As of November 2021, the Assignments and Quizzes tabs offer separate Edit and Build choices in the "three-dots" options menu for any New Quizzes-based quiz.
- Edit is still where you set due and availability dates, including those you Assign To specific students or sections.
- Build mode provides quiz-building features including Settings, Reports, Moderate, Preview, and the recently added Print capability.
- In addition, the Build button, originally added in March 2021, remains available from Edit mode for a New Quiz, at bottom right near the Save button.
Canvas's New Quizzes has been in use in select courses at Wharton since Spring 2019, and it will eventually replace Classic Quizzes during Academic Year 2023-24. New Quizzes offers benefits, such as printing and regrading, which improve on the original feature set for Classic Quizzes.
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 Build to launch the New Quizzes quiz builder.
TIP: Use availability dates to allow specific students or sections to take the quiz at alternate times.
Open the Settings tab to configure quiz options:
- Shuffle the order of all questions
- Do not use this option 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)
- 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."
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 and click the 3-dot options menu in the top right corner.
- Select 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 to create a new question.
- Click the piggy bank icon, then click on the name of a specific Item Bank. Be sure to check that you are opening the correct item bank. The page will default to the last bank you opened.
- Click the All/Random button (do not click on specific questions unless you only want to add those questions), then close the item bank tab selector by clicking the X in the top left corner of the tab.
- Return to the quiz, click to Edit the new question, then under the Question selection options, choose whether to Use all questions or Randomly select questions (eg, randomly select 1 out of 3 possible questions). Enter the points per question, and click Done.
Note: Questions pulled from the same Item Bank must have the same number of points.
Exams with File Downloads
Use Classic Quizzes if you need to share a link to an exam file that students can access only during the exam. If you need to use New Quizzes instead, you can create a link to the exam file using the following instructions.
- Open Files and click Upload to select and upload the exam file from your computer.
- Immediately after uploading the file, click the Published icon and change the file availability to Only available to students with link. Do not move the file into a folder.
- Open the file and copy the entire URL in the address bar. You'll use this later, so keep the tab open or paste the URL in a note if you're not able to create the exam link right away.
- Open Quizzes, click to open the exam, and navigate to the page where you can edit questions.
- Add a new question or click to edit an existing question. In the body of the question, type Download the exam file or Open the exam file in a new tab.
We do not recommend placing the link in the "Instructions" as these are visible to students before they click "Begin the quiz."
- Select the text you entered, and with the text still selected, click the Insert/edit link icon and paste in the previously copied file URL into the URL field. Ensure the Target is set for New Tab.
- Click Ok.
- Click Done to save your changes to the question.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance with these steps.
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...
- Open the quiz, scroll down and click Build to access the New Quizzes quiz builder. In the Settings tab, toggle off Restrict student result view.
- Open the Gradebook, and to the right of the column with the quiz name, click the Options menu to post grades.
Note: Students will only ever see their own scores when grades are posted. They cannot see their classmates' grades.
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.