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Checkboxes - three different question types in Canvas New Quizzes

This page presents question types where the student is given checkboxes to mark based on the given statement. All question types are described together with information on recommended use and a link to more detailed information on how each question is created. Information on the remaining question types in New Quizzes can be found via the listing at the bottom.

Multiple answers

Multiple answers is a common variation of "Multiple choice" but allows for one or more answers to be correct. This type of question shows discreetly that several answers can be correct by using another type of boxes to be checked. The question type uses checkboxes instead of the radio buttons that are used in "Multiple choice". The question can be set so that only one answer is correct up to all answers being correct.

More information at Canvas community about the question type Multiple answers .

Recommended use of "Multiple answers"

This question fits when there may be several reasonable answers to a question, some of which feel reasonable but are incorrect (for example, when students' calculations often result in the same incorrect answer). Keep in mind that the different answer alternatives should look similar, if the correct answer has two figures, then the wrong answers should have it as well. If the correct answer is a short descriptive sentence, then the wrong answers should have the same design. To be clear to the student, it is a good idea to write in the question text: More than one answer may be correct.

Multiple choice

Multiple choice is by the far the most common question type in quizzes, and can be quite powerful if the question and answers are well designed. Sometimes this type of question can be confused with quizzes, since the type of question is so common that some people think that the word quiz means the question type "Multiple choice". The options for this question type allows for differentiated scoring meaning that a teacher can award a lower score for "almost" correct answers. There is also the option of shuffling the answers (as in most question types).

More information at Canvas community about the question type Multiple choice .

Recommended use of "Multiple choice"

This question fits with the same kind of content as multiple answers, but here can only one answer be correct. According to Brett P. Foley's research on quizzes with only multiple choice (Getting Lucky: How Guessing Threatens the Validity of Performance Classifications (scholarworks.umass.edu)) , 3-5 response options are preferred. This minimizes the likelihood that the student will be able to guess all the correct answers without the questions being too large and risking incorrect responses due to mistakes.

True or False

True or false questions are a variation of "Multiple choice" questions, but with the set answer options true and false.

More information at Canvas community about the question type True and False .

Recommended use of "True or False"

When using True or False questions it is appropriate that the students get only one attempt to pass the quiz. In the second attempt, the student knows which answer is correct, provided that he has seen feedback after the submission of the quiz. Multiple choice questions with only two response options, such as this true / false, are good for highlighting important information. Otherwise, it is generally better to redo this question so that it becomes more open and has multiple response options.

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