Thursday, March 26, 2015

Did you know you can view the event logs for Quizzes?

Instructors can view the Quizzes Event Log for any attempt that that a student has on a Quiz. The Quizzes Event Log will display a list of the student’s actions while in the Quiz attempt including when they enter and exit the Quiz, when they save a response, when a Quiz has been submitted, and the option to view the IP address from which they initiated an action during the Quiz attempt.

To view a Quiz event log:

  1. Select Quizzes from the assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Downward-Facing Triangle next to the quiz title.
  3. Select Grade.
  4. Select the Attempt you wish to see a quiz event log for.
  5. Select Quizzes Event Log. The log will display in a pop up window.
    NOTE:  Select the Checkbox next to show IP address in order to view the IP address for each action taken in the quiz.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Monitor a Desire2Learn Quiz in Real-Time

Instructors who use Desire2Learn online testing may wish to view student progress, in Real-Time, as the quiz is in progress (remote proctoring).  If the quiz is connected to a gradebook item, monitoring can be easily accomplished with a few quick modifications to the gradebook display options.

Display the Entire Class Listing on a Single Screen


  1. At the bottom of the Enter Grades screen, there is a drop down box with the text “Per Page” beside it.  Click the drop down arrow and select a number that is greater than the total number of students in the class.  All students are now listed on a single webpage.
  2. Next, click the Settings icon in the upper right and set the Number of users before column header repeats item to zero.  This will eliminate the repeating column headers and allow more students to be displayed without scrolling.

Display the Exam and the Final Calculated Grade


  1. At the top of the Enter Grades screen, click the More Actions button and select the Hide/Show Columns item.
  2. In the Hide/Show Columns pop-up window, uncheck all items (double click the upper most box to achieve this quickly).
  3. If necessary scroll this listing, place checks next to the Quiz_You_Are_Proctoring and the Final Calculated Grade item (optional).
  4. Click the Save button. 
  5. The gradebook Enter Grades screen will now only display the score of any quiz that has been submitted or a blank cell for a quiz in progress.  Press the F5 key periodically to refresh (update) the listing.

Blog Post Author: John Thommen

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Did you know students can view quiz submissions through User Progress?

In Desire2Learn, Students can view submissions to closed quizzes through the User Progress tool.  When a quiz is unavailable, it will no longer appear for students on the Quizzes screen.  This prevents students from taking the quiz but also prevents them from viewing their quiz results.  However, through the User Progress tool, students can view their quiz results at any time.


When a student views a quiz attempt through User Progress, what they see is determined by the submission view settings for the quiz.  An instructor can change the default submission view or add an additional submission view which can be made available after the quiz closes.   In this way, what a student sees immediately after submitting a quiz, and what they see after the quiz closes can be different.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Using Limited-Duration Submission Views with Quizzes

In Desire2Learn, Instructors can allow students to view quiz results for a limited amount of time by creating limited-duration submission views. Sometimes Instructors want students to see all of the questions they missed and the correct answer immediately after submitting a quiz or while still in the classroom, but not once they leave class. Using an additional limited-duration submission view provides a way to automate this behavior.

  1. Select Quizzes from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Quiz that you wish to create an additional submission view for.
  3. Select the Submission Views tab.
  4. Select Add Additional View.
     
  5. Enter a Name for the new submission view.
  6. Select the Date the additional view should become available to students.
  7. Select the Checkbox under Limited Duration.
  8. Enter the Number of Minutes this view should be available to students after submitting their quiz.
  9. Select the appropriate options under View Details.
  10. Select Save.
When a student submits a quiz for which a limited duration submission view is configured, they will see the results selected under the additional view settings.  A red Available until message will display with the time the submission view will disappear.  When that time is reached, the screen will automatically refresh to the default submission view.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Have you considered personalizing emails you send to multiple users?

In Desire2Learn, Instructors can use replacement strings to personalize email messages send to multiple students without having to create separate, individual emails by using Replacement Strings.  Replacement strings will dynamically change the information indicated by in the string (including brackets) with the information for the recipient of the email. For example, by using the {FirstName} Replacement String, each recipient will receive an email personalized with their own first name as stored in Desire2Learn.

The Replacement Strings available for sending emails are:
  • {OrgUnitName} - Enters the name of the course.
  • {FirstName} - Enters the first name of the recipient of the email.
  • {LastName} - Enters the last name of the recipient of the email.
  • {UserName} - Enters the Username (Example: smithj1) of the recipient of the email.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Did you know you can view Quiz Statistics from within Desire2Learn?

  1. Select Quizzes from the Assessments drop-down menu on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the Quiz that you wish view statistics on.
  3. Select Statistics.
  4. Choose the Tab you wish to view the data for (Users or Questions).
    NOTE: Statistics and details can also be exported to CSV; however, Desire2Learn will only export the statistics from the tab you are currently viewing.