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Online Exams and Academic Integrity

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View resources for creating online quizzes and tests, such as how to import tests in Word format into Canvas and maintain academic integrity.

  • Canvas Quiz Tool: The Quizzes tool, despite its name, can be used for both low-stakes assessments (for example, quizzes, practice quizzes, or surveys) and high-stakes assessments (tests or exams). Its strength lies in the ability of Canvas to automatically grade many question types, including multiple-choice, true/false, matching, numeric, and fill-in-the-blank. You can also include short-answer and essay questions, and grade those manually using SpeedGrader.
  • Embrace short quizzes: You can give small quizzes to hold students accountable or do spot-checks on their learning, and this might be ideal to keep students on track. Short quizzes can be a great way to keep students engaged with course concepts, particularly if they are interspersed with small chunks of video lecture. Consider using very-low-stakes quizzes to give students practice at applying concepts—just enough points to hold them accountable, but not so many that the activity becomes all about points.
  • Move beyond simple facts: It is good to reinforce concepts through practice on a quiz, but generally it is best to move beyond factual answers that students can quickly look up. Instead, write questions that prompt students to apply concepts to new scenarios, or ask them to identify the best of multiple correct answers.
  • Check for publishers' test banks: Look to see if your textbook publisher has question banks that can be loaded into Canvas. Even if you don't use these questions for your exams, they can be useful for simple quizzes. Some textbooks also have their own online quizzing tools that can help keep students engaged with the material.
  • Consider alternate exams: Delivering a secure exam online can be difficult without a good deal of preparation and support, so consider giving open-book exams or other types of exams. They can be harder to grade, but you have fewer worries about test security.
  • LTS Help: If you have your tests in text or Word format, LTS can import them into Canvas for you. Refer to the Quiz or Test Import Options guide for more information.
  • Proctoring: We do not have any technology to proctor online exams, but there are strategies such as time limits, randomization, creating higher level questions, etc.

Online Testing and Academic Integrity

View considerations of online testing and academic integrity.

Quiz or Test Import Questions

If you have your tests in text or Word format, LTS can import them into Canvas for you. Refer to Quiz or Test Import Questions guide for more information.

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