Understanding the Question Library

The Question Library is a central, shared repository for the questions you create, copy, and import. By creating questions in the Question Library you make them available to any number of quizzes, surveys, and self assessments. Use the Question Library to build an archive of questions that can be reused and shared, thus avoiding the tedium of re-inputting shared questions.

The assessment tools quizzes, surveys, and self assessments share the questions stored in the Question Library. The questions that can be accessed by these tools are dependent on the tool type. Certain question types cannot be used by some tools. For example, surveys cannot use all question types.

Managing Questions and Sections in the Question Library

Think of the sections in the Question Library as file folders in which you can store and organize groups of questions. For example, you might create a “multiple choice” section where you would put all your multiple choice questions, or a section containing all questions related to a specific topic, such as "Theoretical Fundamentals".

Having your questions organized in sections is also useful when you create a quiz. Instead of importing the questions one at a time you can import a whole section of questions into a quiz at the same time.

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Create a new Section in the Question Library

  1. Click the Quizzes link in the course navigation bar.
    Quizzes link screenshot
  2. Click the Question Library icon Question Library link located in the Quizzes Areas menu on the left. The Question Library page displays.
    Question Library screenshot
  3. In the Create New drop-down list, select “Section” and click the Create New button.
    Section and Go screenshot

Create a new Question in the Question Library

  1. Click the Quizzes link in the course navigation bar.
    Quizzes link screenshot
  2. Click the Question Library icon Question Library link located in the Quizzes Areas menu on the left. The Question Library page displays.
    Question Library screenshot
  3. In the Create New drop-down list, select the applicable question type and click the Create New button.
    Select Question and Create New screenshot
After you have created or imported quiz sections and questions, you can then manage them in the Question Library.

The following options are displayed at the top of the Question Library page once you have created sections or questions:

  • Create New Question or Section drop-down list.
  • Import - Use to import questions from an existing quiz or text file.
  • Move icon Move - Appears when you have added and selected questions or sections.
  • Delete icon Delete - Appears when you have added and selected questions/sections.
  • Order icon Order - Appears when you have added and selected questions/sections.
  • Edit Values icon Edit Values - Use to quickly edit the points and the difficulty level of questions. Appears when you have added and selected questions/sections.
  • Display Options - Use to set your display preferences for the Question Library page.

Move a question into a section

  1. Select the check box beside one or more questions.
  2. Click the Move icon Move icon. The Move Objects pop-up displays with a list of sections in your Question Library.
    Select Question and Move screenshot
  3. Click the name of the section that you want to move the questions into. The questions move into the section.
    Name of Section screenshot

Note: This procedure is also used for moving a section into another section, thus creating subsections.

Delete a question or section

  1. Select the check box beside one or more of the questions or sections.
  2. Click the Delete icon Delete icon.
    Select and Delete screenshot
  3. Click Delete in the confirmation message.
    Confirm Delete screenshot

Change the position of a question or section in the list

  1. Click the Order icon Order icon. The Order pop-up displays.
    Reorder icon screenshot
  2. Select the items you want to move and click the Up arrow icon UpDown arrow icon Down arrows to move the items through the list. Repeat this step for each item until you have achieved the desired order.
  3. Click Save.
    Order Select and Save screenshot

Edit the appearance of the Question Library

  1. Click the Display Options link in the top-left corner of the Question Library page. The Display Options pop-up displays.
    Display Options link screenshot
  2. Select a Header Display option from the drop-down list. This feature controls how the links along the top of the Question Library are displayed, as follows:
    • Text and Icons - Shows both the text and icons for each link (for example, Move icon Move).
    • Text Only - Shows only the text for each link (for example, Move).
    • Icons Only - Shows only the icons for each link (for example, Move icon).
  3. Clear Show Sections Sidebar if you do not want to see the area on the left of the Question Library that shows a list of sections in your library.
  4. Check View actions in Pop-up if you want questions to open in a new window when you click on them, rather than opening in the main Question Library page.
  5. Click Save.
    Display Options screenshot

Complete other tasks from the Question Library

  1. You also have the following options from the question library:
    • Click the Preview icon View Question icon beside a question to see how it will appear in a quiz, how it is marked, feedback comments, and where this question is used.
    • Click the Edit icon Edit icon beside a question or click the question name to make changes to the question.
    • Click the Edit icon Edit icon beside a section to make changes to the section.
    • Select an item or items and click the Edit Values icon Edit Values icon to change the mark and difficultly values for your items.
  2. Click Save to update your changes.

Note  The Difficulty level feature is primarily a tool that you can use to organize and compare questions. For example, after assigning a specific difficulty value to a number of questions, you can sort and view the questions by their assigned difficulty value to ensure consistency.

Importing Quiz Questions into the Question Library

We recommend that you create all your quiz questions in the Question Library. If you have created your questions in a quiz you could still import them into the Question Library. This is useful if you want to create a randomized cumulative quiz that includes questions from multiple quizzes.

Import a quiz question into the Question Library.

  1. Select the Quizzes link on your course home navigation bar.
    Quizzes link screenshot
  2. Click on the Question Library link on the Quizzes main page.
    Question Library screenshot
  3. From within the question library, click the Import button.
    Question Library Import screenshot
  4. From the Import Source drop-down list, select From an Existing Collection.
  5. Choose the quiz you want to import questions from in the Source Collection drop-down list.
    Question Library Source Collection screenshot
  6. From the Source Section drop-down list, choose Collection Root.
    Question Library Source Section Collection Root screenshot
  7. Check the questions you want to import into the Question Library. You can automatically select all the questions in one section by checking the box beside the desired folder.
  8. Click Save.
    Question Library Import Save screenshot
  Last Updated 7/5/12