D2L - Restrictions and Student Access to Quiz Tool (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

Learn@UW's quizzing tool allows you to set student access to quizzes on both a general and student-specific level.

General access settings

General access settings, such as active dates and time limits are set in the Restrictions tab of the "Edit Quiz" window. After making changes, the Save button will ensure that they are applied.


The Status dropdown must be set to Active for students to gain access to a quiz.

To restrict quiz access to only certain times or dates, select a Start and/or End Date. Select the dates and times that you desire.

Additional Release Conditions, such as those used for groups in the Content tool, may be added with the Attach Existing button.

NOTE: If your quiz will be available to students for an extended amount of time, you should consider deselecting the option to disable IM (chat) during the quiz because it also blocks student access to minibar alerts in Learn@UW. For details, see D2L - Student Cannot Access Minibar Alerts While Quiz is in Progress (UW-Madison) .

Advanced Restrictions

Click the: Expand optional advanced restrictions link to:
Use the Password option to require that students enter a password to take the quiz (e.g.: for a lab quiz, to ensure that only those present are taking the quiz). Use an IP Restriction to restrict the quiz to only those in a bank of IP addresses (for example: on campus, or in a lab).


Time limits and the late submission policy may be enforced under the "Timing" section.

 Timing dialouge

Time Limit: Sets the maximum amount of time in minutes that a student may spend on a quiz (enforced must be checked for the limit to take effect). Show clock displays a time remaining clock to the student.

Grace Period: A grace period may be set to allow students extra time before their quiz is marked as late under quiz grading.

Late Submissions: These options control how a quiz is scored after the time limit and grace period have elapsed.

  • Allow normal submission: Students may submit their quiz at any time without point deduction, but submissions after the Time Limit + Grace Period are marked late.
  • Use Late Limit of minutes: Students may submit their quiz at any time, but if the quiz is submitted after the Time Limit + Grace Period + Late Limit time expires, the student will receive a score of 0 on the quiz. Note scores may still be changed manually; please see Learn@UW - Regrading Quizzes.
  • Auto-Submit Attempt: After the Time Limit + Grace Period has elapsed, the student's quiz will be automatically submitted as soon as they complete an action such as saving a question. If the user takes no action, the quiz will show the attempt as 'attempt in progress' in the quiz grading area (under "Attempts that have not been completed").

Student specific access

Special access is granted using the Advanced Availability section and clicking the "Add Users to Special Access" box. A new window will open which is organized into two sections: "Special Access Properties" and "Users"

Special quiz access works similarly to general access, except that you can tailor the rights to the needs of specific students. This is done by:

  • Assigning rights in this window
  • Checking the names of the students you want these rights to apply to
  • Clicking Add Special Access button. 
  • Confirm your selections and click Save and Close.
  • You can add students to this special access by going back to the quiz, clicking the Restrictions tab, and clicking Add Users to Special Access.

If you want only specific students to have access to a quiz, select the Allow only users with special access to see this quiz radio button under "Advanced Availability" on the Restrictions tab.  This option will allow only those who have been given special access to take the quiz.

Group Restrictions

Currently, Learn@UW cannot assign special restrictions by group. To give groups special restrictions, it is recommended that the instructions for Document 3195 is unavailable at this time. be followed in conjunction with either multiple copies of a quiz, and/or with D2L - Hiding Content and Releasing Content to Groups (UW-Madison).

Number of attempts

Finally, in the Assessment tab you can control the number of times that a student can take a quiz under Attempts. The default setting is one attempt, but you may select up to 10. This tab also controls how grades are calculated (eg: highest attempt, average of all attempts).

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Keywords:learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn quizzing access attempt tool student   Doc ID:2766
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2004-04-12 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:21 CDT
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