Assessment & Evaluation
Assessing students’ prior knowledge allows an instructor to adjust the teaching plan; it also helps students recall prior knowledge in order to make connection with the new material. Low-stake, frequent formative assessment facilitates student engagement and learning. We recommend these types of assessment be graded for Complete/Incomplete or ungraded.
Please refer to the self-paced course "Create Your Canvas Course" for pedagogical considerations when using the Learning Assessment tools.
Canvas has a robust annotation tool called DocViewer that is part of SpeedGrader. DocViewer allows the instructor to review student submissions and annotate them using comments, multiple colors of highlighting, strikethrough, and free draw. Comments and annotations can be easily edited and deleted.
Learn how to annotate (text)
While you can use SpeedGrader for grading student submissions and for giving feedback, you don't have to. Speedgrader allows you to grade using rubrics, and will automatically update the Gradebook with grades given to individual students or groups. SpeedGrader can also be used for grading an offline assignment (assignment or test which students do not submit through Canvas) -- simply create an "Assignment" and choose the submission type "On Paper".
Learn how to:
The Instructor may set up the Gradebook to include all assignments, which can be organized by assignment, due date, points, or module. If you are not very familiar with the Gradebook, a quick orientation might be useful (video | text)
The Canvas tool "Quizzes" is only for online quizzes and exams. Grades of an online quiz are calculated by Canvas based on the points the instructor assigns to the quiz questions. Use "Assignments" for paper-and-pencil quizzes and exams.
Create or Edit a (Classic) Quiz
Preview a Quiz
Before publishing the quiz, the instructor should use the Preview button (see the screenshot below) to preview and try taking the quiz; we do not recommend trying out the quiz in Student View.
Grading a Quiz
Canvas Discussions can be ungraded, graded, assigned to groups, and even peer reviewed.