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New Quizzes

Status - Approved

  Approved for use.
Tool Description
New Quizzes is a new assessment engine built to meet the assessment needs in your classroom today and in the future. Leveraging modern technologies, New Quizzes features include a series of feature enhancements and new item types, and bring workflow improvements to what is commonly encountered in Quizzes Classic.



Overview of New Quizzes

Instructure has released New Quizzes, a new quizzing tool for Canvas. New Quizzes will eventually replace Classic Quizzes, however, this will not happen all at once (view timeline above). We recommend using the quizzing tool that best meets the needs of the course while familiarizing and preparing for when New Quizzes will become the standard.

There are innate differences between the New Quizzes and Classic Quiz features. New Quizzes offers several features and question types that are currently unavailable in Classic Quizzes. However, New Quizzes does not currently have every feature traditionally available in Classic Quizzes. Please note that Instructure will continue to add to the New Quizzes feature set over the next two years.  For an up-to-date comparison between New Quizzes and Classic Quizzes, view this feature comparison document. For a timeline of features coming to New Quizzes, view the timeline of features.

Tips to aid in deciding between Classic and New Quizzes

  • Decide whether Classic or New Quizzes suit the course’s purposes better. As a note, everyone will eventually need to switch over to New Quizzes by 2024.

  • Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes keep separate question banks that are not linked to each other.

  • If you use question banks and/or rely on exporting and importing to share quiz content with other individuals, consider using Classic Quizzes until Instructure develops the tool to migrate question banks to item banks. However, there is a workaround for those that use New Quizzes to share quiz content with other individuals.

  • Question banks from Classic Quizzes cannot be migrated to New Quizzes without a workaround at this time. View the workaround here.

  • Honorlock is currently not supported in New Quizzes. However, Respondus Lockdown Browser is. If using Honorlock for proctoring, create exams in Classic Quizzes.

  • New Quizzes uses its own Rich Content Editor (RCE). The New Quizzes Rich Content Editor currently does not support external tools or apps, HTML editing, media iframes, audio and video recording, or the Accessibility Checker.

  • Partial credit is only supported for Matching and Multiple answer question types in New Quizzes.

  • Survey building functionality is NOT available in New Quizzes.

  • Instructors can NOT revert from New Quizzes to Classic Quizzes.

  • Review the New Quizzes vs Classic Quizzes Feature Comparison Guide as New Quizzes offers several features and question types that Classic Quizzes does not; however, it does not currently have every feature available that is in Classic Quizzes. Right now, it may be beneficial to use one over the other depending on the sort of quiz or exam you are giving.

Tip: The Canvas Quizzes tool now houses both Classic Quizzes and New Quizzes. When you create a quiz, you'll be asked which type of quiz you want to work with. On the Quiz index page, icon styles differentiate between Classic and New Quizzes. Classic Quizzes have an outlined icon of a rocket ship, whereas the icon for New Quizzes is a solid (filled in) rocket ship.

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Workaround for Migrating Question Bank to Item Banks

Instructure has provided the following workaround if you would like to start migrating your question banks that are linked to a Classic Quiz to item banks that are linked to future New Quizzes.


 For more info on this tool, please visit the New Quizzes support page.