The resources on this page cover the topics included in the Assessing Student Learning in Canvas workshop. They are intended to help you learn to:

  • Understand the assessment tools available in Canvas
  • Create an assignment in Canvas
  • Create a quiz with a few questions
  • View and assign student grades

Overview of Assessment

Canvas supports five assessment types: Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, External Tools, and Not Graded. 


Classic Quizzes

Canvas currently has two quiz tools: Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes. We cover Classic Quizzes in this workshop and currently recommend you use Classic Quizzes because New Quizzes is still under development at this time. Also, when a course is migrated from Sakai to Canvas, Classic Quizzes is where migrated Tests & Quizzes will appear. 

Online Graded Discussions


Note: Every assignment submission in the gradebook should either have a numerical grade or be excused in order for Canvas to accurately calculate the final grade. In other words, never leave an assignment grade cell empty. The “total” column shown in the gradebook only reflects graded, posted assignments. However, when using the DukeHub import for Canvas Final Grades, the Canvas Final Grade value is used, which is different from the “total”: it calculates unsubmitted assignments, namely the empty cells, as zeros. If you wish to see both the Current Grade (Total) and Final Grade for your course, you can export your Canvas gradebook to Excel