Online quizzes: best practices

D2L quiz tools enables instructors to create a wide selection of points–based question types ranging from multiple choice questions, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, matching, and written responses.  Here you will find a list of best practices, tips and tricks, and extra information to help you create a powerful Quiz.

The “Prevent Moving Backward” Feature in D2L

Students often struggle with the restriction to only move forward in a linear fashion in quizzes since it limits their ability to work on sections of the quiz in the order they choose, view previous answers, and change responses as they wish. Due to experience in face-to-face courses, they are accustomed to moving between questions of an exam. This movement allows them to check and change responses as needed, and to manage their time appropriately. For example, some have been advised to write quizzes in this manner as a best practice, so that they can do easier questions first and go back to more difficult ones later. The shift to a new platform (online) and new process of test-taking (more restrictive) has resulted in increased test-related stress and anxiety for some students.  Although it is not clear if preventing moving backwards promotes academic integrity, it seems to contribute to increased stress, anxiety, and compromised learning experiences for students. 

Question variation

Create a quiz that has a variety of quiz question types and mixture of lower and higher-level questions that elicit application, integration, and evaluation. 

Overview of question types

Quiz Question TypesQuiz Question
Multiple choice question Which element would you select to show…? 
Short answer question Which approach would you use to…? 
Fill-in-the-blank question Can you list three…? 
Written response question  Suppose you could___what would you do? 
Matching question What facts can you compile using the following…? 
True/False Online learning offers students flexibility. 

View a complete list of D2L quiz question types here.

Using the D2L question library

Create and store quiz questions into the D2L Question Library and retrieve them when you are ready to import the questions into a D2L quiz. View the links below for more details. 

  • Benefits of D2L question library
  • Import questions into question library

Setting up a Quiz

Create a quiz using the instructions from How to set up a simple quiz or view how to Create a New Quiz using the Quiz Builder video below. After creating a quiz, think about how you would like to add quiz questions by viewing some of the tutorials below. Don’t forget to preview your quiz as a learner so you can see what the students see!

Associating Grades and Feedback

Student Accessibility

Academic Integrity

To view the entire Quizzes Tool Playlist on YouTube, visit Quizzes Tool for Instructors