Part 5: Spring 2017 Labs

65 Canvas Quizzing and Surveys with John Parrish — 03.17.2017

The March 17, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored the use of quizzing and surveys in Canvas.  John Parrish shared how he uses surveys to get to know his students.


  • Consider creating an ungraded Canvas quiz at the beginning of the semester to collect information about your students — what they know, where they are from, major, what they are hoping to learn, etc.
  • Analytics can show you which questions are more challenging.
  • As you design your questions and time limits, remember to design multiple ways for learners to express what they know.
  • To randomize quiz questions, create a “question group” in your quiz and choose how many of those questions you would like to appear randomly for the students.
  • View the session’s activity sheet for additional support materials.

Active Teaching Labs are held every Friday from 8:45-9:45am (and every other Monday from 12:30pm-1:30pm, see events calendar for dates) in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out upcoming labs or read recaps from past labs — or see them all ( To stay informed about upcoming Labs, check back to this website or sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

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