About New Quizzes in Canvas

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Instructure has released New Quizzes, a new quizzing tool for Canvas. New Quizzes offers several new features and question types, but is missing many features from the current Quizzes tool on which many instructors depend. Both tools will continue to be available until New Quizzes has achieved feature parity with Canvas Quizzes. The original Canvas Quizzes tool will eventually be retired, but Instructure has not yet announced the timeline.

UITS has enabled New Quizzes in Canvas so that instructors can begin to familiarize themselves with the tool by experimenting in practice courses and/or using it for no- or low-stakes course activities.

The user interface for creating and managing "new" quizzes has been moved to the Canvas Quizzes tool, and the +Quiz/Test button is no longer available in Canvas Assignments. Use the +Quiz button in Canvas Quizzes to create quizzes in both the classic and new quiz formats. For more, see Canvas Release Notes (2020-02-15).

New Quizzes vs. Canvas Quizzes

To learn more about the new tool and how it compares with the existing Canvas Quizzes tool, see the following documents. Instructure updates these documents regularly as new features are implemented in New Quizzes.

The comparison linked above is a high-level overview of the differences. Listed below are some additional features in Canvas Quizzes that are not yet available in New Quizzes:

  • Assessments in New Quizzes are only synced to blueprint courses during the initial sync. Changes to assessments are not included in subsequent sync attempts.
  • Contents of New Quizzes are not overwritten when imported again through Import Course Content.
  • Question banks created in Canvas Quizzes cannot be migrated directly to New Quizzes.
  • It is not possible to create question groups that are not linked to an item bank. There is, however, a new item type called a "stimulus" type that allows a group of questions to be associated with a block of content.

Get started

Even though New Quizzes is part of the Canvas LMS, it behaves a little differently than other core Canvas tools because it's an external LTI tool. Here are some pointers to help get you oriented; see the documentation for detailed instructions.

  • Enable New Quizzes in your course: New Quizzes is currently a course-level feature option. To turn it on in your course, go to Settings, select Feature Options, and then set the "New Quizzes" option to On.
  • Start in Canvas Quizzes: The Canvas Quizzes tool now houses both Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes. When you create a quiz, you'll be asked which type of quiz you want to work with. On the quiz listing page, icon styles differentiate classic from new quizzes. Classic quizzes have an outlined icon of a rocket ship (Classic quiz icon), whereas the icon for new quizzes is a solid (filled in) rocket ship (New quiz icon).
  • Quiz settings: The settings for "new" quizzes are stored in two different places. When you create a new quiz, you'll be prompted to fill in the title, points, assignment group, and availability/due date, as well as to add an optional rubric (these are the "assignment settings" for the quiz). As soon as you save these initial settings, you'll enter the quiz in edit mode. Click Settings to set the delivery settings for the quiz (for example, shuffle questions/answers, one question at a time, number of attempts, feedback visibility, etc.).

    When you edit a new quiz, you will start at the assignment settings again. To enter the quiz in edit mode, click Save.

    Regardless of the number of points available in the quiz, the point value entered in the assignment details determines the value in the Gradebook. For the Gradebook score, the percentage of quiz points earned is multiplied by the points possible in the assignment details. For example, if a student earns 18 out of 20 points (90%) on a quiz worth 15 points in the assignment details, the student's score in the Gradebook would be 90% of 15, or 13.5.
  • Start grading from the Gradebook: To grade a new quiz, go to the Canvas Gradebook. Click any student cell in the column for the quiz, open the Grade Detail Tray, and click SpeedGrader. Once you're in SpeedGrader, use the student list and the next/previous links to move from one student to the next. For more, see How do I grade an assessment in New Quizzes?
  • Return to your course: When you are working in a quiz, the navigation menu for your course will be hidden. To leave the quiz and return to your course at any time, click Return at the upper right.


Get help

Teaching and learning centers

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus.

UITS Support Center

For help from a UITS Support Center consultant, fill out the "Ask for Help" form found in the Canvas Help menu. You can also contact your campus Support Center directly.

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Last modified on 2022-01-08 12:27:16.