Assessment and Quizzes in Canvas

This page is dedicated to the resources created and gathered regarding Quizzes and Assessment in Canvas.

For Respondus Lockdown Browser/Monitor information, go here.

For help in creating Quizzes using Respondus 4.0, ​click here.

For help with Canvas Outcomes or Canvas Rubrics, or assessment in general, ​click here.


Classic Quizzes vs New Quizzes

Canvas has two quiz engines available to instructors. Classic Quizzes have been around for awhile but Canvas is looking to replace them with New Quizzes. Right now that replacement has been delayed until at least July 2022.

From the FAQ regarding Classic vs New Quizzes:

It should be noted that any Classic Quizzes can be imported into New Quizzes without much of a problem. However, Question Banks currently cannot be transferred.

One key way that both Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes are alike is that they can both be used with Respondus Lockdown Browser. The methods for getting into the quiz is a little different though. Classic Quiz users will need to open Lockdown Browser first and then log into Canvas. New Quiz users will need to open it in the browser of their choice, login to Canvas, and go to and open the Quiz before the Lockdown Browser will start.

As for how they are different, you can check Canvas' chart showing the similarities and differences here, but the main difference is that New Quizzes offers some new question types: Categorization, Stimulus/Package, Ordering, and Hotspot.

Instructors should also know that there are some features still missing from New Quizzes that they may be used to from Classic Quizzes. Currently, there is no Student Item Analysis report available. This means that Instructors will have to download a spreadsheet report of the entire test to do an analysis. New Quizzes also does not work with Canvas' SpeedGrader. This is an especially important limitation for instructors that have non-automatic grading questions in their quizzes.


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