Unannounced Change to Canvas New Quizzes: Save before Build
As of March 20, instructors and others working with New Quizzes must save the assignment due and availability dates for a quiz before the editing features -- Build, Settings, Reports, Moderate, and Preview -- will appear.
- TIP: If working with a copy of a New Quiz from a past course, it's fine to remove the due and availability dates and then press Save. Fill in updated dates later when you are ready to Save & Publish.
- UPDATE: We learned on March 22 that this behavior of New Quizzes will remain as-is for the near future. We're awaiting guidance from Penn's supplier for Canvas on further improvement plans.
Please feel free to contact the IDEA Courseware Team with any questions.
Canvas's New Quizzes has been in use in select courses at Wharton since Spring 2019, and it will eventually replace Classic Quizzes in December 2022. New Quizzes offers many benefits for remote exams, including an easy-to-use quiz building environment.
Creating a Quiz
To create a new quiz...
- From the left navigation of your Canvas course, choose Quizzes then click the +Quiz button. You can create a quiz using Classic Quizzes or New Quizzes. Choose New Quizzes unless you need to bulk download file-upload submissions or download a spreadsheet containing all quiz responses (such as for a survey). These functions are available only in Classic Quizzes.
- Click Submit.
- On the assignment details page, give the quiz a name, point value, due date, and any availability dates. You'll set the time limit later in the quiz settings. You can edit the availability and due dates later, if necessary, by reopening the quiz.
- Click Save to launch the New Quizzes quiz builder.
TIP: Use availability dates to allow specific students to take the quiz at alternate times.
Adding Instructions and Questions
- From the Build tab, add the quiz instructions and questions.
- Use the "+" icon to add a new question.
- This will display a list of question types. (Question types are explained in the next section.)
Your quiz can include a mix of automatically and manually graded questions.
Automatically Graded Questions
- Multiple Choice
- Multiple Answers
- Multiple Drop-down (can be used for Likert scale)
- Numerical Answer
- Hot Spot
Manually Graded Questions
TIP: Use a File Upload question to allow students to upload a file, to show their calculations or other work. This works well if the quiz involves a file students must download/print, complete and scan, and submit.
Use Item Banks to pull all questions or a specific number of questions randomly from a pool. This is a good way to add variety to the exam and/or keep similar questions together.
- To create an Item Bank, open any quiz in New Quizzes or create a New Quiz and navigate to the quiz builder page (by clicking "Save" at the bottom of the page). The click the 3-dot options menu in the top right corner (next to Return).
- Click "Manage Item Banks" >" +Bank." Give the bank a name and click "Create Bank."
- To add questions, click on the name of the newly created bank and click "+New." Click "Done" after creating each question. Your questions will be automatically saved in the Item Bank. Click "Return" to go back to the quiz builder.
- To insert banked questions into a quiz, open the quiz and click the "+" icon as if you were going to create a new question.
- Click the piggy bank icon, then click on the name of a specific Item Bank.
- Click the "All/Random" button, then close the item bank by clicking the "X" in the top left corner of the Item Banks tab.
- Back in the quiz, click to "Edit" the new question, then under the Question selection options, choose whether to "Use all questions" or "Randomly select questions." Enter the points per question, and click "Done."
Note: Questions pulled from the same Item Bank must have the same number of points.
Open the Settings tab to configure quiz options:
- Shuffle the order of all questions (Do not use if questions should appear in a certain order or if you have a question about academic integrity as the first question. There is not a way to "lock" a question in place when the question order is shuffled).
- Shuffle answers to individual questions
- Show only one question at time
- Require an access code
- Set a time limit
- Allow calculator (basic or scientific)
- Allow multiple attempts to take the quiz
- Restrict student result view (hide student responses, correct answers, point value, or feedback)
*Important: To prevent students from seeing their scores or submissions right after they submit the quiz, check the option to "Restrict student result view" and leave all other boxes unchecked. To release scores, open the quiz settings and un-check "Restrict student result view."
Publish the Quiz
Before you publish the quiz, be sure to:
- Add availability dates so students cannot access the quiz until the start time.
- Review the quiz settings to ensure that Restrict Student Result View is enabled and that other exam settings are correct.
- Preview the quiz to view it as students will.
- Permit additional time by choosing Moderate to the right of the student's name. Under Time adjustments, select Give additional time, enter the extended time, and close the tab.
Viewing and Grading Online Quizzes
- Use Moderate to view student submissions, add more time or attempts for individual students, and to reopen a completed quiz.
- Add a score for any manually graded questions in SpeedGrader. (Final quiz scores cannot be directly edited in the Gradebook.)
You can regrade any automatically graded question, but this should be done only after all students have finished taking the quiz. When you regrade a question for one student, the change will be applied to all students who received that question.
- To regrade a question, open the Gradebook, click the options menu to the right of the quiz name, and select SpeedGrader.
- From any student's submission, navigate to the question you need to regrade and click Regrade.
- You can change the correct answer, add another accepted answer (for numeric and multiple answer questions), and/or change the point value. Click Regrade.
- Select an option for awarding full points.
- Click Regrade again to save your changes. (You may need to refresh the page to see the change.) A message will appear with each question that you regraded. After regrading, you can also open "Grades" > "Gradebook" > "Gradebook History" to see the before/after comparison of scores.
When you are ready for students to see their submissions and the correct answers, you should...