This article describes how to use Canvas to grant students additional time and extended availability windows for exams, which, in Canvas, are called quizzes.
If a student in your course has an approved accommodation from Student Disabilities Services (SDS) or must take a quiz at a different time than the rest of the class (because of time zone or another reason), you should ensure that reasonable accommodations are made. You are responsible for setting up these accommodations in Canvas, or for asking the Courseware team to do so.
Please contact Courseware with accommodation requests at least 1 business day before the quiz is administered.
Availability Windows vs. Time Limits
The availability window is the total time period the quiz is open to students; e.g., from April 28 at 12pm to April 29 at 1pm.
The time limit is a specified amount of time given to students to complete the quiz (e.g., 60 minutes).
If your quiz uses both availability dates and a time limit, be sure to update both when making accommodations.
When students take a quiz that has a time limit, the timer starts as soon as they begin taking the quiz (by clicking Begin in New Quizzes or Take the quiz in Classic Quizzes). A countdown clock displays their remaining time and provides a warning message shortly before the time runs out. The timer does NOT pause if students leave the quiz or close their browser. Quizzes are automatically submitted at the end of the time limit or at the available until date, whichever comes first.
If you are giving an quiz during class time, the Courseware team suggests setting only an Available from for the start of the quiz and setting a time limit to correspond with the end of class. If you do decide to include an Until date, consider setting it for 10-15 minutes after the end of class or until the end of the day in case students started the quiz a few minutes late.
Note: The Courseware Team does not recommend using only an availability window as a substitute for a time limit because available from/until dates cannot be adjusted after students start taking the quiz. Students are bound by the Available Until date that was in place when they started the quiz. Availability dates must be set or updated at least 15 minutes before students begin taking the quiz.
The availability window is created by choosing an Available from and Available Until date and time on the assignment details page of an assignment or quiz.
Students cannot view or take a quiz before the available from date/time and are locked out of the quiz or cannot start taking it at the Until date (eg, the quiz is available until April 28 at 6 pm). A student who attempts to access a quiz outside that window will see a message like:
This assignment is locked until April 28 at 12 pm.
Availability windows can be used to allow students to take a timed quiz within a larger window (eg, a timed 2-hour quiz that students must start and complete anytime within a 12-hour window). Use a larger availability window (12-24 hours is recommended) if you need to accommodate students in different time zones.
Student-specific Availability Windows
You can set different availability windows for students within the same quiz or assignment.
- Open the quiz (in New Quizzes or Classic Quizzes) and scroll down to the Assign to field.
- After setting the Due Date and Available from/Until dates, click the +Add button to create a second Assign to field.
- Start typing the first few letters of the student's name and select their name from the student list that appears. You can assign a different availability window to multiple students or to different sections of students.
- Enter the new due date and Available from/Until dates for these students.
- Repeat steps 2-4 as needed, and click Save when you are finished.
Notes: Individual students can only be assigned one (1) Availability Window. Students will see only the due date and available from/Until dates assigned to them.
Allowing Extra Time Before a Quiz Starts
You can extend the time limit of a quiz for individual students without adjusting the time limit for the rest of the class. This is possible in both New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes, but should be done before students start taking the quiz.
In New Quizzes
- Open the quiz and click Build.
- Click the Moderate tab at the top of the page.
- To the far right of the student's name, click the Moderate button.
- Select Give additional time, and enter the amount of extra time you want to give the student. This extra time is in addition to the amount of time given to all students, and just applies to this student's attempt.
- Alternatively, if a student has an approved accommodation to receive more time on all quizzes, you can click to edit the student's accommodations. When you edit a student's accommodations, you can add on more time (eg, 30 minutes) or multiple their time (eg, 1.5x more time) and it will apply to all future quizzes. Click Save when you are finished editing the accommodations.
In Classic Quizzes
- You must first publish the quiz.
- Open the quiz and click Moderate This Quiz.
3. Select multiple students  or an individual student  and click Change Extensions for [x] Selected Students .
4. In the box labeled Extra time on every attempt, enter the amount of extra time you want to give the students. This will be in addition to the amount of time all students receive.
5. Click Save.
Allowing Extra Time for In-Progress Quizzes
Note: It is not possible to give a student additional time while they are taking a New Quiz. You can allow them another attempt, but not additional time.
In Classic Quizzes
- If a student has an emergency or technical issue while they are taking a quiz using Classic Quizzes, you can open Moderate This Quiz, then click the clock icon next to the student's remaining time.
2. Enter the amount of extra time to give the student and select to apply the extra minutes to the current end time of the quiz. Then click Extend Time. The extra time will be applied to the student's in-progress attempt and their countdown clock will be updated.