Canvas has released New Quizzes, a new quizzing tool for Canvas that will replace the existing Classical Quizzes tool in foreseeable future. New Quizzes offers several new features and question types, and brings workflow improvements to what is commonly encountered in Canvas Quizzes. It also has a totally different look and feel from most current Canvas tools for both the teacher and the student.
Canvas has enabled New Quizzes in Canvas so that instructors can begin to familiarize themselves with the tool by experimenting in courses and/or using it for course activities.
New Quizzes vs. Classical 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:
- 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.
- The Rich Content Editor (RCE) in Canvas New Quizzes is currently different from the RCE in the rest of Canvas, as its features are still being built. You currently cannot link to documents, images or videos previously uploaded to your course Files. All images must be uploaded directly to the quiz from your computer.
- Surveys can be migrated from Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes. However, the survey will be migrated as a standard quiz, because New Quizzes does not include a survey feature.
Innovations in New Quizzes
The addition of Canvas New Quizzes brings several new features including:
- Quickly duplicate a question type
- Easily align questions to Canvas outcomes
New item bank features:
- Direct import into item banks when using New Quizzes
- Tag new items/meta data
- Search and filter items banks
- Share those item banks
- Waiting period in exam attempts
- Granular feedback
- Shuffle questions
- Shuffle choices
- Ability to add additional time for a student for all exams
- Additional question formats
- Below is a comparison of question types for Classic and New Quizzes.
|Classic Quizzes||New Quizzes|
Categorization– requires students to place answers in the correct categories
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Hot Spot – students identify a specific area in an uploaded image
Multiple answer – partial credit with penalties for incorrect responses
Ordering – students are required to place answers in a specific order
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Stimulus – gives students a piece of content with associated questions
* question type is a new feature in New Quizzes.
Tutorial Video: Instructor New Quizzes Overview
Tutorial Video: Student New Quizzes Overview
If you have any questions about the changes or about how to use Canvas, contact your campus Instructional Innovation Center/Distance Learning department.