Plan Assessment Activities

Types of Assessments

Whether you are creating a lower stakes chapter quiz, a midterm, or final exam, Canvas allows you to build these activities using the Quizzes tool.  This tool includes the following formats:  multiple choice, multiple answers, true/false, short answer, essay, and file uploads.  Most likely you have access to a test bank created by the publisher of your course textbook.  These can be used to create assessments for students.  You can also use the Quizzes tool to create surveys, which may be completed anonymously.

As you design your assessments, remember there are two primary types:  formative and summative.

Formative Assessments -These low stakes assessments allow learners to gain valuable feedback as they progress through a unit.  Through the use of formative assessments, students identify their strengths and weaknesses.  As a result, attention may be redirected to improve learning.  As the instructor, these assessments provide valuable insight into student learning allowing you to make necessary adjustments on a regular basis.

Summative Assessments - These high stakes assessments typically occur at the end of a unit.  Generally these have a higher point value than low stakes assessments.  Examples include midterms, finals, and end of course projects.  Summative assessments evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit or course of study.


Additional Information

For additional information on how to plan and build assessment activities, check out the Course Assignment Framework