Canvas Quizzes - Classic Tool vs New Tool
This page explains the difference between both of the Canvas quiz building tools and their recommended use.
There are two different quiz tools within Canvas – the Classic Quiz tool and the New Quiz tool. There are important functions and limitations to each tool, so please be mindful of which tool you are using. We highly recommend building your quizzes in the Classic Quiz tool for reasons that will be detailed below. Both quiz tools will be combined into a single tool some point during or after 2022.
You can create a new quiz by going to the Quizzes page in your course and clicking the +Quiz button on the upper-right. It will then pop-up a small window asking which quiz tool you would like to build your quiz in.
Classic Quiz Tool (Canvas Guides)
The Classic Quiz tool is directly integrated into the Canvas LMS. We very strongly suggest creating your quizzes in the Classic tool due to its higher reliability, ease of transferring content, compatibility with proctoring software, and its ability to be copied into the New Tool if you ever feel the need to do so.
The Classic Quiz editor is split into two tabs: the Edit tab where you choose your typical Canvas settings such as due dates and the assignment group, and the Questions tab where you create and arrange your questions.
Here are some unique features of the Classic Quizzes:
- Supports the Honorlock proctoring software
- Allows for creation of graded, ungraded, and/or anonymous surveys
- Allows export and transfer of question banks between users and courses
- Easier to make late changes to questions or answers
- Can make a duplicate copy in the New Quizzes tool
New Quiz Tool (Canvas Guides)
The New Quiz tool is created by Canvas, but is treated as a third-party tool that's integrated into Canvas rather than directly being a part of the LMS itself. The New Quizzes editor is more intuitive in terms of design, but can be less responsive as a result. When you click on a New Quizzes assessment, you will be brought to its Edit page. At the bottom of these settings, there will be two buttons: Save and Build. Click Save to update any settings you may have tweaked, and click Build to save your changes and launch the questions editor. Keep in mind that New Quizzes do not support proctoring tools and cannot be exported between instances of Canvas (such as from a Parkside course to a UW-Extension course).
Here are some unique features of New Quizzes:
- Has additional question types not found in the Classic Tool (such as hotspot and ordering questions)
- Allows for more precise control over individual question settings
- You can randomize questions that have different point values
- Can set a manual overall score instead of being fully dependent on the point value total of all of the combined questions