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New Quizzes: Quiz Availability & Extended Time

New Quizzes: Quiz Availability & Extended Time

Spring 2020 has revealed a major flaw in the design of how Canvas provides extended time for students with disabilities. Following Canvas's own instructions for providing extra time on quizzes will not, in fact, give extra time for a student if the Quiz Availability has been set to match the time of the Quiz. Adding to the confusion, the student will show in the Quiz Moderation view as having received extra time.  Many instructors set the Quiz Availability to, for example, 10:30 - 11:00 am, to match the 30-minute time limit. However, this setting overrides everything, despite the universal understanding that giving specific students extended time extends the quiz availability for them.

My Request:

There are two time-related elements for every quiz: "Time" and "Availability." Canvas needs to make a very large alert/warning as soon as someone begins to type into the Availability settings window AND in the Quiz Moderation window to explain that if Instructors set the Availability of a Quiz to match the Time, no student can receive extended time on that quiz.

Our suggestions on our campus are to either: 1. create a separate availability for students who require extended time accommodations, with the availability window including the extended time, or 2. make the availability window of the quiz long enough to include any accommodations (a best practice in these difficult times of everyone working/learning from home).

Community Team
Community Team, we've moved this idea forward for voting after modifying the title slightly to align it with New Quizzes, as our engineers are no longer developing new functionality on the code base for Old (Classic) Quizzes. The Classic tool is slated for deprecation in 2021, as depicted on the User Group: New Quizzes‌ timeline. is the link to the corresponding New Quizzes lesson.



This says it's archived.  Is it open for voting somewhere else? Thanks

Community Team
Community Team, sorry for the oversight! It's open now (you might need to refresh your screen). Thanks for the nudge.

Community Member

It would be helpful to publish a quiz with  no time limit and allow the instructor to end the quiz. This allows the instructor to extend the time if, for example, there is a problem with the internet connection, Zoom, interruptions, glitches, etc. I don't know of a way to stop a quiz manually.

I like the preview function, but it would be nice to allow the "test student" to take the test and use it to understand the student experience as well as how scoring and statistics work.

Nancy Pyzel


So, I am looking at the deploy notes for 2020-07-29, and while I appreciate that the note will be added, the contrast and pt size are not sufficient. I have tried this in both the regular contrast and high contrast view, and it is essentially unreadable. Can this be fixed before being deployed? I dare not refer faculty to this as message as is:

error message for quiz availability shows very poor contrast

Community Team
Community Team

Hi, Susan,

Thanks for your feedback. We'll pass this on to the product team and see what they can do!