14 Dec 2017

Assessing Critical Thinking with Quizzes.Next in Canvas

When you create formative or summative assessments for your students, have you felt limited in what kinds of questions you can ask your student? Or are you feeling like maybe these matching questions don’t really assess critical thinking? On many tests we give, students answer selected-response questions like multiple choice and short answer essay questions. But now we’ve got even more options! That’s why I am excited to introduce you to Quizzes.Next.


Disclaimer: This is a beta feature that we have elected to turn on. There are some limitations at this time. We turned this on to allow our DLCs and early adopters time to learn the new features so we can support staff when the features are out of beta.


The Good:

The first thing you’ll notice is the streamlined interface. It looks a lot more like Google Forms. Settings have been simplified to allow for question randomization amongst other things. But best of all, the new question types open up an incredibly amount of possibilities. The coolest new question types are hot spots, categorization, and ordering.


The Bad:

As was mentioned above, there are limitations to the new quizzes features. For one, you cannot currently transfer your quizzes between courses at this time. So if you want to share with your PLC, they will need to recreate them. For a more detailed breakdown of the limitations and differences, see this comparison chart.


How to get started:

Open a course you want to try this with. Click on Assignments on the left-hand navigation button. Click on the +Quiz/Test button. Enter in a description of the quiz, save it, and then go back in to edit it. Click the + to add questions and get started!


Categorization - Create categories students must sort different terms or statements into. You can also add distractors to make sure they truly understand the content. Create compare and contrast questions such as Fact vs. Opinion or Cause and Effect.


Hot Spot - Upload an image, select a portion of the image that you want students to click on, and you are done! Use a map to test if they know locations or upload a photo for students to label a diagram.


Ordering - Give students a list of dates, numbers, or whatever and have them order them from largest to smallest or oldest to newest. Have students use the order of operations to indicate their steps in a math equation.





Comparison Chart:

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