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Adjusting Quiz Questions & Answers

[The following guidelines are for INSTRUCTORS ONLY. Students do not have the editing privileges outlined below.]

For those instructors who have created and administered quizzes through D2L, you likely understand (through first-hand experience) the process of creating quiz questions. In the case of a multiple-choice question, for example, you (1) type in the question, (2) provide D2L with the possible response options, and (3) indicate the correct response option if you are using the autocorrection tool. Finally, you wait for your students to take the quiz.

What happens if you later wish to edit a question or answer? Perhaps you wish to change the wording of the question, or the wording of the response option(s). Maybe you've discovered that you programmed the wrong answer as the correct one, so you need to edit the autocorrection settings, select the correct answer, and have the question rescored. In any case, how should you proceed?

Change Quiz Question / Answer Text

If you wish only to change the wording of a question or any of its response options (i.e., nothing needs to be rescored ), follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Quizzes tool in the course navigation bar
  2. Click on the name of the quiz you wish to edit
    (alternatively, you could access the question through the Question Library )
  3. Click on the Layout/Questions tab
  4. Click on Add/Edit Questions
  5. If your questions are broken down under Headings, click on the relevant heading
  6. Click on the question name of the question you wish to edit, or click on the drop-down arrow next to the name and select Edit
  7. Make your textual change to the question or any of the response options and click on the Save button

Your changes have now been made and saved. However, there are a few important things to note:

First, you need to make sure that the question has been correctly changed in all locations in which it is used. For example, you might have gone into a specific quiz to edit a question, but a copy of that particular question may also exist in the Question Library. Sometimes D2L will identify copies of a question that exist elsewhere and alert you to them, asking if you wish to change all copies of that question. For unknown reasons, however, D2L is not always able to do this, so it is important that you manually verify that all copies of a question are appropriately edited.

Second, students who took the quiz before you edited the question will NOT see the changes you make. In other words, if they have access to the quiz questions and answers after completion of the quiz (i.e., you have released the quiz report), these students will see the question only in the format in which it was presented when they took the quiz (not the edited, updated format). Only those students who take the quiz after you edit the question will see the edited, updated version of the question.

Change Quiz Question / Answer Scores

If you wish to change how a particular question is scored, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Quizzes tool in the course navigation bar
  2. Click on the name of the quiz you wish to edit
    (alternatively, you could access the question through the Question Library )
  3. Click on the Layout/Questions tab
  4. If your questions are broken down under Headings, click on the relevant heading
  5. Check the box next to the question(s) you wish to modify scoring for
  6. Click on the Edit Values link
  7. Make your scoring change to the question(s) and click on the Save button

    Students who take the quiz from this point forward will be presented with the edited, updated version of the quiz (with your new scoring rules in place). However, students who have already taken the quiz have been graded according to your previous scoring rules, and their scores have not been changed. If you have students who have already completed the quiz and need to have their quizzes rescored according to your new scoring rules, continue with step #8 below:

  8. Click on the Quizzes tool in the course navigation bar
  9. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the name of the quiz you wish to have rescored
  10. Click on Grade Quiz from the pull-down menu
  11. The next screen is set to the Users tab by default; you should click on the Questions tab
  12. Click on the question that needs to be rescored

    Clicking on a question presents you with a detailed summary of that particular question, including all the versions of that question that were administered to your students (e.g., Version 1, Version 2, etc.). Below each version, you are presented with a frequency distribution of your students' responses.

  13. Click on the Grade Version # icon (the pencil) for each version of the question.

    For each version of the question, you have the opportunity to give selected responses a specific point value. In other words, you can direct D2L to rescore old versions of a quiz according to your new scoring rules.

  14. Click on Save Results

All of your students' quiz attempts should now be scored (and rescored) according to your new scoring rules. As mentioned earlier, however, you still need to make sure that a given question has been correctly changed in all locations in which it is used. For example, you might have gone into a specific quiz to edit a question, but a copy of that particular question may also exist in the Question Library. Sometimes D2L will identify copies of a question that exist elsewhere and alert you to them, asking if you wish to change all copies of that question. For unknown reasons, however, D2L is not always able to do this, so it is important that you manually verify that all copies of a question are appropriately edited.

Additional Information

When you go to grade a quiz, the Update button that is supposed to copy quiz scores into the gradebook does not work.

This function is useful if students have already taken a quiz associated with a grade item and the instructor decides to change the number of points the grade item is worth. This operation will cause the grades for the grade item to change: For example, if the point value for the grade item is changed from 20 to 25, a grade of 18/20 = 90% will change to 18/25 = 72%.

It should be possible to restore the correct quiz scores to the gradebook by going to grade the quiz, selecting all the attempts, and pressing the Update button.

In the meantime, you may use the following workaround:

  1. Select the quiz from the Quiz tool.
  2. Click the "Grade Quiz" icon.
  3. Select the Users tabbed page if not already selected.
  4. For each student who has taken the quiz, do the following:
    1. Select the "attempt 1" link.
    2. Press the Save button near the upper-right corner.
    3. Select the "Go back to Attempts/User" link near the upper-left corner.

Notes:

  • The gradebook will not be updated if you select the "overall grade" instead of the "attempt 1" links.
  • If the student has multiple attempts for the quiz, it is only necessary to perform this procedure for "attempt 1".

This information (including a screen shot and icons) is available via the Learn@UW Knowledgebase.