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Deliver Quizzes in MS Teams

Last updated on June 30, 2022

Use Teams for Informal Quizzes

In a synchronous online course, there may be times when you want to assess your students’ understanding without administering a graded quiz through Canvas. Maybe you are looking for a quick poll, a casual pop quiz or wish to check general comprehension. One way to do this during your synchronous Teams meeting is to use the Teams Quiz feature. This is just like asking casual questions during a lecture where you can get a gauge on your student’s understanding and quickly provide feedback.

Teams Quizzes enable you to ask questions using different question types and see results as an integrated Microsoft Form. These quizzes can help you better direct your instruction and help your students reinforce what they are learning in class.

Please note: MS Teams does not integrate with Canvas Gradebook, so graded quizzes should be administered in Canvas. If you want to transfer Teams Quiz scores to Canvas you will need to manually create a new column in Gradebook and enter the scores.

Best Practices

When should I use this?
  • MS Teams quizzes are best for informal knowledge assessments and surveys in a synchronous Teams meeting. They are useful for getting a general sense of student comprehension and instant results as students submit their responses.
When should I set this up? 
  • Set up a MS teams quiz in advance or reuse an existing MS Teams Quiz, but you should hold off on assigning the quiz until you want students to take it because once it is assigned, it is automatically made available to students.
When should I not use this?
  • Don’t use MS Teams Quizzes in place of a graded Canvas quiz when trying to formally assess your students. MS Teams quizzes are helpful for short and fast assessments and knowledge checks. For more in-depth assessments and for when you want to grade students’ work, use Canvas quizzes.

Let’s walk through it together

Creating a Teams Quiz

  1. Open the Microsoft Teams app on your computer.
  2. Click Assignments on the left-hand navigation bar. 
    • Your team needs to be set up as a Class Team in order to get the Assignments option. If you need help setting up a Course Team, please view our Set Up a “Course Team” tutorial.
  3. Click Create  in the bottom left corner. 
  4. Select Quiz from the pop-up menu. 
  5. Choose the Class that you want to create the quiz for. 
  6. Click Next in the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
  7. Click New Quiz in the top left-hand corner of the window.
  8. Enter a Title for your quiz.
  9. Click Done in the upper right-hand corner when you are finished adding questions.

Assigning the Quiz

  1. You will be taken to a New Assignment window. Enter the relevant information about the quiz. 
    • You can add instructions.
    • You can select who to assign it to (whole class or individual students)
    • You can select due date and time but your quiz will post immediately after it is assigned.
    • You can change the channel a quiz is posted on by clicking the Edit button in the bottom right. The channel defaults to General if you do not change it.
  2. Click Assign in the upper right hand corner.
    • Once you have assigned the quiz, it is immediately available for your class.
    • The quiz will appear in the General panel as an assignment ( unless you modified the channel in the previous step). 
    • Students should click “View assignment” and then they will be taken to a link to the quiz. When students click the link, the quiz will open.
    • When students are done working, they will click Submit and see a Thank you for your submission screen. From here students can click the “ View Results” button to see how they did. Score will only be shown for questions that are auto-graded.

Viewing Results

  1. Quiz results are saved as a Form as they are submitted. To view submissions, click on the Assignments tab.
    • The quiz will appear on the Assignments tab along with the number of quizzes that have been submitted.
  2. Click on the Quiz to view more information about submissions
    • You can click individual submissions to see a specific student’s answers and grade their work and give feedback
  3. To view the results of the whole group, click the Assignments tab and click on your quiz
  4. Click Summary Results in the upper right corner
    • This will open the form and allow you to view all submissions
  5. Click Post Scores. 
    • You can select to post the form  for the whole class or by student. 
    • Once scores are posted, students can view their scores using the same link they originally used to take the quiz.
  6. You will need to enter scores into Canvas manually if you want to use the scores for a grade. If you need help creating an assignment in Canvas, please view our Add Manual Columns to the Gradebook Tutorial.