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Using the user and group overrides on quizzes

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For: StaffApplication: QMplus , QuizzesTagged: quiz

Have you ever had to give a student extra time to complete a quiz on QMplus? Or allow a student to have another attempt? Or set up a quiz that one group of students take at one time and one group at another? The most obvious way of dealing with this is to set up separate copies of the quiz, configured appropriately. However this can become confusing, ensuring all the quizzes are the same and each quiz generates a new column in the QMplus gradebook, making grading cumbersome and creating confusion for the students.

Instead of making multiple copies of quizzes to deal with special circumstances, you can use the group and user overrides feature on a single QMplus quiz to configure the quiz differently either for an individual or for groups of students. This means students all see the same quiz link with the same name in the same place and there is only one associated column in the gradebook.

Where to find the override settings

screen 1Find the appropriate quiz in your QMplus course area and click on the title. You do not need to have editing turned on.

screen 2

In the settings block on the left side, under the Quiz administration item, you will see the items for the user and group overrides.

Who can I set overrides for?

You can set the overrides either for individual students or for groups. If you wish to set overrides for groups, you must have set those groups up before you can set up the quiz overrides.

Setting user overrides

screen 3

  1. Click on User overrides
  2. Click on the Add user overrides button

Selecting users for user overrides

You will see a list of all the people enrolled on your course area. Find and select the appropriate person. If you have a lot of people enrolled on your course area you may find it easier to use the search box to find them.

Note that you can only select one person at a time to set an override for. Even if you are not using groups in your course area for anything else, you may find it useful for setting up overrides. e.g if you have a number of students on your course who require extra time for the quiz, you could put those students into a group called “Extra time” and then set up a group override rather than setting the overrides up individually.

Setting group overrides

Setting group overrides on quizzes

  1. Click on Group overrides
  2. Click on the Add group overrides button

Setting group overrides

The drop down list will contain all the groups that you have set up in your course area. If you have no groups set up this will be empty.

What can you override?

The quiz parameters which you can override are the same whether you are dealing with individuals or groups.

Quiz override settings

When first opened, the screen will show the default settings for the quiz. If you have made changes to the settings here and want to set them back to the quiz defaults, you can click the Revert to quiz defaults button.

The quiz parameters which you can override are:

  1. Require password – set a password which must be entered before the quiz can be accessed
  2. Open and close the quiz – you can change the times that the quiz is available, giving some users a longer or shorter window of availability or setting up completely different access times e.g. seminar group 1 see the quiz in the morning and group 2 in the afternoon
  3. Time limit – most usually you would be using this to give extra time
  4. Attempts allowed – vary the number of times that the quiz can be taken

Once you have made the desired changes click the Save or the Save and enter another override button. When you have finished, the list of users whom have had overrides set for them shall appear in a list for you to review.

Next steps

If you need further information on setting up groups:

Did this answer your query? If not, you can raise a ticket on the online Helpdesk or email: its-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk . Alternatively you can also request a particular guide or highlight an error in this guide using our guides request tracker.

Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.
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