Creating & Configuring a Quiz (new interface)

Getting Started

To start creating a new quiz, navigate to the Quizzes tool in Brightspace.

  • Go to your course site and click Assessment in the navbar.
  • Select Quizzes from the dropdown menu.
  • On the next page, click ‘New Quiz’.
Image: Creating a new quiz

The quiz will open in the ‘New Quiz Experience’ interface.

Image: The Layout of the ‘New Quiz Experience’

Configuring Quiz Settings

In this section, you can find details on each setting numbered in the image above. Click on the boxes to expand.

> 1. Name

Give your quiz a title.

If you choose to create a corresponding grade item in the Brightspace grade book (see point 2 below), clicking Save at the bottom of the page will automatically create a grade item with the same name.

> 2. Grade Out Of & Link to the Grade Book

The default setting for newly created quizzes is ‘Not in Grade Book’.

Image: Default grade setting in a quiz

Consider the two scenarios below and proceed accordingly:

  1. If the quiz is not a part of your course evaluation, and you do not want to link it to the grade book (e.g., students do it for practice only), leave ‘Not in Grade Book’ selected.

NOTE: If you leave ‘Not in Grade Book’ selected, the ‘Grade Out Of‘ box with the point value for the quiz will stay ‘locked’, i.e. you will not be able to enter the number manually. The number will change automatically once you start adding questions to the quiz, and it will reflect the total number of points available to score.

  1. If the quiz is part of your course evaluation, and you do want to link it to the grade book for automatic grade transfer, click the downward arrow next to ‘Not in Grade Book’. Two options will appear.
Image: Add to grade book options

OPTION 1: ‘Edit or Link to Existing‘ – select if your Brightspace grade book is already set up and grade items created. In the window that pops up, select ‘Link to an existing grade item‘ and choose the grade item to which you want to link the quiz. Click OK.

Image: Adding quiz to an existing grade item

NOTE: The ‘Grade Out Of‘ field will now display the same point value as the grade book item to which it was just linked.

OPTION2: Add to Grade Book‘ – select if your Brightspace grade book does not yet contain a corresponding grade item. You will be immediately prompted to enter the total point value in the ‘Grade Out Of‘ field. This value will apply to the quiz and to the grade book item.

Image: Adding quiz as a new grade item

Once you click Save or Save & Close at the bottom of the page, a grade item with the same name as your quiz will be created in the grade book.

> 3. Due date

You can set the Due Date for your quiz, i.e. the date and time when you expect students to complete the quiz. The Due Date will be visible in the course calendar in Brightspace. After that date, students will still be able to access and complete the quiz, but their submissions will be flagged as late.

NOTE: Due Date is for information purposes only. To restrict access to the quiz by making it available and then unavailable at a specific time, use the Start and End Dates in the ‘Availability Dates & Conditions section of the quiz creation page.

> 4. Description

Clicking the Description field opens the Brightspace HTML editor. Use the tools available in the editor to write instructions for the quiz. For more information on using the Brightspace editor, please visit this page.

> 5. Questions

For information about available questions types and how to create them, please visit other pages in this resources.

> 6. Availability Dates and Conditions

This set of options is available in the top right corner of the quiz creation window. Click the box to expand and view all settings available here.

Image: Availability Dates & Conditions

In this section, you can set the following quiz parameters:

  • Start Date (and Time) – the day/time when the ‘Start Quiz!’ button will become available to students; until then, students will not be able to begin the quiz.
  • End Date (and Time): the day/time when the ‘Start Quiz!’ button will become unavailable to students.

Both Start Date and End Date will be visible in the Brightspace calendar.

NOTE: The Start and End Date is unrelated to the amount of time allocated to the quiz. These dates only determine the time interval in which students can begin the quiz. If a student starts the quiz one minute before the End Date/Time, they will still have the entire time allotted for the quiz to complete it (see Timing & Display below).

Consider Due Date, Start and End Dates, and Timing carefully. For example, if you want to set up a quiz for a 50-minute typical lecture period, you would choose:

Due Date: 2:50 PM – quizzes submitted after 2:50 PM will be flagged as late
Start Date: 2:00 PM – students can start the quiz at 2:00 PM or any time before 2:50 PM
End Date: 2:20 PM – students can start the quiz up until 2:20 PM (the Start Quiz! button will be available until then)
Enforced time limit: 50 minutes with 0 minutes grace period

  • Release Conditions – Click here for more information.
  • Special Access – You can adjust quiz configurations for students with accommodation requests or those who require an alternate submission date/time.  
  • Password – You can set a password for the quiz as an additional security measure. Most often, the instructor would display this password in the room where the quiz is taking place.
  • IP Restrictions – You can add multiple IP address ranges to ensure that users can only access a quiz from IP addresses in the specified IP address ranges.

> 7. Timing & Display

Click the ‘Timing & Display‘ box on the right to expand and view all settings available here.

Image: Timing & Display

In this section, you can set the following quiz parameters:

  • Timing – Click ‘Manage Timing’ and select one of three available options
    1. No Time Limit – ideal for practice quizzes where you want to give student all the time they need to complete the quiz.
    2. Recommended Time Limit – you can enter the time you think students will need, but they will be able to work even after the time is up. Their submission will be stamped as late.
    3. Enforced Time Limit – this option is recommended for high stakes assessments. You will be prompted to enter the time limit and an optional grace period, as well as options for what happens when the quiz time is up:
      • ‘Allow the student to continue working’: Responses entered after the time limit will be submitted but will be flagged as late.
      • Prevent the student from making further changes‘: Responses entered after the time limit expires will not be submitted.
      • Allow the student to continue working, but automatically score the attempt as zero after an extended deadline’ [not recommended]
  • Paging – decide how many questions per page you want students to view when taking the quiz:
    • one questions per page
    • all questions on a single page, or
    • a separate page for each quiz section
  • Shuffle Quiz – this setting randomizes the order of questions in the quiz, so each student will have a different version of the quiz.
  • Display – this setting allows you to control if students:
    • can view hints, if you have previously created them for your quiz
    • have access to the email, Instant Messages, and alert functions in Brightspace while they are completing the quiz (not recommended for practice quizzes).
  • Header and Footer – You can opt to type messages that will be displayed at the start and at the end of the quiz.

> 8. Attempts & Completion

Click the ‘Attempts & Completion‘ box on the right to expand and view all settings available here.

Image: Attempts & Completion

The options you can set in this section are:

  • Attempts – The number of times students can take the quiz. If you allow more than one attempt, options for calculating the overall score will appear (highest/lowest score? average of all scores? etc.)
  • Category – If your course involves multiple quizzes, you may consider organizing them into categories.
  • Notification Email – You can opt to receive an email each time a student completes a quiz (not recommended).

> 9. Evaluation & Feedback

Click the ‘Evaluation & Feedback‘ box on the right to expand and view all settings available here.

Image: Evaluation & Feedback

In this section, you can specify whether to: when the quiz scores should be sent to the grade book, whether or not to display questions and answers to students etc.

  • Auto-publish attempt results immediately upon completion – If the quiz is linked to a grade book item, selecting this box will allow students to see their quiz score immediately after they complete it. NOTE: This applies only to the auto-graded portion of the quiz, not to questions that need to be graded manually such as ‘Written Response’.
  • Synchronize to grade book on publish – With this option selected, any changes or updates to the quiz score will be automatically updated in the grade book.
  • When published, display to learners – you can customize what the students will be able to see once the quiz results are published (if they can view scores per attempt, correct/incorrect questions, correct/incorrect answers etc.)

You can also link the quiz to your Learning Objectives. For information on creating learning objectives, please visit this Brightspace resource.

NOTE: Once you configure and save your quiz, you can return to it and modify the settings at any time.

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