Three Steps to Create Easy & Engaging Interactive Video Quizzes

This week’s Online Makerspace activity combines a traditional teaching strategy [pre-and post-assessment] with one of the Canvas Studio features [Video quizzing] for an easy way to engage students in content.  Bonus—this strategy provides students with instant automated feedback, leveraging technology to scaffold student thinking!

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What does this look like?  Take this short, sample pre-assessment on “Internet Access in Michigan,”created to help teachers build awareness of challenges rural students face with online learning.  For the post-assessment in this unit, the questions in the video were adapted into a discussion board for solution sharing.

Three steps to creating your own interactive video Canvas

  1. Select or create a video to use for your quiz. YouTube is a great place to start if you do not have your own.
  2. Use Canvas Studio (in your global navigation bar) to add your questions (Canvas tutorial here). I recommend writing these ahead of time in a separate doc if you are new to Canvas and video.
  3. Create a page (or other options) in the Canvas module to embed the interactive quiz for use by your students.  You can also use a direct link to the interactive quiz in an email or announcement (Canvas tutorial here).

Need start-to-finish directions for recording your own video in Studio, hosting, and adding questions to it?  Use this printable guide created by Ferris eLearning.

What are other variations of this strategy?  Although this was a short pre-assessment using a YouTube video, Canvas studio allows you to create your own recordings or upload Mp4s from other sources.

  • Confirmation: Wonder if the students read and understand your syllabus and your course policies?  You can create a welcome and introduction video including questions directly in it.
  • Check for understanding: Want to make sure students stop and think about particular concepts in a video before moving on?  Ask questions at key junctures in a video you recorded or selected.
  • Learning to learn: Interested in helping your students “learn to learn” as well as finding out what type of help they may need?  Asking questions within a video such as, “Which of the examples in this video helped you understand the topic the best?”
  • Case studies and predictions: In videos you create or select (or that students can make through role play), you can add questions asking students to predict what will happen next as a result of what they’ve seen so far in the video.  Use the automatic feedback options to guide them in what to pay attention to depending on their response to scaffold their thinking.

Interested in trying this but would like more help?  Contact us at and we’re happy to help you make your ideas happen!



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