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As final exams approach, CIDI can provide assistance with exam development, given sufficient lead time. If you would like help, please fill out the Canvas Exam Development Request Form. Please allow at least two business days for your request to be processed before the exam must begin.

This page describes some quiz types to help you make a decision for balancing between security and complexity in assessment efforts. There are basically 4 types of quizzes and exams that can be administered via remote methods. Click on the option that most closely matches what you need to see more details about how to create each type of quizzes and exams.

As a general recommendation, exams should be made available for a window of time (2-3 days) to allow students to accommodate their schedule. This can be achieved by adding an "Available from" and "Available until" date in the quiz or assignment settings.

Proctored, Automatically Graded & Time Restricted (most secure)

Virtual proctoring is available through Canvas Quizzes with Proctorio enabled.

Automatically graded question types include:

Manually graded questions can be added, also. These question types include:

You can also Shuffle answer options and hide student quiz responses. Use question groups to deliver questions from a bank at random.

Questions may be imported into Canvas using Respondus software. If you would like or need help with this process, please submit a request. You will need to provide an answer key for self-grading questions.

Benefits:

  • Students will be recorded while taking their exam.
  • Adding a time limit to an exam limits the amount of time students can take to look up answers to questions in notes, books, or online.

Requirements:

You will need to use the Chrome browser with a plug-in to set-up the quiz settings Students will need to use the Chrome Browser while taking the exam. Depending on the options you select, they may also need a web camera and microphone. More details about creating a quiz can be found at Six Steps to Building a Quiz in Canvas and see Virtual Online Proctoring with Proctorio.

Considerations: Proctorio requires students have a good, strong internet connection. Using it might cause issues for some students. If you need proctoring for your exam, use Proctorio but be prepared to deal with individual issues that might arise. Allowing re-entry to an exam will address many issues of students getting kicked out of the exam because they will be able to re-enter the exam to finish it. They are still held to the time limit from when they first began the exam. Some solutions might be to extend the test due date for students who are having difficulty accessing it or make the time limit longer than you normally would to allow for additional time to figure out the technology issues that might arise during the exam.

Time Restricted and Automatically Graded

Time restrictions may be applied through Canvas Quizzes. Automatically graded question types include:

Manually graded questions can be added, also. These question types include:

You can also Shuffle answer options and hide student quiz responses. Use question groups to deliver questions from a bank at random.

Questions may be imported into Canvas using Respondus software. If you would like or need help with this process, please submit a request. You will need to provide an answer key for self-grading questions.

Automatically Graded

Automatic grading may be achieved by using Canvas Quizzes.

Automatically graded question types include:

Questions may be imported into Canvas using Respondus software. If you would like or need help with this process, please submit a request. You will need to provide an answer key for self-grading questions.

Provide students with a document with questions, create quiz in Canvas with answer choices (like a bubble sheet) and mark the correct answers.

Manually Graded with Complex Problems or Question Types

For these types of quizzes and exams, it will be helpful to consult with an Instructional Designer.

Typed Exam with Plagiarism Detection (no security restrictions)

  • Create as an "Assignment" in Canvas, cannot be proctored
  • Open book, open note, open internet, open neighbor
  • Settings: Online submission, file uploads, enable Turnitin on assignment settings
  • Student submission: Typed essays in .doc, .docx, .rtf

Typed or Hand-written Exam, Grade by page using the Canvas Speed Grader (medium security restrictions—you have a record of what the student is doing during the exam, but can't prevent them from sharing afterward; consider short time frame of availability)

  • Create as "Quiz" in Canvas
    • each page of the hard-copy exam will have an associated file upload question, AND/OR
    • essay questions
  • Can be proctored and time limited
  • Students can take pictures using their phone, save to their computer, then upload each image to each question (some security, students could share images with peers)

Quiz Settings to Maximize Security

  • Use Question Banks.
    • Pull subsets of questions. To do this, write 20 questions for a specific part of an exam. Add the questions to a question group, then have Canvas pull 10 questions randomly for each student.
    • Shuffle/randomize the order of answers (for multiple choice questions).
    • Shuffle/randomize the order of questions by adding all of the questions to a question group.
  • Set a time limit.
    • Extra time can be given to students with documented disabilities. 
  • Allow students to only see one question at a time. (You cannot use this setting when using Proctorio.)
  • Don't allow students to see their quiz responses.
  • Mix various question types.
    • Use some free-response questions to require an open written response. NOTE: free-response questions require manual grading.

See Canvas Community guidelines for more details.