eLearning Quiz Features:

This page was created to provide a quick overview of (and links to) quiz features in Desire2Learn that can discourage academic dishonesty.

The Academic Technology Center encourages the use of these features:

  • Research by the Center for Academic Integrity has shown repeatedly that telling students not to cheat, and incorporating barriers to cheating, serve as a powerful deterrent to Academic Dishonesty.
  • These features are easy to implement.

These features are in AskATC and are linked here for your convenience.

While creating your quiz in "Quizzes" area of eLearning you will encounter the Properties Tab:

  • Optional Advanced Properties allow you to "Disable Right-Click", and "Disable Pager Access"(Quiz Common Features, at the middle of the page).
  • Messages allow you to send simple but powerful messages to students that will discourage Academic Dishonesty.
    • Additionally, the use of "Replacement Strings" allow you to personalize these messages.
    • Adding this code directly into the text of the message will put the student's name in the message!:
      • {FirstName} {LastName}, do not cheat!
      • It's case sensitive, so upper-case letters must be used where indicated.
      • Try it!
    • "Description" and "Introduction" are available BEFORE the student starts the exam.
    • The Page Header and Page Footer are displayed at the top and bottom of each page in the quiz.

The "Restrictions Tab" provides access to features that limit the availability of the exam.

  • Here you can invoke the Respondus LockDown Browser (highly recommended).
    • If you have concerns about the Respondus LockDown Browser working properly during your students' exams, give them a short and simple exam in the first week of class and REQUIRE the Respondus LockDown Browser.
    • This will ensure that they have installed and successfully used the Respondus LockDown Browser prior to their first significant assessment.
  • Also, this tab allows you to set "Timing" strategies (Quiz Common Features, at the bottom of the page).
    • Generally, if you expect your students to know the information without access to any outside resource (textbook, notes, etc.), 45-60 seconds per question should suffice.
    • However, if you allow the use of the textbook or notes, you might consider 1 1/2 - 2 minutes per question?

The "Layout/Questions" Tab is where you can Randomize question responses (NOT: All of the above), and develop quizzes with Randomly generated questions.

  • How many questions do you need in your question bank for an effective Random quiz?
    • The more the better.
    • However, even if you have only 10 questions for a 10-question random quiz, at least the questions will appear in a different order for each student.
    • Generally, a quiz bank that contains 3-times as many questions as will be randomly selected for the quiz is ideal.
    • Somewhere in between is adequate.