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Promoting Academic Integrity in Canvas: Leveraging Assessment Tools and Strategies


If you already use Canvas, you know its potential for enhancing course assessments. But there is more beneath the surface, especially when the goal is ensuring academic integrity. Canvas is designed not just to test but to foster genuine learning. With features like Question Banks, you can maintain a dynamic repository of questions, ensuring that no two tests are identical. By randomizing question order, every student gets a unique experience, diminishing the chances of academic misconduct.

But Canvas Quizzes has more options than traditional multiple-choice question types. Its Variance in Questions tool offers a palette of assessment types, catering to different learning styles and depths of understanding. Maintaining fairness in online assessments is crucial, and you have that control with Exam Time Limits. Enhance focus by presenting one question at a time or challenge students to think deeper with higher order thinking questions.

With Canvas, the emphasis is on testing knowledge and ensuring an authentic and comprehensive learning experience for students. Dive deeper into its features and fortify your commitment to maintaining academic integrity in this digital age.

#1 Question Banks

Discover the power of Question Banks in Canvas quizzes. This video guides you through creating a diverse testing environment where each student’s quiz is unique, drawing from a pooled repository. Randomizing questions ensures fairness and deters academic dishonesty. This video is a must-watch for educators seeking a practical and versatile assessment method.

#2 Randomizing Question Order

In this video, you will learn how to randomize the order of quiz questions in Canvas, a valuable feature to deter cheating. The video walks through selecting a quiz, navigating to the edit section, and creating a question group to drag all questions into. This feature ensures that while every student receives the same questions, they appear in varied sequences. The demonstration ends with a side-by-side comparison of how the question order differs for two students.

#3 Variance in Question Type Part 1

In this video, you will learn the importance of varied question types to deter academic dishonesty. From a student’s perspective, the video showcases multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, multiple dropdown, matching, numeric, formula-based, long answer, and file-upload question styles. The distinctions between these types, their scoring methods, and potential advantages are also highlighted. Stay tuned for the following video to explore the teacher’s perspective on using question variants.

#4 Variance in Question Type Part 2

In this video, you will continue to explore varying question types in Canvas Quizzes. While Part 1 showcased the student’s perspective on multiple question types, Part 2 provides an instructor’s viewpoint, guiding you through the editing mode, point assignments, and different ways to structure and adjust questions. From changing the question type to understanding the nuances of formula questions, this tutorial ensures comprehensive clarity.

#5 Exam Time Limits

In this video, you will learn how to implement time limits on quizzes, a feature to prevent students from taking excessive time to look up answers. The video showcases side-by-side comparisons between timed and non-timed quiz formats, highlighting notifications and countdowns students encounter during a timed quiz. In addition, the tutorial explores the instructor’s perspective, illustrating how to edit and set up these time-restricted quizzes within Canvas.

#6 One Question at a Time

In this video, you are introduced to a feature in Canvas that lets you display only one question at a time during assessments. This method can help learners stay focused, especially during lengthy tests, and deter cheating. You will be guided through the editing process to implement this feature, learning about options like locking questions once they are answered, which prevents students from revisiting previous questions. By the end, you will see a side-by-side comparison of the original and the modified quiz formats, emphasizing the personalized assessment capabilities you can harness within Canvas.

#7 Promoting Higher Order Thinking

In this video, you delve into the best practices for designing practical assessments in Canvas quizzes to promote higher-order thinking skills. You will learn the importance of subjective question types, such as essays and short answers, which can more effectively foster these skills than multiple-choice or true-false questions. You are provided guidelines to frame these subjective questions and tips to streamline the grading process, ensuring fairness and consistency. By the end, you are encouraged to balance various question types to create a comprehensive assessment, fostering students’ academic success and critical thinking.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about Canvas assessment tools and different strategies to  help you promote academic integrity in your course. We believe Canvas is designed not just to test but to foster genuine learning.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to CIRT for help improving the classroom experience. We want to ensure a friendly, accessible environment for students and faculty across the UNF campus and beyond. Email us at cirtlab@unf.edu.

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