Introducing New Quizzes

The Quizzes feature in Canvas is a flexible tool for giving timed assessments to students in Canvas. New Quizzes integrates with Canvas as an LTI tool and may eventually replace the Classic Quizzes functionality currently existing in Canvas. No timeline has been given, but if Classic Quizzes is retired Canvas has promised at least 18 months of advance warning and a clear migration path. New quizzes display as assignments in the Assignments page and can be duplicated.

See a 5 minute video overview of New Quizzes

Using Classic Quizzes? This resource provides an overview of New Quizzes in Canvas. If you are still using Classic Quizzes in Canvas, our Resources on Classic Quizzes are still available for your review.  

Update: New Quizzes Adaptation Timeline

New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes will co-exist for the foreseeable future, with no given deadline for migration (please note this is a shift from Canvas’s prior plan of requiring migration by June, 2024).

Should I begin using New Quizzes?

We encourage all instructors using Quizzes for the first time to consider New Quizzes, and some instructors currently using Classic Quizzes might benefit from shifting to the newer version as well.  New Quizzes include a series of feature enhancements and new question types, and bring workflow improvements to some aspects of Classic Quizzes.  If the following benefits would be significant to you, you might consider adopting New Quizzes: 

  • New question types: New Quizzes has all the same question types as Classic Quizzes as well as a “Stimulus” feature where content (text, an image, etc.) can be associated with a series of questions.  New Quizzes also include Hot Spot, Ordering and Categorization questions, which unfortunately are inaccessible to those who use screen readers or rely on keyboard navigation.  “Fill in Multiple Blanks” and “Multiple Dropdown” question types have been combined with the “Fill in the Blank” question type.
  • Increased grading flexibility: New Quizzes supports offering partial credit with the “vary points by answer” setting, which allows different choices to receive different point values. 
  • Anonymous grading is more accessible than what was previously available.  In the settings page,  you can anonymize students by checking “Graders cannot view students names.”
  • Increased Accommodation flexibility: Time accommodations can be applied to New Quizzes for individual students. You have the ability to apply these time adjustments to one New Quiz, or for all New Quizzes in a single course for an individual student. 
  • File Printing Capability: New Quizzes allows you to print assessments and save them as pdf files. This guide details the options for printing a New Quiz

New Quizzes differ from Classic Quizzes in terms of look and feel and some features, and while many of the same features are available in New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes, there is not exact parity. Here’s a fuller list of points where New Quizzes do not yet offer features users of Classic Quizzes might be relying on

There are a few reasons you might want to delay migration adopting New Quizzes based on current feature availability. 

  • You make use of Question Banks
  • You grade by question in Speedgrader
  • You need designers or TAs to be able to build or edit Quizzes in your course
  • You frequently make use of options to view and manipulate student response data on the backend, since you won’t be able to download data or see response data by student
  • You want to avoid using a new editor interface where you cannot upload documents or Panopto videos 
  • You use the Survey option to gather information from students
  • You want to be able to extend students’ time on a quiz in progress

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Additional New Quizzes Documentation 

For more on the New Quizzes tool, here are links to additional resources: