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How to Use Quiz Center
This guide will take you through the basic steps of creating and editing quizzes, as well as restricting access to quizzes to certain groups of students or individual students.
 
Your Quizzes Your Groups
Create a Quiz Set Up a New Group
View or Delete a Quiz Add Students to a Group
Edit a Quiz Remove Students from a Group
Restrict a Quiz Delete a Group
Unrestrict a Quiz View a Quiz Log

 
Create a Quiz
 
When you click on Create a Quiz from the Your Quizzes menu of Quiz Center, you're taken to a three page form that walks you through all the steps necessary to generate your quiz. What follows is a full explanation of each page.
 
A. Page One-Getting Started
  • Filename
    This is the name under which the quiz will be saved in your Custom Classroom. The file name can be any combination of letters and numbers. You will be notified if a file with the same name already exists. If one does exist, you can decide whether you want to overwrite the existing file or enter a different file name.
     
  • Title
    This is the title of the quiz. It will appear at the top of the quiz that is generated (and in the subject field of the message sent to the instructor if you're making a email-in test). This can be the same as the filename, but it doesn't have to be.
     
  • Author
    The name of the person creating the quiz. This will appear just below the quiz title on the final quiz page. You may leave this blank if you choose.
     
  • Scoring method
    There are four options that dictate how the answers will be handled when they are submitted: self test, retry test, email-in test, and correct & email test.
    • Self-test-The answers are corrected online and the results are immediately displayed for the student along with the correct answers for those questions the student got wrong.
    • Retry test-The same as the self-test, except it doesn't show the correct answers.
    • Email-in test-Simply sends the students' answers to the teacher's e-mail address without checking an answer key. (For obvious reasons, essay tests must be email-in tests).
    • Correct & email tests-An answer key is generated and the quiz is corrected online, but the results are mailed to the teacher and not displayed for the student.

  • Quiz language
    Quiz center cannot translate any of the content you put in, such as the actual questions and answers. It can only translate words on the quiz template itself (phrases like "Your answer:"; "True"; "False"; "Submit answers"; etc.). The default language is English.
     
  • Number of questions
    Your quiz must contain at least one question.
     
  • Question type
    You may select from among five options: short answer (i.e., fill-in), true-false, essay, multiple choice, and mixed type.
    • Short answer—Generates the question and a blank space for the answer.
    • True-false—Generates the question and radio buttons for selecting true and false.
    • Multiple choice—Generates a quiz that lists the answer and all of its alternatives selectable by radio buttons.
    • Essay—Generates the question and a text area for each answer. (If you select essay, Quiz Center will assume you are creating a email-in test. See above [link to explanation above]).
    • Mixed type—Allows you to combine all types of questions into one quiz.
B. Page Two-Options
  • E-mail address
    This is required only if you're making a email-in test or a correct & email test. Below this space is a checkbox that lets you choose whether or not you want to cc (carbon copy) the student. If you put a check in this box, the student will get a copy of whatever is sent to you. This will be an e-mail containing her answers, but it will also contain the results if this is a correct & email. If you don't want the students to get a copy of their answers and results, don't put a check in the cc box.
     
  • Questions for mixed-type quiz
    If you are creating a mixed type quiz, you select the type for each individual question here. You can choose from among true-false, short answer, multiple choice, and essay (for email-in tests). For multiple choice questions, you can also enter how many answer alternatives that question will have.
     
  • Graphics
    Quiz Center allows you to point to existing online graphics to add graphics to your quizzes. To see an example of how graphics can enhance your quiz, click here.
     
    You must specify how many graphics to include for each particular question. Then you will have to enter the complete web page address (see below) and an optional description for each graphic. The graphics will appear side-by-side above the associated question when the quiz is finally put together.
    • Graphics web page address
      Quiz Center points to graphics residing on a remote server by contacting the image's web location. You need to enter the complete web page address, including the "http://". Quiz Center won't double-check your input. So be sure you enter the correct address or Quiz Center will not be able to find your graphic and you will see the following broken-graphic icon:

       
    • Graphics descriptions
      This is an optional text description of what the image is (e.g., African capital 2). It appears in place of the image when the browser's auto image loading is turned off, and some browsers (like Netscape 4.0) display it when the mouse pointer is moved over the image.

  • External links
    You can also create a quiz that includes links to other documents elsewhere on the web. These documents may be hypertext pages, sound files, video files, or any other instructional aid that relates to a particular question. To see an example of how external links can enhance your quiz, click here.
     
    You must specify how many links to attach to the question. You will then enter the link's web page address (see above) and an optional link description. The list of links will appear directly beneath the associated question when the quiz is finally put together.
    • Links descriptions
      As with graphics, you can choose to add a text description of what the external link is, or where it goes (e.g., "White House Home Page").
C. Page Three-More Options
  • Randomization
    For multiple choice questions, you must supply values for the answer alternatives and choose whether or not you wish to randomize the alternatives. "Randomize" uses a random number generator to mix all the alternatives up. "Order as shown" is useful for questions that have "all of the above" or similar choices. It lists the alternatives in the same order as what you specify. In either case you need to indicate which answer is the correct one by clicking on the radio button next to it (except for email-ins, which don't use answers).
     
  • Match type
    For short answer (fill-in-the-blank) questions in quizzes that are corrected online, you need to tell Quiz Center how specific you want your answer matches to be. There are three options: exact, inexact (the default), and advanced.
    • Exact matches-The student's answer is considered correct only if it is identical to the answer in the key (ignoring case).
    • Inexact matches-The student's answer is correct if it merely contains the answer in the answer key.
    • Advanced match type-For those questions that can have one of several possible answers, or have more than one required answer.

  • Display
    To take advantage of web page formatting, you may also choose whether you want to display your answer alternatives as HTML or as plain text when making multiple choice questions. This is handy for quizzes that use special formatting for emphasis.
     
    For example, if you are making a chemistry quiz and want to use subscripts in your answer alternatives, you can include the subscript tags right in the answer and choose "Display choices as HTML" to apply the format. On the other hand, if you are making a quiz about web page design, and use HTML tags as actual answers, you would choose "Display choices as plain text" to make sure the browser treats the answers literally.
     
    This is an advanced feature-9 out of 10 quizzes don't need HTML formatting for multiple choice answers, so "display as text" is a reasonable default. However, if you do choose to use HTML formatting, please use it responsibly (close off your tags and spell them correctly). Failure to do so may have an adverse effect on quiz appearance.
     
  • Next web page address
    After students complete a quiz, you can direct them to a new web page. At the bottom of the last create-a-quiz page is a space for a customized link to another web document. Here you can enter a description of the document and its web page address. The option is there if you want to point students to some other location after they finish the quiz. You may also leave these fields blank if you wish.
     
  • Generate Your Quiz
    Once you have entered all the information called for on these three forms, click on "Create a quiz" and voilà! Quiz Center will create your quiz and show you a web page address that you can give your students. It will also add the quiz to your My Documents list in Custom Classroom.
     
    If for some reason you aren't ready to generate your quiz, you can save the file for later. Later you can choose Edit a Quiz from the Your Quizzes menu to finish up.
View or Delete a Quiz
 
When you select View or Delete a Quiz from the Your Quizzes menu of Quiz Center, you're taken to a file listing of quizzes in your Custom Classroom. If you want to view a quiz, simply find the quiz you want and click on its web page address.
 
If you want to delete a quiz, you must click on the box next to the quiz you want to delete. Then click the Delete Quiz button at the bottom of the page.
 
You can also view or delete a quiz directly from your Custom Classroom. Find the quiz you want to view or delete, click on the box next to it, then hit either the View Quiz or Delete Quiz button.
 
Edit a Quiz
 
You can edit the questions and answers, links and images, the quiz title and instructions of any quiz you have saved. If you want to change the question type, scoring method, or number of questions, you must re-create the quiz from the beginning.
 
When you select Edit a Quiz from the Your Quizzes menu of Quiz Center, you're taken to a file listing of quizzes in your Custom Classroom. Find the quiz you want to edit and click on the button next to it. Then click the Edit Quiz button.
 
Restrict a Quiz
 
Restricting a quiz simply means using a password system to limit access to the quiz's web page address. You should restrict a quiz if you want to allow access only to certain students or student groups.
 
When you create a quiz, Quiz Center stores the quiz in your Custom Classroom account, which only you have access to. For students to go online and take the quiz, you must provide them with the web page address where the quiz is located. (This address is provided to you by Quiz Center when you generate the quiz).
 
To make sure only a particular group of students can view the quiz, you can password-protect it by following these steps:
  1. Create the quiz
    OK, this one's obvious. The quiz must exist before it can be restricted.
     
  2. Set up groups
    You must set up a group before you can restrict a quiz. When you select Set Up a New Group from the Your Groups menu of Quiz Center, you're taken to a page with blank fields and instructions for setting up a new group. You will be asked to enter a group name (such as "E3" for third-period English) and create a password for it. Group names must consist solely of letters and/or numbers. Passwords can be anything. Think of something hard to guess, but easy to remember.
     
    If you prefer, you can assign individual usernames and passwords to each member of the group. You can either add these members when you initially set up the group, or at a later time through the Your Groups menu of Quiz Center. You can also remove members from the group, view the group and its members, change group passwords, or delete an entire group at once-all through the Your Groups menu.
     
  3. Restrict the quiz
    Once you've created the quiz and set up a group, you can now restrict the quiz. Choose Restrict a Quiz from the Your Quizzes menu. You will be shown a list of all the protection groups you defined and all of your unrestricted quizzes. Check off the quizzes you want to restrict and the groups you want to restrict the quizzes to, then submit the form. Every quiz you check off will be restricted to every group you check off. So, if you check off groups named E2 and E3, and quizzes named quiz1.html and quiz2.html, then both groups will have access to either quiz.
     
    You can also unrestrict a quiz at any time through the Your Quizzes menu.
     
    A quiz will remain restricted or unrestricted until you change its restriction status. When you edit a restricted quiz, it will remain restricted even after you edit it.
     
  4. Access the quiz
    Once the quiz is restricted, login information will be required from users before the actual quiz appears. Viewers belonging to a particular group can log in one of two ways: either with their individual usernames and passwords (if you defined individual passwords for that group) or with the overall group name and class password.
     
  5. Keep a quiz log
    If you set up a quiz log, Quiz Center will automatically keep track of three events for that quiz: the time the student begins the quiz, the time the students finishes, and the final score.
     
    You can set up a quiz log any time you restrict a quiz. But if you want to keep logs for individual students, you must create individual login names and passwords for each student.
     
    Once a student submits acceptable information on the quiz login screen, the start time (if selected) is recorded in the log. Likewise, as soon as this student finishes the quiz, the end time (before answers are graded) and total score are recorded in the quiz log.
Unrestrict a Quiz
 
Just as you have the option to restrict a quiz (link back up to restrict-a-quiz portion of User Guide) to a particular group of students, you can unrestrict the quiz at any time. Doing so simply removes the password protection scheme you originally set up.
 
When you select Unrestrict a Quiz from the Your Quizzes menu of Quiz Center, you're taken to a file listing in your Custom Classroom of all the quizzes you have restricted. Find the quiz you want to unrestrict and click on the box next to it. Then click the Unrestrict Quiz button.
 
View a Quiz Log
 
When you select View a Quiz Log from the Your Quizzes menu of Quiz Center, you're taken to a file listing in your Custom Classroom of all restricted quizzes for which you have elected to keep logs. Find the quiz log you want to view and click on it.
 
The log of any given quiz will continue to grow as long as the quiz is restricted. Logging is suspended if the quiz is unrestricted and resumes if the quiz is restricted again. The log file will continue to exist until you clear it.
 
Set Up a New Group
 
You must set up a group-even if the group contains only one student-before you can restrict a quiz. When you select Set Up a New Group from the Your Groups menu of Quiz Center, you're shown a list of all groups you've already created, if any, and their passwords. Below this list are fields and instructions for setting up a new group.
 
When setting up a new group, you must assign a group name and a master "class password," which is the overall password that can be used by any member of this group to access a restricted quiz. You may also assign individual passwords for each member of the group.
 
You must assign a group password even if you choose to assign individual passwords. But each student will need to know only his or her password to access the quiz, not the group password. The group password could be used by the teacher.
 
Add Students to a Group
 
When you select Add Students to a Group from the Your Groups menu of Quiz Center, you're shown a list of all groups you've already created, their passwords, and the members of that group. Select the group to which you want to add students, click on it, and follow the instructions.
 
Remove Students from a Group
 
When you select Remove Students from a Group from the Your Groups menu of Quiz Center, you're shown a list of all groups you've already created, their passwords, and the members of that group. Select the group from which you want to remove students, click on it, and follow the instructions.
 
Delete a Group
 
When you select Delete a Group from the Your Groups menu of Quiz Center, you're shown a list of all groups you've already created and their passwords. Select the group you wish to delete and click the Delete button. This will delete the entire group and all of its members.
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