Accessibility Tips - Quizzes

1. Apply: Extend Quiz Times

Some students, who are registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), require extra time to take a quiz.


You can use D2L's Quiz Accommodations feature to extend quiz times for those students.

Add users to special access button

Note: Check to see if you have students who need extra time to take a quiz. Visit the DRC website and click Instructor Login.

Instructor login button on DRC website

2. Barrier: Respondus LockDown Browser

Learners who are blind or have low vision may not be able to take a quiz that uses LockDown Browser.

Note: If you practice Universal Design for Learning, it is best to avoid using the LockDown Browser.

lockdown browser tab

In most cases, Respondus LockDown Browser will work with assistive technology, like text-to-speech software. It can be inconsistent, however, creating additional technological frustrations for some students.


If you use LockDown Browser, you can create a second version of the quiz (one that does not require LockDown Browser) and use D2L's special access function to make it available only to learners with low vision, who are blind, or others for whom Lockdown Browser will negatively affect their experience.

  1. Select Quizzes in the NavBar
  2. Select Copy
  3. Use the Special Access feature to allow only specific students to see your copied quiz

Note: You may have to manually enter quiz grades for this second version into your D2L gradebook. Contact the D2L team if you would like to discuss other options for managing your gradebook.


3. Barrier: Matching Questions

Learners who are blind or have low vision may experience difficulty with matching questions.

Note: If you practice Universal Design for Learning, it is best to avoid using matching questions.

With this question type, students match items in one list with items in a second list.

matching question example

Sighted learners can visually track both lists, what items they have paired, and what items still require pairs. Learners who are blind or have low vision often have to independently remember the options and the matches.


4. Barrier: Disabling Right Click

The "Disable right click" setting can prevent learners who are blind or have low vision from taking a quiz.

Note: If you practice Universal Design for Learning, it is best to avoid using the disable right click setting.

Sometimes students need to cut and paste text from a quiz into a program that converts text into speech. Disabling right click prevents students from using the right mouse button, which opens a menu that includes options students need to copy quiz text.

disable right click setting crossed out

The benefits of using disable right click are limited and only apply in a proctored setting. It is ineffective in some Internet browsers and students can always take a picture of their screen using a separate phone or tablet.


From the Classlist tool, edit a student's accommodations to Always Allow Right Click. For instructions, visit our help page on Accessing Quiz Accommodations from the Classlist.



5. Barrier: Restricting IP Addresses

Some students take quizzes in a testing center where they have access to assistive technologies and people.

If you know the IP address for your classroom's router, you can create an IP Restriction to require students be physically near the router to take their quiz.

I P Restriction Settings

Adding an IP Restriction will prevent students who use specialized testing centers from being able to access the quiz.



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