Kelvin Dean

Common Misconceptions in New Quizzes

Blog Post created by Kelvin Dean on Feb 14, 2020

There are some common misconceptions in New Quizzes that can be quite frustrating. Here are a few.



Hot Spot Questions: Click, Not Draw

A misconception about Hot Spot questions is that these questions require students to click on the correct target area, NOT draw a shape. Let's say that in your art class, you want students to discover hidden shapes in the photograph below:


Harper @ InstCon 2020


You then ask the following question:



There is one hidden shape in this image. Draw it.



You might think that you want students to draw the shape similar to the blue highlight below (in this case, it is a heart), but this is something the teacher has to do, not the students. However, this would make for a great feature idea (see Quiz Question Type - Drawing for more info).





There is one hidden shape in this image. Tap/click on the region where you think it might be.



It only takes one click or tap to answer a Hot Spot Question. This shouldn't take very long to answer, especially on one-question quizzes with a very short time limit (~30 seconds).


Hot Spot Click



The Sky's the Limit (But with Exceptions, Though)

Some people might think, "Oh well, the sky's the limit, let's turn this quiz into a marathon race," so they set the time limit for a very long time (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, even longer). We've converted to the largest possible time limit (from smallest to largest, seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years).


  • Less than 1 hour: mm:ss
  • 1 - 48 hours: hh:mm:ss
  • 2 - 60 days: DD days
  • 2 - 24 months: MM months
  • 2+ years: YY years


In this example, the time limit shows 9,993,600 minutes, but we converted it to 19 years for students to see it more clearly.


Old Quizzes


But that's no longer the case with New Quizzes, where time limits are limited to 7 days (excluding time accommodations). Accommodations will be needed to bypass the limit up to a maximum of 16,800 hours (or 100 weeks).


7 days limit


Availability Dates: Not Just for Taking the Assessment, But Also for Showing/Hiding Student Responses

This should probably answer the question for the following feature idea: Show and Hide Quiz Results by Date

You know a common question we get is: You thought you can still view your results after the availability date has passed, isn't that right? Wrong. In this case for New Quizzes, once the availability dates have passed, you can no longer take the quiz nor see the items you got wrong, as shown below.


Time Is Up!


(This has not yet appeared in New Quizzes, but it is a concept...)

A better workaround for this lockout is that in Settings, there should be an item called Disallow Late Submissions. When this box is checked, students can no longer take the quiz, but they will still be able to review the items that they got wrong, provided that the current date is before the Until date (if set).


Disallow Late Submissions


This will be denoted by the sentence "Late submissions are disallowed for this assessment," as shown below:


Late Submissions Disallowed




Apologies for the mixed fonts here...

Availability Dates



Select the group you want to assign to.



Select the due date for the assignment. This will be displayed next to the time limit in the New Quizzes Instructions screen (on the right side).


7 days limit



Select the date and time when the assessment will become available to students. Students will be able to take the quiz and view their results. This is like "Let Students Take the Quiz and See Their Quiz Responses Starting From..."



Select the date and time when students can no longer submit the assignment nor see their results. This is like "Let Students Take the Quiz and See Their Quiz Responses Until..."


Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you continue to build assessments.


We hope you continue to enjoy New Quizzes!



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