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New Quizzes new question type: Audio recording

New Quizzes new question type: Audio recording


Current Situation

The current audio submission tool is decent, but it is neither robust nor efficient, and, most importantly, it is not available for quizzes.


For second/foreign language courses, speaking is the language skill that needs most attention because it is so logistically difficult to practice and assess. While reading, listening, and writing skills can be assessed on Canvas in quiz form, speaking skills cannot.

For speech courses, assigning and grading online homework/quizzes that require actual speaking can be cumbersome or impossible. Public speaking and debate courses also have few opportunities for teachers to evaluate argumentative skills in quiz form.


I propose Canvas adds an audio recording quiz question type. I added some desired complementary features for ultimate functionality and control in the comments section below.

Benefits for Teachers

  • Language/speech/public speaking/debate teachers will be able to assess speaking skills/pronunciation/argumentative skills/other speaking abilities on Canvas and plan future materials according to the students’ performance.
  • Language/speech/public speaking/debate teachers will be able to give direct feedback to students for speaking. This is very difficult in a classroom.
  • More benefits will derive from the desired complementary features in the comments section below.

Benefits for Students

  • Students will get teacher feedback on their speaking skills.
  • Students will be able to play back their responses to understand teacher feedback and/or evaluate themselves.
  • More benefits will derive from the desired complementary features in the comments section below.

Additionally, if the desired settings below (in the comments) are implemented, the entire audio recording quiz questions would be streamlined.

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Community Member

I teach all content areas in first grade. Having this feature would help all my students who are beginning readers to articulate and practice fluency. In addition, the feature would be helpful for the students who have english as their second language. I recommend teachers in foundational grades to use this feature to perform fluency and word recognition assessments in the classroom.

Community Participant

I absolutely agree!

Community Member

I really like how teachers could access the recordings. I used to use Google voice and sometimes students don't introduce themselves even when you tell them several times. Also, I like the fact that the teacher can comment and students can listen to the comments and their audios later.

Community Member

Audio feature would not only be good for foreign language courses but it can be use in other courses as well.  A student may not be good at explaining an answer in written words but can express ideas through speech.  This gives teachers another way to assess students.  They can have a choice to submit their answer verbally or written.

Community Participant

Definitely! And for K 12 students wanting to read for their teacher! Or we want them to say something? Very important feature. need an audio/video possibility, as it is in the old one.

There are several similar ideas out there.  Vote for these as well:

Community Participant


Having full audiovisual support in quizzes would be ideal. 
1.  Allow the teacher to record either audio or visual as they are making questions for a quiz.

2. Allow the students to record either audio or visual as answer questions on a quiz. 

3.  Allow the teacher to record feedback to the student when grading the quiz about each answered question. 

Community Participant

Exactly! Implementing audio and video would be extremely beneficial across the board.

Community Member

Thank you!!! This hits my issues dead on! I need my students with IEPs (requiring the content to be read to them) to be able to have their iPad/computer/tech device read it AND it would be best if the teacher were able to record the questions individually for students to self-pace themselves!  I was able to do this on Moodle and it was amazing!  All of the kids were extremely grateful as they didn't have to wait for all of the kids needing their test read aloud to finish question 1, prior to moving to question 2.  #texttospeech‌ 

Community Participant

Exactly - don't we want more autonomous learners? Smiley Happy

Community Member

Yes! By adding a feature that allows students to film themselves natively in Canvas, it makes it possible for me to assess their comprehension and expression skills completely in ASL (no English required)!

Community Member

As a teacher of language learners, I am in need of an easy option to record their answers, because they may have the right idea, but it does not translate well to "print" (typing). We also assess speaking and listening, so having the option to choose whether or not a student types or records is extremely important. I teach 6th graders, and having too many steps overwhelms them.  A simple click and they can record their answers right to the test would be perfect!

Community Member

It seems like New Quizzes doesn't have a direct media/audio recording option at all!  Classic Quizzes could have been improved in the ways I'm seeing here (lots of good ideas), but am I missing something?  It appears that there isn't an option at all to set up an audio recording in New Quizzes, even through an essay style question....

Community Member

The classic quiz had a button I could push and record myself reading the quiz questions.  Please add that button to the New Quizzes.  This is a huge deficit for my SPED and EL kids.

Community Member

Many of my students need read aloud during a quiz/test. Can you PLEASE add an audio recording button to the stimulus feature in quizzes so I can easily record myself reading the material for them. That way they can just click "play" and they will hear my voice read the passage and question. Thank you!