D2L - Creating Quiz Questions

Last Updated: 10/19/2012

Overview

There are many types of questions in the Desire2Learn quiz creator. Some are very simple to create, such as a True/False question, while others are more difficult, such as an Arithmetic question. The information on this page will aid you in creating questions for a quiz. To learn more about how to create a quiz please visit the Create a Quiz tutorial.

Common Features of all Question Types

  • All question types have an optional Title field. If you do not enter a title, the system will take the full question text and enter it as the title. The title is only displayed in the quiz tool and not to users taking the quiz.
  • Many question types give you the option of inserting an image. Click the Add a File button beside the Image field to insert an image.
  • If you want question feedback displayed to the users, enter your feedback in the Question Feedback area.
    • Please Note: You need to allow students to view the feedback that you provide. Learn more about how to provide feedback and set submission views via the Set Quiz Submission View tutorial.
  • To display hints, enter the text in the Question Hint field.
  • You have access to the preview, and spell-check features in each question text field. Click Preview to view your question as it will appear during use and grading. Click Save to save the question and return to the main page, Save and Copy to save the question and create a new question of the same type and that retains the copied properties, or click Save and New to continue creating questions of the same type.

T/F Question:

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box
  3. Enter 100 in the Weight (%) column for the correct answer

Multiple Choice Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box
  3. Enter 100 in the Weight (%) column for the correct answer
    • If more than one correct answer put appropriate percentage distribution

Multi-Select Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box
  3. Choose what Grading Style you would like: All or nothing, Right minus wrong, Correct Answers.
  4. Enter in the percent of points for each correct answer in the Weight (%) column for that answer (ex. 50% for each if there are two correct answers).

Note: The Right minus Wrong option can be a bit confusing. D2L takes the total number of points that the question is worth and divides it by the number of answers. Example:

  • A question is worth a total of 4 points and has two correct and incorrect answers. Each correct answer will be worth +1, while each incorrect answer will be worth -1. So, if a student selects both correct answers, but also selects one incorrect answer they will recieve a 2/4 for the question (shown in image below).
    visual for Multi-Select grading

Long Answer Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box
  3. If you choose to, write in initial text for students to work from.
  4. You may also type in an Answer Key statement if you would like for yourself

Short Answer Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box
  3. Type in the answer to the question in the Answer text box.
  4. Enter 100 in the Weight (%) for the correct answer.
    • If you would like to add more than one correct answer, click the Add Answer button.
    • For partial credit answers type in whatever percentage of points you would like the answer to be worth (ex. 50% for half credit)
  5. Choose how you would like the answer to be evaluated by choosing one of the Case Insensitive, Case Sensitive, or Regular Expression radio buttons from the Evaluation column.

Multi-Short Answer Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box
  3. Type in the answers to the question in the Answer text boxes.
  4. Enter a percentage in the Weight (%) for your correct answers.
    • For example, if you have a three part answer, type in 33.33 for each correct answer.
  5. Choose how you would like the answer to be evaluated by choosing one of the Case Insensitive, Case Sensitive, or Regular Expression radio buttons from the Evaluation column.

Fill in the Blank Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your fill in the blank sentence in the first Text: field
  3. Type in the answer to the question in the Answer text box.
  4. Enter 100 in the Weight (%) for the correct answer.
    • If you would like to add more than one correct answer, click the Add Answer button.
    • For partial credit answers type in whatever percentage of points you would like the answer to be worth (ex. 50% for half credit)
  5. Choose how you would like the answer to be evaluated by choosing one of the Case Insensitive, Case Sensitive, or Regular Expression radio buttons from the Evaluation column.
  6. In the second Text: field, type in whatever you wish to appear under the fill in the blank input box.

Matching Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box
  3. Choose what Grading you would like: All or nothing, Right minus wrong, Equally Weighted.
  4. Type in your question choices in the Value column of the Choices section
    • To add other choices you can click the Add Choice icon after entering how many choices you would like to add.
    • If you need to add matches you must do this same process in the Matches section as D2L will not automatically add them for you.
  5. Type in the matches you would like to have in the Value columns of the Match section.
    • The matches will show up in the order you have them arranged in this section.
  6. Choose which answer the match corresponds to by selecting it from the Correct Choice drop-down menus. 

Ordering Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box
  3. Choose what Grading you would like: All or nothing, Right minus wrong, Equally Weighted.
  4. Enter your answers in the Value columns.
    • The answers will automatically be randomized for students while taking the quiz.
  5. If you wish you may enter feedback for each individual answer.

Arithmetic/Significant Figures Question

  1. Enter question point value in Points: box
  2. Type your question in Question Text: box (type in variables surrounded with curly braces.
    • Example: Two turtles are moving away from each other at {x} feet per minute and {y} feet per minute respectively. How far from  each other will they be in 10 minutes?
  3. In the Variables section, define all of the variables you used in the Question Text.
    • Type the name of your variable (for example, x) in the Name column.
    • Type the minimum value for the variable in the Min column.
    • Type the maximum value for the variable in the Max column.
    • Select the applicable number of decimal places for the variable in the Decimal Places drop-down list.
    • In the Step field, type the increment that the system should use when choosing random numbers from the range you specified in the Min and Max fields.
    • Example: If you create variable X with Min=100, Max=200 and Step=5, the system will only choose values for X that are increments of 5 above 100 (105, 110, 115, etc., up to 200) when generating questions.
  4. Type the formula that you use to calculate the correct answer in the Formula field. Make sure that you enclose all variables in curly braces.
  5. Click the Test button to test your formula.
  6. Select a number from the Answer Precision drop-down list to define the number of decimal places answers must be accurate to.
  7. Type a Tolerance value and choose either Units or Percent to define how accurate answers must be.
    • For example, a tolerance of 3% would allow answers to be off by 3%, or a tolerance of 5 units would allow answers to be off by 5 units (units are defined in the field below).
  8. Type the unit that the answer to the question should be in (if any) in the Units field (for example, MPH, meters, inches, etc.).
    • Check the case sensitive box if the unit is case sensitive.
    • If you want to assign points for using the correct unit in an answer, choose a percentage value from the Worth drop-down list.