecting “Shuffle the choices?” when creating questions
  • Give students different questions by randomly selecting from a larger Question Bank
  • Set a time limit for taking the quiz once started
  • Limit the availability period of an exam
  • Control which aspects of the quiz may be reviewed upon completion by adjusting the Review Options:
    • Review Purposes:  If you are using a cuLearn Quiz for review purposes, you may want to limit Quiz feedback to:  The attempt (what students selected for their answer) and General feedback (verbal feedback given to all students regardless of their response to the question).
    • Test/Exam Purposes:  If you are using a cuLearn Quiz for assessment/testing purposes, students should only see their attempt until the Quiz is closed (no further attempts may be made by anyone in the class-including PMC students).  When the Quiz is closed, students should be able to see their attempt, whether it was correct, their mark and any relevant feedback.
  •  Use the Calculated question type to allow the use of wild cards to randomize the values in the question.
  •  Require students to agree to an honor statement
    • Within the Quiz description or as a question worth no points, you can add an honor code statement. The description should state that by attempting the quiz, you accept and agree to all statements made within the honor code. Another way to reinforce academic integrity is to have students sign a contract emphasizing the University’s academic integrity policy and outlining consequences for violations.
  • Make students aware of Moodle’s tracking and logging abilities
    • If students understand that their actions within cuLearn are recorded in log files, they will be less likely to attempt to circumvent technology. Student tracking data can be found in the Logs and if you would like some help pulling out specific data contact the EDC at 613-520-2600 x4433 or edc@carleton.ca.
  • Add extra restrictions on attempts
    • Require password:  Students must enter a password in order to attempt the quiz. This is especially useful for a proctored quiz where you want to ensure that only students in a specific location are able to access the quiz.
    • Require network address: Like the require password setting, this is useful when you want to limit quiz access to specified computer lab on campus, or just campus in general for example).
    • Browser Security:  If this option is selected, the quiz will appear in a full screen pop-up (students’ computers must allow pop-ups) that covers all other windows and has no navigation controls.  Students will be prevented from using copy and paste features
  • Higher-order thinking Questions – Write questions that address higher-order thinking skills (such as case studies) to force students to evaluate a situation or a problem, engaging them in critical thinking
  • Display only 1 question at a time – Allowing students to only view one question per page will make copying the questions more difficult.

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