Teaching Commons > Teaching Guides > Technology > Desire2Learn > Tools > Quizzes > Changing Quiz Settings
There are many settings options for quizzes. The most common ones are listed below. Contact the FITS Central Support Team at
firstname.lastname@example.org if there are questions about a quiz setting that is not listed here.
Start, Due, and End Dates can be used to make a quiz available to students for a limited time. Students will be able to view information about the quiz, but will not be able to start taking it before the Start Date or after the End Date. There are two types of date restrictions for quizzes.
Note: An End Date only restricts the ability to start the quiz, not to complete the quiz. For example, if a student starts a quiz that has a 60 minute time limit at 5 minutes before the End Date/time the student will still have 60 minutes to complete the quiz.
Note: Start, Due, and End Dates on a quizzes can also be set in Content if the quiz is linked in a content module. See
Content for more information.
Note: When faced with the inability to make changes students often panic and leave the quiz without submitting. See the section "Submitting a Student's Quiz Attempts" in
Solving Issues with Submitting Quizzes to learn how to resolve this issue.
Note: If multiple students get the same new restrictions they can be added all at one time. Repeat for each student (or set of students) that require special settings.
By default, students are allowed one chance to take a quiz. Instructors may choose to allow students multiple attempts.
Note: If multiple attempts are allowed and the quiz is associated with a grade item, the score to be transferred to the gradebook will need to be specified.
Note: Change the number of attempts across multiple quizzes on the "Manage Quizzes" page by selecting the checkboxes next to the names of the quizzes, then select the
Bulk Edit link at the top of the list. Reset the number of attempts for each quiz in the "Attempts Allowed" column.
By default, only the overall quiz score achieved by a student is displayed on the quiz submission confirmation page. An instructor can choose to adjust the default submission view to include other elements like feedback, questions that the student answered incorrectly, questions the student answered correctly and/or the correct answers. It is also possible to add additional views that are available after a specific date.
Note: If date restricted submission views have been added to a course the instructor will want to be sure to revise the dates when the course is copied into a future term section as these views will be immediately visible to students as the dates will be in the past.
Note: To ensure that quiz questions and answers are not available past the time the quiz is available, create a second Additional View within the Submission Views tab and name it “Shut down view.” Select
No in the "View Details" section and select the date/time the first additional view should close to students. This second additional view will “shut down” the first additional view as only the most recent submission view is the active one. This is particularly important if instructors are planning to migrate the quiz to another semester. Failure to “shut down” the first additional view will allow students in future semesters to use the view right after completing the quiz, which could facilitate cheating. Even if the quiz will not be re-used in the future, setting up a “shut down view” is a best practice that prevents future problems.
Respondus Lockdown Browser is a tool that can be used to help prevent cheating when students are taking an exam in a proctored environment like a lab. It is not recommended for use in a non-proctored environment as it only affects the device the student is using to take the exam. For online classes that require proctoring of remote exams, see
Using Respondus Monitor for information on remote proctoring.
Once changes to the quiz settings have been changed, preview it to make sure everything is correct before students begin taking it. View Previewing Quizzes for more information.
Have a quiz you need set up in D2L? Fill out this quick form, and the FITS staff will create it in D2L using the file you send us.