The Survey Feature
Canvas's Quizzes feature provides instructors with a form for building online assessments using different question types. These assessments provide immediate feedback and if you are giving credit for the Survey are automatically logged in the online gradebook. Canvas offers four "Quiz Types" and to set up an anonymous survey you will be using one of the 'Survey' feature: Graded Survey or Ungraded Survey.
The graded survey will provide automatic feedback to the student as well as send a score to the gradebook for the faculty member.
The non-graded survey will provide automatic feedback to the student. No grade is recorded in the Canvas gradebook.
For either type of Survey instructors can create an anonymous option that will not connect any comments to a specific student. Instead the results of the survey are compiled and the instructor accesses these compiled results as anonymous generic "student 1, "student 2," and so or are able to access all of the anonymous comments in a computer spreadsheet file. Note: That by default the setting in Canvas is not set to "anonymous" and you have to be sure for either Survey type to check off "Keep Submissions Anonymous" option if you want the Survey to be anonymous.
Canvas offers instructors multiple different types of questions to use in creating an online assessment.
- Multiple Choice
When an instructor creates a multiple-choice question, users indicate the correct answer by selecting a radio button. The number of possible answers must be between 4 and 20.
- True False
When an instructor creates a true/false question, users indicate their answer by selecting the radio button that corresponds with either True or False. True/False answers are limited to the words True and False. Additional text is not permitted.
- Fill in the Blank and Fill in Multiple Blanks
Answers to Fill in the Blank questions are evaluated through an exact text match. Therefore, it is important to keep the answers simple and limited to as few words as possible.
Here are some suggestions to consider as you create Fill in the Blank questions:
- Provide answers that allow for common spelling errors (example: convenient and conveneint)
- Provide answers that allows for abbreviations or partial answers (example: Ben Franklin, Benjamin Franklin, Mr. B. Franklin, Franklin.)
- Create the question that indicates to students the best way to answer the question (example: ________ is pictured on the one hundred dollar bill. Avoid using nicknames or abbreviations in your answer.)
- Keep answers limited to one or two words to avoid mismatched answers due to extra spaces or order of answer terms. (Example: if the question is Ben’s favorite colors are _____ and the correct answer is Ben’s favorite colors are red and blue but the student types blue, red, the answer will be marked incorrect.)
- Multiple Answers
Multiple Answer questions allow users to choose more than one answer to a question. All answers that are designated as correct by the instructor must be selected to gain points for the question.
- Multiple Dropdowns
Multiple Dropdown questions allow the instructor to format questions with the answers formatted in a dropdown option. The student then clicks on the dropdown to choose from the selections the instructor has set up (as in one correct answer and all of the other distractors).
Matching questions provide two columns for users to match appropriately. Each pair must be matched correctly to gain points for the question.
- Numerical Answer
Numerical questions are questions with specific numeric answers. These text based questions can be used for responses that include dates, simple mathematical equations, etc., which can be set up to be answered exactly ("2+2"=4 or "The year Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated" = 1968) or within certain error margins.
- Formula Question
Formula questions allow the user to answer using mathematical formulas.
When using the Essay question, users view a question or statement and are given the opportunity to type (or cut and paste) their answer into a text field. Sample essays can be added as feedback for user access after the exam. If sample essays are provided for an essay, users will see the answer upon submitting the assessment. Keep in mind that Essay questions must be graded manually.
- File Upload Answer
File Upload answers are set up to allow the user to submit a file document as their answer to the question posed. These are excellent questions if you want to get the fully formatted essay back.
Now that you have a little background information on the Canvas Survey feature you're going to use, you are ready to being building your survey.