The Learn@UW / Desire2Learn Question Importer Tool allows you to easily create Desire2Learn-ready CSV (comma separated value) files from existing quiz or exam documents. You can copy your question & answer text into the tool directly from programs such as Microsoft Word, iWork Pages or any other word processing/text editing programs, and after some slight reformatting and simple markup addition, quickly import your questions & answers into a D2L Question Library.
Known Issues: The importer tool will not function correctly on a Mac if text is copied from another document. The only way to use the Importer tool on a Mac is to type the questions directly into the Importer tool.
Version 1.2.1 of the generator tool can format the following question types for import into D2L: Multiple Choice, Multi-select (multiple answer), True/False, Long Answer (essay), Short Answer (also works as "fill in the blank"), Matching & Ordering, and standalone Text & Image information items. Feedback and hints can be included for questions, as well as regular expression statements for answers to Short Answer-type questions. You can also identify images (that are already loaded into a D2L site file collection) to be displayed within your questions. This version also fixes a minor bug from 1.2 - unique weight values set for specific answers of Short Answer questions (using the % symbol) are now correctly processed. The program will automatically check for updates upon starting--you will see a "download update" option only when new updates are available.
Complete documentation (PDF)
(The 1.2 documentation still applies to version 1.2.1)
The tool is currently available as a standalone program that can be installed on Windows or Mac OS systems using the "Install Now" link in the box below. Adobe AIR Runtime 1.5 or higher is required. If Adobe AIR is not already installed on your system, you will be given the choice to install it as well. Or, you can manually download and install it from: http://get.adobe.com/air/
NOTE: The installation screen will display the publisher as UNKNOWN and system access as UNRESTRICTED. Don't be alarmed...the tool is perfectly safe, and no information is transmitted from your computer. Simply click the Install button to continue. By default, the tool is installed in the Program Files folder on Windows and the Applications folder on Mac OS.
If you experience any errors with the auto-updating function from a previous installation of the tool (i.e. updating from version 1.1 or 1.2 to 1.2.1), please uninstall the previous version from your system and then choose the "Install Now" link below on this page to begin installing the latest version.
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This program is subject to the University of Wisconsin's public license policies for software. The complete public license policy may be viewed here. The program is freely available for public use; however, the author and the University of Wisconsin system do not offer any warranties or guarantees for its accuracy, completeness or usefulness.
Created by Rich Path, Instructional Technology Specialist, University of Wisconsin - Madison.