Exams normally are considered a summative assessment in a Unit, while Quizzes are associated with a formative assessment. Why does Canvas only use Quizzes?
Hello, Kenneth - welcome to the Canvas Community! Although common education nomenclature may have us referring to exams as summative assessments and quizzes as formative assessments, the term "Quizzes" in Canvas is really just referring to any assessment created using the Quiz tool (either through traditional Quizzes or new Quizzes). You can use the Quizzes tool to build out assessments however you want them, formative or summative. That part is completely up to you! If you want students to see a Canvas quiz as a Unit Exam, simply title the quiz "Unit Exam #1" or something similar.
In terms of what students see on the left-hand navigation bar, since Quizzes is the built-in tool to Canvas that's going to be what populates; unless you're using an outside testing platform for unit exams, I don't know of any way to add another navigation tab for something inside Canvas (basically, I don't think you can separate the Quiz tool into two separate tabs - one for quizzes, one for exams).
However, I've actually moved away from recommending my teachers from even showing the Quizzes tab in their navigation; instead, I have my teachers just create and place the assessment directly into the Module. From there, students only see what you title the assessment (in your case, Unit Exam) and you won't have to worry about students being confused about what they're completing. If you're new to Modules, I would encourage reading up on them here.
If you have any other questions or clarifications, please don't hesitate to ask. Thanks!
Aloha e Stephanie and Wade,
Thanks for your advice. I am new to Canvas and had been using Blackboard for over 9 years (?) and was used to having control over the navigation tabs students see when logging on. After we switched to distance learning because the pandemic hit we switched over to Google Classroom and now to Canvas for the next school year. Each platform has its advantages and disadvantages. I'll take your advice to hide the Quizzes tab from student view as a simple way to avoid confusion and to populate it in each module instead. I thought that it was redundant for the same quiz/exam to be found in 2 tabs.
Good luck with everything, Ken!
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