Testing and Exam Assessment Options: Canvas

Faculty Resources and Tutorials

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Step 1: Creating an online test 

  1. Quizzes Overview 
  2. Create a New Quiz  

Note: You can type in your questions, copy/paste the information, or possibly upload the information. Uploading requires very specific formatting. If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the Help Desk at… 

Step 2: Administering your exam

Option 1: Testing within Canvas 

Key Features: 

  • Utilizing just the LMS to conduct testing 
  • Ability to have timed exams

Preventing Cheating in Online Testing: 

There are no means to completely eliminate the possibility of students cheating in online testing. The following are some tools that will help to minimize what students are able to do while taking a test within one of the LMS’s. 

Option 2: Respondus Lockdown Browser

What is Lockdown Browser? 

Key Features:   

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and prevent access to other applications  
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from the assessment is prevented  
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts, and task switching are disabled  
  • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading  
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers  


Additional Training and Support Resources:  



Option 3: ProctorTrack

What is ProctorTrack? A tool for monitoring online exams which utilizes an automated, proctorless approach to ensure exam-taking integrity.   

Key Points:  

  • You must enable proctoring on each of your exams every semester. Proctoring settings are not retained during Course Copy/Import. Verify settings by clicking “Troubleshoot” on the ProctorTrack Dashboard. 
  • Students must take an Onboarding Quiz to establish a baseline profile before they will be able to take a proctored exam.  A sample onboarding quiz is provided in the course prep module. 
  • If you have never imported from Canvas Commons before you may want to review Importing from Canvas Commons


Additional Training and Support Resources:  

A course prep module is available in Canvas Commons that includes information on how to enable ProctorTrack in your course and information to share with your students. Sample syllabus statements, announcements, and links to a knowledge base are also present.

Other Assessment Options

Knowledge can be assessed in a variety of formats: