How to Set Up a Test or Quiz in ReggieNet (The Basics)
The Tests & Quizzes tool allows you to conduct formative and summative assessments through various question types. Learn how to navigate the interface and create a basic assessment; how to create the different question types available; how to create an assessment by copying from a Word document using markup; what the various settings do and how to adjust them; and how to handle student submissions.
Each assessment that you create separates assessments as either Drafts or Published Copies. You first create an assessment as a draft; once you are ready, you publish the assessment to make it available to students. The Tests & Quizzes tool is one of the most complex tools in ReggieNet. This document is intended as an introduction to the tool and will allow you to create and administer a basic multiple-choice assessment. There are references throughout to our other handouts that explore the details of various aspects of this tool.
Using the Tests & Quizzes tool – basic steps
Create an Assessment; You can start from scratch, or you can create some assessments by duplicating an already existing assessment or by importing an assessment exported from another course.
Add Questions; ReggieNet offers several options for adding questions to an assessment.
You can add questions one-by-one manually. See below for the basics; see ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Creating Questions for information about all the question types that are available.
You can use the Markup Text option to create an assessment by copying and pasting multiple questions. See ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Using Markup Text.
You can create questions in Question Pools and then either copy them into a test or randomly draw a subset. See ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Creating Question Pools and ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Using Question Pools.
Edit Settings; Settings allow you to control the availability, time limits, feedback, layout, and more for your assessment. See ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Settings.
Publish; Once you have an assessment completed, you need to publish it so that students can see it and complete it. If you do not publish it, students will not be able to see it, regardless of the delivery dates you set.
Handling Submissions; Once students have submitted an assessment, you have various options for grading, allowing retakes, and looking at statistics. See ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Handling Submissions.
Create an Assessment
The following steps will guide you through creating an Assessment:
Click on Tests & Quizzes in the left-hand navigation.
Click on the Add tab in the Tests & Quizzes menu. (See image to the right.)
Enter a title for the assessment in the text box labeled “Assessment Title.”
Choose Create using assessment builder.
When you create an assessment, you will be taken to the edit screen for that assessment. You can return to this screen from the Assessment list by selecting Edit from the Actions dropdown menu next to the assessment name.
ReggieNet offers 12 types of questions: True/False, Multiple Choice, Short Answer/Essay, Fill in the Blank, Matching, Hot Spot, Numeric Response, Calculated, Student Audio Response, File Upload, Survey, and Survey Matrix. For more information about the various question types, see ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Creating Questions. To begin, select the question type you would like to use from the Add Question dropdown list. This will take you to the Edit Question screen. In this example we will create a simple multiple-choice question.
Enter a point value for the question.
Choose whether the point value will be displayed.
Choose how the question will be graded; Single Correct with no other options chosen is the most basic multiple choice question type.
Enter the text for the question (stem). If you need to format your text, click the Show All Rich-Text Editors link to display the full editor.
Enter the potential answers. By default, four answer boxes are displayed (A-D). Any unused answer boxes will be ignored. There is a dropdown menu below the answer boxes that will permit you to add more answers if necessary.
Click the radio button next to the box with the correct answer.
Choose whether to randomize the answers
Scroll to the bottom and click Save.
Repeat these steps for each question you wish to add.
The settings allow you to control many aspects of the delivery of your assessment. This document will describe the minimum needed to deliver your assessment. For details of all settings, see ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Settings.
If you are still on the edit page, click the Settings link at the top of the page. If not, select Settings from the Actions dropdown menu for the assessment.
If it is not already expanded, click the Availability and Submission section.
The number of submissions allowed – set how many times a given student can attempt the assessment.
It is available – set when the assessment will first become available to students (open date).
It is due – set the due date.
And has a time limit of – check this box if you want to limit how long students have to complete the assessment once they have started and select the appropriate time limit.
Late submissions accepted – choose whether late submissions will be accepted; if so, set the date.
Email Notification – choose whether or not to receive email alerts about assessment submissions.
Question Scores – choose whether or not students can see how many points each questions is worth during the assessment.
Expand the Grading and Feedback section.
If multiple submissions – choose whether to record the highest or most recent score if multiple submissions are permitted.
Gradebook Options – if the “Send assessment score to Gradebook” option is checked, a new item will be created in the Gradebook when the assessment is published. If there is already an item with the same name, you will receive an error message.
Feedback – here instructors can adjust the settings to determine how and when students receive feedback on the assessment.
To save any changes to settings, scroll to the bottom and click Save. Or, if you wish to publish the assessment, click Save Settings and Publish.
You can see an approximation of how the quiz will appear to students by selecting Preview, either from the edit page or from the Actions dropdown menu.
Once you are satisfied with your assessment, you need to publish it to make it available to students. You can do this by:
Selecting Publish from the Actions dropdown menu for the Draft version.
Selecting Publish from the menu on the Edit assessment page.
Clicking Save and Publish when on the Settings page.
You will see a confirmation page, which also has an option to add the due date to the Calendar if that tool is present. Publishing a quiz makes a copy; it will be labeled as either active or inactive, depending on whether the current time is within the availability dates.
Note: Do not remove draft versions of assessments; published copies are not available for duplication, export, or to be imported into another site.
Submissions can be viewed by going to the Scores page. This can be accessed by either selecting Scores from the Actions dropdown menu, or by clicking on the number displayed in the Submitted column. You can click on a student name to view and grade their submission. For more options in handling submissions, see ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes – Handling Submissions.
Assessment parts; Assessments can have multiple Parts. Each part can have its own introductory text and attachment(s) and can be displayed on a separate page. Parts can also be set up to draw on their own question pools.
Restoring deleted assessments; If you have removed an assessment, you can restore it by clicking Restore Assessments from the Tests & Quizzes menu bar.
Editing assessments; Occasionally, students may have problems with an assessment, or you may discover problems on your own. In those cases, ReggieNet offers the ability to edit both unpublished and published assessments to fix those difficulties.
Using images in assessments; Images can be added to questions either as attachments or by inserting them into the question using the text editor. If tests or questions will be re-used in another class or semester, it is best to store the images on a web server or in your personal Resources folder and insert them by linking to the appropriate URL. If images are added directly, they end up tied to the original course, and anyone (such as a student in another course) without access to the original course cannot see the image.