D2L - Creating a Random Question Section

Last Updated: 08/16/2017
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D2L allows for instructors to create sections that randomly order questions for every student. These questions are pulled from a question library to provide a different quiz for each student. Due to questions being randomly selected, all questions will be assigned the same point value. This documentation explains the process of:

  1. Placing questions in the Question Library
  2. Creating a random question section
  3. Importing questions

Step 1

Add to Question Library

Click Quizzes, located in the Assessments drop-down menu.

*Note: If you already have questions you wish to use in the question library, move to step 5.

Step 2

Click Question Library.

Step 3

Add questions to the library by clicking either the New or Import button.

Note: Step 4 shows the import process. If you wish to create new questions, reference the Creating Quiz Questions documentation for explanations on all D2L question types.

Step 4

At the import screen select your desired options and questions, then click Save. Options include:

  • Import Source: Select From an Existing Collection to get questions from your D2L course. 
  • Source Collection: A list of possible Quizzes or Surveys to add questions from
  • Source Section: Select Collection Root
  • Question list: The available questions to choose from will appear based on your collection source 

Step 5

Create Random Section

Click Quizzes, located in the Assessments drop-down menu.

Step 6

Click on the name of the quiz you wish to add a random question section to.

*Note: If you are creating a new quiz, this process is essentially the same. A quiz is created by clicking the New Quiz button. If you run into issues, reference the Create a Quiz tutorial.

Step 7

Under the Properties tab, select Add/Edit Questions.

Step 8

Click the New dropdown menu.

Step 9

Select Random Section from the New drop-down menu.

Step 10

Name the section.

Step 11

Choose any additional options you wish, then click Save.

Step 12

Import Questions

Click on the title of the newly created section.

Step 13

Click the Import button.

Step 14

Much like when importing to the Question Library, select your collection source (e.g. Collection Root), then choose the questions you wish to have randomized. When finished, click Save.

*Note: If your quiz already has the questions that you wish to have randomized, D2L will not place them in the section. The following message will appear: # of the questions you chose to import already appear in the collection. To get the questions in the random section, the questions will need to be deleted in the quiz prior to import.

Step 15

Choose the number of questions to give per quiz, as well as how much each question will be worth, then click Save.

*Note: Due to the questions being randomized, individual questions within the collection have to have the same point value.

Step 16

Click the Done Editing Questions button.

Step 17

Click the Save and Close button.