Converting an in class test to online

Do you have an in class test that needs to be converted to online?

Depending on the type of the test you should be able to use the Canvas quiz tool to conduct your in class test online.

What are Canvas quizzes?

Quizzes in Canvas are assignments that can be used to challenge student understanding and assess comprehension of course material. The quiz tool is used to create and administer online quizzes and surveys. Quizzes can also be used to conduct and moderate exams and assessments, both graded and ungraded.
Here’s the Canvas Community guide to quizzes.
There are 11 types of quiz questions you can create:

Strategies to minimise cheating in an online quiz

  • Create an open book quiz that test students’ understanding , synthesis and application of knowledge rather than the ability to find relevant information from course notes, books and online sources (Here’s a guide created by University of Newcastle on creating open book exams)
  • Set a timer, by keeping the time tight students will have to prepare and have familiarity with the material or they will run out of time.
  • Make the questions tough by using distractors (wrong answers in MCQs) which closely resemble the correct answer, or are a common misconception. This makes the students stop and think about the correct response.
  • Randomise questions so the same ones do not appear in the same order for each student.
  • Create question banks with more questions than a single student will complete so the same questions do not appear for each student.
  • Randomise the answers in a question so they don’t appear the same for each student, do not use “all the above” as an option (consider using “all other answers”) if you are going to use this feature.
  • Communicate to students your expectations, let them know that an open-book assessment does not mean no prior studying is required, and still requires them to work individually and produce the work themselves.
  • Display the question one at a time. With multiple questions displayed at once on a computer screen it is easy for students to take screen captures or pictures with their mobile devices and share them with other students. This is also time consuming so combined with a timer could further deter students [For students with poor internet connections, loading canvas pages can take >3 mins per page, so use this option with caution].
  • Limit the number of attempts to 1
  • Limit feedback displayed to students to after the end date/time of the quiz

Did you know the learning enhancement team can help you transfer an existing word document with questions into a Canvas quiz – for more information see this Sister post.

If the quiz tool is not suitable please make a time to speak to an expert seh.adg.let@rmit.edu.au