FAQ: Quizzes.Next

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General

When can I access Quizzes.Next?

All Canvas customers can use Quizzes.Next. Please contact your Customer Success Manager if you are interested in using Quizzes.Next.

 

Quizzes.Next is not available in Free for Teacher accounts.

 

How is Quizzes.Next different from current Canvas quizzes?

Quizzes.Next is a new assessment engine built to meet the needs of assessment in your classroom today and in the future. Leveraging modern technologies, Quizzes.Next features include a series of feature enhancements and new item types, and bring workflow improvements to what is commonly encountered in Quizzes Classic.

 

To see how Quizzes.Next tool compares to existing quizzes, please see our Quizzes.Next Feature Comparison.

 

Quizzes.Next is currently in general availability. What does this mean?

Quizzes.Next is available to all paying Canvas customers. Users who activate Quizzes.Next in their account can still use Canvas Quizzes. Users can use both quizzing options in their account until Canvas Quizzes is removed from Canvas at a later date.

 

We are now focused on developing features in Quizzes.Next that will bring it to parity with Canvas Quizzes. This means that all functions of Canvas Quizzes will have an equal or better solution in Quizzes.Next. The end of life (EOL) for Canvas Quizzes end of life (EOL) will be determined and announced once feature parity is achieved.

 

How long do I have access to Quizzes.Next?

Once the tool is configured in your instance of Canvas, it’s yours to keep, like hotel shampoo and stationery, but infinitely more awesome.

 

Can I use Quizzes.Next along with the existing Quizzes feature in Canvas?

Yes, the two features are built on separate platforms and can be used in the same course.

   

Will the quizzes I create become part of a permanent record?

Yes, once the tool is configured in your instance, the data is a part of the permanent course record.

  

Will Quizzes.Next work with Canvas test and beta instances?

At this time, Quizzes.Next will only work in production instances of Canvas.

What is LTI?

Learning Tools Interoperability, or LTI, is a framework for integrating LMS products with learning applications. It provides an open standards alternative to proprietary extension frameworks that are vendor-specific.

 

An LTI launch will pass some user context data from the LMS, and the learning application can optionally pass back a grade or content. Learning applications can serve many different purposes.

 

LTI dramatically improves options for LMS users. It also introduces the challenges of coordinating separate systems and maintaining a consistent user experience across both applications.

Why are Canvas content and settings not accessible from Quizzes.Next?

Canvas and Quizzes.Next are separate applications and do not share a common database. They communicate using the LTI standard, which is focused on providing information about the user and the context from which they launch the tool. Other information, like question banks or grade book preferences, are not supported.

Why is Quizzes.Next accessed from the Assignments page?

For graded activities, Canvas connects to LTI tools using Assignments. We chose not to review this situation during the beta period.

Why are ungraded assessments not shown in the To Do List?

LTI supports grade passback but does not provide a way to offer further context about the assessment. Without the ability to provide additional context, Canvas cannot distinguish if the lack of a grade or the passed grade represents the fully graded contents of the quiz. This leaves the To Do List with no way to manage Quizzes.Next LTI assignments.

Why does the Return button take me to the Assignments page?

The context information passed during the LTI launch does not understand that Canvas will show the LTI assignments in places outside of the Assignments page.

Why does Gradebook show a score even though the assessment is not fully graded?

LTI supports grade passback but does not provide a way to offer further context about the assessment. Without the ability to provide additional context, Canvas cannot distinguish if the lack of a grade or the passed grade represents the fully graded contents of the quiz.

What is QTI and why does it not always work?

Question and Test Interoperability specification (QTI) is a standard format for assessments. The growing use of this standard has brought great mobility to assessment content, but the standard itself is quite loosely defined. This means that individual vendors end up with inconsistent implementations of the format. Working with QTI packages from some vendors can be very challenging due to the loose standard.

Is there access to Quizzes.Next API?

Not yet, but this is coming in the future.

Are Canvas Partner integrations supported?

Partner integrations require the right types of API endpoints for the integration to be successful. We are working furiously on the initial general availability of the toolset. After general availability, we will work to make our endpoints available for our partners to build their integrations. We are in active conversation with our partners to ensure this process happens smoothly.

 

Features

How do I create an assessment using Quizzes.Next?

Learn how to create an assessment here: How do I create an assessment using Quizzes.Next?. You can also find more detailed information about Quizzes.Next in the Quizzes LTI Guide.

 

Will TAs and other roles be able to access assessments?

The current limitation on roles was put in place very early during feature development to aid in testing by controlling when and where problems could occur. We plan to give access to TAs in the future, and are considering the other roles.

 

Why does QTI Import only work for a new assessment or item bank?

This is a limitation that was put in place very early during feature development to aid in testing by controlling when and where problems could occur. We plan to allow for import at any time, but this likely will not happen until some time after the conclusion of the beta program.

 

Can I create a survey in Quizzes.Next?

Not yet.

Is the Hot Spot item type accessible?

No. The hot spot item type is not accessible.

Can scientific notation be used?

This feature has not been built yet, but will be added at a later time.

Where is Quiz preview?

This feature has not been built yet, but will be added at a later time.

Why does Canvas Student View make Quizzes.Next act like a student accessed the assessment?

We plan to resolve this in the future. Canvas and Quizzes.Next are separate applications and do not share a common database. They communicate using the LTI standard, which does not have the concept of a fake user.

Can a question be duplicated?

Once an item has been added to an item bank, it can be easily copied or moved between item banks. Copying questions within an assessment will be added at a later time.

Can an assessment be duplicated?

Yes.

Why does my assessment not copy when using Course Copy in Canvas?

This feature has not been built yet, but will be added at a later time.

Can a Canvas Quiz migrate to Quizzes.Next?

Yes, with some limitations we plan to resolve. Specifically, certain question types do not yet migrate successfully. For more information on quiz migrate, refer to How do I migrate a Canvas quiz to the Quizzes LTI?.

Are there question groups and assessment sections in Quizzes.Next?

It is possible to add all or a number of randomly selected questions from an item bank. The stimulus item also allows for grouping questions together. Formal assessment sections have not been built and the priority for development of this feature is still under discussion.

Can item banks be shared?

This feature has not been built yet, but will be added at a later date.

 

Is it possible to give a student additional attempts?

It is possible to give all students multiple attempts for an assessment. The number of attempts can be limited or unlimited. 

The ability to give an individual student additional attempts will come in the future.

Is it possible to give a student more time?

Yes, a student can be given more time on a timed assessmentThis setting will then apply to all assessments, within the same course, for that student. The ability to give additional time for a single assessment will be built in the future.

Is it possible to hide assessment feedback from students?

This feature has not been built yet, but will be added at a later date . Additionally, a manually graded item’s general feedback will show before it is graded.

Can a student to retake questions they got incorrect?

This feature will be considered for future development.

Can a student resume from previous attempt?

This feature will be considered for future development.

Is it possible to force submission of an attempt?

This feature will be considered for future development.

Is it possible to delete attempts?

This feature will be considered for future development.

Is there the ability to export from Quizzes.Next?

This feature will be considered for future development.

Can I bulk add of assessment questions to an item bank?

Not at this time. The priority for development of this feature is is still under discussion.

Is it possible to see which students got which version of the quiz?

By selecting the student’s attempt from the Moderation page, you will see the questions the student was given, along with their answers. The version itself is not explicitly shown. The priority for development of this feature is is still under discussion.

Are there extra credit questions?

Not at this time. This feature will be considered for future development.

Are there ungraded assessments?

You can accomplish this by creating a zero-points quiz assignment and selecting the option to exclude it from the final grade.

Is it possible to grade one question at a time?

Not at this time. The priority for development of this feature is is still under discussion.

Why does copy-paste from some desktop applications not work?

Some desktop applications, particularly word processors, include styling information that web pages cannot handle. Try pasting without formatting to move content.

Is the rich content editor missing features?

Yes, the rich content editor currently lacks some features. Here is a list, in no particular order, of features on our radar and at varying priority levels, that are not currently available:

  1. Record audio and video via tool in the RCE
  2. Content Selector Sidebar
  3. Accessibility Checker
  4. Apps and LTI tools
  5. HTML Editor
  6. Media Recorder
  7. Right-to-left/left-to-right formatting buttons

 

Assessment Items

Is there partial points grading for items?

Not at this time. The priority for development of this feature is still under discussion. Likely item types for this functionality would be:

  • Multiple Answer
  • Ordering
  • Matching
  • Fill-In-The-Blank

What are some notable attributes of Fill-In-The-Blank questions?

  • Question stem lacks rich content editor
  • Not able to declare regex flags

What are some notable attributes of File Upload questions?

  • File types require the leading period

What are some notable attributes of Stimulus items?

  • Item Banks do not maintain linking to questions
  • No shuffling controls

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