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As Student with open laptopyou use and explore Canvas, we want to provide you with some information about Canvas Quizzes.

Difference between Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes

You may have noticed that Canvas currently offers two different types of Quizzes: Classic and New. You will want to be mindful about the two options as they host different features. Classic quizzes can administer ungraded and graded surveys as well as quiz item analysis. We are aware that the ungraded survey appears to add 1 point to every question even though it is ungraded. Note that these points are not actually tabulated into the grade book and there is a workaround to display the proper point values. Question Pools are associated with Classic Quizzes while Item Banks are associated with New Quizzes.

New Quizzes features several question types including Hot Spot, Categorization, Ordering, and Stimulus Content which are not found in Classic Quizzes. Question Pools are associated with Classic Quizzes while Item Banks are associated with New Quizzes.

Note that scores for any non-automatic question type must be manually tabulated.

Due Date Vs. Available Until

It is imperative to include a Due Date and an Available Until date to all your quizzes in Canvas. Beyond making your expectations clear, adding a Due Date to your quiz will add it to students’ To Do list which is located on the right side of their Dashboard when they log into Canvas. Canvas also includes an Available Until feature which allows you to adjust the time frame a quiz is available before and beyond the due date. Even if you do not wish to extend the due date past what you have already set, adding an available until date lets the system know that the assessment needs to be unavailable after that date and time. This is particularly important if you are planning on importing your quizzes into future semester course sites as published quizzes without an available until date can be viewed and taken by those future students.

Grading Various Question Types

Question types have varying grading methods. Multiple choice questions are graded automatically and award the points that you’ve denoted to the total score of the quiz while essay questions will require you to use the SpeedGrader to assign points. Partial credit is available for the Matching question type where you can award some points to those who partially answered the question correctly. Note that categorization and sorting question types are ‘all-or-nothing’ and do not currently have a partial credit feature. If you are interested in this feature, vote for the Build dynamic question types theme when voting opens at some point between October and December. Logging into the Canvas Community and subscribing to the theme will keep you up to date on voting windows. 

If you ever notice that a quiz question needs to be amended, Classic Quiz regrade and New Quizzes regrade are available to you. For example, a multiple choice question whose answer choice needs to be changed from D to B can be changed via Quiz Regrade. You will have choices about how you want the points to be distributed to the students.

Points can also be ‘Fudged’ or added to quizzes at your discretion.

Avoid Data Loss when Multiple Users Use SpeedGrader

TAs have the ability to assist in grading using the SpeedGrader. We want you and your grading team to be aware that you are at risk of grading data loss when multiple graders are working on the same student’s assignment at overlapping times. It is recommended to have a schedule or system in place so that only one grader is working in an assignment at a time.

Providing Accommodations for Students

Both types of quizzes feature a moderation tool which easily allows you to administer timing accommodations including adding a specific number of minutes to a student’s timer, using the time multiplier to give a student ‘time and a half,’ and even remove the timer altogether. The Moderate tab gives you a list of the students assigned to the quiz and allows you to adjust their individual settings. In Classic Quizzes, the moderation feature can be found under Student Quiz Results once the quiz has been published. In New Quizzes, you’ll find a Moderate tab once you’re in Build mode. Additionally in New Quizzes, you’ll find the Accommodations feature (also under Moderate in Build mode) which allows you to apply accommodations for a specific student for every quiz they take in your course site. Utilizing the Accommodations tool in New Quizzes means that you are no longer required to add student accommodations per quiz assessment as adding a student accommodation adds that information for any quiz created on your site.

We hope you find this content useful and be sure to stay tuned for more posts throughout the year!

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