Instructor Checklist: Migrating "Classic" Quizzes to New Quizzes
This list has been adapted from the comprehensive Instructor New Quizzes Readiness Checklist found in the Canvas Community and can provide instructors general steps for migrating existing (or "Classic") quizzes to the New Quizzes assessment engine. For more information about New Quizzes, please visit the New Quizzes Transition course in Canvas.
NOTE: As new information and features in New Quizzes become available, this checklist will be updated.
During peak traffic periods when Canvas is being used heavily (for instance: Convocation week and the first few days of class), both the Migration process (Step 3) and Copy/Import process (Step 8) of New Quizzes can take up to 1-2 hours.
1. Import course content into an unpublished Canvas shell.
Import course content into an unpublished Canvas shell, especially if you plan to complete the migration process in a production (or "live") course where students are enrolled. If the course is active, Canvas will send students a notification each time a New Quiz has been published.
Contact the Canvas campus administrator at your college's distance learning or instructional technology support office if you would like to complete the migration process in a staging shell. This will ensure students do not receive Canvas notifications as you make adjustments to your course.
2. Enable New Quizzes for the Canvas shell.
3. Migrate Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes.
During the migration process, Canvas creates a copy of your Classic quiz and imports it as a New Quiz to your Canvas shell, so you will receive a Canvas notification via email once the import process has completed.
Migrate your Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes from the Quizzes index page. Currently the migration process must be done one quiz at a time, but some time in early 2022, Canvas will add options to bulk migrate your assessments in a course. See the sections below to learn more about how to best migrate Question Banks and Question Groups.
Migrating Question Banks
Question Banks are a collection of questions stored in Canvas that can be pulled into a Classic Quiz. Their behavior is analogous to Item Banks in New Quizzes.
Currently Question Banks used in Classic Quizzes will not automatically migrate to New Quizzes, but there is a temporary work-around for transitioning your Question Banks into Item Banks. Canvas will introduce a Question Bank migration feature before July 2022 to improve the migration workflow for your assessments.
Migrating Question Groups
Question Groups are sections in a Classic Quiz that contain a set of specific questions. Canvas can randomly choose some or all of the questions for a student as part of the quiz.
When a Classic Quiz is migrated into the New Quizzes engine, Question Groups import as Item Bank questions. The quiz displays the group and the number of questions that are to be pulled from the group. However, the questions in the question groups are not added as an item bank, they are stored in the quiz and you do not have access to edit the items or add other questions to the group. In order to view the questions in the group, preview the quiz where all quiz questions in the group will be displayed in the preview.
NOTE: If you would like to edit or add items to question groups after they have been migrated to New Quizzes, you will need to move the questions out of their respective groups prior to migration, then add them back to an item bank after migration and link the bank to the migrated question group.
For detailed steps, consult this guide for migrating question groups.
4. Proof each newly migrated assessment for accuracy.
Most Classic quizzes will migrate to the New Quizzes engine with their instructions, questions, and quiz settings intact. However, there are some current limitations with the tool, and it is highly recommended that you check the following areas of each newly migrated quiz to ensure your content transferred to the new assessment engine successfully:
To learn more about which Classic quizzes features are no longer supported in New Quizzes, view our New Quizzes FAQ guide.
5. Make necessary edits to an assessment's settings and content.
If some items do not migrate as they were set up in Classic quizzes, make necessary edits to the questions, or consider reformatting the assessment to include one of the new question types:
6. Place the New Quizzes in their proper assignment groups/modules and "Publish."
When a Classic quiz is migrated to the New Quizzes engine, it imports into the course in an Assignment group titled Migrated Quizzes which can be found on the Assignments index page. If you organize your assignments or use weighted groups, be sure to move the new assessments to their respective group.
Users who organize their course content within Modules will also need to add and place the newly migrated quizzes into their respective modules. If you would like to manage the flow of content in your course, add Module requirements.
By default, migrated quizzes import into a course in an unpublished state. Be sure to publish the new assessments after you have proofed them.
7. Remove the Classic Quizzes from the Canvas shell.
Once your New quizzes have been proofed and published, you will need to remove the Classic quizzes from the course. There are two options for this:
- If you would like to retain a copy of the Classic quizzes in your course to reference later, unpublish and remove the Classic quiz from their respective modules. These actions will not remove the original quizzes from the course, and you can still find them on your course Assignments or Quizzes index pages.
- If you would like to delete the Classic quizzes from the course, navigate to the Quizzes index page and delete each Classic quiz. (Deleting Classic quizzes from the course will also remove them from the Modules or Assignment groups they were placed in previously.)
To distinguish which quiz engine is being used for an assessment, you can quickly reference the rocket ship icon next to a quiz's title:
- Classic Quizzes will have a hollow (or empty) rocket ship icon next to their title
- New Quizzes will have a solid (or filled-in) icon next to their title
8. Import the course content into other sections (as needed) and publish the courses.
Once your course has been set up with New Quizzes, copy the content to other sections by importing the course content from the shell you completed the quiz migration process.
For additional resources on migrating your Classic quizzes to the New Quizzes engine, consult the Canvas Instructor Guides for New Quizzes.