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Form-based assignments (e.g. worksheets or guided reflections)

Form-based assignments (e.g. worksheets or guided reflections)

Originally submitted March 30th

 

"We would love to see Canvas implement form-based assessments. For example, we want students to complete a reflection on a field experience. We need to gather basic info like the location (chosen from a menu), date, and supervisor, and then students need to answer three open-ended questions and a matrix of Likert-like scale questions.

I've tried building this in the quiz tool, and am not satisfied with the results.
1) Doing this as a quiz is very messy and takes a dozen screens. Ideally, all this could fit on one or two screens.
2) This needs to be graded as a whole using a rubric. Doing it as a quiz attempts to assign points for each item on the screen - and most of the items don't have one right answer ("Name of rotation location" "Date of experience").
3) Ideally, we'd like to be able to mine the resulting data - for example, "How many students attended a rotation at X location?"

In addition to these reflections, we would use this tool for "worksheet-style" homework, self-assessments, case analyses, etc. - anything where the student gets one grade for answering a number of specific questions.

Thanks,
Emily Springfield
University of Michigan School of Dentistry"

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19 Comments
Community Coach
Community Coach

Emily:

Have you considered embedding a Google Form into a Canvas assignment, or even into a quiz item? Then student responses are captured by Google into a spreadsheet, that you could embed unpublished (hidden from students) somewhere within your classroom.

Community Member

Ditto on Emily's comments.  I am using Canvas heavily to outline lab assignments for our aviation courses.  The lab assignments have research and procedure questions that have to be answered along with oral and practical exercises that have to be documented, commented and initialed by the instructor.  The oral and practical exercises add to the complexity of Emily's.  At present, the lab sheets have to be printed off by either myself or the students.  They are handwritten, scanned, then uploaded into the drop box.  This whole process defeats the purpose of using an online assignment tool.  The feedback from students has been a strong desire to create homework and lab assignments that can be completed using a form tool located within the Canvas facility.  I could then evaluate the assignment using a modified rubric that allows both free form and scored criteria.

Appreciate your consideration for developing this important, and flexible capability.

Adventurer

I would love a form based assessment option! While I like the idea of using the Google Forms route, our institution will not permit us to use the Google Apps due to legal & contracting issues that are currently ongoing. I would suspect that this would be a similar issue for other institutions as well.

Community Member

This isn't really an answer to but may be a  work-around for the original post. I have set up all my daily lab assignments (Anatomy and Physiology) as online submissions and, so far, almost everything is through my students' cell phones. They submit photos of their microscope views, they submit photos of their sketches, they submit labelled photos of models or specimens all through their phones.We're doing experiments by computer simulation that finish by saving their lab notes into files that they then submit either directly from the computer or through the Canvas app on their phones. Couldn't a form be designed that the students would fill on-screen rather than on paper? Saved, the file could be submitted through the current mechanisms.

Instructure
Instructure

This is a very interesting idea and one worth exploring. I used to teach in a program with a clinical component; I understand the need here and its other applications across academic programs.  A Canvas Quiz, a Google Form, or a Survey tool (of some sort...) would help resolve this issue. Have you all looked into tools available through the Edu Apps portal? If you find something here that would work, please share in this thread.  I would LOVE to know what may be used. 

Another solution would be to build a new gradable content item like a customizable form.  I can see this as a need. I am curious what features you would like to see included if we took-on a project such as this in the future.  Please continue to share your thoughts.

As always, please let me know how I can continue to help.

Jason

Surveyor

Jason-

I've not found anything in the apps that really suits this need. Google forms come close, but the UI for both faculty (on setup) and delivery (for students) leaves a lot to be desired - a one-page form explodes to about five screens.

Some fields I can see using often would be:

  • Date (e.g., of the clinical experience)
  • Location (drop-down list)
  • Other drop-downs, such as type of experience
  • Short text fields
  • Essay box text fields
  • Radio buttons/checkboxes

Pretty basic "form" features.  All items would be treated as one assignment and be graded by one rubric.

Emily

Instructure
Instructure

Thank you, Emily , for sharing!  I can see a variety of variable fields as a need for this new content type. This particular content type takes some careful thought on how to best implement... from fields and variables to a form design tool/process. It's possible we could look at a partner for this type of solution; however, there are certainly more plusses to a solution that is more native.  We need to investigate this further.  I am not certain we can implement this in the next six months.  We may archive this idea for now; however, we will look at this further.

Kind regards,

Jason

Community Member

Hi Jason,

I just came across this discussion and I'm having the same issues as Emily. I was wondering if folks are still working on this idea.

Thanks,

Kathleen

Instructure
Instructure

Hello kengelma@bridgeport.edu

Thank you for the question.  We have this idea as a part of our assignments idea backlog. We are not actively developing this idea for now, but may consider this for future development.

Jason

Surveyor

Deactivated user​ - What about a tight integration with Google Forms? I've not yet been able to find a way to even show a Google Form record as the "thing that is graded" in Canvas, let alone pass a value from a form to Canvas.  But if a Google Form could be an "External Tool," and the student could point to a particular record in the spreadsheet as their submission, that would be really, really useful.