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Exams: Prepare to deliver Hybrid Exams using Brightspace

Prepare to deliver hybrid exams using D2L Brightspace

Using tools within or integrated with D2L Brightspace, you can administer a variety of assessments. Depending on the needs of your course this could be digital, on paper, or a hybrid approach. 

On this page you will find a collection of resources to follow along with when designing and setting up your hybrid exams. 

If you would like support when designing assessments for remote learning, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching has provided recommendations for adjusting assessment in your course.

Are you planning a different style of exam? 

Learn about delivering other types of exams using D2L Brightspace:

 Getting Started: Select the exam type

If your exam was designed to be administered in person but needs to be modified to to support remote assessment, a few approaches can be considered. The method of online assessment will vary depending on the style of your in-person assessment, and if some or all of your students will be completing their attempt remotely. 

Note: Zoom is not recommended for virtual proctoring and should not be used for virtual invigilation. 

In-Person Bubble Sheet

Using Akindi, it is simple to convert an on-paper assessment to online (see "Hybrid Bubble Sheet Exam" below to learn more).

Note: Akindi Online does not support virtual proctoring or Turnitin Originality Check.

Essay or Short Answer Exam

Option 1: Create a Brightspace Assignment with an accompanying question document

Students can download the list of questions or answer template, respond to them independently on their own device, then upload their completed attempt.
Note: Brightspace Assessments support Turnitin Originality Check, but are not compatible with virtual proctoring. 

Option 2: Create a Brightspace Quiz with “Written Response” questions

There are no limits to the length of question responses, and any TA/Grader/Instructor in the course can assess student responses. Note: Brightspace Quizzes are compatibale with Respondus Lockdown Browser + Monitor, but are not eligible to be included in the Turnitin Originality Check. 

If only some students are completing an online attempt, you can use Quiz Special Access or Release Conditions to restrict access to the online assessment. See "Mixed Proctor Exam" information below to learn more. 

Option 3: Crowdmark's Assigned Assignments

These can be completed and submitted by students independently. The assignment is emailed to the student and then the student must either complete the assignment digitally or print and complete it on paper and then scan and upload a pdf.

Hybrid Bubble Sheet: Akindi Online 

To administer a hybrid bubble sheet assessment, create an Akindi Online "Display Full PDF" assignment. Students will be able to either complete a digital bubble sheet via their Brightspace course shell, or can be provided a printed blank bubble sheet in person. 

Note: Be sure to make your Akindi module visible to students, and share instructions with them about how to access it. 

Brightspaces quizzes can be administered remotely or in-person, and each can be proctored. If in-person, students must be asked to complete the quiz in a lab, not on their own devices, with human supervision and perhaps Lockdown Browser. If remote, students may be asked to complete the quiz with Lockdown Browser + Monitor enabled (the only university-approved virtual proctoring system).

It is possible to run duplicate versions of the same quiz for both students in-person and remote, enabling the Webcam monitor only for the remote students. 

 Settings to check before the exam begins

Is your quiz or assignment visible?

Making Brightspace assessments visible to students

From the list of assessments (Quizzes or Assignments) look for the Hidden from Users icon: an eye with a slash through it. 

If this icon is beside the name of an assessment, students will not be able to see it

To make the assessment visible to students:
  1. Click the drop-down arrow beside the name
  2. Select "Make visible to users"

If the students cannot see the exam listed during the exam:

If you set a narrow availability window (i.e. 9:00 - 9:15 for a 3-hour exam), you are likely to receive urgent requests from students who need to be let back into the exam. If students experience any technical issues during the exam that result in a temporary loss of access they will not be able to re-enter after the availability end time. As such, we don't recommend setting a narrow availability window. 

Please see the "Are the quiz date and time correct" section below for our recommendations.

Making Akindi Online Assessments Visible to Students

  • From Brightspace Content Tool: Ensure the module and link are not hidden from students
  • From the Akindi Dashboard: Click Publish to Brightspace.
    This will make upcoming assessments visible to students when launching Akindi from within Brightspace, but it will only be accessible after the activation date. 
Is your quiz or assignment visible?

Hiding Grade Items

If a quiz or assignment is associated with a Grade Item, once the feedback is published, it will automatically be listed in the student's grade book. You can prevent this by hiding the Grade Item from students. 

To hide the Grade Item associated with an assessment from students:
  1. Navigate to the Grades page in the course
  2. Click the drop-down arrow beside the Grade Item name
  3. Select "Hide from users"
Is your quiz or assignment visible?

Overview of quiz availability 

From the list of Quizzes you can easily confirm the availability window of the quiz. This will be the window of time that students can click to enter the quiz.

If a student has network connectivity issues and attempts to re-enter after the End Date, they will not be able to resume unless an instructor provides them a modified End Date using the Special Access settings. 


If you set a narrow window of time between the Start Date and End Date, please establish a preferred method of emergency contact between students and their instructor during the exam (such as a drop-in Zoom meeting). 

Are the start date, end date, and due dates set?

If the date and time are not correct 

  1. Click the drop-down arrow beside the quiz name
  2. Select Edit then navigate to the Restrictions tab
  3. Modify as needed:

    a) Due Date: Flags any submissions made after the due date/time, but does not impact a student's access, or change how long they are permitted to be in a quiz. 

    b) Start Date: Date and time students may begin the assessment.

    c) End Date: The end date does not signify the end of a quiz, but the end of the window to begin.

    For quizzes, only the enforced time limit can control the end of the quiz. Visit the online quizzes in Brightspace resource for more information.

Akindi Online Date/Time Availability

The students completing the online version of the exam will be restricted by date/time settings set in Akindi. 

The date/timing for students completing the on-paper version will be managed by the in-person exam administration. 

If any of your students completing the assessment online have time-based accommodations for their exam, please confirm that their settings match the information you have been provided.