Click on the Restrictions tab:


Dates and Restrictions


  • Availability – You can enable Quiz Start and End Dates. This section is used to specify the timeframe in which the Quiz will be available for learners to access it; however, it will always be visible in their table of contents .
  • Choose the availability status. Change your quiz status to Active to allow users to see and take the quiz.
    • Select the checkbox beside Has Start Date and click on the calendar icon to choose a start date. You can specify a date or date range that your quiz becomes available to users.
    • Select the checkbox beside Has End Date and click
      on the calendar, icon to choose an end date.
    • Select the checkbox beside Has Due Date and click on the calendar to choose a due date. Quizzes submitted after the due date are labelled ‘submitted late’
    • Check Display in Calendar to add the start and end dates to the course calendar.You can attach existing release conditions or create and attach new conditions to a quiz.  Release conditions require users to meet specific criteria prior to accessing the quiz. For example, you can attach release conditions requiring users to be enrolled in a group or view other content items prior to accessing the quiz.


Security Options

The respondus lockdown browser and respondus monitor information will be entered into the LockDown browser tab.

Optional Advanced Restrictions

  • Add a password in the password field.  This will require users to enter a password to access the quiz.
  • Specify an IP address to restrict users from accessing the quiz from other IP addresses.



  • Enter a time limit for the quiz. Select Enforced time to show a clock.
  • Enter a grace period to allow users to submit their quiz without a late flag. The Grace Period is time in addition to the time limit the student will be allowed before the Exceeded Time Limit Behaviour options take effect.
  • Select a penalty type for late submissions:

Exceeded Time Limit Behaviour options:

    • Allow the student to continue: Allows the student to take as much time as needed to complete the quiz, but flags the quiz as late.
    • Prevent the student from making changes: Allows the student to complete the quiz, but after the Time Limit + Late Limit expires, they will receive a zero grade for the quiz.

*Please note, the instructor does have the ability to manually grade the quiz to change the zero.

    • Allow the student to continue working, but automatically score the attempt as zero after an extended deadline: The student will be prompted to submit the quiz and will be unable to make any further changes.

*Please note, the auto-submit attempt does not automatically submit the quiz. This option prevents the student from making any further changes and may require the instructor to submit the attempt.

Advanced Availability

  • Special Access allows you to assign specific users a different set of quiz availability options.  You can increase the time limit and allow for different start and end dates for individual users.

For additional information on adding users to special access click here. 






  • Jennifer Frost says:

    Thank you for the feedback and the update on your experience with the lock-down browser Magdin. I will share your comment with the Administration here in the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

    Thank you again and have a wonderful day!

    Jennifer Frost

  • Magdin Stoica says:

    Thank you for your reply. I thought I would provide you with an update. I used Respondus with a second quiz. This time around a student’s wireless connection dropped (something that could happen at any time) and he was unable to turn it back on without exiting the lockdown browser which cannot be done. He ended up having to shut down his machine and restart it. I think that until the widget is available to allow faculty to exit the lock-down mode in order to fix issues like wireless connection or incorrect keyboard, it is not feasible to use the Lock-Down browser. It is an amazing feature though that would alleviate a lot of worries about using SLATE for quizzes, tests and exams. I hope it gets added soon.


  • Jennifer Frost says:

    Thank you for the reply Magdin.

    We are aware of the Respondus Widget and it is something we have considered adding as a functionality in SLATE. At this point I do not have a timeline on when it would be considered. As decisions are made, I will be in touch with you, if this is something we decide to activate in the future.

    If you have any other questions please let me know. Have a great day!

    Jennifer Frost

  • Magdin Stoica says:

    Thank you for the response Jennifer. And sorry I didn’t reply sooner. I thought I would get some sort of notification by email. Good think I checked back here. I actually did that, I used the feature with a quiz and reserved more time in case the students ran into any problem. It worked very well with that one exception. I wanted to clarify that I did not want to stop the test as I know that cannot be done. However using the Respondus Lockdown Browser Widget you can set a password that allows the instructor to unlock the browser temporarily on a student computer. This was necessary as the student started the test with the wrong keyboard language (French) and once the test has started he was unable to switch it back to English because the user interface is locked down. The solution is for the instructor to unlock the browser using the password set up in the widget allow the user to fix the system and than lock it back again. The widget seems to be the only way that can be done and without it the lockdown browser cannot be used as it poses too much risk of something going wrong and the students not being able to complete the test. Needless to say that being able to have students use the lockdown environment to both take the test AND see the results is extremely useful so if at all possible please enable the Widget. I’ll be the first to test it out and let you know how it goes.

    Thank you,

  • Jennifer Frost says:

    Thank you for the comment Magdin,

    We did a little research on our end and the Respondus tool integration at Sheridan does not allow to stop the exam at anytime for any reason. We are not using a widget for the Respondus Lockdown and that capability might be possible with that tool. I would suggest considering adding a “test exam” in your course with the Respondus Lockdown installed, then students can take an exam before hand just to get the tool downloaded and understand how it works before they write their actual exam.

    If you have any other questions, please let me know.

    Jennifer Frost

  • Magdin Stoica says:


    I have setup a quiz with settings to require the students to install the Respondus Lockdown Browser. These settings are not described here. It worked well and the students were able to download, install and take the quiz using the lockdown browser.

    The only issue I had was that, in one case, a student’s keyboard language switched or was switched to begin with to French and the student was unable to switch it back to English because the keyboard Windows button was locked. I have read in the instructions that you can setup a password to exit lockdown mode temporarily but I don’t know how to do that in SLATE. Their documentation talks about a Respondus Lockdown Browser Widget but I was unable to find it. Any help will be appreciated.

    Thank you,