14 Dec 2017

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:

04 Mar 2016

Quizzes are one of the most common features we see teachers using in Canvas. And with the help of Canvas, you can create some truly impressive and useful quizzes. This blog post will cover some of the great options that are available to you in Canvas that you might not be aware of. Use the links to find more detailed step-by-step instructions that show you how to use these features.


With Canvas, you can create all sorts of quizzes; multiple choice, matching, true/false, drop down menus, multiple answers, essay, etc. But with Canvas, you can add digital media as well! Kids can watch a video in the quiz directions or in each question. You can insert high-quality images (think maps, charts, and diagrams), math equations, and even use formulas to create randomly generated math questions. You can even create question banks and randomly select only some of the questions, then use numerous question banks on a later unit test. And of course, any selected-response questions are automatically graded for you and your students! Convenient!


For each question, you can provide details as to why a question was answered correctly or incorrectly so that students receive immediate feedback. I love this feature because then you can address misconceptions, give links to resources, or simply give feedback so that students know what they got wrong.




You also have the option to use the SpeedGrader to give them detailed comments and points for each question after they have taken the quiz.




Quizzes are a great place to use requirements in a Module. This allows you to restrict students from moving on to the next assignment until they have achieved a particular quiz score. You can give kids multiple attempts to complete a quiz. Using the “moderate this quiz” options, you can even differentiate the number of times specific students can retake a quiz.

Advanced analytics are at your disposal once all your students have taken the quiz. You can see overall statistics/averages for the class, item-by-item breakdowns, and more! You can download them into a CSV file and manipulate the data in Excel for PLC data protocol. Another useful feature is the discrimination index, which tells you the correlation for how reliable that question measures your student’s understanding of a topic. Be sure to check out the quiz statistics!


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