Shuffle the Order of Questions

Shuffling the order of quiz questions can help deter cheating in quizzes. When creating quizzes, instructors have options to:

  • Shuffle questions at the quiz level
  • Shuffle questions in a particular section of a quiz

For example, an instructor could shuffle questions 1-10 in a quiz, or shuffle questions 3-10 (grouping those questions into a section) and retain the order of questions 1-2 at the start of the quiz. A shuffle icon will display next to the quiz questions and/or sections that are shuffled. Shuffling the order of all questions at the quiz level, or groups of questions (sections) can help to deter cheating.

Shuffling the order of questions is different from creating a Question Pool. Question pools pull questions from a designated pool of questions stored in the Question Library, allowing you to distribute a unique set of questions to individual students. For example, an instructor can pull 5 random questions from a pool of 10 questions. For more information about creating question pools, please see information about how to Create a Question Pool.

Shuffle All Questions at the Quiz Level

  1. On the navbar, click the Activities menu, then select Quizzes.
    Quizzes on the Nav Bar
  2. On the Manage Quizzes page, from the context menu of the quiz, click Edit.
    edit quiz
  3. On the Edit Quiz page, in the Quiz Questions area, select Shuffle questions at the quiz level.
    Quiz shuffle questions at quiz level
  4. Recommended: On the Edit Quiz page, in the Optional Advanced Properties area, select Disable right click and select Disable Instant Messages and alerts.
    quiz optional advanced settings

Shuffle Specific Sections of Questions

  1. On the navbar, click the Activities menu, then select Quizzes.
    Quizzes on the Nav Bar
  2. On the Manage Quizzes page, from the context menu of the quiz, click Edit.
    edit quiz
  3. Click on Add/Edit Questions.
    Quiz shuffle section
  4. Click on the context menu of the section you wish to shuffle and select Edit.
    Quiz shuffle section 1
  5. Check the box to Shuffle questions in this section and click Save.
    Quiz shuffle section 2
  6. Once the shuffle option is selected, the statement Shuffling is on will appear next to the section name.
  7. Click on the Done Editing Questions button.
    Quiz done editing questions
  8. Inside the section folder a shuffle icon will appear next to each affected question in the section.
    Quiz shuffle section 3