Whether you call it a mid-term, exam, quiz, test, evaluation, survey --- Canvas creates all assessments using the 'Quizzes' tool.

  • Quiz: Most common assessment. Questions will automatically be evaluated based on right or wrong answers.
  • Survey: Most common form of evaluation. Can be administered anonymously. Questions will not be evaluated based on right or wrong answers.

As always, quizzes and surveys can be graded or ungraded. Graded quizzes and surveys will be listed as 'assignments' and will have a column associated in the gradebook. Ungraded quizzes are considered practice quizzes.

Graded Quiz: the most common quiz, and Canvas automatically creates a column in the grade book for any graded quizzes you build. After a student takes a graded quiz, certain question types will be automatically graded. You can also view quiz results for graded quizzes in SpeedGrader or from the quiz results page.

Practice Quiz: can be used as a learning tool to help students see how well they understand the course material. Students do not receive a grade for practice quizzes, even though the quiz results display the number of points earned in the quiz. Practice quizzes are not a graded quiz type. You can also view quiz results for practice quizzes.

Select Quizzes from course navigation

Details Tab

  1. Select +Quiz from top right hand side of page
  2. Name the Quiz
  3. Quiz Type: Select Graded Quiz or Practice Quiz
  4. Options:
    • As a part of this option, you can also control when and for how long students can see the correct answers by setting dates (and specific times, if desired) in the Show and Hide fields.
      • To show answers immediately after quiz is submitted, leave the Show and Hide fields blank. To create a date range to display the answers, set a start date in the Show field and an ending date in the Hide field.
      • To always show answers after a specific date, set a date in the Show field.
      • To hide answers after a specific date, set a date in the Hide field.
    • Shuffle Answers: You can shuffle (randomize) answers. (You can also shuffle questions by creating a question group.)
    • Time Limit: You can choose to set a time limit by entering the number of minutes students have to complete the entire quiz. Timed quizzes begin once a student begins the exam and will not be paused if the student navigates away from the quiz. An unfinished timed quiz will be automatically submitted when the time limit expires. If no time limit is set, students will have unlimited time to complete the quiz.
    • Multiple Attempts: If you turn this feature on be sure to check Allowed Attempts and enter how many or else the quiz will have infinite attempts.
    • Assign: Add a Due Date or Available From/Until dates if desired
    • Correct Answers: This setting enables a green Correct tab on every correct answer for the entire quiz. Quizzes default to this option, so if you do not want students to see the correct answers, deselect the checkbox.

Questions Tab: This is where you will enter the quiz questions

Select Save & Publish (this will create the Gradebook column)

Surveys are used to gather information and receive feedback from your students.

  • Surveys can either be Anonymous or not.
  • Canvas surveys are created and accessed in the Quiz area.
  • There are two types of surveys in Canvas; Graded Survey or Ungraded Survey

Create a Graded Survey (column created in Gradebook!)

Graded Survey (Points given)

If you would like for the survey to automatically assign points as an incentive for completing the survey, choose Graded Survey. Graded surveys will keep track of students who have submitted, although responses will still be anonymous.

Select Quizzes from course navigation

Details Tab
  1. Select +Quiz from top right hand side of page
  2. Name the survey
  3. Quiz Type: Select Graded Survey
  4. Score:  You can type in points (or leave at 0.0)
  5. Options:
    • Keep Submission anonymous set due dates, from/until dates if desired
    • Assign: Add a Due Date or Available From>Until dates if desired
Questions Tab: This is where you will enter the survey questions
  • Click +New Question
  • You could select Multiple Choice with answers such as: Strongly Agree; Agree; Neither Agree nor Disagree; Strongly Disagree -- MAKE sure that you click Update Question(s)

Select Save & Publish (this will create the Gradebook column)

Create an Ungraded Survey (no points given -- no column created in Gradebook!)

Follow same steps as above EXCEPT for Quiz Type select Ungraded Survey

>Once students take the survey (submissions anonymous) how do I know who or has not taken?

Ungraded Survey / Anonymous

  • Select Quizzes
  • Click the hyperlinked survey name to open
  • Click the 3 dots on the top right of the page. Select Show Student Survey Results.  You will see who has taken the surveys. Select a student who has taken the survey to see more information

Graded Survey / Anonymous

If you set the survey as Anonymous and “Graded Survey”. You can go into the Gradebook and you will see who has taken as well as you can send a message to those that have not. How?

  • Open Gradebook
  • Hover over the column name, click the down arrow and select “Message Students Who” haven’t submitted.

Select Quizzes, +Quiz. There are two tabs: Details tab and Questions tab

  • Details tab: Enter a Quiz Name, add Quiz Instructions, select Quiz Type (Practice; Graded; Graded Survey; and Ungraded Survey), Assignment Group, and Options.
  • Questions tab: (Add Questions to Quizzes). Click +New Question

Question name: Can add an identifier for name e.g., Question MC to help you identify questions, students will only see question numbers. Click down arrow to select question type (True/False, Matching, etc.) and type in point (pts) for the question

Question Types

Multiple Choice

  • Question Name: (optional). Tab to question type, select (default) Multiple Choice. Tab to pts, if question worth 5 points - type in 5
  • Question text: Type in the question text and add any instructions for student, (you can include video, images, or math equations), e.g., the best definition of Renaissance is?
  • Answers: Type in possible answers, e.g., Classic Style; click to next possible answer, type in Adornment, next possible answer Rebirth. Click arrow to indicate correct answer, Rebirth, (green arrow appears before answer). Add question feedback if desired (green box for correct; red box for incorrect). Extra Answers boxes can be deleted if not used. Make sure to click Update Question to save the question! Continue adding questions by selecting +New Question

Example Question

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True/False

  • Question Name: (optional). Tab to question type, select True/False. Tab to pts, if question worth 3 points - type in 3
  • Question Text: Type in the question text Can all birds fly?
  • True/False: Click to select either true or false to indicate the Correct Answer (green arrow appears before answer). Add question feedback if desired (green box for correct; red box for incorrect). Click Update Question to save the question!

Example Question

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Fill in Blank

  • Question Name: (optional). Tab to question type, select Fill in the Blank. Tab to pts, if question worth 5 points - type in 5
  • Question Text: Type in the question text and add any instructions for student.
  • Answers: Type in correct answer(s). If allow for variations of answer such as capitalization/lowercase, abbreviations - need to add all as “Possible” answer selection (Michigan, MI, Mi.). Add question feedback if desired (green box for correct; red box for incorrect). Click Update Question to save the question!

Example Question

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Fill in Multiple Blanks

  • Question Name: (optional). Tab to question type, select Fill in Multiple Blanks. Tab to pts, if question worth 5 points - type in 5
  • Question Text: Type in the question text and add any instructions for student. Use variables for answers; e.g., [1], [2], and [3] or [planet1], [planet2], and [planet3].
  • Answers: From “Show Possible Answers”, click down arrow, select 1st variable, type in answer; select 2nd variable, type in answer; and select 3rd variable, type in answer. Add question feedback if desired (green box for correct; red box for incorrect). Click Update Question to save the question!

Example Question

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Multiple Answers

  • Question Name: (optional). Tab to question type, select Multiple Answers. Tab to pts, if question worth 4 points - type in 4
  • Question Text: Type in the question text and add any instructions for student.
  • Answers: Type in answers for question, click arrow to left of answer to toggle/select “Correct Answer/Possible Answer". Add question feedback if desired (green box for correct; red box for incorrect). Click Update Question to save the question!

Example Question

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Matching

  • Question Name: (optional). Tab to question type, select Matching. Tab to pts, if question worth 4 points - type in 4 (note: each correct answer assigns part of total point value)
  • Question Text: Type in the question text and add any instructions for student, e.g., match correct answers
  • Answers: Type in the first question on the left side; type in the answer to the question on the right side. Continue question/answer input (need more select +Add Another Answer)
  • The Additional Match Possibilities (distractors) allow you to type in non-related matches
  • Correct selections receive partial credit of total question points. Add question feedback if desired (green box for correct; red box for incorrect). Click Update Question to save the question!

Example Question

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Numerical Answer

This question type can be used when everyone receives the same question and all have same answer.

  • Question Name: (optional). Tab to question type, select Numerical Answer. Tab to pts, if question worth 5 points - type in 5
  • Question Text: Type in the question text and add any instructions for student, e.g., how many protons are in nitrogen?
  • Answers: Answer options: Exact Answer (error margin?); Answer Range (type between #/ and #); and Answer with Precision (type in precision #). Add question feedback if desired (green box for correct; red box for incorrect). Click Update Question to save the question!

Example Question

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Formula Question

This question type can be used to randomize variables / answers to each student

  • Question Name: (optional). Tab to question type, select Formula Question. Tab to pts, if question worth 5 points - type in 5
  • Question Text: Type in the question text and add any instructions for student, e.g., “What percent of 200 is 58?” Answering correctly all students would have same answer. Setting up as a formula question with “range” of variables generates different question “set” to each student. However, using variables generates unique question a student. “What percent of [x] is [y]?" Enclosing in variables in brackets opens Variable Definition option: There are three input areas to complete. Variable Definitions; Formula Definition; and Generate Possible Solutions.
  • Answers:
    • Variable Definitions: type in the “variables” range for each; e.g., for [x], enter min of 100 and max of 200; for [y] enter min of 5 and max of 60. Example Value shows possible values used in a question.
    • Formula Definition: type in the formula used to compute; y/x*100, click Save
    • Generate Possible Solutions: type in a number of “solution” sets to be generated; e.g., 20; enter an optional error margin and then click Generate.
    • You will see the values Canvas will use and the Final Answer for each x and y variable. Make sure to click Update Question to save the question!

Example Question

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Essay Question

This question provides students with a text field to compose / type in answer

Example Question

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File Upload Question

This questions provides students with the Upload (Choose File) button to submit

Example Question

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Text (no question)

This "question" does not include answers/points. Can be used to include a passage of text, image, or video that will be referenced in subsequent questions. Note however that if you “shuffle” or use question group to “randomize”, this may disrupt intended order.

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Question Groups are collections of questions from Question Banks that can be added to a quiz allowing you to “randomize” questions. You can create multiple question groups and use multiple types of questions but all questions in the group must be assigned same point value. Added within a quiz using +New Question Group option

Click +New Question Group

  • Type in a name for the question group
  • Pick the number of questions to use (must be equal to or less than number in the Question Bank) and assign # points for group
  • Click Link to a Question Bank under group name
  • Select the desired Question Bank and click Select Bank verify that you see “Questions will be pulled from the bank …”
  • Make sure to select 'Create Group'
  • Save or Save and Publish

Can select questions from existing question banks, create multiple “banks” of questions that you can use in a quiz (additional quizzes). Use question banks to “find” questions by types; chapters, and/or subject questions. Can share question banks across several Canvas courses (Settings, Import, Copy Canvas course, Select Specific Content, Question Banks)

To Add Questions from a Question Bank

  • Click ‘Find Questions’.
  • Select the desired Question Bank. Click the box next to questions you want
  • Once you have selected questions, scroll down and select ‘Add Selected Questions
  • Save or Save and Publish

Question Banks: Canvas Question Banks store questions that can be added to quizzes across courses.

  • You can move questions into a Question Bank,
  • You can select questions from a Question Bank and add to a quiz (or quizzes), and,
  • When you create a question in a quiz, Canvas puts the question into the quiz and also into Question Bank called “Unfiled Questions
Creating Question Banks
  • Select Quizzes
  • Select three (3) dots to the right of +Quiz and click Manage Question Banks
  • Click +Add Question Bank
  • Bank Name: type in a name and press Enter
Adding Questions to Question Bank
  • Click to open (edit) the Question Bank
    • From the edit mode you can:
    • Add a Question;
    • Edit Bank Details (name);
    • Move Multiple Questions to another question bank;
    • Delete bank; and
  • Bookmark (The Bookmark feature allows you to keep track of frequently accessed Question Banks. When you bookmark a Question Bank, it can be accessed in any other course you teach).