This is the place to start whether you're collecting assignments or administering online quizzes and tests. Stay for the bit on Grading and Survey Tools are covered here as well.

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Akindi (Scantron Alternative)

Akindi is a software alternative to the old Scantron bubble sheet tests. Akindi integrates with a Canvas course and loads the roster automatically. You can then create answer keys and print out bubble sheets (on regular plain paper) for students to fill-out in class. Collect the sheets and use the scan-to-email function on the printer to scan the answers and send them to yourself as a pdf. The pdf is then uploaded into Akindi where it will be graded against your key.

Assignments in Canvas

Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). Assignments in Canvas can be used to challenge students' understanding and help assess competency by using a variety of media.

Attendance in Canvas

The Attendance (Roll Call) tool is used for taking attendance in Canvas courses. The Attendance tool can be used for online or face-to-face courses.

Discussions in Canvas

As an instructor, you can add discussions and modify discussion settings on the Discussion Index page, which allows you to view all the discussions within a course. Discussions can be graded or ungraded.


The Gradebook helps instructors easily input and distribute grades for students. Grades for each assignment can be calculated as points, percentages, complete or incomplete, pass or fail, GPA scale, and letter grades; assignments can be organized into groups for weighting as well.

Grading with a Rubric

A Rubric is an assessment tool for communicating expectations of quality.  They are comprised of rows and columns that define the criteria being used and the levels of performance for each criterion.  They can be added to assignments, quizzes and graded discussions.

Quizzes in Canvas

From the Quizzes index page, you can create a quiz using New Quizzes, create various types of content in each quiz, view all your quizzes in your course, and modify quiz settings.

Respondus Lock Down Browser

LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment in Canvas. When students use LockDown Browser to take a Canvas Quiz, they are unable to print, copy, go to other websites, or access other applications.  Quizzes with LockDown Browser enabled cannot be taken with standard browsers.


Turnitin is a 3rd-party tool that can help ensure originality, Academic integrity, and proper citation by comparing student submissions to a global database and a repository of Stonehill submissions.


VoiceThread is a replacement for text-only discussions that allow collaboration using video, audio, images, and text in an interactive slide show

Weighting Final Grade

Weighting grades in Canvas is done from the Assignment page using Assignment Groups. Create Assignment groups to categorize your graded activities. You can also drop low/high scores for an Assignment group.