Quizzes and exams: handling accommodations

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Note: the solution given in the Quiz FAQ above is neither as clean nor as explicitly described as the steps below. Note also the caveat at the bottom of this page!

Case 1: accommodation for a single student

  1. Create your quiz. Give it the time limit you want for the students without accommodation.
  2. Save your quiz, and go back into it.
  3. Click the gear icon nea the top right corner of the quiz page.
  4. On the resulting menu, find the option User overrides and click it.
  5. If this is your first override for this quiz (again, the usual case), you will be taken to a page with just one button on it, marked Add user override. Click that button.
  6. This will take you to a page where you actually have some options. The top dropdown lets you choose the user for whom you are making the override; pick the student you want.
  7. Define your accommodation, using the rest of the blanks on the page. You can change any or all of the following:
    • The password (if any) required to take the quiz
    • The time the quiz opens
    • The time the quiz closes
    • The time limit for the quiz
    • The number of times your accommodated student can attempt the quiz
  8. At the bottom of that page, click Save.
  9. This will take you back to the page from step 4, which will now show the accomodation you just created. If it looks right, you've created your accommodation!
  10. If you need to create a different accommodation for a different student, repeat the process.

Case 2: same accommodation for a group of students

  1. Create a group containing precisely those students who need the same accommodation. (If you only have one student with an accommodation—the usual case at Converse—Moodle will happily create a group with just one student.) If you already have a group containing just your accommodated student(s), skip this step.
  2. Create your quiz. Give it the time limit you want for the students without accommodation.
  3. Save your quiz, and go back into it.
  4. Click the gear icon near the top right corner of the quiz page.
  5. On the resulting menu, select the Group overrides option..
  6. If this is your first group override for this quiz (again, the usual case), you will be taken to a page with just one button on it, marked Add group override. Click that button.
  7. Create your accommodation just as you would for a user override (steps 5-8 in the section on individual accommodations above).
  8. If you need to create a different accommodation for a different student (or students), repeat the process (including creating a group for that set of students, if you don't already have a group for them).

Caveat!

While user and group overrides provide a powerful way to change the parameters for one student (or a group) without changing the parameters for all students, there is a hidden danger; you have to remember that they're there. If you create an override and later change the quiz parameters for the whole class, the overrides won't change. This can lead to undesired results.

For example, suppose that you create a quiz and override the closing time (and only the closing time) for a given student (call her S). You later decide to postpone the quiz for the whole class, so you change the opening and closing dates for the whole class. Now the opening date for S (which was not overridden) is the updated opening date for the class, but the closing date for S is still the original overridden closing date. Since you postponed the quiz, the original overridden closing date is likely to be earlier than the updated opening date—and S is therefore completely shut out of the quiz, because her closing date is now earlier than her opening date.

Last modified: Saturday, 18 August 2018, 10:08 PM