How To: Add a Resource To a Canvas Quiz

There are many situations where a supplemental resource must be given for a student to be able to complete an assessment. Formula sheets, periodic tables, charts, graphs, tables; these are only some of the examples of resources a student could need on a quiz or exam.

Traditionally, these materials would have to be given to students physically as part of their paper-based assessments. However, assessments delivered through Canvas have the benefit of being electronic – and so can your exam resources! They can be built right into your Canvas quiz.

Besides saving both time and paper, there are more benefits to adding your supplemental exam materials directly to the quiz itself. With this feature, you will be able to know exactly what your students are referencing for the assessment. This is especially important for proctored exams in online courses – using this feature, you will not need to relax your Proctorio settings to allow your students to access these resources!

This guide will offer step-by-step instructions for providing your students with text and image resources in your Canvas quizzes.

 


1. Editing your quiz


Navigate to the quiz you would like to add a resource to, and click the Edit button in the upper right.

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2. Adding a new question


At the top of the Edit screen, you will want to select the Questions tab next. Then, click on the +New Question button.

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Please note that the +New Question button will usually be at the bottom of the page, below any existing questions you have in the quiz, so the above may not be exactly what you see.

 

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3. Question options


Name the question appropriately depending on the resource you are providing [1], and from the drop-down list where you normally choose the type of question, select the “Text (no question)” option [2].

Image showing option 1 for questions and option 2 to select from a drop-down menu

 

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4. Adding your resource


Now to add the resource itself!

Depending on what kind of resource you would like to add, this step may differ.

Click Adding a text resource if you’d like to give a text-based resource.

Click Method 1 of embedding an image resource if you’d like to give an image resource that you have already uploaded to your course.

Click Method 2 of embedding an image resource if you’d like to give an image resource that you haven’t uploaded to your course yet.

 


Adding a text resource


Any text resources can be added either via copying and pasting or, if brief, by typing it into the rich content editor where you would normally write the question.

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If you have finished adding resources, click 5. Update question and organizing question order to go to the next step.

 

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Method 1 of embedding an image resource


If you have already uploaded the image you wish to use as a resource to your course’s Files, then you can embed the image into the rich content editor by clicking on the Embed Image icon among the options.

Once you have done this, you will be prompted to select the source of your image. For now, we will be focusing on the top half of the box.

You will need to click on the “Canvas” tab on the box that appears [1], and then expand the Course Files option [2].

After you have expanded the Course Files option, select the file from where it is located in your course’s files [3]. Here we will be using an image of a Periodic Table as an example. Do not upload a file from the My Files folder, as students may not be able to see those files due to their Canvas permissions.

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Once you have clicked on the file, it will automatically fill in some of the fields in the Attributes area. At this point you have the opportunity to change these Attributes if necessary.

Then you will want to click the Update button at the bottom to finish embedding the image into the rich content editor.

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You will see the rich content editor flash yellow for a moment as the image is embedded successfully. You will then see the image resource!

If you have finished adding resources, click 5. Update question and organizing question order to go to the next step.

 

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Method 2 of embedding an image resource


If you have not yet uploaded the image you wish to use as a resource to your course’s Files, then this method will allow you to do so without having to navigate back and forth in your course.

On the right hand side of the page, you will see the Content Selector. You will first want to click on the Images tab [1]. Then, click on the “+Upload a new image” button [2].

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Once you have selected to add a new image, click Choose File [1]. You will be prompted to choose the file you would like to use from your computer. Find it in your computer’s folders, select it by clicking once, and then click on the Open button to finalize the selection, and you will then see the name of the file onscreen next to the Choose File option. In this example, we have used an image of a Periodic Table to demonstrate.

You will be prompted to input Alternative Text for your image upload for accessibility purposes [2]. You can simply retype the name of the picture, or you can describe what the picture is. Bear in mind that students will be able to view the alternative text for the image.

The Folder option will be “course files” by default, and we recommend leaving this as it is to ensure the file will upload to the correct location.

Then click the Upload button. [3]

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Once you have uploaded the image, you will see a thumbnail of it appear in the Images tab. You can embed the image into the rich content editor by clicking on that thumbnail from the list of images in your course.

Image showing a thumbnail of an image of the periodic table

You should see the rich content editor flash yellow for a moment as the image is embedded successfully. You will then see the image resource!

If you have finished adding resources, click 5. Update question and organizing question order to go to the next step.

 

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5. Update question and organizing question order


Once you have added your text or image resource to the rich content editor, you will want to save this placeholder question by clicking the Update Question button below the rich content editor.

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This will add the “question” to your quiz. However, all questions added will automatically go to the bottom of the quiz by default. Luckily, the order of quiz questions can be easily organized as you like. You will just need to click and hold the eight dots next to the question’s title, and drag it wherever you would like it to be placed in your quiz, usually the top of the quiz.

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6. Save your quiz


Once you have created the resource “question” for your quiz, updated it, and placed it in the desired order in the quiz, you will need to click Save at the bottom of the page. This is the most important step, as it applies and saves everything you did in the above steps!

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For a video demonstration of the above steps, please click below. 

 

We hope this guide helped you with adding the resources you need for your Canvas-based quizzes! If you have questions or need assistance with any of the above steps, please feel free to contact Canvas support 24 hours a day 7 days a week by clicking on the Help link from the Canvas global navigation bar.

 

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Article ID: 61397
Created
Tue 8/28/18 1:02 PM
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Mon 12/2/19 12:17 PM