|This article provides an overview of using Canvas quizzes.|
Before You Start
You will need a Canvas site.
Quizzes are formal exams or surveys, and can be graded or ungraded. To create a quiz...
- Create a quiz with a due date.
- Use availability dates to ensure students do not start the quiz early, or access it late.
- Create questions.
- Use the Rich Content Editor to format text, to link to outside web resources and files uploaded to Canvas, or to add images, embedded video, and equations.
- Set the value (points, percentage, complete/incomplete, etc.) for graded quizzes.
- Set the time limit and the number of allowed attempts.
- Save and publish the quiz.
Unlike assignments, quizzes cannot be configured for group submission. If you would like to design a group quiz, one student from each group must submit the quiz, and then you must then manually share the quiz grades with all members of the team.
Recommended Instructions for Students
We recommend providing the following information in all quiz instructions:
- You must fill in a complete set of answers before the due date.
- Answers you enter will be automatically saved, unless you leave the quiz open and unattended.
- Clicking Submit Answers will submit your work and end the quiz.
- If multiple attempts are permitted, clicking Take the Quiz Again will create a fresh attempt that replaces all previous attempts.
Configuring Take-Home Quizzes
You can 1) prepare normal quiz questions; or you can 2) have the students download a document containing the exam and then upload a document containing their answers to the quiz. To use option #2:
- Create a new folder in Files and edit the file permissions, using: Restricted Access --> Only available to students with link. Not visible in student files.
- Upload your exam document into this restricted folder.
- Including in the quiz a file upload question for collecting a student's answers.
- Link to your exam document from the quiz.
- Use availability dates to prevent students from starting early or completing late. If you only use the Due Date, students will be able to submit after the exam is due. (Canvas will mark their answers late.)
- Use a time limit to restrict the amount of time students have to work on the exam.
- Use Moderate Quiz to monitor progress and to allow extra time or attempts to individual students.
NOTE: File upload quiz questions do not work in IE10 or lower for Windows, nor in Safari 7 or lower for Mac. These browsers also do not meet the general system requirements for Canvas.
Previewing a Quiz
You can preview a quiz, to get an idea how it will appear to students, by clicking on the quiz and choosing Preview. Please keep in mind that a preview may leave out a few details of the student experience; for more accuracy, try student view.
Occasionally you may need to change an answer after students have taken the quiz.
Revealing Results to Students
Consider the following when deciding what to reveal to students:
- If you allow multiple quiz attempts, some information about the quiz score will always be available between attempts.
- You cannot suppress the display of the student’s score.
- You cannot let students view their previous answers without revealing which are correct and incorrect.
- If you check Let Students See Their Quiz Responses , students will see their answers and a correct/incorrect indicator for their answer. If you allow multiple attempts, students can use trial and error to figure out the correct answers. Answer comments, if any, will be displayed as well.
- If you check Show Which Answers Were Correct, in addition to seeing their answers, students will see the correct answer, as well as any answer comments. If you allow multiple attempts, this means students only need to take the quiz once to learn the correct answers.
Enabling Additional Attempts for Students
Occasionally you may want to give a student another attempt at a quiz. Here's how:
- Make sure that the course site is active and not read-only. (If a site is from a previous term, it is likely read-only.)
- Make sure that availability dates allow the student to get to the quiz. If not, open a new availability window for the specific students you want to take the quiz.
- If the quiz allows only one attempt, moderate the quiz to permit the student an additional attempt.