Canvas BioSig-ID Admin App

Canvas BioSig-ID Admin App

Getting Started

Click on BioSig-ID™ Admin tool in the Course Navigation menu. If this item is not available, please contact your Canvas Admin to have this item enabled. Click on Authorize to allow BioSig-ID™ access to your course.

To take this new app for a spin, try it out on the BioSig-ID Admin demo page . (This is not attached to a Canvas instance and no actual course is being adjusted)

The first page that you will see is Quiz Intercepts. Place a check mark next to all quizzes that you would like to guard.


Next, you will select the options you would like to apply to the Quiz Intercepts.

Hide Quizzes from Navigation Menu

The course navigation menu “Quizzes” will be automatically hidden from view to prevent direct access to a quiz.

Open BioSig-ID™ instances in a new tab

Force all newly created BioSig-ID™ instances to open in a new tab. This is not required as it integrates well within Canvas, but it helps when dealing with mainly small resolution devices.

By default, this box contains (protected by BioSig-ID™). This wording will appear in the module next to the quiz. If you prefer to not let students know in advance that an exam is gated, you can remove this wording in each course. Alternatively, if your institution would like to customize this wording or to never include this wording please reach out to the BioSig-ID™ team for customization.

Click on the  Convert the Selected quizzes to BioSig-ID™ guarded quiz link.

When this is completed you will receive a notification.

Click the Close button to continue.

Once a quiz has been converted it will now appear in the Modules as:


Note: When you copy a course to a new term, you will need to update the guarded quizzes or the end user will see an authorization error. See After You Copy a Canvas Course.

Tool Instances

Click on the Tool Instance tab.

Add BioSig-ID™ instances wherever you would like a user to verify their identity. Click the + button to add a verification:



Next, you will select the options you would like to apply to the Tool Instances.

Auto add module requirements

Creates all the Canvas module requirements and prerequisites to ensure that the student goes through any BioSig-ID™ tool instance before the next course content item is made available.

Create/Use BioSig-ID™ assignment group

Keeps all the BioSig-ID™ tool instances together in a group inside the “Assignments”

Open all BioSig-ID™ instances in a new tab

Force all the newly created BioSig-ID™ instances to open in a new tab. This is not required as it integrates well within Canvas, but it helps when dealing with mainly small resolution devices.

Unlock BioSig-ID™ assignment instances on view

By default, students need to validate successfully to pass the “submit the assignment” requirement. Activating this setting allows any newly created BioSig-ID™ instance to use the “view the item” alternative instead. This is not advisable except for usage early in the course.

Click on Add Selected Items button.

When completed, you will receive a notification. Click Close to continue.

Within the Canvas modules the Tool Instances you added in this step will appear like this:


Add Instructions

Select the module where you would like to place the BioSig-ID™ Instruction Module. The instructions will appear before the module you select.

Next, you will select the options you would like to apply to the Tool Instances.

Auto add module requirements

Module prerequisites will be automatically added if this option is active. They are added to the selected module to ensure that the end-user goes through the BioSig-ID™ enrollment process before the next module becomes available.

Open all BioSig-ID™ instances in a new tab

Force all the newly created BioSig-ID™ instances to open in a new tab. This is not required as it integrates well within Canvas, but it helps when dealing with mainly small resolution devices.

Click on the module where you would like the instructions appear.  The instructions will appear before the selected module. Click Add Instructions.

Within Modules, the BioSig-ID™ Instruction Module will appear like this:


**Please reach out to your BioSig-ID™ team if you would like to customize the BioSig-ID™ Introduction page.

The BioSig-ID introduction page will provide users with the why behind BioSig-ID, a video showing how to enroll, where to get support and helpful tips.

Advanced Tabs for Canvas Admins

There are additional tabs available to Canvas Admins with high enough access to look at multiple courses at once.
  1. Update All Courses - This is meant to apply the "Fix Quiz-intercept links" method at a larger scale.
  2. Quick Deploy - Useful during initial setup to quickly incorporate BioSig-ID™ within existing courses.
  3. Course Construct Report - Generate a quick overview on how BioSig-ID™ is used in courses.
Canvas only allows one-hour API tokens, which is normally more than enough, and they can be extended via a refresh mechanism as some of these advanced tabs can require a lot of time. Unfortunately due to the multi-threaded nature of the underlying code we have not been able to implement this refresh token system, but as an alternative for the time being we have brought back the option to support non-expiring admin tokens that overcome this 1-hour limit. Please reach out to your BioSig-ID™ contact for additional details.

Update All Courses (Only Available to Canvas Admins)

Previously, after a course was copied to a new session or term admins/faculty had to update quiz links for each course.  Now, BioSig-ID Admin App users can update all courses in a single action. This is especially useful at the start of a new semester to scan every course to ensure all the BioSig‑ID™ quiz intercepts are functional.

Only the courses available to your API access level can be updated. Please use higher Canvas access credentials if the course count does not reflect what is expected. This can potentially be a lengthy process if a lot of courses require updating.

Canvas by default grants one-hour of API calls in a single session which could lead to issues if the updating process takes longer. In the rare situation this happens, please run another scan to process the remaining courses.


Quick Deploy (Only Available to Canvas Admins)

The quick deploy system consists out of three steps.
  1. Filter down the courses that need to be considered (can take quite a while to obtain these results from Canvas as we need to obtain ALL the courses first)
  2. Select the courses to confirm (there is an easy `All` option available in the top left corner of the paginated result list)
  3. Specify an optional course-content item-title filter to further narrow down the scope
Then commence with processing the selected courses via the button.

This will first scan each course to see if it contains any items that can be converted, and verify if the content items match the item-title filter if that was specified. Then it will take all the matching quizzes to replace their module entry with a BioSig-ID™ quiz-intercept, and any matched gradable items for conversion to add BioSig-ID™ tool-instance gating. Finally any course processed to rely on any BioSig-ID™ usage will have the BioSig-ID™ instructions added.

To prevent reprocessing a course that was already quick-deployed or manually processed; all courses are automatically eliminated from the initial search results if any BioSig-ID™ item is found within.

NOTE: On Canvas instances with a lot of courses please consider relying on a non-expiring admin token that requires additional configuration for your BioSig-ID™ interface account.

Course Construct (Only Available to Canvas Admins)

Administrators can generate a report on how BioSig-ID™ is implemented throughout all the courses in Canvas.
Filters can be configured to generate a basic report or add more details.

Due to the different combinations a multitude of reports are available. The filters are as follows:
Enrollment term:
Reduce the time it takes to generate a report by limiting the courses down to an enrollment term.
Show (group by) instructors:
Courses will be grouped by their respective instructor. If a course has multiple teachers assigned then the course entry will be duplicated.
Show module item titles:
The basic report will show a simple 'Yes' if the BioSig‑ID™ enrollment instructions are added to the course, and a numerical count for the amount of `Quiz Intercepts` and `Tool Instances` that are published. Activating this setting will provide additional details regarding the Canvas module item title of each instance.
Show courses:
Offers the ability to quickly filter out the courses using BioSig‑ID™ or to only show the courses that still need to be configured.
Course published state:
Allows you to further filter the courses based on whether or not they are published.
The Excel report only looks for BioSig‑ID™ module items.



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