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New Quiz Creation Experience

What is the New Quiz Creation Experience?

The goal is to simplify common tasks for first-time or infrequent users, while giving easy access to the advanced features that experienced power-users love. Bringing consistency to how activities in Brightspace are created will help achieve this goal. D2L recently re-imagined the creation experience for Assignments, and now we're getting a similar experience in Quizzing.

All existing quizzes are compatible with the new quiz creation experience and users can safely opt-in and out to try out new workflows and share their feedback.

Important Note: When adding images to quizzes, you must use the "Insert Image" icon to upload your images and add alt text (image description - do not check decorative). Pasting images directly can result in loss of the image at a later time.

Is the New Quiz Creation Experience required?

NOTE: Beginning late Fall Semester 2022, the New Quiz Creation Experience will be ON by default, with the option to opt out. It will not be required until Summer 2023.

Once you click New Quiz you will be taken to the New Quiz setup page.

new quiz button

You can either leave it on or turn it off by clicking on the dropdown arrow in the top right corner.

dropdown arrow to turn on or off

If you choose to Turn it off, you will receive a dialog with a dropdown asking you to select a reason why you're turning it off. Choose an option and enter any comments/feedback, if applicable, then click Done.

turn it off prompt

If you'd like to turn it back on, simply click the dropdown arrow again and select Turn it on.

What's Changing?

• Consistent layout

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

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.

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 Assignments.

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.

Right Panel of New Quiz Creation

• Build your quiz in one place

The add/edit question 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.

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). Terminology around these two settings has been updated to better describe what is happening, and set them to on by default, creating a more streamlined connection with the grade book.

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 OptionsCustomizing 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

Sunsetting of workflows

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

• 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 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 View Preview

Coming soon

As part of the new quiz creation experience, not all workflows and functionality will be available with this first release, rather, they will come later as part of the continuous release process. We heard your feedback and plan to keep this list as small as possible, understanding that communicating and handling these sorts of updates can be time consuming. The two capabilities listed below will return to the new quiz creation experience before the classic workflow fully retires, but no immediate timeline is available.

• 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 Toggle

• Learning outcomes (released in 20.22.9)

The ability to view and align quiz questions using the Learning Outcomes tool is available in the new quiz creation experience as part of the 20.22.9 update. Quiz question alignments created using the classic experience are compatible with the new experience and users can expect to see the alignments carry forward when trying out the new experience.

Learning Outcome Tags and Align to Standards More Action For Quiz Questions

Additional Training & Resources

  • Enroll in the Instructor - D2L Self-directed Training course in D2L:
  • Become a member of the Brightspace Community where you can:
    • Find product information, release notes, documentation, videos and webinars.
    • Share product ideas with D2L, and your knowledge & resources with others.
    • Connect with other users and D2L staff through membership and discussion forums.


Contact the MSU IT Services Help Desk for additional support:

  • Phone - (517) 432-6200
  • Toll-free - (844) 678-6200
  • Via email -

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