Deliver online tests and activities using the Brightspace quizzes tool.
The quizzes tool offers many flexible options, including:
- Leverage a variety of question types.
- Randomize quiz questions, so students don't all receive the exact same test.
- Control the flow of results and feedback after a test is completed.
- Accommodate individual students' need for extra time.
Three steps to creating a quiz:
Access to the quiz is controlled using a number of settings in the "Restrictions" tab of the quiz editor.
Students' access to the quiz is governed by two main concepts:
Quiz availability (determines the start of the quiz)
This determines whether a student can view and begin the quiz.
Note that the availability end date/time does NOT determine the end of the quiz - just the last possible moment that a student may start the quiz.
It will also permit the student to re-enter a quiz, provided they are still within the availability window AND have not exceeded their time limit. This is important if students experience technical difficulty during the exam and need to re-enter.
Enforced time limit (determines the end of the quiz)
This determines how many minutes a student has to complete the quiz, and what happens should they run out of time.
Once they begin the quiz, the time limit begins. It does not stop if they leave the test.
Note that Brightspace will never submit a quiz for the student. The student must always submit their own quiz.
If your time limit settings permit students to continue working past the time limit, their completion time will be marked in red.
Due date/time (flags submissions)
The due date and time on a quiz does not affect a student's access to the quiz, or change how long they are permitted to be in the quiz.
It does, however, flag any submissions made after the due date/time. Late submissions will have a completion time marked in red.
If you choose to enforce a due date and time, please be sure to make it clear to the students that you will penalize submissions made after that time.
Availability start: 9:00
Availability end: 10:00
Due date/time: set to the same as the availability end (10:00)
Enforced time limit: 60 minutes
+5 minutes grace period
9:15 - a student enters the quiz
(9:15 + 60 + 5 minutes = 10:20)
After 10:20, she will be past her maximum time limit.
She must still submit her quiz - Brightspace will not kick her out.
What about the due date/time? This doesn't change how long she is permitted to complete the quiz, but if she submits past the due date, her completion time will be marked in red for the instructor to consider when grading.
Enforced time & grace period
- Select "Enforced Time Limit" in order to limit the amount of time
- Enter the time limit (in minutes)
- Enter the permitted grace period (in minutes)
Once the time limit has passed, the grace period will kick in. The student won't have exceeded the time limit until after the grace period ends.
NOTE: While you can set the grace period to zero minutes, the default is 5 minutes, which is quite reasonable. If you feel inclined to decrease that time, we recommend a grace period of at least a minute or two. This will help mitigate a lot of unnecessary emails from students who miss the deadline by mere seconds.
What happens after the grace period?
There are three possible options, from least severe to most. Most commonly, instructors prefer the option to "Prevent the student from making further changes".
In this scenario, the student must submit their own quiz, but they are not permitted to make any further changes.
If the student fails to submit their own quiz (by mistake, or due to a technical issue), the instructor may submit the quiz on the student's behalf in order to complete grading.
The settings to push the quiz grade into the gradebook can be found in the "Asssessment" tab of the quiz editor.
These settings are only recommended for quizzes that are automatically graded by Brightspace. If your quiz contains any Written Response questions, instructor intervention is required before the quiz is fully graded.
These settings should be applied before the students begin the quiz.
Before you begin
Make sure you have created the grade item (column) for the quiz in the gradebook.
We recommend hiding the grade item from the students, until you are ready to release the grades to all of the students.
Return to the quiz editor to associate the grade item to the quiz and enable the settings that will push the grade from the quiz to the grade item once it has been graded.
Determine exactly what a student can see immediately after completing a quiz.
This change must be made before any students complete the quiz.
This option is found in the Quiz Editor, on the "Submission Views" tab.
Now that you have a basic shell of a quiz set up, it's time to make some questions and consider how you will want to deliver them to students.
Some things to think about:
- Do you want to pull a random number of questions from a larger pool of questions? (If so, you will need to create the questions in a section of the Question Library)
- Do want to randomize the questions, so students get them in a different order from their peers?
The "Special Access" setting enables you to allow individual students different rules for the completion of their quiz. This is invaluable in providing time-based accommodations.
- Create a longer time limit for students that require extra time.
- Set a different quiz availability window (date & time) for students that cannot complete on the same day as the rest of the class.
- Make the quiz available to just your demo student while you are developing it.
Release Conditions take precedence over Special Access. Keep this in mind when determining how to give someone access to a quiz.
Use special access to add time to a student's in-progress quiz attempt! The timer will update at the end with the additional time.
Further restrict who can access the test by adding a password or an IP restriction.
Ddetermine exactly what a student can see once they complete a quiz attempt.
This option is found in the Quiz Editor, on the "Submission Views" tab.
What do students see immediately?
The "Default View" determines what - if anything - the students are permitted to see. By default, this view only allows the students to see their attempt scores and not the questions nor the answers.
- To change what the students see immediately after completing a quiz attempt, click the Default View link.
Please note that changing this setting will not modify the view for the students who have already completed the quiz. Be sure to set this before the students take the quiz.
Additional view options
You have the option of setting different elements of the quiz to be viewed at a later date and time, or pending other criteria.
For example, you may want the students to see the full answers once all students have completed the quiz. In this case, you can set a date in the future to release the questions and answers.
- To add different view options, click the Add Additional View button.
These additional views can be set up to affect students who have already completed the quiz.
View properties (only for any added views)
- Name and Message - when creating an Additional View, be sure to give it a meaningful name and description so you understand exactly what information it is giving the students.
- Date - select a start date and time for this view to be available to students. Instructors will often set this to a date and time well after all students have completed the quiz.
- IP Address - limit the location from which students may view the results by entering a range of IP addresses. We generally don't recommend using this option unless you know the specific IP range of your classroom, for example.
- Limited Duration - set a time limit on a student's access of the results. For example, you may allow a student 15 minutes to view the results after clicking the link. Check the checkbox to enable this option first, then enter the duration (in minutes).
- Show Questions? - Choose whether the students see the questions, the answers and the question-specific scores.
If you select YES (to show the questions), here are some of the related options:
- Choose one of the following:
- Show questions answered incorrectly
- Show questions answered correctly
- Show all questions without user responses
- Show all questions with user responses
- Show question answers.
- Show question score and out of score.
- Choose one of the following:
- Score - choose whether students can see their scores (both for individual attempts and the overall score, if multiple attempts are permitted)
- Statistics - permit students to see the class average and/or the score distribution for this particular quiz.
The release will happen for all students at the same time, so if you have an assessment set to open at 3PM EST and close at 6PM EST, each student will need to adjust the time for their own time zone.
Have the students confirm the assessment times for their time zone in advance
There are two areas that will display the availability times in advance, provided they are not set to be "hidden from students":
- Assignments (under Assessments > Assignments)
- Content (under Content > locate the content)
In each of these areas, you will see the release date and time and the due date (if applicable), if they are not hidden from students. Each user will see it reflected in their own time zone.
Quizzes (under Assessments > Quizzes), unfortunately, do not display the availability and end dates in advance. As such, it may be best to add the link to the quiz in the Content tool, where the dates will be displayed in advance (as described above). Quiz links can be added to Content using the Existing Activities feature.
Include the time zone if you reference assessment times in your communications
When posting information to your students using tools like Announcements, be sure to always include your local time zone when referencing the availability and due dates and times for your assessments.
For example, specify that a quiz will be available to start between 3:00 PM EST and 4:00 PM EST.
Take the time to try a quiz before releasing it to the students. This process allows you to see the quiz, as well as grade it.