Overview

This article serves as a supplement to the general Creating Quiz Questions article. There are numerous question types available for D2L Quizzes, Surveys, and Self-Assessments. While the general setup is similar, each question type is slightly different. This document covers the setup of each question type in detail. For a more general explanation, see the Creating Quiz Questions article.


The new quiz experience is simplistically designed to allow for quick question creation. All of the most used tools and functions are front and center, while optional information/settings are hidden under a menu. For all questions types, additional options can be found by click "Options."



The Question Types

The following are available question types in the D2L system. Click on each type for more information on its setup.


True/False
Multiple Choice
Multi Select
Written Response
Short Answer
Multi-Short Answer
Fill in the Blank
Matching
Ordering
Arithmetic
Significant Figures
Likert (Surveys only)



True/False

True or false questions present a statement which respondents must determine to be correct or incorrect.


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SETUP

Select “True or False Question” from the list of question types.

Enter the question statement and select the correct response. Assign the point value for this question.



Click “Save” to return to the quiz questions. To create another question, click “Save and New.”


Multiple Choice

Multiple Choice questions present a statement or question with a list of possible answers, in which respondents must choose the best possible answer. Multiple Choice questions differ from multi-select question in that only one answer can be selected for each question.


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SETUP

Select “Multiple Choice Question” from the list of question types.


Enter the question or question statement, enter the options, and select the correct response. To add additional option choices, click "Add Answer."


Decide if the answer choices should be randomized and assign a point value for the question. To randomize quiz questions, see the Creating a Random Question Quiz article.




Click “Save” to return to the quiz questions. To create another question, click “Save and New.”


Multi-Select (Legacy)

Multi-Select questions require respondents to identify one or more correct answers in a list of possible answers. Unlike Multiple Choice questions, multi-select questions enable you to choose a grading format and allow users to select more than one answer.


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SETUP

Select “Multi-Select Question” from the list of question types.

Assign a point value for the question and then enter the question in the “Question Text” field.


Select your enumeration preference. That is, what (if anything) do you want to appear before the answer choices (a, b, c or I, ii, iii, etc.).Set the Style for the choices – vertical or horizontal.


Set the grading preferences.


  • All of nothing – Users receive the total point value if they select all the correct answers or else they receive none at all.

  • Right minus wrong – Users receive points equal to the number of right answer they choose minus the number of incorrect answers they choose. To determine how much each answer is worth, the system takes the total number of points assigned to the question and divides it by the total number of answer options.

  • Correct answers – The total point value is divided equally among all possible answers. Users receive equally weighted points for each correct answer.


Also determine if you want to randomize options. This setting will only randomize the answer options, not the quiz questions.



Enter the answer options and check the correct answers. You must select at least one correct option in order for the question to be auto-graded.


To add additional options, enter the number of options and then click “Add Option.”



Click “Save” to return to the quiz questions. To create another Multi-Select question, click “Save and New.”


Written Response

Written Response questions require respondents to write detailed answers in response to open-ended questions/prompts. You can enable users to respond in multiple sentences, paragraph answers, or mathematical explanations and calculations. This question type cannot be auto-graded.


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SETUP

Select “Written Response” from the list of question types.


Enter the question or question statement. Choose whether students will be permitted to utilize the HTML Editor to compose their responses (text formatting, spell check, etc.)


Assign a point value. 



Click "Save" to create the question and return the quiz setup or "Save and new" to create another question.


Short Answer

Short Answer question types require respondents to create one word or brief sentence answers in response to open-ended questions.


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SETUP

Select “Short Answer Question” from the question type list.

Enter the question or question text. Enter the accepted answer or answers. Remember to allow for alternate capitalization or spellings, if necessary. To add additional answer blanks, click "Add blank." Enter a point value for the question.



Click “Save” to return to the quiz questions. To create another question, click “Save and New.”


Multi-Short Answer (Legacy)

Multi-Short Answer questions require respondents to answer a multi-solution question and input their answers into individual input boxes. The answer provided by a respondent in each input box is checked against the instructor submitted answer key. 


For example, the question, “Name 3 state capitals” will display three input boxes to users. Each answer users submit will be checked against 51 possible correct answers that are stored in the answer fields.


Multi-Short answer questions differ from Short Answer (SA) questions in that the Multi-Short answer question enables you to create multiple answer boxes which all relate to one answer set.


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SETUP

Select “Multi-Short Answer Question” from the list of question types.

Enter a point value for the question and then enter the question in the “Question Text” field.


Specify the number of required input boxes. To add additional answers, enter the number of needed answer fields and click "Add Answer."



Enter the possible answers in the “Answer” fields. Each possible answer should be entered into its own field. To add additional possible answers, click “Add Answer.”


Set the weight for each answer. The question value is reflected by a 100% weight. It is recommended that each possible answer’s weight calculation equals 100% of the answers required by the question. For example, in the “Name 3 states” question, each response is worth 33.3% to total a 100%.


Set the evaluation method for each answer:


  • Case insensitive – Auto-grading searches for a matching character pattern in the answer text with or without letter case correctness.

  • Case sensitive – Auto-grading searches for a matching character pattern in the answer text that must have letter case correctness.

  • Regular Expression – Auto-grading uses meta-characters to search for one or more matching strings in the answer text’s character pattern. What you set as meta-character parameters helps determine letter case sensitivity. For more information on regular expression, see D2L’s Understanding Regular Expression explanation.



Click “Save” to return to the quiz questions. To create another Multi-Short Answer question, click “Save and New.”

Note: 
When saving a question with more possible answers than required responses, you will get the warning: “The maximum weight on this question is currently more than 100%. Statistics for this question will not be available. Are you sure you are done?” Click “Yes” to continue if you do not require statistics for this question.



Fill in the Blank (Legacy)

Fill in the Blank questions require respondents to fill in one or more missing words for an incomplete sentence, statement, phrase, list, or key terminology.


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SETUP

Select “Fill in the Blanks Question” from the list of question types.

Enter a point value for the question.




Enter the first part of your question statement in the first “Text” field.

Enter the answer that ‘fills in the blank’ in the Answer” field. Also assign the appropriate weight and evaluation method.


Then, enter the remainder of the question statement in the second “Text” field.


You can add additional blanks or text by clicking “Add Blank” or “Add Text.”



Click “Save” to return to the quiz questions. To create another Fill in the Blank question, click “Save and New.”

Matching (Legacy)

Matching questions require respondents to choose from a set of possible match choices from drop-down lists and correctly pair them with related items. This question type enables you to assess users’ recognition of information and demonstrate comprehension of specific relationships.


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SETUP

Select “Matching Questions” from the list of question types.

Enter a point value for the entire set of matching and then enter the general question in the “Question Text.”


Set the “Grading Options.”

  • Equally weighted – The total point value is divided equally among all possible correct matches. Users receive equally weighted points for each correct answer.

  • All or nothing – Users receive the total point value for correctly matching every answer or else they receive none at all.

  • Right minus wrong – Users receive points equal to the number of right answer they choose minus the number of incorrect answers they choose. To determine how much each answer is worth, the system takes the total number of points assigned to the question and divides it by the total number of answer options.


Enter the “Choices.” The choices are the words or phrases that will appear on the screen.


To add additional choices, click “Add Choices.”



Enter the “Matches.” The matches are the words that will appear in the drop-down menu for students to choose.


You must also specify the correct choice from the previous section. Tip: Matches are randomized during a quiz by default. So, if you enter the matches in the same order that you entered the choices, you will not have to adjust the correct choice menus.


To add additional matches, click “Add Matches.”


Click “Save” to return to the quiz questions. To create another Matching question, click “Save and New.”

Ordering (Legacy)

Ordering questions require respondents to arrange a series of items into a correct  sequence or order.


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SETUP

Select “Ordering Question” from the list of question types.

Enter a point value for the question and then enter the question in the “Question Text” field.



Set your grading options:

  • Equally weighted – The total point value is divided equally among all possible correct matches. Users receive equally weighted points for each correct answer.

  • All or nothing – Users receive the total point value for correctly matching every answer or else they receive none at all.

  • Right minus wrong – Users receive points equal to the number of right answer they choose minus the number of incorrect answers they choose. To determine how much each answer is worth, the system takes the total number of points assigned to the question and divides it by the total number of answer options.


Enter the list of items and specify the correct order. Note: items are automatically randomized during a quiz.


To add additional items, click “Add Item.”



Click “Save” to return to the quiz questions. To create another Ordering question, click “Save and New.”


Arithmetic (Legacy)

Arithmetic questions enable you to assess users’ knowledge and comprehension of mathematics and number theory. You can ensure each respondent receives a unique question by including set variables that randomly generate numbers within the problem.

Rounding: D2L automatically applies the “Round to Half Even” rounding rule when assessing answers that contains decimal places that end with “5”. There is currently no option to change the rounding rules. Applying the “Round to Half Even” rule, answers with decimal places that end with “5” will round down instead of up.


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