Canvas Quiz Tips

There are various strategies for making an online quiz in Canvas more secure.

Blocking internet access with the LockDown Browser

The district has now licensed the Respondus LockDown Browser, which is more secure than the district's own Bartlesville Canvas App in preventing student internet access during a quiz. A quiz set to use the LockDown Browser MUST be taken in it, whereas use of the Bartlesville app requires active teacher enforcement.

When you have students taking a quiz on their Chromebook, they click on "Apps" at the bottom left instead of logging in normally, and run the LockDown Browser app.

To use LockDown Browser with a Canvas quiz:

  1. Create a quiz in Canvas as you normally would do.
  2. Click the “LockDown Browser” link in the left sidebar navigation of the course.
  3. You can access various welcome screens, video tutorials, and more. But to get going, just click the Continue to LockDown Browser > button at the lower right.
  4. Click the down icon beside the quiz you created and want to LockDown.
  5. Select Modify Settings.
  6. Click the option Require Respondus LockDown Browser for this exam.
    • You can optionally include an access code for the quiz students would have to know and type in to access it from within the LockDown Browser.
    • By default, students will need to use the LockDown Browser to view quiz feedback and results, but you can turn that off if you wish.
    • You can optionally click Advanced Settings for additional options. HOWEVER, “Enable Calculator on the toolbar” does not seem to work on a Chromebook.
  7. Click the Save and Close button.

Your students would later take the quiz in much the same way they would using our own Bartlesville Canvas App. Complete instructions for students are on the district website via the “Using the LockDown Browser for Canvas Quizzes” link at BPSCANVAS.COM.

  1. The student will need to power down or sign out of the Chromebook to get to its initial login screen.
  2. Instead of entering their email address as they usually do, they would click on Apps at the bottom left of the initial login screen.
  3. They would click LockDown Browser on the pop-up Apps menu.
  4. If this is their first time to use the app, they will be asked for the name of their institution. They should type Bartlesville and then select Bartlesville Public Schools from the screen. They won’t have to do this step in the future.
  5. They will now be in the LockDown Browser, viewing the usual Canvas login screen. They should enter their Canvas username (not email address) and password.
  6. They should open your course in Canvas.
  7. They should click on Quizzes in the left sidebar navigation or use another link to access the appropriate quiz.
  8. They should take the quiz and will be unable to exit Canvas to visit other websites (unless you allowed that in the optional settings).
  9. When finished with the quiz, they should Submit it.
  10. They will still be stuck inside Canvas until they reboot their Chromebook by holding down the power button until the screen goes dark.
If you encounter problems with using the LockDown Browser, consult their Knowledge Base.

The LockDown Browser can also be installed in computer labs, but NetSupport is a commonly used tool that provides additional functionality.

If you are giving a Canvas quiz in a computer lab, use NetSupport to control the students' machines. Tina Steele, Kim Lashbrook, and Diana Johnson can help you with this utility.

If, when viewing a course as the teacher, you don't see Lockdown Browser in the left sidebar, click Settings in the left sidebar, then click on the Navigation tab, and locate the button for "Lockdown Browser". It will likely show Page disabled, won't appear in navigation. Click the ⋮ symbol for it and click Enable and then click the Save button.

A less secure fallback when LockDown Browser is not working

When the LockDown Browser service is misbehaving and simply not working for your students, there is a less secure alternative that is still better than simply having them take a quiz in a wide-open Chromebook.

They can reboot and select Bartlesville Canvas App from the Apps menu instead of LockDown Browser. It also locks students into Canvas while they are using the app. However, this app is less secure than the LockDown Browser because you have to disengage the LockDown Browser requirement for the quiz, which means a student does not HAVE to use the Bartlesville Canvas App to access the quiz; they can take the quiz in the usual web browser.

But you can monitor that each student reboots into the Bartlesville Canvas App and circulate during the quiz, watching their screens to ensure you see the limited browser view of the app as they take their quiz.

Student in LockDown Browser

Use Restrict this quiz access codes

You can use Restrict this quiz in the quiz settings to specify an access code. That locks down access to the quiz until a student knows the code you created. (Note that while this option is set, you will NOT be able to scan any answer sheets for that quiz in the PaperScorer add-in.)

After students are all into a quiz, you can update this access code period-by-period to help keep the quiz secure through the school day.

Mute a quiz before you give it and as needed

  • While immediate feedback is one of the benefits of taking quizzes online, students who have taken the quiz might share quiz questions or results with those who have not taken the quiz.

  • The only way to prevent students from viewing their quiz score at the end of a quiz is to mute the quiz before the students take the quiz. Please note though, muting an assignment will override your other quiz settings related to quiz feedback. Students will not see any quiz feedback including their responses to questions or the correct answers. Instead students will only get this message (see image below).


Once the quiz is unmuted, students will be able to see/access quiz feedback based on the the quiz settings.

  • So it is best to “mute” a quiz in the Canvas Gradebook before you give it. This will prevent

  • To prevent cheating when an instructor shares feedback in-class on an assessment, instructors should mute and unmute a quiz. When a quiz is muted it is “silenced” to student viewing. Students cannot view their quiz grades, quiz content or correct answers until their instructor unmutes the quiz. This allows feedback to be shared with the whole class and students can’t copy and paste answers or take screen shots.

Select appropriate quiz options

When editing a quiz, there are a variety of options to enhance the security of the test:

  • Shuffle Answers

This changes the order of the answers to test questions so students can’t share the correct answers as easily.

  • Time Limit

For out of class tests, assume every test is open book. Give students enough time to finish their test while not giving enough time to find every answer.

  • Multiple Attempts

    • Each attempt gives them another chance to look up the correct answers or to find some other way to get the answers.

    • If you must give multiple attempts, choose the option to limit the number.

    • If you allow extra attempts, we suggest to not allow students to see their quiz responses or at the very least, which answers were correct.

  • Let Students See Their Quiz Responses

It can be best to remove this option. When it is allowed, students who are not in the Bartlesville Canvas App can copy and paste their quiz to share the correct answers with other students.

  • Restrict this Quiz

This option allows for proctoring by creating a password required to take the test. For in-class tests this means that students must be present to receive the password. While this option is set you will NOT be able to scan answer sheets into Paperscorer for that quiz.

  • Due Dates do NOT prevent students from accessing quizzes or assignments but will mark them late.

  • The Available From and Until options in any assignment or quiz will lock students out when they are no longer within the listed time frame. However, it can be a hassle to get everything timed just right to use this for access control. I don’t recommend mucking about with these much except to only open a quiz when the first class begins and to lock it down at a future date when all make-ups should be completed.