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Quiz Tools

Create a quiz, survey, or self-assessment, review the results, and see class statistics.

Creating a Quiz

The VU Collaborate Quiz tool is effective at testing and identifying gaps in knowledge and providing feedback to instructors and students. You can create a quiz in VU Collaborate and link it to the Gradebook to form a component of students' assessments. This guide will show you how to create a quiz, insert restrictions by date and student, link to the Gradebook and the reports that can be generated.

This guide illustrates the steps needed to create and set up a quiz. 

Quizzes can only be created by Block Convenors or Block Key Academics in the master space. Once the quiz is transferred into the delivery space (automatically two weeks before class starts) only minor changes can be made. 


Step One: Access Quizzes

 1. To begin, navigate to Assessment then select Quizzes.

From the navbar click assessments, then select quiz from the dropdown menu

2. Select New Quiz to create a blank quiz.

new quiz 

Step Two: Setup Quiz Properties

2.1 Creating a quiz

The first tab to start with when creating a quiz is the Properties tab. Fill in the following fields:

1. Name: This is where you enter the title of your quiz. This should match the title of the grade item if the quiz is contributing to a final grade.

Text input field for the quiz name

2. Category: If desired (optional), select a category to group the quiz. You can either choose an existing category from the dropdown or create a new one by clicking the link [add category].

quiz category input field

3. Add/ Edit questions: You can add new questions to the quiz or make edits to the existing question in the quiz. Click Add/Edit questions button to add questions to the quiz.

quiz add/edit questions button

There are two ways of adding your questions:

add or import questions

Once all the questions are added, you can move them by selecting the question then select Move To and choose whether you want to move the question Top of the Quiz or Bottom of the Quiz or to Section.

For more details about how to add questions to the quiz please see Creating Questions in the Question Library 

Additional Properties

4. Description/ Introduction: This is where you describe your quiz

5. Page Header/Footer: You can add this to your quiz. For example, AAA1000 Assessment 2 Quiz

6. Optional Advanced Properties: This can be added for further advanced communication options such as email alerts and restricting communication with other students.  Select the appropriate properties for your quiz or leave blank.


Step Three: Setting Restrictions

1. Click the Restrictions tab. 


2. Students will only be able to see and access the quiz when the checkbox next to Hide from Users is unchecked.

edit quiz hide from users

Some instructors use this option as well as, or instead of setting dates as shown below. This can be useful if there are multiple classes of students taking the same quiz. You are able to make the quiz visible once a class has started and hide it again once the students have completed the quiz. If this is done alongside changing the password for each class (in point 5), it ensures that students in different classes will not be able to access the quiz until it is their set time to do so.

3. In addition to activating the quiz, you also need to make sure the dates are set correctly. Set a Due Date for when the quiz is to be completed. Adding a Start Date and End Date for the quiz will determine when the quiz is visible to students. The start date is the date that students will be able to see the quiz and the end date is when it will become hidden from them.  


If students will sit for the quiz on campus, you might also be required to activate Respondus LockDown Browser in the Security Options. For more information on Respondus LockDown Browser, please see the guide Respondus LockDown Browser.

Respondus LockDown Browser is ONLY available to students sitting their quiz on campus. 

4. Under Optional Advanced Restrictions, a password may be entered and students will have to enter this password to start the quiz. 

5. Click the drop-down menu to expand optional advanced restrictions.

This is where you can input a password for the quiz or set IP restrictions (restricting access to those who use a specific type of IP address).

expand optional advanced restrictions


Step Four: Setting Timing and Availability

In the Timing section fill in the following fields:

1.  Time Limit: Enter a time limit for your quiz. 

  • Recommended time limit: This allows you to specify the time limit for the quiz and identify whether you want a clock to appear on the screen while the students complete the quiz.
  • Enforced time limit: This specifies the time limit for the students to complete the quiz. It allows you to set a grace period before the quiz is flagged as late.

You can enforce a time limit if needed and show the clock. The default time limit is 120 minutes. 

recommended time

2Click Enforced Time Limit to edit the Grace Period. 

  • Grace period: This is an additional window of time granted to students to continue working on their quiz after the enforced time limit expires. This time is not shown on the clock. Any student who does not submit their work within this time will be flagged as a late submission and any changes made to their answers after the grace period expires will not be saved. (In the example below the grace period has been set to 5 minutes).

Grace period

3.  Exceeded Time Limit Behaviour: Select what will happen when the grace period provided has ended.

  • Allow students to continue working: This allows students to take as much time as needed to complete the quiz but flags the quiz as late.
  • Prevent the students from making further changes: This will prevent students from making any further changes to their answers. If the student does not click submit after the grace period expires their submission is flagged as late.
  • Allow the student to continue working, but automatically score the attempt as zero after an extended deadline: This will allow the student to continue working on the quiz but will automatically score them a zero once the time expires.

The timer to a quiz begins the moment the student enters the quiz and can see the quiz questions. If a student has exited a quiz before submitting (e.g., poor internet connection has kicked them out of the quiz) please note, the timer will continue running in the background. If a student has exceeded the time limit before they are able to return back into the quiz, then the teacher will need to do the following:
1. Submit the quiz on behalf of the student. For more information, please see this guide: Submitting a quiz on behalf of a student
2. Provide Special Access to the student to complete the quiz. For more information, please continue reading to the next section: 4.2 Special Access Capabilities

Late submissions are flagged in red. 

4.2 Special Access Capabilities

1. Click Allow selected users special access, to create special access to the quiz. Special Access is often due to assignment extensions but can also apply to the length of time available to complete a quiz.


2. Click Add Users to Special Access to alter the settings for these individual students.


3. Add Special Access to Quiz allows you to alter any individual setting you wish. You can change:

  • The due date,
  • Availability of the quiz,
  • The amount of time available to complete the quiz, and
  • The number of attempts at the quiz the student/s can take. 

create a quiz Special access properties

4. After you finish modifying special access properties, select the student that these changes will apply to.

You can use the search box to find a particular student or scroll through the list of students. Once you have found the student in the list, click the checkbox to the left of their name. 

Create a quiz Add users to special access

5. Click Add Special Access at the bottom of your screen to finalise this process.

add special access


Step Five: Assessment Setup

5.1 There are a number of assessment options for the quiz in terms of linking to grade items and rubrics.

1. Click on the Assessment tab for options to edit grade application and student views.


2. Here you will be able to add more settings to the quiz.

Assessment Tab

1) Automatic Grade: When this is selected, the quiz is automatically graded by the system using the answers that were entered when adding the questions. The score displayed is only what the system can auto-grade (Multiple Choice, Tue/False, etc). If ‘allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion’ is unchecked in Quiz-assessment tab settings, then one will need to publish results in the Quiz-grade view within the delivery space

2) Grade Item: This allows you to link the quiz to its respective grade item in the gradebook. Click the dropdown menu to link a grade item. Alternatively, you may add a grade item by clicking add grade item.

3) Auto Export to Grades: This setting allows the grades to be automatically sent to the gradebook. If ‘allow automatic export to grade’ is unchecked in Quiz-assessment tab settings, then ‘Export to Grades’ needs to be selected in the Quiz-grade view also within the delivery space. 

If both (1 and 3) are unchecked, you need to both ‘publish’ and hit ‘Export to Grades’ before grades are pushed through to Gradebook within the delivery space.

4)  Student preview:  This is the quiz score students will see once grading has been completed.

5)  ePortfolio artefacts: When this option is checked, users can add the submission view of this quiz to their ePortfolio as a certified artefact.


5.2 Within the Attempts area in the assessment tab, complete the following fields: 

1. Scroll down to Attempts allowed and click. Select the number of attempts you would like to allow. 


2. If the number of attempts provided is between 2 - 10, you can choose how Overall Grade Calculation works by clicking the drop-down. 

overall grade

You can allow users one or more quiz attempts and calculate a grade based on their highest attempt, lowest attempt, first attempt, last attempt, or an average of all attempts.


Step Six: Setting Submission Views

New Quiz Submission Views

When finished setting your quiz Attempts, click the Submission Views tab. This is where you determine what the student will see after they have submitted their quiz. 

Within the Submission Views and in the Default View section complete the following fields.

1.  Default view: A default quiz submission view will appear to users after each quiz attempt submission. You can keep the system default as shown or create another.

2.  Additional views: You can create and select a customised view through Additional Views.

submission views

3. To edit the Default View, click on the Default View title.

Default View

4. Enter the Message. This is where you can let the students know if the quiz will be marked manually so that they do not expect to receive their grade immediately after completing the quiz. 

Quiz Message

5. Under View Details, is where you define what the student sees when they have completed and submitted the quiz. The default is set to No which means only the students' score will be displayed. You can select Yes to modify. 

View Details 

For more information on how to edit Submission Views within VU Collaborate, please read the following guide: Managing the quiz submission view, scores and providing feedback.

6. If you select Yes you can choose one of the following:

  • Show questions answered incorrectly: All questions graded with a point less than the total possible points will be displayed. The teacher's feedback is also displayed if any.
  • Show questions answered correctly: All questions answered correctly will be displayed as well as the teacher's feedback.
  • Show all questions without user responses: All the questions will be displayed without any responses from the students.
  • Show all questions with user responses: All the questions will be displayed along with all students' responses and the teacher's feedback.
  • Show question answers: This displays the answers next to each question that appears
  • Show question score out of score:  This displays the points earned on each question and the total points possible (Recommended)
  • Show attempt score and overall attempt score: This displays the score to students as soon as the quiz has been graded. The score displayed is only what the system is able to auto-grade.

6.  Once complete, click Save to proceed or Cancel if you would like to start again. 


Step Seven: Adding a Report

1. Reports are usually used if you are sharing a quiz between classes and you would like to see how a class or specific students performed individual in questions and the quiz overall. To create a quiz report, navigate to Reports Setup and then click Add Report.

Add report

2.  Enter a Report Name and select a Report Type. 


The following options are available for your report:

  • Question Statistics: Displays class average, score distribution, includes bonus questions, and the Out Of value for each question.
  • Question Details: Displays question difficulty levels, text responses, includes bonus questions, and shows all private comments. 
  • User Statistics: Displays class average, score distribution, and Org Defined ID.
  • Attempt Details: Displays Org Defined ID and duration of quiz attempt.
  • User Attempts: Displays Org Defined ID.

You can choose to immediately release the report after a quiz submission, or enter an alternate date and time.

3.  In the Release Report To area, select the checkboxes next to the roles you want to release the report to. This will usually just be to Convenors and Instructors.

release report to 

4.  Click Save and Close to finalize your Quiz. Remember to see the separate guide Creating Questions in the Question Library for the various question types.


Quiz Question Converter

The Quiz Question Converter tool allows you to create your questions in a word document and converts the word document into a CSV file for you to import into the Brightspace Question Library. The Quiz Question Converter is available within the VU Collaborate Essentials unit space in VU Collaborate.

For more information on how to access the tool within VU Collaborate, please read the following guide: Quiz Converter Tool

quiz question converter 

The Quiz Question Converter currently supports the following question types:

  • True or False
  • Multiple Choice
  • Multi-Select
  • Written Response
  • Short Answer
  • Matching Question
  • Ordering Question

For additional instructions follow this link.


Importing Quiz Questions into the Question Library

It is recommended that quiz questions are created within the Question Library for storage and reusability. However, sometimes you might forget to do this step and create questions within your quiz. Questions within quizzes can now be imported into the Question Library following the steps below.

1. Select Assessments and then Quizzes.

Select Assessments and then Quizzes

2. Select Question Library.

Select Question Library

3. Select New and then Sections to create a new folder to import your questions into.

Select New and then Sections to create a new folder

4. Give your section a title so it will be easy to pinpoint where your questions should be stored. Tick both Hide options to ensure students don't see the title and section text. Once all settings are ticked select Save.

Name your section so it will be easy to pinpoint where the questions should be stored once all settings are ticked select Save

5. Select the Section Folder to enter the newly created folder.

Select the Section to enter the folder

6. Select Import and then select Browse Existing Questions.

Select Import and then select Browse Existing Questions

7. Select the Dropdown menu that states Source and then select the Quiz you wish to extract your questions from. 

Select the Dropdown menu that states Source and then select the Quiz you wish to extract your questions from

8. Tick which questions you would like to import across into the Section Folder. Select Import to finalise the importation.

You may select the Tick Box at the top to select all questions.

Tick which questions you would like to import across select Import once done

Questions should now be copied within the Section Folder for future use and editing.


Further Support

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