How do I assign a Quiz to an individual student or course section?

When creating or editing a quiz, instructors can specify whether the quiz should be for everyone in the course, for specific sections, or for individual students. Availability date functionality is still available for each quiz.

Only the section(s) or student(s) specified in the quiz details can view the quiz.

When using differentiated assignments with the Gradebook, the quiz appears as a column for all students, but grade cells are grayed out for students who have not been included in the quiz. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the quiz, and quizzes that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades. 

On the student grades page, students can only view quizzes that are assigned to them, either individually or as part of a course or section.

Open Quizzes

Open Quizzes

In Course Navigation, click the Quizzes link.

Add Quiz

Click the Add Quiz button.

Enter Quiz Details

Enter Quiz Details

Enter a name [1] and description [2] for your quiz, as well as any other quiz options [3].

Assign to Section or User

Assign to Section or User

By default, Canvas will set your quiz for everyone in your course. To create the quiz for specific sections or users, click the Everyone remove icon [1], then start to type in the name of a section or user [2]. Search fields are dynamic, and you can search for students by first or last name. When the full name appears, click the name. Lists are not scrollable.

Note: You can include more than one user in the To field, such as the name of a section or student, multiple sections, or multiple students, as long as they are to be assigned the same due and availability dates [2].

Edit Due and Availability Dates

Edit Due and Availability Dates

In the date fields, add your preferred date(s) with the following options:

  • Due [1]: Set the date and time that the Quiz is due. The due date will already be populated for you if you created an assignment shell, but you can change it if necessary.
  • Available From [2]: Set the date and time when the Quiz will become available.
  • Until [3]: Set the date and time when the Quiz will no longer be available.

Note: Beneath the Due Date and Availability date fields, Canvas will display the time zone date and time according to context. If you manage courses in a time zone other than your local time zone and create or edit a due date for a quiz, the course and local times are displayed for reference.

Add Additional Dates

Add Additional Dates

To add new Due and Availability Dates for other users in your course, click the Add Date button.

Remove Dates

Remove Dates

You can also delete additional dates by clicking the remove icon next to the appropriate date.

Save Quiz

Save Quiz

Click the Save button to save your work and preview the quiz.

Note: You should not publish your quiz until it is your final product. If you are ready to publish your quiz and make it available to students, click the Save & Publish button.

View Due Date Warning

View Due Date Warning

If you do not add all course sections to the quiz, you will see a warning message asking you if you want to add those sections.

You can click the Continue button [1] if you don't want to add any other sections to the quiz, or click the Go Back button [2] to go back and add additional sections.

Note: This warning message will not appear if everyone in the course or all course sections are assigned as any of the sections.

View Date Error

View Date Error

If you submit an invalid string of due dates and try to save the quiz, Canvas generates an error notification. Such invalid entries include not unlocking the quiz before it is due, not placing the due date inside the range of availability dates, or assigning a date that is outside the course or term dates.

Correct the date and then update the quiz again.

Note: If the course does not include specified course start and end dates, Canvas validates the quiz against the term date set for the course.

Preview and Publish Quiz

Preview and Publish Quiz

Click the Preview button [1] to see what students will see when they take the quiz. If the preview shows the quiz the way you want it, click the Publish button [2].

Note: Although you can make changes to the quiz after it is published, students who have already opened or completed the quiz will not see any of the changes, which may affect their grades.

View Quiz Dates

View Quiz Dates

View the dates and users assigned to the quiz.

View Quizzes Page

View Quizzes Page

On the Quizzes Index Page, the quiz shows there are multiple users and dates assigned to the quiz. Hover over the text to view date availability.