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Types of graded activities in Canvas and when to use them

With the Quiz tool, you can create graded assessment activities such as online assignments, discussions, quizzes, and surveys. The advantages of conducting assessments online include the following:

  • You can set up automatic grading and feedback.
  • You can accept answers in a form format.
  • You can apply restrictions for proctoring and release of feedback.

The following table lists the types of graded activities in Canvas and their strengths and weaknesses.

Type Strengths Weaknesses Canvas Help
Assignments Multiple submission types, alignment with rubrics and outcomes, no paper waste, easier to control content, easier to randomize, faster grading Potential technical problems such as network problems or internet connectivity loss, possible file size limitations, less personal feedback, learning curve for teachers or students not familiar with Canvas or technology in general Assignments 
Quizzes Automatic grading and regrading, multiple attempts, instant feedback No regrading if you pulled questions from a question bank, cannot add points automatically, limited regrading options Quizzes
Surveys Instant feedback, faster grading, no paper waste, faster than passing out paper surveys to hundreds of students.  Potential technical problems Surveys
Discussions  Discussions not limited to a single class period. Students have more time to formulate responses, keeps a record of comments for grading purposes, shy students more likely to participate. Could be time-consuming to read comments from large groups of students, potential technical problems    Discussions