Assignments & Quizzes

Find tools to help facilitate general assignments, formative quizzes, or student peer assessment assignments. All tools recommended by the LT Hub have passed a UBC Privacy Impact Assessment and receive central technical and pedagogical support.

General Assignments

Tools that facilitate assignments can save you time by reducing workload for management, grading, and feedback.

General Tips

  • Communicate clear expectations and instructions for every assignment, especially in a fully online context.
  • Include and explain your rubrics for marking assignments, putting these criteria in the tools where possible to make grading more transparent.
  • Break down larger projects or assignments into stages and provide opportunities for feedback along the way.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Canvas Assignments

Collect individual or group assignments through Canvas.

What are the benefits?

  • Students can submit their assignment using text entry, a file upload, an Internet link, or a media recording.
  • You can also collect group assignments, if you set up Canvas groups.
  • By setting up a rubric in Canvas to grade students’ submitted work, assignment grades will automatically be added to the Canvas gradebook.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Respondus Studymate

Create study content such as games, flash cards, and quizzes (if you are on a Windows computer).

What are the benefits?

  • Studymate lets you convert supported text files (.txt, .rtf, QTI .xml, .doc, and .docx) into interactive questions and assessments.
  • Assessments can also be exported as Word or text files and then printed for in-class use.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
Yes, for grading: This tool cannot be synced with Canvas due to data being stored in the U.S. Please contact us for available workarounds in managing classlists and grades.

Turnitin

Automatically check written work for plagiarism and provide individual feedback for each student on their submission.

What are the benefits?

  • You can check students’ written work against Turnitin’s content databases to catch potential plagiarism.
  • Submissions in Turnitin can be graded right in the tool (though grades are not synced with Canvas), where you can provide individualized feedback to each students as well.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Webwork

Give assignments and quizzes using numeric problems and equations.

What are the benefits?

  • You can set up numeric problems for students to solve that are structured within larger homework sets and/or quizzes.
  • Problems can be your own or chosen from a wide vetted library of problems that other instructors have used.
  • Webwork can be set up to give immediate automated feedback after students answer each question and allow for multiple attempts.

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Formative Quizzes

Tools for quizzes promote learning, whether they are used for grades or for practice only. (For summative assessments like exams, see the supported tools for exams.)

General Tips

  • Auto-graded quizzes give students opportunities to practice and reduce your marking time.
  • When available, including rich automated feedback for formative quizzes and problems can help students learn not just the correct answer but the rationale behind it.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Canvas Quizzes

Distribute quizzes, surveys, and exams for students within your Canvas course.

What are the benefits?

  • Canvas quizzes support twelve different question types, including multiple choice, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, multiple answers, matching, numerical answer, formula, essay, and file uploads.
  • You can allow multiple attempts, randomize the question order, and accept late submissions or submissions only during a specific time window.
  • Question banks can be built, so you can add to them questions you’ll use repeatedly.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Respondus Quiz

Create and manage interactive quizzes (if you are on a Windows computer).

What are the benefits?

  • Respondus Quiz lets you convert supported text files (e.g., spreadsheet) into interactive questions and assessments.
  • Assessments can be exported as Word or text files and then printed for in-class use.
  • You can also import assessments into your Canvas courses for distribution and grading.

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webwork-logo Webwork

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Webwork

Give assignments and quizzes using numeric problems and equations.

What are the benefits?

  • You can set up numeric problems for students to solve that are structured within larger homework sets and/or quizzes.
  • Problems can be your own or chosen from a wide vetted library that other instructors have used.
  • Webwork can be set up to give immediate automated feedback after students answer each question and allow for multiple attempts.

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Student Peer Assessments

Student peer assessment tools facilitate assignments where you have students review, rate, and/or leave formative feedback on each other’s work.

General Tips

  • Include clear and detailed assessment criteria to ensure more consistency between different student reviewers.
  • Have students practice with 3-4 sample assignments that have already been assessed by an expert (e.g., you) using the same criteria they will be using.
  • Talk to students about the reasons that you are using peer assessment in your course, to reduce their anxiety in being assessed and assessing their peers.

CLAS

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
High (a slow Internet connection may impact access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

CLAS (Collaborative Learning Annotation System)

Add granular peer review to multimedia like videos with this streaming platform.

What are the benefits?

  • CLAS allows for storing and streaming video content in a course.
  • You can have students annotate and discuss multimedia using the contextual comments.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

ComPAIR

Have students compare and comment on pairs of peer work, using rubrics and instructions you set.

What are the benefits?

  • Looking at pairs of work helps students provide higher quality feedback, as they can more easily identify strengths and weaknesses of each individual work using their innate comparative judgement.
  • You can have students review their own work as part of the process, to encourage deeper self-reflection.

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peerScholar

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

peerScholar

Ask students review individual peer work, as well as review the peer feedback they receive, using highly flexible rubrics.

What are the benefits?

  • The customizable rubrics allow you to set both the criteria and the format of the student responses. Students can also annotate directly on certain types of peer work, allowing for a high degree of granularity in their reviews.
  • By choosing to have students review each other’s feedback, you can create stronger accountability for students in writing thoughtful feedback.
  • You can ask students to review their own work as part of the process as well as resubmit their work, to encourage deeper self-reflection.

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Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
Low (a slow Internet connection should not impact basic access)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

PeerWise

Ask students to create questions and then have them answer, rate, and comment on questions submitted by their peers.

What are the benefits?

  • You can encourage studying for upcoming quizzes or exams using these question-and-answer assignments.
  • By including peer ratings and comments, you can add a gamification aspect that may help motivate students to develop stronger questions and study more.

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