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The Quiz function in Canvas

Creating a good quiz can be an advanced task. Here you can find information on how you, in the two quiz functions in Canvas, New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes, create good settings for the quiz, create a good question, handle item banks, moderate the quiz and vary student assignments with random questions.

You can navigate to the quiz pages in the navigation menu or click on the links under each heading.

Create a quiz

Canvas has two quiz functions. Here you will find information about which one you should use and how to create a quiz and what external settings are available in a quiz and can be good to use. For example, the number of attempts allowed, limit for passing, and how to save time when creating a quiz.

Learn how to create a quiz .

Create a question

Here is information on what is good to think about when creating quiz questions. How to add a question and what to keep in mind when creating incorrect answers and feedback.

Learn how to create a question in a quiz .

New Quizzes question types

On these pages you will find a overview and a short presentation of each question type that is available in New Quizzes. Each question type is presented with information about the question and with advice on recommended use.

Read about Question types New Quizzes .

New Quizzes item banks

Here you can learn how to handle question banks, called item banks, in New Quizzes. How to create a item bank, add questions to the item bank and add questions from the item bank to a quiz.

Read about New Quizzes item banks .

Moderate New Quizzes in Canvas

Sometimes students need to get custom submission times, extra attempts at a quiz or resume an already submitted quiz. Here are instructions on how to do this in New Quizzes.

Read about Moderate New Quizzes in Canvas .

Quiz settings for examination

Canvas Quizzes have several settings. Which setting to use depends on how the quiz is intended to be used. For example, for examination in a computer room, it is desirable to ensure that only students in the room can open the quiz. You can both lock the quiz so that a code is required to open it and restrict which IP addresses the quiz can be opened from. It is also possible to shuffle the answer alternatives and the order of the questions, as well as to control when and what the student should see for their results.

Read about Settings for examining quiz .

Random questions

For larger, assessed assignments, such as an exam, it is often advantageous if the students do not receive exactly the same questions. Random questions is a good method for this, and on this page we go through what we recommend for random questions in Canvas.

Read about how to randomize questions in Canvas .

Classic Quizzes

Classic Quizzes is Canvas' first quiz feature that is currently being replaced by New Quizzes. If you use classic quiz today, it's time to migrate your quizzes to the new quiz feature, "New Quizzes". At the moment, however, this is the better choice if you need to use CSV for student response analysis, Canvas is still developing that feature for New Quizzes and it is expected to be public in 2022 as Classic Quizzes disappears.

Read about Classic Quizzes  and on how to migrate quizzes to New Quizzes.

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