Create a Random Set of Quiz Questions

You can create a Pool of randomized questions to display in a quiz so each student sees a different selection. The easiest way to keep track of which questions are being randomized is to first create a Section in the Question Library containing the questions you want to draw your random Pool from. A Section works like a folder so you can organize the questions in your Library.

The best sequence is to begin by creating a Section if you don't already have one. You'll use this to contain your full set of possible questions.

  1. Navigate to Activities > Quizzes.
  2. Select Question Library from the top three tabs
  3. Select New > Section.
  4. Name and save the Section. You can check the "Hide section title from learners" checkbox unless you want students to be aware of a specific category of questions.
  5. If the questions you need are not yet in your Question Library, select Import > Browse Existing Questions or Upload to select a CSV file (template is provided). Note: If you will import from a Quiz, be sure to notice the Source: menu on the right, where you select the quiz you want to import from.
  6. If the questions you want to randomize are already in the Library, select each question checkbox, click "Move" and then select the new Section folder icon.
  7. Click Done Editing Questions to return to your Manage Quizzes list.
  8. On the Manage Quizzes page, click the down-arrow after the name of the quiz where you want to create a randomized question pool. Select Edit.
  9. Click Add/Edit Questions.
  10. From the New button, click Question Pool.
  11. Enter a Question Pool Title, the Number of Questions to Select, and the Points per Question.
  12. Click Browse Question Library and select the checkbox for the Section you created for this Pool (you can also simply select questions from your Library).
  13. Click Import. You will now see the full set of questions on the left and the randomly selected questions on the right. To refresh this random selection, click the circular arrows icon in the top right corner. When you are satisfied with the selection, click the Save button.

Watch how to create a quiz with a random set of questions.

This article was last updated on Feb 10, 2021 @ 6:18 pm.

The Quiz Question Library

This is a repository for storing questions you can reuse or draw from to randomize questions in a quiz. Consolidating questions within Question Library enables you to transfer questions to new courses using Import/Export/Copy Course Components. You can also import questions from a CSV file or a learning object repository. You can create questions in the Library and then import them into a quiz. You can also import questions from existing quizzes into your Library.

When you import questions from Question Library into a quiz, you create a duplicate version of the questions. One version of the questions resides in the quiz and the original version resides in Question Library. For example, if you import a question from the Library into a quiz and later delete it from that quiz, it will still be in your Library. They are not entirely independent, however: if you want to delete a question from the Library, you must delete it from any quiz in that course where it's been added.

Important: when copying a quiz with associations to the Question Library to a new course, you should also copy the Question Library.

Import quiz questions into the Question Library

  1. Navigate to Activities > Quizzes and select the Question Library Tab.
  2. To group questions by course or topic, select New > Section. Name the section and select Save.
  3. Select Import and click Browse Existing Questions. In the upper right corner, open the Source menu and select the name of the quiz you will import questions from.
  4. Check the box for each question you want to move into the Library.
  5. Click Import.

Import questions from the Question Library into a quiz

  1. Navigate to Activities > Quizzes and select Edit for the quiz you will import questions to.
  2. For a new quiz, open the Import menu and select Browse Question Library.
  3. For an existing quiz, select Add/Edit Questions.
  4. Select Import and then Browse Question Library.
  5. Check the box for each question or section you want to import, and click Import.
  6. Save the quiz.

Watch a video on the benefits of the Question Library.

Watch a video on adding questions from other courses to the Question Library.

This article was last updated on Feb 10, 2021 @ 6:21 pm.

Allow Students to Retake Only Incorrectly Answered Quiz Questions

In the Quiz tool, you can now let students retake a quiz showing only the questions they previously answered incorrectly.

  1. Navigate to Activities > Quizzes.
  2. Create a new quiz or find the quiz you want to modify. Select the down-arrow after its name to open the context menu.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Select the quiz Assessment tab.
  5. In the Attempts menu, select at least 2.
  6. Click the Apply button.
  7. Check the Retake Incorrect Questions Only box.
  8. Save the quiz.

Note that these questions are shown in the same order as the initial attempt, even for quizzes with an initially random question pool. This subsequent attempt can only increase a student's previous score. If you want to give students partial credit for questions that were not answered correctly on the first attempt, you can select Average in the Overall Grade Calculation menu.

Re-grade ("drop") a Quiz Question

D2L doesn't have a way to "curve" a quiz by dropping questions. Instead, it lets you re-grade a specific question so you can give credit to all students, or those with a particular answer.

Re-Grading a Quiz Attempt or Question in D2L Brightspace

  1. Click on Quizzes.
  2. Click the down arrow  to the right of the quiz that needs to be graded.
  3. Select Grade from the drop down menu.
  4. You'll be on the Users tab of the Grade quiz page. To grade by question click the Questions tab
  5. Select Update all Attempts.
  6. Click on the blue question text of the question you want to grade to open that question.
  7. You'll be on the Update All Attempts page. Next, determine the Grading type you want to use:

Give points to all participants:

  1. Select Give to all attempts ____ points.
  2. Enter in the text box how many points you wish to give them.
  3. If you want to leave a comment enter it in the comment box.
  4. Click on Save.
  5. Click Yes if you are sure you want to apply the points.
  6. If you need to adjust more questions click on Go Back to Questions.

Give points all participants with a specific answer:

  1. Select Give to attempts with answer A B points.
  2. Select from the drop down (letter A in step 1) the answer number that is listed above that you want to give points for.
  3. Enter in the text box (letter B in step 1) how many points you wish to give them.
  4. If you want to leave a comment enter it in the comment box.
  5. Click on Save.
  6. Click Yes if you are sure you want to apply the points. You will see a new entry in the modifications log.
  7. If you need to adjust more questions click on Go Back to Questions.

D2L Quiz Restriction Settings

These settings let you set the due date and time allowed for your quiz. They're located in the Restrictions tab of the Edit Quiz view: navigate to Activities > Quizzes, open the quiz context menu (down-arrow after the name) and select Edit. Then select the Restrictions tab.

Restrictions tab

Hide from Users: by default, new quizzes are created with this setting. While the quiz is hidden, students will not be able to see or take the quiz, regardless of the start and end dates set.

Has Due Date: after this date and time any submissions will be flagged with a "late" timestamp. This is also the date entered in the Calendar.

Has Start Date: this is the date and time the quiz will become visible to students if Hide from Users is not selected. Once you add a start date, you can un-hide the quiz. Students will see the basic quiz information, but will not be able to take the quiz or see questions until after the start date/time.

Has End Date: Once this has past students will no longer be able to start the quiz. Important: students who start the quiz even one minute before cutoff time will still have the full time allowed for the quiz as configured in the Timing option. This means that if you want students to complete the quiz between 10-11am with 45 minutes to complete it, your start time would be 10am and your end time would be 10:15am. After the end date/time the quiz will still be visible to students so they can see their results as per the Submission View.

Display in Calendar: select this to add the quiz due date to the Calendar tool.

Release Conditions: you can make quiz availability contingent on student completion of other D2L Events.

Optional Advanced Restrictions: these allow you to password-protect quiz access and restrict access to a defined IP address range (e.g. a computer lab).

Timing: this lets you set a time limit for the quiz.

Recommend Time Limit lets students submit a late quiz, flagged with a "late" timestamp.

Enforced Time Limit this still lets students submit a late quiz, but they're prevented from answering or revising questions after the quiz time-limit has expired (not the quiz end date/time -- see "Has End Date" above for clarification). You can also set a Grace Period with completion options.

Special Access: this lets you add specific students who need additional time or multiple attempts. Do not select "Allow only users with special access to see this quiz" -- this prevents students from taking the quiz unless you give them special access.

Submit a Quiz on Behalf of a Student

To submit a quiz, students need to confirm multiple quiz submission screens in D2L. Occasionally a student may not confirm submission to submit a quiz. This means the quiz attempt is registered as having been started, but not completed. When this happens, the quiz is not graded, and the student is “locked out” of completing any additional attempts of that quiz until the original attempt is submitted. To remedy this situation, D2L enables an instructor to submit an in progress quiz attempt on behalf of a student.

  1. Select Activities and then Quizzes from the top navigation menu.
  2. Click the down caret next to the quiz and select Grade.
  3. Here you should see a list of students who have completed a quiz attempt.
  4. Above the list of students, find the Restrict to drop down menu. The default option is Users who have completed an attempt.
    Restrict to users who have completed an attempt drop down
  5. Change the selection to Users with attempts in progress.
  6. Click the magnifying glass in the search box above the drop down menu.
    Search for users
  7. You will now see a list of students with attempts in progress.
  8. Click the Enter Quiz as User icon near each students’ attempt in progress.
    Enter quiz as user icon
  9. Confirm the dialogue window.
  10. Scroll to the bottom of the quiz and click Submit Quiz.
  11. Confirm to submit.
  12. Change the Restrict to drop down menu back to Users who have completed an attempt.
  13.  Click the magnifying glass again to see the list of completed quiz attempts.

This article was last updated on Nov 12, 2020 @ 4:03 pm.

Give a Student Extra Time or Attempts for a Quiz

You can grant special access to individual students who may need more time to take the quiz, different start or end dates, or allow for late submissions. These settings can be used to fulfill Disability Resource Center (DRC) accommodations in some cases.

Note these steps can be repeated, if multiple students need different access settings.

  1. Click on Activities and then Quizzes from your course navigation bar.
  2. Click on the quiz you want to edit from the list.
  3. Click the Restrictions tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Special Access section at the bottom of the page.
  5. Click the Allow selected users special access to this quiz radio button.
  6. Click the Add Users to Special Access button.
  7. Set your conditions:
    1. Choose a Start and/or End Date, and timing restrictions.
    2. Check the Override attempts allowed box if the student needs additional attempts; use the Attempts Allowed dropdown to choose the number of attempts.
    3. Under the Users section, search for users by ODIN or name, or find the student in the list.
    4. Click the checkbox next to the user's name, and click Add Special Access.
  8. Click Save and Close to finish.


This article was last updated on Nov 12, 2020 @ 4:30 pm.

Student Instructions for Viewing Past Quizzes

Your instructor has given you access to a quiz or exam for review. Whether you see all answers, some answers, or just questions is determined by your instructor. They may also set a time limit for how long you can see this quiz view. Note: if any questions are Written Responses, they will not show a "correct" answer even if those are shown other questions. That's because such questions don't usually have a single way to answer correctly. Instead, look for feedback on these questions.

Here's how to access them:

  1. Click on Activities and then Quizzes from the course navigation bar.
  2. Click on the down-arrow to the right of the title of the quiz to open a menu, and select Submissions.
  3. Click on an Attempt to view the quiz solution and/or quiz feedback.
    D2L attempt link
  4. If your instructor has left feedback, you need to click the small triangle to the left of the "Feedback" label to display what was written for you.

This article was last updated on Dec 9, 2020 @ 1:02 pm.

Release Quiz Answers to Students

After students finish taking a quiz in D2L, you can release the answers to students for review. You decide the date, time, and duration for which the answers are available. The settings responsible for releasing or withholding quiz answers are called Submission Views.

Create Submission View

  1. Click on Activities and then Quizzes from your course navigation bar.
  2. Find your quiz in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit from the menu list.
  4. Click on the Submission Views tab.
  5. Click the Add Additional Views button.
  6. Enter a title in the Name field, e.g., "Quiz 2 Answers".
  7. Set a Date and Time for answers to be released under the View Restrictions section. Generally speaking, you want to pick a date and time after the quiz grades for all students are recorded. If you want to create a "window" of visibility for this information, check the box for "Limit the amount of time..." and enter a number in minutes.
  8. Under View Details, select Yes, and pick one of the secondary options. Show all questions with user responses is the most common choice.
  9. Check the box for Show question answers.
  10. Click Save.

How Students View Quiz Answers

Once students have access to quiz answers, you can share these directions for viewing.

  1. Click on Activities and then Quizzes from the course navigation bar.
  2. Click on the menu to the right of the title of the quiz, and select Submissions.
  3. Click on an Attempt to view the quiz solution.

This article was last updated on Feb 17, 2021 @ 10:56 am.


Create a New Quiz

The quiz tool is used to administer timed online tests. The Quiz interface has been slightly updated and this is reflected below.

  1. Click on Activities and then Quizzes from your course navigation bar.
  2. Click on the New Quiz button.
  3. Enter a quiz Name in the text box.
  4. Under the Quiz Questions header select the Add/Edit Questions button.
  5. In the new quiz interface, you have two dropdown menus.

    The Add menu is for creating a New Question, Section, or Question Pool. For information on sections and pools, see the Create a Random Set of Quiz Questions tutorial.
    The Import menu lets you Upload a File (such as a quiz bank CSV) or Browse Question Library to import questions. For more information, see The Quiz Question Library tutorial.
  6. Click Add. This example will show steps for a Multiple Choice question.
  7. Enter your question prompt text in the Question Text field. When activated, the text box shows a toolbar with icons for text formatting and the following input options:

    Add Image, Insert Stuff (files, links, Kaltura media, PebblePad, etc.), Graphical Equation.
    Note: selecting the last icon (Open in full screen editor) gives you additional content options, including bullet points, table creation, fonts, formats, text color, and a preview option.
  8. In the Options menu, you can select: Add Feedback, Add Hint, Add Short Description, Add Custom Weights, and Add Enumeration.
  9. By default, new quizzes are created with the quiz set to Hide from Users. While the quiz is set to hidden, students will not be able to see or take the quiz, regardless of the start and end dates set.
  10. For more than four answer options, select Add Answer. When finished, click the circle to the left of the correct answer to create a check mark. A preview is shown in the right panel.
  11. Decide whether to randomize the order in which answer options are shown and enter a point value for the question.
  12. Click Save.
  13. Repeat these steps until you have created all the questions.
  14. To complete the quiz setup, click Back to Settings link at the top of the page.
  15. In the Edit Quiz view, you can select or create a Category of quizzes, set the number of questions that will appear on each page when students take the quiz, prevent students from moving backward in the quiz, and shuffle the order of questions at the quiz-level (this does not affect question sub-sections).
  16. Enter an optional Description and Introduction, and Page Header/Footer to the quiz. You have all text-editing and content insertion options for these fields.
  17. In Optional Advanced Properties you can opt to Allow hints, Disable right click, and Disable (D2L) Email, (D2L) Instant Messages and alerts.
  18. Enter an email if you want to be notified each time the quiz is taken.
  19. Select the Restrictions tab to set a Due Date and optional Start and End Dates. For more information, see the D2L Quiz Restriction Settings tutorial.
  20. Click on the Assessment tab.
  21. Under Automatic Grade, check the box for Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion.
  22. Choose a Grade Item from the dropdown menu. Click the add grade item link if you need to create an item.
  23. Check the box for Allow automatic export to grades.
  24. Under Attempts, choose the number of allowed attempts per student.
  25. Click Save and Close.


This article was last updated on Feb 26, 2021 @ 2:33 pm.