How do I create an Essay quiz question?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can create an essay question for your students. This question type requires manual grading.

Add Question

Add Question

With the Questions tab [1] selected inside a new quiz, click the New Question button [2].

Set Name, Type, and Points

Set Name, Type, and Points

Quiz questions are not automatically numbered for instructors. To add a custom name to your quiz question, enter the name in the question text field [1]. Custom names can help you identify quiz questions more easily. Regardless of the question name, students always see quiz questions in numerical order (i.e. Question 1, Question 2).

Click the drop-down menu and select the Essay question type [2].

Enter number of points the question is worth (quiz totals are calculated based on combined total of questions) [3].

Edit Essay Question Details

Edit Essay Question Details

To build an Essay question, you will need to enter the following details:

  1. The question text (use the Rich Content Editor to include video, images, math equations, or flash activities)
  2. Text for the general answer comment at the end of the question

Update Question

Update Question

Click the Update Question button.

Add additional individual questions as needed.

Student View for Essay Question

Student View for Essay Question

This is what a student sees when they encounter a Essay question in a quiz. Students can use the Rich Content Editor to enter text, images, and video content as their response.

Note: Students can submit up to 16384 characters in an essay question.

Student View for Essay Feedback

Student View for Essay Feedback

After submitting the quiz, students will see their essay answer [1].

Notice the answer comment reminds students that their quiz grade will be incomplete until you have manually graded the essay question [2].

Note: No credit will be assigned until you have evaluated the essay and assigned points in the gradebook or the SpeedGrader [3].