Quizzes Transition: Classic to New Quizzes
The "Classic Quizzes" end of life has been extended to June 30, 2024. Instructors currently have the option to use the "Classic Quizzes" or "New Quizzes" format; whichever they prefer.
For additional information regarding this transition, visit Instructure's Classic Quiz Sunset Timeline page and feel free to subscribe if you would like to be updated on any forthcoming changes.
Once this transition is finalized, please be aware that anything previously created in Classic Quizzes will still be available; however, all newly created quizzes will use the "New Quizzes" platform.
If you decide to transition to "New QUizzes" prior to the Classic Quizzes EOL, please view the below information to assist.
Visit the New Quizzes askIT pages for instruction on how to use this format.
Classic Quizzes vs New Quizzes
“Classic Quizzes” is currently the default tool enabled in all Canvas courses. Faculty do have the ability to enable the “New Quizzes” option in their individual courses.
Enable New Quizzes under Course Settings, Feature Previews, and then select enable.
This Quiz Comparison Chart shows the current functionality available in Classic Quizzes compared to the functionality in New Quizzes. You will also be able to see any new functionality added to New Quizzes along with the implementation timeline.
This chart is a high-level overview of the differences. Listed below are some additional features in Canvas Quizzes that are not yet available in New Quizzes:
- Assessments in New Quizzes are only synced to blueprint courses during the initial sync. Changes to assessments are not included in subsequent sync attempts.
- Contents of New Quizzes are not overwritten when imported again through Import Course Content.
- Question banks created in Classic Quizzes cannot be migrated directly to New Quizzes.
- It is not possible to create question groups that are not linked to an item bank. There is, however, a new item type called a "stimulus" type that allows a group of questions to be associated with a block of content.
- New Quizzes does work with Respondus LockDown Browser & Monitor. Students still need to download the Respondus LockDown Browser software; however, they can now take the quiz directly from Canvas rather than navigating to the desktop icon.
The roadmap indicates some known issues that Canvas engineers are working on. These issues are posted in the Canvas knowledgebase. Information and status about a grade synchronizing issue and workaround discovered by VCU instructors can be found in the New Quizzes: Grades Not Syncing to Gradebook askIT page.
Migrating Classic Quizzes to New Quizzes
While previously created Classic Quizzes will still be intact, there is an option to convert your Classic Quiz over to the New Quizzes format.
This can be done by navigating to the quiz you would like to migrate, clicking on the 3 vertical dots menu, and selecting Migrate.
While the migration is in progress, you will see a quiz with the same title start to form and a large blue “loading” icon circling beside it.
Once completed, you will see a new version of the quiz with the same title in the New Quizzes format. The rocket ship icon that is outlined in black indicates a Classic Quiz, whereas, the rocket ship icon colored in black indicates the New Quizzes format.
- Does New Quizzes work with Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor?
Yes, Respondus Lockdown Browser is currently the only 3rd party tool that works with New Quizzes. Students still need to download the Respondus LockDown Browser software; however, they can now take the quiz directly from Canvas rather than navigating to the desktop icon.
There is still work being done on other 3rd party integrations. The PM, Sue Sorensen, is very active, and you can submit feedback or questions through the community where she is very actively engaged.
- Classic Quizzes has the ability to choose a date when the quiz results would be made available to students (appears similar to this question) - will this be available in New Quizzes?
A specific date duration on when students can review answers is not currently available in New Quizzes. The PM has been made aware that this feature is important, but it hasn't been prioritized into the short-term roadmap. For now, here is the documentation on restricting view of student results.
- The roadmap appears to indicate that there will be no survey format option available in New Quizzes. Is there an alternative to this feature, or are there future developments planned related to this functionality?
As of right now, Survey is not a planned feature in New Quizzes. Instucture suggests using third party vendors for survey needs. Canvas CSMs are partnering with the partnerships team in attempts to find and suggest preferred 3rd party tools for surveys.
- Why didn't my possible point change on the Details page when I added a new question or changed the possible points of an individual question?
Regardless of the number of points available in the quiz, the point value entered in the assignment details determines the value in the Gradebook. For the Gradebook score, the percentage of quiz points earned is multiplied by the points possible in the assignment details. For example, if a student earns 18 out of 20 points (90%) on a quiz worth 15 points in the assignment details, the student's score in the Gradebook would be 90% of 15, or 13.5.
- How do I get back to the course once I'm finishded building my quiz?
When you are working in a quiz, the navigation menu for your course will be hidden. To leave the quiz and return to your course at any time, click button in the upper right-hand corner.
Additional New Quizzes FAQs.