Limiting the number of attempts a learner can submit to a question

Allowing learners to attempt a question as many times as they like can be useful for Knowledge Check style questions which help them learn and internalize a topic, but for more robust assessments you may want to limit this by ensuring your course only accepts the first answer the learner submits. 

When submission attempts are limited to the learner's first answer, your learners will still be able to change their answer but only the first answer they submitted will be used to calculate their score. Each attempt the learner makes will still be reported, but their score for that question will reflect their first answer.

This can also be used in conjunction with more restricted navigation to ensure that the learner is moved forwards after they submit their answer and isn't able to return to the question later.


Recording only the learner's first attempt at a question

1. Open your Project.

2. Select Configure:


3. Select the Scoring & Completion tab:

4. Uncheck Allow multiple scoring attempts:


5. Select the Save changes button.

This will make it so that only the learner's first attempt at a question will be used to determine their score.


Restricting navigation to prevent the learner from returning to a question

Removing navigation buttons

If you'd like to make it so your learner cannot return to a question once they've answered it, you can do this by removing any in-course navigation that allows this. For example, you could try removing the Previous button in your footer to prevent the learner from navigating backwards. 

You could do this by removing the Previous button part in Layout. This would remove the button from your whole Project and make it so that backwards navigation is not possible across your entire Project (unless you add other buttons that navigate backwards).

But if you'd only like to prevent backwards navigation on specific pages, you can also delete the button in Author. Deleting the button in Author will only remove it from the page you're on.


Hiding pages from the Page Navigation Menu

If you have a Page Navigation Menu in your Project's header (Screenshot_2023-03-08_at_11.24.15.png), you could also try removing your question page(s) from it so that the learner cannot use the menu to navigate directly back to the question. You can do this by opening Page Settings on the page you'd like to hide and un-checking Would you like this page to appear in the Course Menu?:


The page you've hidden in the menu will still be accessible using your in-course navigation buttons but the learner won't be able to navigate directly to that page.

Navigating the learner forwards as soon as they've answered a question

If you'd like to move your learners forwards as soon as they have submitted their answer, you can apply a link to the question's Submit button.

Once the learner presses the Submit button, their answer will be recorded and they will be instantly moved forwards to the next page. This can be used on its own or in conjunction with the methods described above to create a strong linear path through an assessment.

To apply a link to a Submit button, open the button's edit menu and choose a destination from the Link to a page drop down menu:



Tip: You may want to avoid applying a navigation link to a Submit button that is part of a Knowledge Check or Survey type question. These question types show a feedback pop-up when the Submit button is pressed. If a navigation link is also applied, the learner will be moved forwards before they have a chance to read the information in the pop-up.

It is best to use Assessment type questions instead as they do not trigger a pop-up window when an answer is submitted. For more information about the different question types, see Feature Focus: Question Types.

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