Canvas Quiz, Canvas Assignment, Gradescope Assignment or Cadmus Assignment: which to use?

Canvas Quiz, Canvas Assignment, Gradescope Assignment or Cadmus Assignment: which to use?

There are a number of digital assessment options available for assessments. The following chart compares the features and functions of four of the options:

  1. Canvas Quiz
  2. Canvas Assignment
  3. Canvas Assignment with Gradescope
  4. Canvas Assignments with Cadmus

This table may help you decide which option is best for your digital assessment tasks.

Feature

Canvas Quiz

Canvas Assignment

Canvas Assignment with Gradescope

Canvas Assignment with Cadmus

Question or submission types supported

Multiple choice, True/False, Fill in the blank (single and multiple blanks), Multiple answers, Multiple dropdowns, Matching, Numerical Answer, Formula Question, Essay question, File upload question, Text (no question; unscored)

No submission, Text entry, Website URL, Media recordings, File uploads, On paper

Short answer, Free response, Multiple choice, Select all, File upload, Code (GitHub and Bitbucket integration)

Text entry into Cadmus interface

Randomise questions

Y

N

N

NA

Students can download paper-based assignments

N

Y

Y

NA

Students can upload paper-based assignment submissions

N

Y

Y

N

Time limit option

Y

N

Y (Online Assignment type only)

N

Countdown timer

Y (student can hide timer)

N

Y (Online Assignment type only; student can hide timer)

Y (for the last 4 hours)

Multiple submission attempts allowed

Y (off by default)

Y (on by default)

Y

Y

Staff can limit the number of attempts or resubmissions allowed before due date

Y

Y

N

N

Staff can submit on behalf of student

N

N

Y

N

Ability to give students marks and feedback on draft submissions

Y – with multiple attempts

Y – with multiple attempts – student can only view the feedback on the latest attempt

??

Y – key functionality of  Cadmus

Extensions for individual students

Y

Y

Y (Online Assignment type only)

Only once student has accessed the Cadmus assignment and are listed in the ‘Class’ list

Ability to mark by question instead of by student

N

N

Y

N

Anonymous marking (student names are hidden from markers)

Y (option in SpeedGrader)

Y (option in assignment settings and also in SpeedGrader)

Y (default)

N

Automated marking

Y (dependent on question type)

N

Y (dependent on question type and assignment type; only available for Bubble Sheet, Programming Assignment, and Online Assignment types. Some AI-assisted marking automation available for Exam/Quiz and Homework/Problem Set assignment types)

N

Interactive rubric for calculating marks

N

Y (optional)

Y (for question and assignment types that do not use automated grading)

Y – (optional - Turnitin Feedback Studio rubrics)

Marking and feedback platform

SpeedGrader in Canvas

SpeedGrader in Canvas

Gradescope

Turnitin Feedback Studio

Turnitin Similarity Reports available

N

Y

N

Y

General support resources

Setting up an exam support resources

For Learning Environments support in setting up your digital assessment or selecting which option is most appropriate for your situation please lodge a support request.