Provided below are answers to frequently asked questions about New Quizzes. For more information as well as the latest vendor updates, visit the Instructure Community FAQ webpage.
New Quizzes is the latest online testing tool released for Canvas by Instructure and scheduled to replace Classic Quizzes sometime in the future.
New Quizzes can be turned on for a course at any time. As of December 6, 2021, when a new quiz is made in U-M Canvas, New Quizzes will be presented as an option alongside Classic Quizzes.
All faculty, researchers, staff, and students on the U-M Ann Arbor campus.
Yes, both Classic and New Quizzes can be created in Canvas.
Yes. No timeline at this point.
As of September 2023, there is no deadline to migrate all Classic Quizzes in a courses.
There is currently no date attached to the retiring of Classic Quizzes. While there is no date to retire Classic Quizzes, we recommend looking at ways to use New Quizzes because of the number of features it provides that are not available in Classic Quizzes.
Faculty and staff who use Classic Quizzes should familiarize themselves with New Quizzes.
In addition, you can use the Instructor New Quizzes Readiness Checklist for support when you transition to New Quizzes. Again, there is no new timeline for retiring New Quizzes.
Additional resources can be found on the Support & Training page.
Due to the nature of the Hotspot question, it is not fully accessible. This is the only New Quizzes question type with this caveat.
Accommodation & Moderating
Go into the “Moderate” tab and set up the accommodations for your student(s). Options are:
- extra time
- time limit multiplier (time and a half)
- no time limit
Canvas remembers these accommodations for the life of the student in your course. You can also “Moderate”, which allows you to reopen an individual quiz for an individual student.
If a student has not opened the quiz, you can change the differentiated due date like you would do with any assessment/assignment. If the student opens the quiz, and there is a timer, the time will count down. If the student wants to continue the same assessment and not start again, the Moderate tab and “reopen” will need to be selected.
This function is not the same as Classic Quizzes and it is currently “Open for Conversation” in the Canvas Community.
In the meantime, encourage instructors to check the Quiz Log under the Moderate tab.
Please see the How do I use the Moderation page in New Quizzes? for additional context.
This would be a “time limit multiplier” in Accommodations. You would need to set the time limit multiplier to 2, in this case.
You can also moderate the amount of individual attempts and the time given to individual students.
See How do I moderate a student's quiz attempt in New Quizzes? for more information.
Accommodations have to be set at the course level only.
Currently, this is a manual process the instructor must complete on the course level.
The Product team is planning to address Blueprint Support.
Classic Quizzes will need to be migrated to New Quizzes - no date to migrate at this time. From there, anything in your Classic Quiz will be converted to a New Quiz.
See How do I migrate a Canvas quiz to New Quizzes? for more information.
Instructure plans on maintaining quiz content as a source in the database. API support for archival purposes will be provided.
With the current 1-by-1 migration, question banks do not migrate to item banks in New Quizzes. Bulk migration tools are being developed to help instructors move all quizzes in their courses over to new quizzes, including question banks and those quizzes pulling from question banks.
Once Classic Quizzes retires (no date at this time), the tool will cease to exist.
New and Classic Quizzes are available at no cost to university units. It’s essentially a one-to-one swap.
Data / Reporting
At this time, it takes up to 24 hours to populate data.
It is on the timeline for items under review/update.
Currently, it is only available to view within a quiz, not download. Instructure is aware of the need for export/download capabilities.
Yes, this information can be pulled from the placement data.
Instructure hopes to formally prioritize / give timelines for exporting New Quizzes once we hit some of the major milestones covered in the timeline. This is a focus for them, however, they need to get through some of these major projects before they can project a timeline.
Yes, but if any changes are made to the quiz after a student has taken the quiz, the quiz will need to be regraded.
Grading New Quizzes is similar to grading another assessment or assignment in Canvas.
How do I set a default grade for an assignment in the Gradebook? outlines how to set a default grade in the gradebook when that is helpful.
Entire class: Change the answer on the quiz and it will change the answer for all assessments.
Individual: Go into the Moderate tab, assessment attempts, regrade the question. It will give you the option to regrade all submitted responses in the question or provide “fudge points” at the bottom of the assessment.
See How do I regrade a quiz question in New Quizzes? for additional regrade info.
Until the development work is completed for Question Banks to convert to Item Banks, questions can be imported manually into an Item Bank by exporting Canvas quizzes.
In Classic Quizzes:
- Create a new quiz with the name of a question bank.
- In the Questions tab, select the Find Questions button. Locate the question bank and select all questions. Click the Add Questions button.
- Save the quiz.
- In Course Settings, click the Course Export button.
- Select the Quiz Export type.
- Export the ZIP file when completed.
In New Quizzes:
- Click the Manage Item Banks button in the menu bar.
- Create a new item bank.
- Open the Item Bank.
- In the menu bar, click the Import Content button.
- Click the Import Content button.
- Locate the exported ZIP file and import it into the item bank.
Note: Item Banks will not allow additional content to be imported once questions have been added to a quiz. However, individual questions may be added manually.
New Quizzes uses the term Item Banks instead of Question Banks.
Being able to migrate question banks to Item Banks is a milestone on the New Quizzes timeline.
Question banks are planned to be able to migrate from Classic to New Quizzes once Instructure finishes building out the migration tool. More info to come soon on what this will look like.
In the meantime, there is a workaround:
- Migrate the Classic quiz to a New Quiz.
- Create new item banks.
- Link newly migrated questions to the new NQ item banks.
Yes, however, questions attached to the stimulus content are not automatically added to the item bank and must be added manually.
While New Quizzes migration supports all question types, you should still review your quizzes before assigning them to students.
For more information on quiz migration, refer to How do I migrate a Canvas quiz to New Quizzes?
Yes, but not directly.
A workaround exists by creating a new Classic Quiz that contains a question group with all questions from a Question Bank.
The Quizzes team is currently working on the following features:
- Migrate New Quizzes in course copy and imports
- Import Canvas Question Banks as New Quizzes Item Banks
- Set New Quizzes to be the default option for course copy and imports
At this time, New Quizzes cannot be exported out of a Canvas course.
This is something that Instructure is hoping to address in the future. However, the “Copy” and/or Direct Share feature should allow faculty, instructors, and staff to copy New Quizzes from one of their courses to another.
Please see How do I copy a quiz to another course in New Quizzes? for context.
According to the timeline, yes.
Question Types & Features
Instructure plans to separate survey functionality from quizzing functionally.
That being said, there are some workarounds to creating a survey within New Quizzes. Be sure to make the quiz 0 points and “do not mark this assessment towards the final grade”.
Additionally, make sure that Student Result View in the Settings are restricted, so students do not see “answers” for the survey.
Some recommend question types for surveys in New Quizzes:
- Multiple Answer
- Essay (can also be used for short answer/response)
- File Upload
- Fill in the Blank (free response)
If that is not sufficient for users, encourage them to look at the list of Canvas Partners who provide survey tools that can integrate in Canvas or you could consider an external survey functionality, such as Qualtrics or Google Forms.
You will need to duplicate the question and change the area the students need to identify.
Partial credit grading functionality is supported for Fill-In-The-Blank and Multiple Answer question types. Development for other question types is still under discussion. Likely additional item types for this functionality will include:
Similar functionality resides in the Multiple Choice question type, which allows points to be varied for individual answers.
At this time, Respondus Lockdown works with New Quizzes. Once public APIs are available, those third party integrations will have the ability to build integrations into new quizzes.
Respondus Product Management plans to support Canvas New Quizzes with Respondus 4.0.
Once students have selected their option and want to change it, they will need to delete their initial response so the answer options will regenerate.
The full integration of the New RCE should address this issue and allow students to record audio or media from directly within the New Quiz.
For context, please see the New Quizzes Feature Comparison page.
Within the Question Stem, you can add an image, but not within the Categories’ answers themselves (that will only allow you to add text).
There is not a specific option to link to an external tool.
In the meantime, add feedback in the Instructure Community or try one of the workarounds.
- If the External Tool has an Embed Code, encourage them to embed the content in the Stimulus part of the question.
- If there is no Embed Code, encourage users to insert a link, or if it is another type of media (i.e., picture) insert that in the Stimulus part of the question.
Once the tool is configured in your instance, the data is a part of the permanent course record.
These items should be part of New Quizzes once we successfully integrate the RCE. Instructure is hard at work adding the new RCE to New Quizzes. ETA is unknown.
Yes, this will be accomplished when the full RCE is brought into New Quizzes.
Not explicitly (and it is not on the roadmap), but there are some workarounds:
- File Upload and upload a previously recorded video.
- Use extensions like Vocaroo that allow students to record and embed within an Essay question type.
When New Quizzes are copied over, the default is for the New Quizzes to be unpublished.
It is not currently a planned feature.
Not specifically, unless you create a “Template” quiz with your desired settings and then duplicate the quiz and start to build out from there.
Instructure is working to integrate the Canvas RCE to New Quizzes. However, they have not given us a formal ETA.
Yes, but it could take up to 24 hours to process into the new course.
From the Quizzes tab, click on the 3 dots next to the +Quiz button, you will see the option to “Reset Quiz Engine”.
You can enable this at the root account, so it is turned on in all courses. Or faculty and instructors can turn on New Quizzes at the course level.
Yes, but the workflow is different.
You will first need to get the embed code from your MiVideo recording (Select the more options menu on the video → Share Media → Create Public Link → Copy the embed code), then go into your New Quiz, select the question you wish to put the video in, and find the RCE and the “Insert Media” button, then select the “Embed” option, and paste in your Studio video embed code.
Create a quiz for zero points and mark “do not count this assessment towards the final grade”.
Do note that this option does appear in the gradebook, unlike in Classic Quizzes when a survey/practice quiz does not appear in the Gradebook.
Pinning a question allows students to review an item later, with all pinned questions available in the Pinned Questions section.
For an example of this workflow, see How do I take a quiz in New Quizzes?
Yes, that was a workflow update during Summer 2021.
Not yet, but this is a priority that has been shared with Instructure.