Assignments & Quizzes

Find tools to help facilitate general assignments and formative quizzes. 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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turnitin-logo Turnitin

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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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 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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kaltura-logo Kaltura

Cost for use:
None

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

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Kaltura in Canvas

Add quiz questions to videos that can pass outcomes to the Canvas gradebook, meaning students’ answers to your video quizzes can automatically impact their grade.

What are the benefits?

  • In-video quizzes with Kaltura engage students as they watch video lectures and can integrate with the Canvas gradebook as assignments, if you want to track student performance.
  • You can use a variety of question formats: multiple choice (question with one correct answer), true/false, reflection point (video pause with text), and open question (free text answer).
  • Kaltura provides other options for how students can interact with questions, such as skipping questions, getting hints, and discovering the correct answers. You can also shuffle the order of answers each time the question is presented.

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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

Have students 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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respondus-logo Respondus Quiz

Cost for use:
None

Bandwidth demand:
N/A (Respondus Quiz does not run online)

Requirements for FIPPA compliant use:
None

Respondus Quiz

Build quizzes and exams offline, outside of Canvas (if you are on a Windows computer).

What are the benefits?

  • You can import the assessments into your Canvas courses for online distribution and grading.
  • Assessments can also be exported as Word or text files and then printed for in-class use.

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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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