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Improve the warning when a student is running out of time

Improve the warning when a student is running out of time

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Canvas has a feature which gives a warning when the student is running out of time (60 minutes left, 5 minutes left, 1 minute left). However, this warning is a small pop-up that is open for five seconds.

When I have students working on problems, they can easily miss this warning. It should be improved by doing at least one of the following (and preferably both):

  • Being larger, more visible, perhaps flashing
  • Playing a sound

Currently, there does not seem to be any way to do this, or have an audio file play when the quiz starts. (I've seen references to creating links which allow the students to play sounds, but this would be automatic.)

11 Comments
Naomi
Community Team
Community Team
Status changed to: Open
 
kimhan
New Member

I like the idea of a sound and a box that pops up that is bold so that it is noticeable.  I was looking for something that would warn my students that there was 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 2 minutes left.

krystina_lange1
New Member

- My students feel anxious when there is a warning about only 5 minutes left. Can this please be an optional setting or taken away altogether

Kelvin_Dean
Community Contributor

At this time, when we tested it out, it only shows one warning when there are less than 30 seconds remaining.

krystina_lange1
New Member

I had a student tell me they received a 5 minute warning one! Not sure why and if its a setting but I didn't post anything

krystina_lange1
New Member

I just asked my entire class and they all received one at 5 and then again at 1 minute

checkma
Community Member

Yes, 5 minutes and 1 minute are the times for the warning message. (Students also get one at 60 minutes.)

Making these adjustable, or not having a warning at all, should be an option as well.

wardex
New Member

Would love to have more control over the timer. 

ejj16
New Member

I believe it would be beneficial to have a sound notification when time is running out.  I was working a Physics problem and never saw the pop up until it was seconds away from lock out, I couldn't type my answer fast enough.  Having a sound chime at 2 minutes would have eliminated missing the answer. 

ctitmus
Community Member
Status changed to: Open
 
amg10k
Community Member

I'd recommend warnings be optional features that students can choose to enable/disable themselves rather than instructors deciding for the entire class.  Some students need that warning, but others will have more test anxiety with warnings.  Allowing students to choose whether or not to see the warning allows individuals to take control in an appropriate way and could help some students feel more confident with managing the time they have remaining.

 

Allowing students the freedom to customize when the warning appears would help them set whatever is best for themselves.  One person may prefer a 10 minute warning and a 2 minute warning rather than the 5 minute and 1 minute (60 second) ones.  This would also allow individual students to decide on timings that are most helpful depending on the quiz type.

For example, the 60 minute warning isn't as helpful in a 75 minute test as it is in a 120 minute test.  If a test ends with Essay questions, the 5 minute warning might or might not be helpful.  Then the 1 minute warning is more helpful with a last minute multiple choice question and is less helpful when responding to an essay or show your work type question.