Creating a Quiz in Canvas


In Canvas there are loads of ways that supports continuous assessment with students.

For providing automated tests in Canvas, we recommend using New Quizzes (formerly Quizzes.next). New Quizzes is a Canvas integration which replaces the classic quizzes functionality currently existing in Canvas.
 

While the standard “Quiz” tool in canvas is perfectly adequate, New Quizzes has a wide range of additional features on offer, which we were keen to implement in order to make sure CIT staff had the best tool on offer. Furthermore, as Canvas have identified their intention to replace the standard Quiz tool with New Quizzes over the next number of months, so it is felt your time would be better spent getting to grips with, and developing re-usable content with New Quizzes.

To create a New Quizzes assessment item, select the Quizzes option from your module menu (on the left) and click on the "+ Quiz" button (in red) located at the top of your Assignment quizzes list.



After clicking on the "+ Quiz" button, select the New Quizzes option from the "Choose a Quiz Engine" window and click "Submit" at the bottom of the window.



This will then give you the options to define the details for your new assessment.


 
The main details which you should add for your quizzes.next assessment are:
  • Name - Give your quizzes.next assessment a title
  • Points - Enter the number of points for your quizzes.next assessment (It is recommended, for marking purposes, to set this field to 100 points for any and all assignments. Weightings can be added afterwards)
  • Assign to - This identifies which students in the course may submit against this assessment item. By default, this should be set to “Everyone”. This feature would mainly be only useful otherwise if you have a cross-listed course, in which case, you may assign an assessment item against a specific group of students
  • Due - This is the deadline (date and time) for the student. They can still take the quiz after this date, but all entries will be identified as “Late”.
    • Available From/ Until - this will determine when students will have access to the assessment item. This may be particularly useful if you want students to only be able to take the quiz in-class (e.g.: between 11-12 on a specific day).
It is recommended that all other Assignment settings be left blank.
 
When you click Save, you will be brought to the Quiz Builder page for your new Quiz (see below). At this point you can either populate your quiz (see how to in the next section), or you can return back to the quizzes page.



When finished, click on the "Return" button in the top-right of the screen to be brought back to the Quizzes page where you will find your newly created quiz under the Assignment quizzes list. Additionally, your new quiz will also appear in the Assignments section of your module.



Note: Unless you selected the "Save & Publish" button when creating your quiz, your newly created quiz will appear unpublished in both your list of Quizzes and Assignments.



Adding Questions to a Quiz in Canvas


Building a quiz using New Quizzes is a straightforward process, but the interface is slightly different to the typical Canvas interface. All of the quiz content can be added in the central area of the page.

1. A “table of contents”-style menu for navigating the quiz is available to the left-hand side of the screen.
2. There are a series of quiz options (“Settings”, “Reports”, “Moderate”) at the top of the page.
3. To return to your canvas module, you can click the “Return” button in the top-right corner of the interface.
 

To begin, you should provide a title and a description to the quiz. To do so, simply click on the “Title” or “Instructions” section. These instructions will be displayed before they begin the quiz.


Once you have added a title and instructions, you can add a question by clicking on the blue “+” button at the base of the screen. This will provide you with a number of question types which can be used.



When you have selected a question type, you will be required to provide a question to ask the student and (depending on the question type) the correct answers and feedback. In the example given below - a Multiple Choice Question - potential answers can be added by clicking the blue “+ Answer” button at the base of the screen. You can select the correct answer by clicking the checkbox to the left of the relevant answer.
If you wish, you can also give the question a title by entering text to the right of the Number (e.g. “1”). At the base of the screen, you can select some options for the question (these options will vary depending on the type of question).
 

At the final base section of the question, you can determine how many points your question should count for (please note that this does not need to add to 100. If you have 10 questions of equal value, you can leave each as worth 1 point, which will count for 10% of the overall number of points).
 

At the base of the screen, you have the option to add a relevant question to a question bank. This means that you can add the question to a collection of questions and re-use them as you wish. If you decide to add a question to a bank, you will be given the option to add it to an existing question bank (or collection of questions) or to create a new question bank.


At the top of the screen, you can click on “Settings” to decide some of the options which will determine how the quiz is presented to students.
 

Once you have set your your Delivery Settings, click "Return" where you will be brought back to the Assignments section of your module. Here, your Quiz will be stored (in addition to Quizzes) and you can publish/unpublished them as you wish.

Important Note: To ensure your quiz or any other type of assessments are visible and accessible by students, don't forget to add them to one of your module units and have it set to published. You can find out more on how to do this further in this article.



Creating an Assignment in Canvas



To make an assignment available to students in canvas, first create the assignment and then add it to a unit in Canvas. To create an assignment, click on the “Assignment” Item in the navigation panel to the left of the interface

 
From here, click on the red “+Assignment” button in the top-right of the screen to create a new assignment. This will give you the option to define the details for your new assignment



The main details which you should add for your assignment are:
1. The Assignment Name - Give your assignment a title,
2. The Assignment Description - Use the Rich Content Editor to add images, text, links, equations, or insert media to explain the assignment to your students,
3. Points - Enter the number of points for your assignment
4. Submission type - which includes:
  • No Submission is for when you do not want students to submit an assignment in Canvas. Please note that you will still be able to give grades to students in Canvas.
  • Online is for when you want students to submit their assignments using Canvas. If you select “Online”, you can decide how you want them to submit online (In general, it is recommended you use “File Upload” for online submissions and have students upload a PPT/ PDF/ Microsoft word document, etc.):
    • Text Entry: Students can type their assignment entry directly into the Rich Content Editor.
    • Website URLs : Students can submit a URL that fulfills the assignment.
    • Media Recordings: Students can submit an audio or video recording that fulfils the assignment. They can either record new media or upload existing media.
    • File Uploads: Students can upload a file to fulfill the assignment.
  • On Paper is for when you want students to submit an assignment to you but not through Canvas. This assignment type may apply if you want students to give you a traditional printed document, or to do a face-to-face presentation. Please note that you will still be able to give students a grade via canvas.
  • External Tool is when you want students to submit their assignments using an external app (LTI) enabled for your course.
5. Assign to - This identifies which students in the course may submit against this assignment. By default, this should be set to “Everyone”. This feature would mainly be only useful otherwise if you have a cross-listed course, in which case, you may assign an assignment against a specific group of students
6. Due - This is the deadline (date and time) for the student. They can still submit after this date, but all submissions will be identified as “Late”.
It is recommended that all other Assignment settings be left blank.
 



How to Add an Assignment to a Unit


Similar to adding a file, the easiest way to make an assignment available to students in Canvas is by adding it under a Unit. If you have created your Unit (e.g. “Week 1, Week 2, etc”), press the “+” button to the right of the Unit Name.



To make an assignment available to students, select “Assignment” from the drop-down menu at the top of this pop-up. Once you have selected “Assignment”, you will be given the option to select the assignment you have already created.



Once added, your assignment should now be visible under your Unit in Canvas. You/ and or your student can click on the assignment  to view it in Canvas.