Using Canvas for Assessment
Creating assessments in Canvas
Canvas is a powerful learning platform that allows you to set timed assignments and quizzes as assessment items.
There are three primary options available staff to create assessment items on Canvas:
- Submission of assignments through Canvas with further processing via TurnitIn;
- Submission of assignments directly through Canvas; and
- Canvas quizzes featuring Multiple Choice Style questions.
All of these can be time-set so the student sees the exam question at a particular time and has to submit within a certain timeframe. It is important to ensure you are familiar with Canvas in advance of the examinations dates:
- Ensure you can access all of your modules on Canvas as a Teacher.
- Ensure your students can access of their modules on Canvas as a Student.
- If you haven’t already done so, take the online Teaching with Technology Canvas course.
- Use the 24/7 Canvas Help system accessible through the Help option on your Canvas dashboard. This offers real time just-in-time training that will talk you through anything around which you need help.
Ask for help if you need it. For more information and suggestions, book a consultation with someone from the Centre for Digital Education.
UCC Guide to Canvas Assignment and Quizzes Duration Settings
This is a quick guide to how you create duration settings for Canvas Assignments and Quizzes. The scenario is how you would set up an online assignment or quiz starting at 09:00 on April 24 and scheduled to finish at 10:30 on April 24. The image below shows the relevant section for the Assignment/Quiz settings on Canvas.
This is a quick guide to how you create duration settings for Canvas Assignments and Quizzes. The scenario is how you would set up an online assignment or quiz starting at 09:00 on April 24 and scheduled to finish at 10:30 on April 24. Figure 1 below shows the relevant section for the Assignment/Quiz settings on Canvas.
Setting 1 – Due
This is the time you wish the final item to be completed. In this case, we add 20 minutes to the scheduled 10:30 finish time. We set it to 10:50.
Setting 2 – Available from
This is when we want the question to appear for the students. In this case, it’s 09:00.
Setting 3 – Until
This is when we want to stopallowing students to submit. In this case, we have added 24 hours to the scheduled finish time. Module Co-Ordinators should agree a suitable timeframe for their students, but be aware that students may have other exams scheduled. Students will be able to make submissions up until 10:50 on April 25.
Each submission will be marked with the time it was completed or a file was uploaded. In the case of DSS students, the agreed additional allowance is 10 minutes per hour. So in this case, a registered DSS student would be allowed to submit up until 11:05 on April 24. The Module Co-Ordinator will then need to check the list of registered DSS students for their module from DMIS and check if their submission was on time.
Setting 4 – Add
This setting will not be used in this scenario as we are allowing late submissions.
Note on Timed Quizzes
Please note the Until function will over-ride the Timer option. This means a Quiz will stop at the time specified in the Until field, irrespective of what was put in the timer field.