D2L/Brightspace New Quiz Creation Experience

Effective July 28, 2023, the interface for creating and editing quizzes will change permanently (from the Classic Experience to the New Quiz Creation Experience.)

More details can be found in D2L’s announcement page and we have created guide to create a simple quiz with the new experience.

The remainder of this document summarizes changes that impact the University of Calgary.

Why is this happening?

D2L is updating the quiz interface, now called the “New Quiz Creation Experience” to align it with the update to Dropbox (Assignments). They hope to make it easier for instructors who are new to the quiz interface or who are infrequent users of the interface, while maintaining the advanced features other instructors are used to using.

What is changing?


The redesigned create and edit screen in Quizzing has the same layout as the Dropbox tool (Assignments), making it familiar and easy to learn.

New quiz creation screen

Figure 1: New Quiz Creation Screen

The primary panel on the left contains common, frequently used fields that are always displayed. These fields are most relevant to learners and are core to quiz creation.

Quiz creation primary panel
Figure 2: Primary Panel of New Quiz Creation

The right-hand panel organizes additional, more advanced options such as Start and End Dates, Release Conditions, and Special Access. These options follow the same logical groupings as found in the Dropbox (Assignments.)

Right-hand accordion menu availability dates and conditions
Figure 3: Availability Dates & Conditions Accordion

While the right-hand groupings are collapsed, summary text provides details about which settings are active so you can see which settings are applied at a glance, which is perfect for when you are looking to reuse and copy existing quizzes.

Quiz creation right hand panel
Figure 4: Right Panel of New Quiz Creation

Build your quiz in one place

The Add/ Edit Questions workflow has been brought into the primary panel, giving users the ability to easily modify quiz questions without navigating to a separate interface. Users will still be able to perform the same bulk management of quiz questions from this screen such as Move To and More Actions workflows. The quiz preview functionality is also more prominent so you can be confident in what learners will see.

Quiz creation question builder
Figure 5: Question Builder in Primary Panel

Auto publish and sync to grade book

Newly created quizzes by default will auto-publish attempt results to learners and the grade book (if the quiz is connected to the grade book). D2L has updated the terminology around these two settings to better describe what is happening, and set them to on by default, creating a more streamlined connection with the grade book.

comparison of auto publish and sync to grade book workflow between classic and new creation experience
Figure 6: Before and After of Auto Publish and Synchronize Workflows

Simpler submission views

Users can now confidently prepare what the learner sees once a quiz is submitted with a redesigned Submission Views workflow now called Quiz Results Display. Simply choose from a list of common configurations or customize the display to meet your exact needs.

Quiz results display selection options
Figure 7: Quiz Results Display Options

Customization page of the quiz results display
Figure 8: Customizing Quiz Results Display

Updated page break workflow

Users can now easily and intuitively apply question paging rules to their quiz. Common paging configurations like displaying all questions together or one question per page are quick and easy to set. Further paging configurations are available by choosing to add page breaks after each section of your quiz creating a more customized experience. Quizzes created using the classic experience will see an additional option to use legacy paging which retains any previous page break settings.

Question paging options
Figure 9: Question Paging Options

Features being removed

There will be a few things leaving the new quiz creation screen that will make the page altogether less confusing and less redundant. Let’s review:

Visibility option for description, header, and footer

The On/Off visibility toggles for the Description, Header, and Footer fields have been removed. Previously, this toggle had to be explicitly set for learners to see these fields. This setting was often overlooked, leaving valuable information unseen by learners. Going forward, if there are values entered in the field, it will be visible automatically. Existing quizzes that contain information in these fields with the visibility toggled OFF will see a notice when editing their quiz in the new experience to review the impacted fields.

Visibility toggle for description field in classic experience
Figure 10: Visibility Toggle for Description Field

Edit values button

The Edit Values button that appears above the question list will be removed as the question builder workflow has been uplifted. Setting Bonus, Mandatory, and Point values in bulk on questions can be accomplished via the uplifted More Actions workflow. Setting Difficulty on quiz questions continues to be phased out of newer quiz and quiz question creation workflows and will not carry forward in the new creation experience.

Edit values button in classic experience
Figure 11: Edit Values Action Button

Student view preview

The Grades tool will still feature control over how a student’s grade is displayed, but this small preview during quiz creation will not carry forward.

Student preview field in classic experience
Figure 12: Student View Preview

Display in calendar

The display in calendar functionality for availability dates will be temporarily absent from the new quiz creation experience. When creating new quizzes, only due dates will be shown in the calendar. Availability (Start/End) Dates will not appear in the calendar by default but if desired, can be added to the calendar by using the Manage Dates tool.

Display in calendar option for availability dates
Figure 15: Display In Calendar Toggle