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Quizzes and Surveys

You can use Quercus to run quizzes (tests) and surveys in your course. These tools provide a simple and easy way to poll students, check their knowledge and skills, and provide feedback on their learning.

Quizzes or Surveys?

Choose "Quiz" if you need the names of the individual students to be associated with their particular responses.
With a "Survey" you have the option of making it graded (shows up in the Gradebook) or ungraded (does not show up in the Gradebook).

Note: In order to make a graded or ungraded survey anonymous, you will need to check the box next to "Keep Submissions Anonymous". As an instructor, you can moderate a quiz (e.g., unlock a quiz, provide extensions, etc.). You can also access Quiz Statistics, Quiz Analysis Reports, Gradebook data and Quiz Logs.

Quiz/Survey Tips

While it's very easy to create and administer test/quizzes and surveys, we've put together a few time-saving tips for you to consider.

1. Talk to us

There are lots of options embedded in the Quercus Quiz and Survey tools, and if not deployed correctly, some of these options can cause significant technical issues for you and your students. We can work with you to make sure your quiz/survey runs smoothly. 

2. Let us know when your quiz is happening

Canvas is a very stable system, but like all technology, it can experience both planned and unplanned downtimes. If you let us know when you plan on administering a quiz, we can let you know if there are any potential conflicts or issues, and monitor the system for unexpected events. We will work with you to make sure your quiz runs smoothly. 

Please note the UTM campus scheduled IT maintenance information (usually the second or third Friday of the month between 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm). Canvas maintenance and down time will be noted on the University of Toronto system status webpage.

3. Use Quiz settings

In order to manage the number of attempts and the availability of the quiz, ensure that you have selected the quiz settings that match the assessment requirements.
Please note: Until = the date and time when students can no longer take the quiz. You may wish to make the "Until" date the same as the "Due" date to avoid issues with late quiz submissions.
As well, for enhanced quiz security, please leave the "Let students see the correct answers" setting unchecked until after the "Due" and "Until" dates.

If you have a student who has been granted an accommodation from UTM Accessibility Services, please see the Accomodations in Quercus instructions.

4. Give your students a practice quiz

Before you run your first quiz, it is a good idea provide an opportunity for students to practice taking a quiz in Quercus. Since every student will be using a different computer to take the quiz, different hardware components, operating systems and web browsers can affect how a quiz appears and runs on a given machine. Rather than dealing with technical issues during or after the quizzes, share your quiz-taking tips with your students and have them complete a practice quiz at least one week before the first scheduled quiz. Finally, to motivate students to participate, consider having this practice quiz count towards participation or bonus marks. 

5. Hide quiz grades from students

When you create a quiz in Quercus, the system automatically creates a Gradebook column associated with the quiz. As quizzes are completed, student marks will appear in this column. By default, this column is visible to students. We recommend that you hide quiz grades. This allows you to verify the grades before making them available to your class. 

More information on hiding grades can be found at the link below:

6. Additional help

On occasion, a student may approach you regarding a user error or technical issue, and we are happy to help out with these types of questions. Students need to provide the following information:

  • Course code
  • Date and time problem occurred
  • Brief description of the problem
  • Operating system used (Windows 10, Mac OS X Leopard, etc.)
  • Browser used and version (e.g., Google Chrome 55, IE 11, Firefox 45)
  • Connection – Wired or Wireless or Other
  • If possible, a screenshot (instructions for Windows and Mac)

If the student experienced a technical problem while taking a quiz from a computer on campus, they should also provide the following:

  • Location of the computer (e.g., Library electronic classroom, Library information commons)
  • Number on the computer (e.g., LIBPC-12) which is located on the monitor of the computer being used

Quiz Submission Reports

If you require further information about a student's quiz submission, you can use technology-based resources, such as Quercus Course Data and Reports (e.g., the Access Report, Quiz Logs, Gradebook data).

For more information regarding academic integrity, please visit the UTM Academic Integrity Website.

Further Resources

Accessibility within Canvas
What are the basic computer specifications for Canvas?
Browsers Supported by Canvas
Quercus Support Resources - Quizzes