There are multiple ways to assess student learning while teaching remotely. Most directly, you can convert paper exams to be administered via Canvas. You may also want to change the forms of assessment. Please check with your department/unit chairs for any specific policies related to administering exams remotely. For an overview of challenges and solutions see Academic Honesty in Remote Instruction


Canvas Quizzes can be used for short quizzes, longer exams, or even course surveys. They are an easy option for both multiple choice and essay exams. Best practices include setting a time limit, using a pool of questions so that each student gets a different set of questions, and using an honor code (see example below) - all practices that reduce academic dishonesty while giving students the ability to take an exam remotely. 

  1. You may want to add written questions at the end of each exam section and/or at the end of the exam where students need to justify their process and/or answers. 

  1. Adjust quiz settings in Canvas. Consider: 

  • Adding a time limit. Provide approximately one minute a question for multiple-choice exams. (Note: if you have students working with DAS that are allowed extra time on the exam, you will need to input that added time for each student on each timed exam.) 

  • Enabling shuffle answers. Be certain you have removed any "all/none of the above" answers to Multiple Choice questions in Canvas. 

  • Enabling shuffle questions by putting them into a question group. 

  • Disabling “Let Students See Their Quiz Responses (Incorrect Questions Will be Marked in Student Feedback)” to minimize answer-sharing. 

  • Enabling “Display One Question at a Time.”  This prevents students from easily taking a screenshot of the whole exam.  If you have high-value questions at the end of the exam, consider how students might be affected if it is harder to skip ahead to those questions when time is running low. 

  • Using Availability Dates to control when the exam should begin and end.  Students will only have the amount of time you set to complete the exam within these date/time parameters.  Consider allowing a little more time than just the scheduled class period when students would have taken the exam in-class to provide a little additional flexibility. 

  • Do not add an exam password (except for an Ecampus course with formal online proctoring). 

  1. ProctorU will not be available for online exams in campus-based classes unless the proctoring cost is covered by the department/unit/college.  Please see the FAQs for more information on this policy. 

  1. If you have students needing to take the exam at a date later than the rest of the class, consider providing an alternate version of the exam. 


Canvas provides for both File Upload assignments and File Upload questions in Quizzes. Below is some information to help you decide which option is right for you.  

File Upload Assignment 

  • Files uploaded to Canvas assignments will appear in Canvas SpeedGrader, which allows for significantly easier management and grading of the student submissions. 

  • Canvas assignments do not have time limits, only availability dates. This provides flexibility in the day/time a student could open the assignment and then submit their work. 

File Upload Question in Canvas Quiz 

  • Files uploaded to a quiz question will not appear in Canvas SpeedGrader; only a link to the file will appear. Instructors would need to download each file individually to open and review the content. 

  • Canvas quizzes allow faculty to set time limits and/or availability dates. The availability dates allow flexibility in when a student takes the quiz, but the time limit ensures the exam is submitted within the time allotted by the faculty member. 

If requesting that students submit photos or scanned images of hand-written work, encourage students to carefully review their photo or scanned image to ensure clear readability of the content. Scannable (for iOS) and Genius Scan (for Android) are good resources to share with your students if you will require hand-written work submitted through Canvas. 


For smaller classes, you may be able to ask students to complete short essay assignments, or have students record short oral presentations (e.g., recording on Zoom or with Kaltura Capture). You could also consider a “take home” version of your existing final; in this case, consider setting up a File Upload assignment and asking students to justify their answers in writing to help protect academic integrity. 

Canvas SpeedGrader can be used to view and grade student work submitted through Canvas. Attaching a Canvas rubric to an assignment can increase the efficiency and consistency of the grading process. SpeedGrader can be used to view and grade the following Canvas items: 


Consider sharing a statement of this sort with your students and having them sign it:

Integrity is a character-driven commitment to honesty, doing what is right, and guiding others to do what is right. Oregon State University students and faculty have a responsibility to act with integrity in all of our educational work, and that integrity enables this community of learners to interact in the spirit of trust, honesty, and fairness. 

Academic misconduct or violations of academic integrity can fall into seven broad areas, including but not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; falsification; assisting; tampering; multiple submissions of work; and unauthorized recording and use. 

It is important that you understand what student actions are defined as academic misconduct at OSU. The OSU Libraries offer a tutorial on academic misconduct, and you can also refer to the OSU Student Code of Conduct and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for more information.  If you are unsure if something will violate our academic integrity policy, ask your instructors, GTAs or academic advisors. If a student is found responsible for academic misconduct, the College Hearing Officer (or other hearing body) will make a determination of sanctions that are appropriate to the violation and the surrounding context). College Hearing Officers are authorized to assign Academic Sanctions.