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Canvas Quiz Creation - Tips & Suggestions
This page provides a list of tips and suggestions to consider while creating online quizzes in Canvas.
- Create your quizzes with the Classic Quiz tool whenever possible
The New Quiz tool has a few additional question types not found in the Classic Quiz tool, but the Classic Quiz tool is more consistently reliable. You can learn more about Classic Quizzes vs New Quizzes Canvas at this Knowledgebase entry.
- Quizzes can be used for all levels of assignments
Don’t let the term "quiz" limit your use of the quiz tools! Online quizzes are useful for creating standard homework assignments, quizzes, practice quizzes, exams, and surveys (both graded or ungraded).
- How to address concerns about cheating
There is no 100% guaranteed method to prevent cheating, whether in-person or online. That said, there are multiple ways to address those concerns in online quizzing:
- Shuffle the answer order (Canvas Guide)
- Shuffle the order in which questions are presented (Canvas Guide)
- Create more questions than you intend to use so that every attempt on a quiz presents a unique set of questions (See previous link)
- Use the availability window settings and time limits
- Hide answers until after the due date has passed (Canvas Guide)
- Use the Respondus Lockdown Browser or Honorlock proctoring tools for bigger tests
- Determine what level of proctoring & restrictions are appropriate for an assignment
Faculty and students alike will have widely varying opinions on the use of proctoring tools, especially regarding the aspects that involve webcam monitoring at home. Remember that you can use the lockdown and screen recording functions of proctoring tools without requiring webcam recording. Consider the normal conditions an assignment would have in a face-to-face course when determining how you set your proctoring options. For example, students would be able to work together on a weekly homework assignment, but not for an in-class test. That's not to say that you need to use the same exact criteria online as you would for face-to-face version of your course, but it is one factor to consider. One other thing to keep in mind is the fact that introducing additional steps or software into a process can bring up new technical hurdles, no matter how reliable the program or technology is.
- Give students a proctored practice quiz before they need to take a real proctored quiz
Both Respondus Lockdown Browser and Honorlock require the student to download and install software on their computer. Some students may have incompatible or outdated hardware which may limit which program(s) will work on their device. That is why you should have a practice quiz set up so that students can install & run the proctoring tool before they need to take an actual graded quiz with proctoring enabled. This way you can make sure your whole class is able to use the proctoring tool ahead of time and address any issues before the real quizzing period.
- Questions with objective answers will be automatically graded, but subjective answers require manual grading
Questions with subjective answers (specifically short answer or essays) will require you to manually grade them using SpeedGrader. Luckily, SpeedGrader makes it easy to switch between students’ quiz submissions when you have manually-graded questions or any grades to manually override. You can learn how SpeedGrader works at the Canvas Guides. This interface is used for assignments and quizzes alike, so it’s useful a tool to know about.
- When shuffling question or answer order, modify the wording accordingly
With shuffled answers such as “All of the above” or “Both A and b are correct”, their physical ordering can cause confusion since they will be listed in a different order for every student. Tweak your wording to something along the lines of “All of these” in place of "All of the above" so that the randomized order doesn’t affect the literal meaning. On a similar note, if you have back-to-back questions that all use the same scenario or data chart, be sure to paste the data into all of the questions that rely on that information when you randomize your question order. The related questions to that scenario will no longer be back-to-back, so the data won’t be readily available on the previous question.