Core tools and technology

The core tools for administering the assessments will be Canvas Quizzes and Assignments. Whatever you use for your final assessment, make sure you name the Assignment Group “Final Assessment”.

The use of Assignments will allow students to download materials and work offline before submitting their work, as well as submitting the work through Turnitin.

Comparison between Canvas Quiz and Canvas Assignment features

Features Canvas Quiz Canvas Assignment
Can examiners upload documents and media files as part of assessment instructions? Yes – Recommend locking access to these files for release on final assessment dates only. Yes – Recommend locking access to these files for release on final assessment dates only.
Can examiners use rubrics for marking? Not recommended – rubrics attached to quizzes allow you to view and choose criteria, but not add marks to grading. Marks must be added as an extra step manually, which introduces the risk of error. If rubrics are useful for students to see for their assessment, suggest giving clear guidance in question instructions (e.g., as a pdf document) for transparency of grading. Yes
Can students upload files as part of their assessment answer? Yes – use the Essay question type or File upload question type. Yes
Can students record audio/video directly in assessment question answer box for submission? Yes – Use the Essay question type. Students can use the Record media function in the menu of the answer text box. Yes – Students can use the ‘Media Recordings’ for Submission Type.
Can examiners randomise questions students receive? Yes – Use question banks. See this demonstration video on using question banks. No
Can examiners use Turnitin for plagiarism checks of text answers in Canvas? No, but we have developed a workaround that requires some technical expertise. Follow the guide on how to download written quiz answers for uploading to Turnitin. Yes – Recommend setting up Plagiarism Review in Assignment settings.
Is there an option available to allow students to review the similarity report on their submission from Turnitin and make alterations before their final submission? No – Turnitin plagiarism check can only be administered after the end of the final assessment period so students cannot view this. Yes – Recommend to communicate expectations and guidelines around this to students in assessment instructions, e.g., number of submissions and so on.

Detailed guidance and requirements

Setting release times

The Quiz or Assignment “available to” time should be set to 30 minutes later than due time (this is to act as a grace period for any technical issues).

If you have material that is supplementary to the Quiz or Assignment, e.g., images, PDFs or media files, these files should be locked and scheduled for release to students only during the time of the Final Assessment.

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 full instruction on the Canvas blog page.


Due to some potential issues with the Turnitin API (the external tool), it is recommended that examiners – who wish to use Turnitin for plagiarism detection – activate the Plagiarism Review, available directly within the Assignment.

We have also developed a workaround that may require some technical expertise to download text-based submissions in a Canvas Quiz so they can be submitted to Turnitin. 

Specialised and/or additional software

The use of specialised and/or additional software must be approved by the Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching or Academic) before writing the Final Assessment tasks.

  • If you have the approval to perform live, oral assessments, consider using Zoom or Canvas Conferences.
  • If you are using Zoom, either set up separate sessions for each student’s allocated time or use the waiting room function to ensure that students do not enter the session before you are ready for them.
  • You should also record the sessions (with the permission of the students) for equity considerations and moderation purposes.