Using Quizzes and Exams in a Course

Adding a quiz to your course is a fantastic way to monitor a Student's understanding of the material. If your course offers a certificate based upon a grade, quizzes are an essential tool in calculating their final grade. 

Adding a quiz or exam to your course requires creating a Quiz Module, adding questions, and adding the Module to your Course. You can create a short answer quiz, as well as multiple choice and multiple correct. Quizzes are automatically graded, and you can choose if students are allowed retakes, set a minimum passing percentage, as well as set a timer for the quiz. 

In this guide, we'll be covering an overview of quiz and question types, how to truly create the quiz module itself as well as the student experience of a quiz module. While we will be touching on quiz questions, please see Creating Questions for Quizzes for a more comprehensive guide. 

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Overview of Quiz & Question Types

In a Quiz Module, there are two types of quizzes to choose from. We also have several question types that we'll touch on.

Quiz Types

  • Static: A Static Quiz will consist of the set number of questions you have added to your quiz. You can also choose to display those questions in a specific order, or shuffle them each time a Student takes the quiz.
  • Dynamic: A Dynamic Quiz will draw its questions from a Question Category, and the quiz experience will be different each time. For example, let's say you have created a Question Category and added 50 questions to it. You can then create a Dynamic Quiz and set the number of questions to be used at 10 questions. The Dynamic Quiz will then randomly choose 10 questions from that list of 50 questions to display for a Student. This will make the quiz experience different for each Student, and different each time a Student takes this quiz.

Question Types & Creating Questions

  • Multiple Choice: these questions can have one correct answer. You can add as many possible answers as you'd like.
  • Multiple Correct: Multiple Correct questions are similar to Multiple Choice, but can have more than one correct answer. You can add as many possible answers as you'd like.
  • Short Answer: With these, the Student is required to type the answer themselves. You can add as many possible answers as you'd like, and keep in mind there may be a variety of ways that students may type in an answer when you're creating the answers. For example abbreviations, typos, etc. 
  • Matching: Students will drag and drop answers to order them to match accordingly with the item

There are three ways to add questions to your Quiz:

  • Creating questions directly inside the Quiz Module
  • Creating questions on the Questions page 
  • Bulk importing questions via Excel

Learn more about these options and creating Quiz Categories in our Creating Questions for Your Quiz guide.


Creating a Quiz Module

Now that we understand the types of quizzes and questions, let's create the quiz module itself. 

  1. From the Admin Dashboard, select Courses, then Quizzes under the Modules header
  2. Click + Create Quiz Module
  3. Enter a Name and Brief Description for the module
    1. The Brief Description area is a place to add any accompanying text you'd like to add context or instructions to your Quiz Module for your Students before they begin. The text will display directly in a pop up box when a Student clicks the Show Instructions button. By default this area is for text only, but custom HTML will allow you to insert images, videos, or anything else you would like to embed.
  4. Choose the Quiz type: either Static or Dynamic
  5. If you choose Static, you can either Add Existing Questions to Your Quiz, Import Questions from Excel, or Add New Questions
    1. Add Existing Questions to Your Quiz: Once your questions have been created and stored on the Questions page, you can add them individually to any Static Quiz.

      Search and select your questions from the Search Existing Question field to add them to your Module.
    2. Import Questions from Excel: Click +Import Questions Via Excel and upload the question file. See here for more information on formatting: Creating Questions for Quizzes.
    3. Add a New Question: Enter the Question Title and Choose Question Type. Click + Add Question. Then you can click the edit button for that question to add the content: 
  6. If you choose Dynamic, you'll need to select a Question Category. Questions are added to Dynamic Quizzes only after they are first bundled together in Question Categories. To ensure you're prepared, check out this guide about Question Categories

    Select the category you would like to include in your quiz, and then select the number of random questions you would like pulled from that category and used in your quiz: 
  7. Now, choose if you want to Shuffle Your Questions: If you enable Shuffle Questions, the questions you have selected for your Module will be displayed in a random order to your Student.
  8. Force Sequential Ordering: If you enable Force Sequential Ordering, you will block your Student from skipping a question and moving on to the next one. All questions must be answered in the order they are displayed to the Student.
  9. Set a Minimum Passing Percentage: You can set a minimum passing percentage for your quiz. This would require your Students to meet or exceed this percentage to complete the quiz and move on to the next Module in the Course.

    Warning: A quiz will still be marked  Completed when a student does not pass the minimum passing percentage but has exhausted all their retakes, in order to allow the student to finish the course. However, when setting the Grading & Certificates for a Course, we can make sure this student will not receive the certificate for this course because they have failed this quiz.

  10. Allow Retakes: If a Student does not reach the minimum passing percentage of a quiz, you can offer them a set number of chances to attempt the quiz again.
  11. Show the Correct Answers After the Quiz 

    When a Student completes their quiz, they will be shown their scorecard. You have three options for how to display the correct answers.
    • Always will show the correct answers at the end of the quiz, whether the Student has passed or failed.
    • Never will not show the correct answers at the end of the quiz.
    • Not Until Retake Allowed will not show the correct answers if a Student failed the quiz and still has the option to retake it. Once all retakes have been exhausted, the correct answers will be displayed. If the Student passes the quiz, the correct answers will be displayed.
  12. Set the Timer: The Instructor has the option of setting a timer for the quiz. If a Student has not completed the quiz before the timer runs out, they will be unable to answer any more questions and forced to submit what they have completed up to that point.

Then, we want to make sure the module is made available in a course. Once the module has been saved, you can add it to a Course using the steps below.

For more information on viewing, editing or deleting existing Modules, see this article


Adding a Quiz Module to a Course

Now that your module has been created, you can add it to the Course or Courses so that it is accessible to Students:

  1. From the Admin Dashboard, choose Courses, then All Courses
  2. Find the Course you want to add the Module to, and click the three-dot action menu. Select Edit
  3. Click the Step 2: Curriculum tab
  4. Click "Add Module" and then opt to "Select an existing module from the list"
    1. Search the drop-down menu for your Module name, and select it.
    2. Once the Module is added to the bottom of your course list, you have the option of entering the Edit Module page to make changes to its content or removing the module from the course.
  5. Click and drag the modules to rearrange them in the order they should be presented in the course. This involves placing the modules in a suitable order along with the sections if used.
  6. You have the option to:
    1.  Lock the Module, which forces a student to complete it before being able to move on to the next module in the course
    2. Set the availability of the Module, which allows you set a date when the module will be available to a student.  This gives an Admin or Instructor the control to make modules available to students over time or to restrict a student from completing the course too quickly.
    3. You can also set a minimum amount time spent in the module that the student must abide by in the Module before being allowed to move on to the next module. 
  7. Save your course changes by clicking Update Course in the upper right corner. If you get distracted or navigate to another section of the platform, changes may not be saved if you do not update before leaving a page you have made changes to.

Please see this guide for the full details of Creating and Updating a Course.


Using Quizzes in Course Grading

Quizzes can be used to calculate the overall grade a Student receives for the Course. While editing or creating your Course, in the Grading & Certificates section, you have the option to set the grading criteria to an average of all graded Modules of your Course, or an average of specific Modules that you choose. 

You can also set a minimum passing percentage for the entire Course. A Student's average will need to meet or exceed this percentage in order to complete the Course. 

For more details, check out  Creating and Updating a Course


Student Experience of a Quiz Module

Let's go over what a Student will see during the quiz, and what their scorecard will look like.

During the Quiz

A Student's view while taking a quiz will look like this:

  • The left column displays the Module name, the timer if you have included one, and a list of the questions contained in the quiz. It will also show how many questions the student has completed (submitted an answer for).

  • On the right side is the Show Instructions button to display the overall quiz instructions the Instructor has provided.

  • There is also an optional Show Hint button if the Instructor has provided a hint for the question currently being viewed.

Scorecard

When a Student answers all their questions, or the timer runs out, they can select Submit Quiz. The quiz will be instantly graded and the Student will view their scorecard. A scorecard will include the Total Score, plus the correct answers to each question and an explanation if the Instructor has chosen to include them:

Regarding Retakes:

  • A passing quiz will say No Retake Allowed, because retaking the quiz is unnecessary.
  • A failed quiz will include a Retake button if the Instructor has allowed for retakes, and a Student has not used them all yet.