Select your assessment tool

This guide helps you evaluate which tool is most suited (there are benefits and drawbacks to each) to your assessment. This often involves evaluating academic integrity features, types of submissions (e.g. handwritten work, machine-gradable questions, etc.), and whether the assessment is designed to be completed individually or collaboratively. Before you make a selection, you might want to consider how your assessment is designed and if an alternative assessment could be right for you.

Will your students be submitting digital versions of handwritten work? You cannot mark files uploaded in the Quercus Quiz tool in the Speedgrader; to mark, you can download them. If you are marking file uploads (especially across a large teaching team), you might consider using Crowdmark.

There are three main assessments tools in use at FASE:

  1. Quercus Quizzes (Jump to Canvas support guides for Quizzes)
  2. Quercus Assignments (Jump to Canvas support guides for Assignments)
  3. Crowdmark Assessments (Jump to Crowdmark support guides for assessments)

Have you done a test run? Regardless of your solution, you want to ensure that your students are comfortable with the process, know what is expected of them, and have the technology to complete the assessment. A great way to ensure that everyone (you, your students, and your teaching team) is ready for the final assessment is to run a mock final assessment. You'll also be able to ensure that any handwritten work is submitted in a format that is easily legible (for tips on how to ensure high quality submissions, see "How do I submit handwritten work?")

How do the different assessment tools compare?


Quercus Quizzes Quercus Assignments Crowdmark Assigned Assessments
Ideal for: Assessments with multiple question and question types requiring some academic integrity security; accommodating different start/end and active writing times Submission of (photographed or digitall scanned) handwritten work for grading within SpeedGrader; open window access and submission availability; accommodating different start/end times; can use Turnitin
Feedback on submitted files (e.g. handwritten work across large marking teams) for large classes; timed assessments
Not ideal for: Feedback/marking submitted files (e.g. handwritten work  Multiple questions; No function to limit active writing time (within larger availability window)

Assessments rigourous technical academic security; high volume of accommodations

Student View of Interface Student View: Submitting a Quercus Quiz Student View: Submitting a Quercus Assignment
Student View: Completing and submitting an assignment
Student Access via Quercus Course Quercus Course Individual assessment link sent to student's email via Crowdmark
Measures for academic integrity? Strong (quiz settings to maximize security) Weak Weak
Live Assessment Moderation? Yes (once published, how to moderate quiz) No Yes
File marking available in SpeedGrader? No (files submitted via the File Upload question type cannot be marked using the Speedgrader; they require downloading) Yes (How do I use SpeedGrader?) N/A; has proprietary annotation feedback tool, see also grading a remote assessment
Supports large marking team? Yes, but might require set up (see filtering by groups or sections) Yes, but might require set up (see filtering by groups or sections)
Yes
Randomize questions? Yes (create a quiz with question group to randomize quiz questions) No No
Enables Group Assessment? No Yes (How do I assign an assignment to a course group?) No
Review individual student activity? Yes (view a quiz log for a student) No Yes (verifying a student's submission)
Customize availability window? Yes Yes Yes
Limit active writing window? Yes No No
Supports Latex? Yes (using the math editor as instructor | as student)
Yes (see Grading Tools)
Formula question type? Yes (create a formula question) No Not in remote assessments
Download assessment in bulk? Yes-ish; .csv files that works better with some question types than others Yes; zip file
Override due date/lateness? Yes Yes Yes (override late submission)
Submit on behalf of students? No No Yes (submitting on behalf of a student)

Curious about what your assessment will look like for your students? You can review the student interface of quizzes and assignments by visiting "What does the assessment look like for the student?"

Have you set your grade posting policy? If you are using a Quercus assessment, you will want to confirm how and when your grades are shared to students - do you want them to show immediately (default) or at a certain time? If the latter, which is more common, you will want to set your grade posting policy for the course as a whole or per each individual assessment column in the gradebook.