Time limit limitation

Mike.B.559 Posts: 122
edited September 2023 in Community Corner

A Korean instructor contacted me re the new "Auto-submit when time is up" feature in Quizzes. There seems to be a lack of connection between "Time Limit" and "Due Date". This is a problem because these two features need to talk to each other. Here is where we see the issue:

e.g. Let's assume that a quiz is added to Course X with a "Due Date" of September 27 at 11:00 AM. The quiz also has a 60 minute "Time Limit" after which it is set to automatically submit.

The problem is, a student can start the quiz at 10:59 and continue working on it until 11:59 (essentially 59 minutes after the deadline). And, while it is true that the submission will be flagged as late, this is just one more step that instructors have to take when assessing a student's quiz submission…one more decision to make…do I accept this submission or not?

What I think should happen is that, if a quiz has a due date with a specified time, the quiz should auto-save and submit itself at that time. For instance, in our example, the quiz should submit 1 minute after the student starts.

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Keywords: quiz timing, due date, time limits, auto-submit




  • Matt.W.287

    Hello Mike

    The Due Date seen in Brightspace is mostly a cosmetic tool. It connects items to the Calendar and acts as a reminder for learners. However, it doesn't link to any of the activities' assessment settings. *I think TurnItIn will reject an Assignment Submission if it's past the Due Date, but that's the only functional application I can think of.

    It's a good idea though. I would have to recommend that you post it in the Community Product Ideas Exchange area so that Developers can see it and consider it for future updates.

    I hope that's helpful!
    Learning Administration Manager

  • Mike.B.559
    Mike.B.559 Posts: 122

    Thanks for the quick reply Matt. I have to say, I'm surprised that "Due Date" (and time) wasn't part of discussions around recent changes to the "Time Limit" feature. It just seems to make sense. When it comes to quizzes, the limiting nature of time should equate not only to duration but also a specific moment in time. In other words, you can have 15 minutes to complete the quiz some time between 11:30 today (when the class ends) and 9:30 tomorrow (when the next class begins).

    In terms of the PIE, sure, I'll post it there.

  • Jennifer.W.973
    Jennifer.W.973 Posts: 247 🌟

    @Mike.B.559 Can you just change the End Date so the time limit will run out at the specified Due Date? i.e. set the End Date to September 27 at 10:01 AM so students have to start their attempt by 10AM at the latest, and it will auto-submit in 60 minutes at 11AM.

  • Mike.B.559
    Mike.B.559 Posts: 122

    Totally Jennifer. 😀 I almost included this in my post as a "workaround" but deleted it at the last minute. It just feels like having to game the platform.