Adding Comments in Canvas Quizzes
As you create questions in a Canvas quiz, you’ll notice three colored boxes at the very bottom of each question. The box on the left is green, the box in the middle is red, and the box on the right is gray.
These boxes are where you would input answer comments.
This post will explore the three types of answer comments and offer scenarios for when you would (and should not) use each.
What are these boxes?
If you hover your mouse over each colored box, a block of text will pop up with further information.
- Green box on the left: “Click to enter comments for a correct answer”
- Red box in the middle: “Click to enter comments for a wrong answer”
- Gray box on the right: “Click to enter general comments”
When would I use these boxes?
Correct Answer Comments (green box on left): Enter comments here to provide confirmation to students who have answered the question correctly. After students submit the quiz, these comments will appear for each question they have answered correctly.
Tip: To help cement – or even expand – student learning, feel free to provide additional information in the correct answer box that is related to the concept being taught. Alternatively, you might consider outlining briefly why the other options are not correct.
Wrong Answer Comments (red box in the middle): Enter comments here to display to students who have answered the question incorrectly. After students submit the quiz, these comments will appear for each question they answer incorrectly.
Tip: To help students understand why the answer they chose is incorrect, consider including additional information for each wrong answer.
General Comments (gray box on the right): Use this box to provide tips or hints to students as they take a quiz.
Note: The contents of this box display during a Canvas quiz; they are neither dependent on how a student answers a question nor on the correct answer “reveal date” (if one is set under the Details tab of the quiz). Therefore, take particular care not to leave answer key information in the General Comments box. Students will be able to see that content as they take the quiz.
How do I ensure students see quiz comments?
To ensure students see Correct Answer Comments and Wrong Answer Comments after they submit their quizzes (remember, General Comments display during a quiz), check the following options located under the Details tab of the quiz:
- Let Students See Their Quiz Responses (Incorrect Question Will Be Marked in Student Feedback)
- Let Students See The Correct Answers