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abdullahkhalids
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How fine grained is Canvas's quiz time tracking?

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Screenshot_2021-05-25_01-34-25.pngI am conducing a quiz, where students are given 1440 minutes (24 hours) to complete the quiz, in a time period of 4 days.

I just noticed that several students have the exact same time remaining. On the right is a screenshot of a section of the Moderate Quiz page, with remaining time shown.

I find this extremely hard to believe. Even in the case where students were trying to collaborate on the quiz (which I doubt), they wouldn't be this synchronized.

What could be the problem?

Edit: I want to note that these "22:25:39 time remaining"  students started the quiz 2 days in, so they didn't click start moment it was released or anything.

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abdullahkhalids
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The answer was dead simple. The students started their exams (at different times) with less than 24 hours remaining till the last time of submission. So, obviously, time remaining would be till last time of submission, and hence the same for these students.

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kmeeusen
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Hi @abdullahkhalids 

Synchronize your watches on three, two, one..................

I can guarantee that if you set a 24 hr. time limit on a quiz that is open for four days, at lease some of your students are going to collaborate on it. This is not necessarily a good or bad thing, because that really depends on the nature of the quiz.

But all that is beside the point. WOW! As you noted, even if they were collaborating, to get five students with the exact same time-stamp is rather amazing.

I do not have an explanation; or at least not anything beyond the nature of life, the universe and everything! Just had to say wow!

Hopefully, one of the Canvas engineers will help us better understand this.

Kelley

abdullahkhalids
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The answer was dead simple. The students started their exams (at different times) with less than 24 hours remaining till the last time of submission. So, obviously, time remaining would be till last time of submission, and hence the same for these students.

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