OWL Tool - Tests & Quizzes 

What is the Tests & Quizzes tool?

The Tests & Quizzes tool in OWL allows for the creation of assessments to test students comprehension of content. The tool can be used for a variety of assessments, including Tests, Self-Tests, Quizzes, or even Exams.

What is the purpose of the Tests & Quizzes tool?

Tests & Quizzes is used for all types of assessments (T/F, Multiple Choice, Essay/Short Answer, etc.) in order to evaluate student learning on course content. Students' assessment submissions can be sent to the OWL Gradebook for marking purposes.

How to use the Tests & Quizzes tool

Create a new assessment and configure the settings in accordance with the course (open/close dates, link to gradebook, release to all/some students). Once the instructor publishes the assessment, students can take the test or quiz. If the assessment is linked to the OWL Gradebook, students' grade will be affected accordingly.

Tool Evaluation

Evaluated: October 2016

Functionality overall rating: 2 starsFunctionality

Rating Rationale
Scale rating: 3 stars


The Tests & Quizzes Tool can be scaled to accommodate any size class with the flexibility to create smaller sub-groups

Ease of use rating: 2 stars

Ease of Use

The Tests & Quizzes Tool is simple for students to use and understand, however instructors may need to familiarize themselves with the interface before mastering the tool. Eg: difference between working and published copies of a test

Tech Support/ Help Availability rating: 3 stars

Tech Support/Help Availability

Western technical support/help documentation is readily available. See the Tests & Quizzes page in OWL Documentation Wiki or contact the Helpdesk

Hypermediality rating: 3 stars


The Tests & Quizzes Tool allows users to communicate through different channels (audio, visual, textual) and allows for non-sequential, flexible/adaptive engagement with material

Accessibility overall rating: 1 starAccessibility

Rating Rationale
AODA Friendly rating: 1 star

AODA Friendly

The Tests & Quizzes poses significant barriers to those using screen readers, particularly with matching questions. When a screen-reader user is working with the select elements in the matching question, they cannot easily look back up at the values listed (the lettered values). They will be forced to remember what A, B, C, D, ... stood for while they are matching the numbered values to them. This puts them at a great disadvantage and will generate lots of stress and frustration. It is recommended that instructors offer alternative avenues for test taking.

Assistive Technology rating: 3 stars

User-focused participation

The Tests & Quizzes Tool is designed to address the needs of diverse users, their various literacies, and capabilities, thereby widening opportunities for participation in learning

Required Equipment rating: 3 stars

Required Equipment

Proper use of the Tests & Quizzes Tool does not require specialized equipment

Technical overall rating: 3 starsTechnical

Rating Rationale
Integration/Embedding within OWL rating: 3 stars

Integration/Embedding within OWL

The Tests & Quizzes Tool is native to OWL

Operating Systems rating: 3 stars

Operating Systems

Users can effectively utilize the Tests & Quizzes Tool with any standard, up-to-date operating system (i.e. Windows, OSX, etc.)

Web Browser rating:3 stars

Web Browser

Users can effectively utilize the Tests & Quizzes Tool with any standard, up-to-date web browser (i.e. Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, etc.)

Additional Technical Requirements rating:3 stars

Additional Technical Requirements

Users do not need to download additional software or browser extensions

Mobile Design overall rating: 1 starMobile Design

Rating Rationale
Mobile Operating Systems rating: 3 stars

Mobile Operating Systems

The Tests & Quizzes Tool is accessible in OWL on all mobile devices through a browser. There is no native app for OWL, however you can access OWL through the WesternU app on both android and iOS devices

Mobile Functionality rating: 3 stars

Mobile Functionality

There is little to no functional difference with the Test & Quizzes Tool when accessed on mobile systems

Offline Access rating: 1 star

Offline Access

The Tests & Quizzes Tool cannot be used in any capacity offline

Usage and account set up overall rating: 3 starsUsage and Account Set Up

Rating Rationale
Sign Up/Sign In rating: 3 stars

Sign Up/Sign In

Use of the Tests & Quizzes Tool does not require the creation of an external account or additional login beyond a Western Identity and access to OWL

Cost of Use rating:3 stars

Cost of Use

All aspects of the Tests & Quizzes Tool can be used free of charge to Western account holders

Archiving Saving and Exporting Data rating: 3 stars

Archiving, Saving, and Exporting Data

Instructors can archive, save, import/export or print quiz/test content in a variety of formats. Quizzes/tests can be imported from other OWL courses. Students are not able to print or export tests/quizzes

Data Privacy and Ownership rating: 3 stars

Data Privacy and Ownership

Users maintain ownership and copyright of their intellectual property/data; the user can keep data private and decide if/how data is to be shared

Social Presence overall rating: 1 starSocial Presence

Rating Rationale
Collaboration rating: 1 star


The Tests and Quizzes Tool is intended for independent work. Communication, interactivity, and transfer of meaning between users is not supported

User Accountability rating: 3 stars

User Accountability

In the Tests & Quizzes Tool, sstudents are not anonymous, their performance is tracked and recorded

Diffusion rating: 3 stars


The Tests & Quizzes Tool is widely known and popular, it’s likely that most students are familiar with the tool and have basic technical competence with it

Instructor Presence overall rating: 3 starsInstructor Presence

Rating Rationale
Facilitation rating: 3 stars


Used for formative and/or summative assessment, the Tests & Quizzes Tool has easy-to-use features that would significantly improve an instructor’s ability to be present with students via active management, monitoring, and engagement

Customization rating: 3 stars


The Tests & Quizzes Tool is adaptable to its environment: easily customized to suit the classroom context and targeted learning outcomes

Learning Analytics rating: 3 stars

Learning Analytics

Instructor can monitor students’ performance on a variety of responsive measures

Cognitive Presence overall rating: 3 starsCognitive Presence

Rating Rationale
Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s) rating: 3 stars

Enhancement of Cognitive Task(s)

Given some features of the Tests & Quizzes tool (i.e. Audio recording questions, options for correct/incorrect answer feedback, etc.) the Tests & Quizzes Tool has the potential to enhances engagement in targeted cognitive task(s) that were once overly complex or inconceivable through other means

Higher Order Thinking rating: 3 stars

Higher Order Thinking

Given consideration to the quiz/test content, use of the Tests & Quizzes Tool easily facilitates students to exercise higher order thinking skills

Feedback on Learning rating: 3 stars

Feedback on Learning

Through the Tests & Quizzes Tool, students can regularly receive formative feedback on learning (i.e. they can track their performance, monitor their improvement, test their knowledge, etc.)

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