Canvas Quiz

Quizzes offer a vast range of question types and some options for auto-marking.

Uploading scanned documents

For assessments that require students to draw/write and then take a photo of answers for uploading into Canvas, prepare students in advance to download a document scanning app for their mobile device (e.g., Adobe scanMicrosoft Office Lens or Camscanner). In the case of designing the Quiz as an online test, students must have an opportunity to complete a practice exercise (e.g. a Quiz with a ‘File upload’ question type) prior to the assessment date to ensure they are familiar with the technological requirements for uploading files.

Academic honesty declaration

Please make sure you add an academic honesty declaration to all online assessments. Please also ask a colleague to review your Quiz in advance—add them to your Canvas course with the Teaching Support role.

Setting the Quiz timing and duration

These examples demonstrate the use of a Canvas Quiz for a mid-semester test. Teachers should also consider using Inspera for mid-semester tests. To set the timing in Inspera, check out the quick reference guides from the Inspera Staff Development Hub.

Setting the availability of the Quiz

Difference between assignment due dates and availability dates.

Quizzes should be made available for the duration of a test sat under normal conditions, with the addition of 15 minutes to cater for the online delivery mode. Below is an example of a 1-hour, 15-minute test, starting at 1pm. Add an additional 15 minutes as a ‘grace’ period in case of technical difficulties but do not publicise this to students as it can lead to confusion. Students that submit outside of the 75-minute test window, but within the 15-minute grace period, will have their submissions flagged as ‘submitted late’.

  • Set the availability of the Canvas Quiz by clicking Edit, then scrolling down to Options.
  • Leave ‘Time limit’ unticked. We are not recommending that you use this feature for tests as it can override the 15-minute grace period.
  • Set your Due date for the end date and time of the assessment, e.g. for 2.15pm NZST, use 14:15 in Canvas.
  • Set Available from for 13:00 on the date of the start of the assessment.
  • The available Until time should be set to 15 minutes later than the Due time to act as a grace period for any technical issues. Set ‘Until’ for 14:30 for the same day.*
  • Don’t forget to Save and publish your Quiz when ready.

If you require different start times for different groups of students, or individual students, please see the other options below.

Screenshot of Canvas Quiz due dates

Note: You may encounter some error with setting up the availability times if the assessment ‘due date is set after the course term ends’. To fix this, you will need to ensure the ‘Ends’ dates are entered correctly and the option ‘Students can only participate in the course between these dates’ is checked in setting. Read the full instruction on solving the due date problem on the Canvas blog.

* Ensure that 15 minutes is also added as a grace period for any students with approved special conditions of extra time. Please see the heading below for setting the availability for individuals.

Setting the availability of the Quiz for students in different time zones

Quizzes should be made available for the duration of a test sat under normal conditions, with the addition of 15 minutes to cater for the online delivery mode. Below is an example of a 1-hour, 15-minute test, starting at 1pm. Add an additional 15 minutes as a ‘grace’ period in case of technical difficulties, but do not publicise this to students as it can lead to confusion. Students that submit outside of the 75-minute test window, but within the 15-minute grace period, will have their submissions flagged as ‘submitted late’.

Online tests will need to cater for students in different time zones. For example, the students in Southwest University in Chongqing have their test time set to four hours later (NZDT), which is 1pm in their time zone. Please note, the Canvas website describes how to determine offshore students in your course and to understand their group ‘section code’.

  • Set the availability of the Canvas Quiz by clicking Edit, then scrolling down to Options.
  • Leave ‘Time limit’ unticked. We are not recommending that you use this feature for tests as it can override the 15-minute grace period.
  • For multiple ‘sections’ (offshore students) that require different start times, click the ‘+ Add‘ button and add these times under the ‘Assign to‘ section.

 

Screenshot of Canvas Quiz due dates

Setting the availability of the Quiz for individuals with approved special conditions

Quizzes should be made available for the duration of a test sat under normal conditions, with the addition of 15 minutes to cater for the online delivery mode. Below is an example of a 1-hour, 15-minute test, starting at 1pm. Add an additional 15 minutes as a ‘grace’ period in case of technical difficulties, but do not publicise this to students as it can lead to confusion. Students that submit outside of the 75-minute test window, but within the 15-minute grace period, will have their submissions flagged as ‘submitted late’.

Assign a different duration for a test for those with approved special conditions.*

For this example scenario below, John Smith requires an extra 15 minutes added to the 75-minute test. This also shows the 15-minute post-deadline window (grace period).

  • Set the availability of the Canvas Quiz by clicking Edit, then scrolling down to Options.
  • Leave ‘Time limit’ unticked. We are not recommending that you use this feature for tests as it can override the 15-minute grace period.
  • For students with approved extra time, click the ‘+ Add‘ button and add the time extension under the ‘Assign to‘ section.

 

Screenshot of Canvas Quiz due dates

In some cases, you may need to add extra attempts for a student on Canvas Quiz.

Note: With the introduction of New Quizzes, students with approved special conditions can be awarded extra time for completing any number of quizzes throughout your course. This can either be a set amount of extra time, or a time limit ‘multiplier.’ See How do I add Accommodations for a student in New Quizzes?

 

* Student Disability Services advise teaching staff of any students in their courses with approved special conditions.

Quiz settings

New Quizzes

Canvas has released New Quizzes and is phasing out Classic Quizzes by the end of 2023. The Canvas developers provide the following documentation:

Canvas Instructor Guides for New Quizzes

More about New Quizzes (from the team at Learning and Teaching Innovation Services)

 

Migrate Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes

Teachers can migrate existing Quizzes to New Quizzes with a few steps. And if you have used Question Banks to populate your Quizzes, please note that this feature is replaced by Item Banks. A migration tool from Question Banks to Item Banks is still in development, but in the meantime teachers can follow the methods demonstrated:

Migrating Quizzes and Question Banks (instructional videos)

 

Supplimentary files

If you require students to view a document in order to complete their quiz, link to the document from your quiz instructions. Upload the supplimentary document to the Files area in Canvas, then right-click the document name and select ‘copy link’. Return to the Quiz and paste the link into the instructions. To make sure students cannot access these files prior to taking the quiz, please change the permission settings in Files.

In Classic Quizzes, images and files attached to quiz questions are automatically saved in the “Uploaded media” folder in Files, so change the permissions for these also. This is not an issue for New Quizzes.

 

File uploads

If you require students to upload files as part of their answer, you can use the File upload question type. Please note that when marking the uploaded document in SpeedGrader, applying comments and annotations to the document is not possible.

Read about why some content may not display on student’s PDF submission.

Question randomisation

Quizzes works in tandem with question banks, enabling students to receive a random selection. However, we urge caution and recommend that any questions in a question bank are of equivalent difficulty to ensure equity and fairness in assessment.

If different students receive different questions, be aware that problems can arise when examiners try to notify students of a question that has an error. This is particularly problematic for time-limited mid-semester tests or final exams. The guidelines for question randomisation in Inspera also applies to Canvas Quizzes.

See item banks (New Quizzes) or question banks (Classic Quizzes, deprecated), and this video demonstration on using item banks or using question banks.

Recommended settings for Canvas Quiz options

  • For MCQs, select Shuffle choices (New Quizzes) or Shuffle answers (Classic Quizzes) to allow randomisation of the order of choices. But rephrase any MCQs with choices that depend on their position, e.g., “All of the above”.
  • For time-limited assessments, e.g., mid-semester tests, leave ‘Time limit’ unticked. Set the availability time and due time to include a 15-minute grace period to mitigate technical difficulties. If you enable the time limit setting and add minutes, it can give a misleading timer countdown to students.
  • Do not allow multiple attempts.‘Allow multiple attempts’ is unchecked by default, so ensure that it remains unchecked for the assessment. You may wish to advise students not to hit the submit button until they are absolutely sure they are ready.
  • Tick Show one question at a time so students’ answers are saved every time they progress to the next question. Not ticking this will allow students to see all questions on the screen at the same time, but introduces the risk that they could lose their work if they have internet connection issues before submitting.
  • Do not ‘Lock questions after answering’ so students have the opportunity to review their answers before submitting; this is called Allow backtracking in New Quizzes.


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Do not reveal the answers to the students during the assessment time

Students will be more inclined to share answers with their classmates if they know they have answered them correctly. Therefore, make sure Canvas Quiz does not reveal the answers during, or just after the assessment time.

  • Tick ‘Restrict student result view’ (New Quizzes) and leave all subsequent checkboxes blank. Or for Classic Quizzes, untick ‘Let students see their quiz responses’.
  • Then from your Canvas course, go to Grades, locate the assessment and click the three dots beside the name.
  • Click on Grade Posting Policy and choose Manual, scroll to the bottom and click Save.

Reminders for students before they 'Submit quiz'

We recommend you communicate with students that they should not click ‘Submit quiz’ until they are completely finished. Some wording that may be useful to use in your instructions:

You should only click ‘Submit quiz’ when you are absolutely sure you are finished with your assessment and no longer want to make any changes. You only have one attempt at this quiz. Once you hit ‘Submit quiz’ you will not be able to re-open the quiz.

In New Quizzes, the submit button will ask students to confirm that they wish to proceed.

Timer in Canvas Quiz

When students begin the Canvas Quiz they will see a timer, showing how long they have spent on the quiz. We suggest that you advise students that they need to submit the completed quiz before the due time.

Suggestion on message for students completing a Canvas Quiz:
“Canvas will show you a timer indicating how long you have spent on this quiz. Please ensure that you have submitted the completed quiz before the due time ([date and time here]).”

Practice Canvas Quiz

We recommend that students have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with Canvas Quizzes via a practice quiz, prior to an assessment that bares a significant weighting. This is particularly important for quizzes that require students to upload a file (e.g., a scanned hand written/drawn document) as part of the assessment.

Submitting Canvas Quiz answers to Turnitin

Canvas Quizzes are not currently integrated with Turnitin. However, we have developed a workaround which may require some technical expertise to download written Quiz answers for uploading to Turnitin.

Note: So far this has been tested with Classic Quizzes but not with New Quizzes.

See also

Canvas Assignment

Designed for essay-type answers and file uploads, and easy integration with Turnitin.

Comparison - Quiz vs Assignment

Describing the differences between Canvas Quiz and Assignment.

Page updated 17/12/2021 (added New Quizzes)

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