Granting Special Access

Instructors often receive requests from students, directly or via the Blundon Center, for “Special Access” to a quiz, timed assignment, or exam. Students may require an alternative date for completion, additional time, or more than one attempt on the quiz. This resource provides the steps required to grant a student, or students, with special access to a quiz in Brightspace. A short how to video is also provided. 

  1. In your course, click Assessment and then Quizzes.
  2. Click the arrow next to the appropriate quiz and click Edit.
  3. Click the Restrictions tab and scroll to the bottom of the page for the Special Access section.
  4. Make sure the “Allow selected users special access to this quiz” button is selected (this is the default option.)
  5. Click the Add Users to Special Access button at the bottom of the page.
  6. Set the special access that you want to grant. Options include:
    1. Change the due date for the quiz – the system will use this information to flag the submission as late
    2. If availability dates and times are set, you can change them for the specified student(s):
      1. Change the start date and time – a link to start the quiz will be available at the new date and time
      2. Change the end date and time – the link will no longer be available to the student at the new date and time
    3. Change the amount of time that a student has to complete the quiz – check the box next to “Recommend time limit” or “Enforced time limit,” and enter a number in the “minute(s)” field.
    4. Change the number of possible attempts to complete the quiz – check the box next to “Override attempts allowed” and choose a number from the dropdown menu below. Then click “Apply.”
  7. Check the box next to the name of the student(s) who will have this special access to the quiz.
  8. Click the Add Special Access button at the bottom of the screen. You’ll return to the Edit Quiz page.
  9. Click the Save and Close button at the bottom of the page.
Watch how