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Using the Question Library in D2L

The Question Library in D2L is a repository for quiz questions. It can be used to store quiz questions and randomly add questions or subsets of questions to a quiz.

Creating sections within the Question Library allows instructors to organize and easily access questions. Questions can be added manually or imported from a quiz. Once in the Question Library, questions can be imported into a quiz.

Add Sections to the Question Library

As a best practice, it is recommended to create a section in the Question Library, then add quiz questions to this section. This will make it easier to select the questions to add to a quiz, especially if the questions will be randomized. (See Randomizing Quizzes for more information.)

  1. Go to the Quizzes area. 
  2. The Manage Quizzes page will open. Select Question Library.
  3. Select New.
  4. Select Section
  5. The New Section page will open. Enter a name for the section in the "Section Name" field.
  6. Select Save
  7. The Question Library page will appear again, and the new section will appear in its list of items.

Add Questions to the Question Library

There are 12 question types in D2L (multiple-choice, written response, etc.), and the process for building each question type is slightly different. This section provides an overview of the process, but detailed, step-by-step instructions for each question type can be found on the D2L Resource Center website.

  1. Go to the Quizzes area. 
  2. The Manage Quizzes page will open. Select Question Library.
  3. Select the section to which to add questions.
  4. Select New.
  5. Use the dropdown menu to select the question type to add.
  6. Fill out all required fields for the question type and any optional fields:
    • The “Question Text” field is required. This is what is displayed to students.
    • A point value is required for all questions. The default is 1 point.
    • All questions can be named with the optional "Title" field or by selecting Options and Add a Short Description from the dropdown menu. If a title or description is not entered, the system will use the full question text as the title. The title or description is never displayed to students.
    • “Weight” refers to what percent credit a student will receive for selecting an answer. Some questions will automate a weight for the question, while others will need to be specified. The weight of some questions can be customized for partial credit by selecting Options and then Add Custom Weights from the dropdown menu.
    • The "Feedback" field gives information to students who select that answer. They will only be able to see it after they have submitted their answers to the quiz. Feedback can be added in the "Feedback" field next to the question or by selecting Options and Add Feedback, depending on the question type.
    • Text entered in the "Question Hints" field or by selecting Add Hint from the Options dropdown menu can be viewed by students as they are answering the question.
  7. When finished creating the question choose from the following options:
    • Select Save to return to the main Question Library page.
    • Select Save and Copy to save the question and create a new question of the same type that retains the current properties.
    • Select Save and New to save the question and to continue creating questions of the same type.

Note: To preview a question, select Preview at the bottom of the page.

Import Questions to a Quiz from the Question Library

  1. Go to the quiz into which to import questions.
  2. Select Add/Edit Questions.
  3. Select Import.
  4. Select Browse Question Library.
  5. The Browse Question Library page will appear with a list of section titles. To import questions from another quiz instead, select the Source dropdown menu and choose title of the quiz.
  6. Select the section in the Question Library that to import questions from, or select the arrow next to the section title to view a list of all questions in that section.
  7. Select the checkboxes next to the section or questions to import.
  8. Select Add when finished. The questions will be added to the quiz.

Import Questions from a Quiz to the Question Library

  1. Go to the Quizzes area.
  2. Select Question Library.
  3. Select New.
  4. Select Section from the dropdown menu.
  5. A new folder will be created. Enter a title for the folder.
  6. Select Save.
  7. Select the new section that was created.
  8. Select Import.
  9. Select Browse Existing Questions from the dropdown menu.
  10. A popup will open. Select Source.
  11. Choose the quiz to be imported.
  12. Choose the questions to be added.
  13. Select Add.
  14. When finished, select Done Editing Questions.


Once questions have been added to the Question Library, quizzes can be created with randomized questions. View Randomizing Quizzes for more information.

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