Creating Quiz Questions

The following instructions are valid for creating questions directly in a quiz (click the Add/Edit Questions button on the Properties tab) or in the question library. The steps required to create a question are provided for each question type and a short how to video is available for some question types.

Question Types

Watch An Overview of Question Types
  1. True or False (T/F)
  2. Multiple Choice (M/C)
  3. Multi-Select (M-S)
  4. Written Response (WR)
  5. Short Answer (SA)
  6. Multi-Short Answer (MSA)
  1. Fill in the Blanks (FIB)
  2. Matching (MAT)
  3. Ordering (ORD)
  4. Arithmetic (2+2)
  5. Significant Figures (x10)

See also, the benefits and challenges of different question types.

Create a new true or false question (T/F)

Watch how
  1. Click New and select True or False Question (T/F)
  2. Enter the Question text
  3. Select the Answer (True or False)
  4. Enter the number of points for the question
  5. Optional; Add Feedback, a Hint, a Short Description (not visible to the student), Question Enumeration
  6. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

Create a new multiple choice question (MC)

  1. Click New and select Multiple Choice Question (MC)
  2. Enter the Question Text – your question can include images, videos, equations etc.
  3. Enter all possible Answers
    • Select the correct answer
    • Click Add Answer to add more possible answers
  4. Enter the number of points for the question
  5. Optional: Add Feedback, a Hint, a Short Description (not visible to the student), Custom Weights, Question Enumeration
  6. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

NOTE: CUSTOM WEIGHTS

If your question has more than one possible solution, you can weight the answers according to the correctness of each possible answer.

Create a new multi-select question (M-S)

Watch how
  1. Click New and select Multi-Select Question (M-S)
  2. Enter the Question Text – your question can include images, videos, equations etc.
  3. Enter all possible Answers
    • Select the correct answers
    • Click Add Option to add more possible answers
  4. Enter the number of points for the question
  5. Optional: Add a Description, Enumeration, and choose a Style (display the options vertical or horizontal)
  6. Select the grading method
  7. Optional: Select Randomize options
  8. Enter all possible answers
  9. Optional: Add a Hint or Feedback
  10. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

Grading options

  • All or nothing – full points are awarded for all of the correct answers and none of the incorrect answers. Zero points awarded if any correct answers were missed any incorrect answers were selected.
  • Right minus wrong – points are awarded based on the number of correct answers minus the number of incorrect answers. Users can receive a minimum of zero on a question; they cannot receive a negative mark.
  • Correct answers – points are awarded for each correct answer they select and for each incorrect answer they leave blank. Incorrect answers selected, and correct answers left blank, are not counted.

Create a written response question (WR)

Watch how
  1. Click New and select Written Response Question (WR)
  2. Enter the Question Text
  3. Optional: Enable HTML editor for student responses
    • Note: Use with caution – HTML code may be deleted is if a learner refreshes the page while taking the quiz.
  4. Enter the number of points for the question
  5. Optional: Add Feedback a Hint, a Short Description, an Answer Key, a Custom Response Box Size, Initial Text
  6. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

NOTE

Written Response Questions cannot be auto-graded – they will automatically receive a point value of 0 and will display in the Submission View as incorrect. Manual grading is required.

Create a short answer question (SA)

  1. Click New and select Short Answer Question (SA)
  2. Enter the Question Text
  3. Enter the Answers for Blank 1
    • From the abc drop-down list, select a comparison method: Text, Case-Sensitive Text, or Regular Expression.
  4. If you want to add more blanks, click Add Blank and enter your answer(s) and the comparison method
  5. Enter the number of points for the question
  6. If you have more than one blank, choose an option from the drop down list:
    • Students will receive part marks – points for each blank are calculated automatically and evenly distributed
    • Students must answer all blanks correctly – points will only be awarded if the learner answers all blanks accurately.
  7. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

Create a multi-short answer question (MSA)

  1. Click New and select Multi-Short Answer Question (MSA)
  2. Enter the number of points for the question
  3. Optional: enter the Difficulty level
  4. Enter the Question Text
  5. Optional: Insert an Image; Add a description (not visible to students)
  6. Enter the number of input boxes for the answers – set the box size using the Rows and Columns drop down menus
  7. Add all possible answers, their corresponding weight, and the evaluation method
    • Note: the number of answers does not have to match the number of input boxes
  8. Optional: Add a Hint; add Question Feedback
  9. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

Create a fill in the blanks question (FIB)

NOTE

Blanks for missing words are inserted between blocks of text in order to complete a sentence, statement, phrase, or list.

Watch how
  1. Click New and select Fill in the Blanks Question (FIB)
  2. Enter the number of points for the question
  3. Optional: Enter the Difficulty level; Insert an Image; Add a Description
  4. Enter the Question Text
    • Add a block of text followed by the text for the associated blank
    • Add additional text and blanks as needed
    • Note: the number of text fields does not have to match the number of blanks
  5. Enter the weight for each blank
  6. Optional: Add a Hint; add Question Feedback
  7. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

NOTE

Matches are the statements that you create. Choices are the options that students choose from to match each statement. A drop down list containing the number of each choice will appear in a drop down list next to each statement.

Create a matching question (MAT)

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  1. Click New and select Matching Question (MAT)
  2. Enter the number of points for the question
  3. Optional: enter the Difficulty level
  4. Enter the Question Text
  5. Optional: Insert an Image; Add a description (not visible to students)
  6. Choose a grading option: equally weighted, all or nothing, or right minus wrong
  7. Enter the choices
  8. Enter the matches for each choice – order is important here
    • Note: you can have more choices than matches
  9. Optional: Add a Hint; Add Question Feedback
  10. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

Create an ordering question (ORD)

  1. Click New and select Ordering Question (ORD)
  2. Enter the number of points for the question
  3. Optional: enter the Difficulty level
  4. Enter the Question Text
  5. Optional: Insert an Image; Add a description (not visible to students)
  6. Choose a grading option: equally weighted, all or nothing, or right minus wrong
  7. In each Value field, enter a choice. To add more values, click Add Item.
  8. From the Correct Order drop-down list for each value, set the order of the values. The first value in the correct order should be “1”
  9. Optional: Add a Hint; add Question Feedback
  10. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

Create an arithmetic question (2+2)

Watch how

You can ensure each respondent receives a unique question by including variables enclosed with curly braces that randomly generate numbers within the problem. For example, 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}.

As a best practice, D2L recommends that you create written response (WR) question types for arithmetic problems that require users to demonstrate their calculations and show their work.

  1. Click New and select Arithmetic Question (2+2)
  2. Enter the number of points for the question
  3. Optional: enter the Difficulty level
  4. Enter the problem in the Question Text – enclose variables in { }
  5. Optional: Insert an Image; Add a description (not visible to students)
  6. Enter the formula that is required to generate a solution – use the variables enclosed in { } per the problem text
  7. Refine the answer criteria
    • Answer precision – set the acceptable number of decimal places for the answer
    • Tolerance – indicate whether you will accept near accurate, estimated, or rounded answers
  8. Enter the variables for the question – give each variable a Name, a Min value, a Max value, the number of Decimal Places for the variable, and the Step value (increment amount for the variable)
  9. Optional: Add a Hint; add Question Feedback
  10. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy

Create an significant figures question (x10)

Watch how
  1. Click New and select Significant Figures Question (x10)
  2. Enter the number of points for the question
  3. Optional: enter the Difficulty level
  4. Enter the problem in the Question Text – enclose variables in { }
  5. Optional: Insert an Image; Add a description (not visible to students)
  6. Enter the formula that is required to generate a solution – use the variables enclosed in { } per the problem text
  7. Enter the variables for the question – give each variable a Name, a Min value, a Max value, the number of Decimal Places for the variable, and the Step value (increment amount for the variable)
  8. Optional: Add a Hint; add Question Feedback
  9. Click Save, Save and New, or Save and Copy