Strategies for Online Exams
By Lirim Neziroski, Ph.D., MBA, Dean of Teaching and Learning Outcomes
As USF continues with online instruction, you will likely need to create and administer an online exam. This email describes a few options.
Adopting an external online testing platform at this time is probably not possible due to the student expense, new exam and technology setup requirements, and instructor learning curve that are needed. However, if you are using a publisher’s online platform (such as Pearson’s MyMathLab or McGraw-Hill’s Connect), you may be able to set up exams on those platforms.
Otherwise, create an exam on Canvas. To get started, click on Quizzes, then click +Quiz to create a new exam. Under the Details tab, give the exam a name, add instructions, select quiz type (“graded”), and assign it to a gradebook category (such as Quizzes, Exams, or Assignments). Below, select optional features such as Shuffle Answers, Time Limit, Access Code, and whether students can see answers when they finish.
Under the Questions tab, click +New Question to add a question, and select the type of question. Canvas allows the following question types: Multiple Choice (with one or more correct answers), True-False, Fill-in-the-Blank, Matching, Short Answer or Essay Style, and File Upload. Many question types are graded automatically (you’ll have to grade essay-style questions manually), and you can see a detailed reports about student performance. You can also create question groups and upload questions in bulk – contact DAT.
Resources for Canvas Exams
Here are some resources about exams from the Canvas Guides:
Ensuring Academic Integrity
Admittedly, it’s more difficult to ensure academic integrity for online exams, but you can take steps in the design of the exam to promote integrity. Consider the following:
Contact me or DAT for support with Canvas Exams. Please also visit our “Resources for Online Learning” page on Learnitnow: https://learnitnow.stfrancis.edu.
Lirim Neziroski, Ph.D., MBA