Canvas Installation Guide

Canvas Installation Guide


Recently, BioSig-ID created an additional app that reduces the manual processes of creating guarded quizzes and tool instances. This app will allow you to efficiently create guarded quizzes, tool instances and instructions within your courses. 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)

For those clients who are already using the Guarded Quiz and Tool Instance apps, you can skip to Step 4 to install the BioSig-ID Admin App. If you are new to BioSig-ID, please follow all of the steps below to begin using BioSig-ID in your courses.


June 21st, 2022: Support has been added for the Safe Exam Browser (SEB) integration which requires additional API Developer Key scopes, so please update any existing configuration and add the new entries marked in blue as listed at the end of step #1.

Step 1: Create Developer Keys

Switch to "Admin View"

Admin > Select the account to manage > Developer Keys

Use the  +Add Developer Key   button, followed by the " + API Key " selection

developer key button plus API key

Key Name
Owner Email
(add your email address)
Redirect URIs
(leave blank)
Redirect URI (Legacy)

Vendor Code (LTI 2)
(leave blank)
Icon URL

(leave blank)
Test Cluster Only
(keep checkbox unchecked)

Enter the information from the above table above as shown below:

Then use the " Save Key " button.

Next, you will provide the " ID: " and " Key: " values to BSI to allow the API integration to become fully functional.  The State should be set to "ON"

The ID is right above Show Key button, copy this information to provide to BioSig-ID.

Click Show Key and copy this information to provide to BioSig-ID.

id and key values

Enforced Scope Policies

The BioSig-ID™ Canvas Admin app has full scope-support now that Canvas added the "Allow Include Parameters" option. Activate both as follows:

To find all the scopes easier use the "Search endpoints" box to filter the large list first.

Filter on "accounts", expand "> Accounts", and check the following items:
  1. url:GET|/api/v1/accounts
  2. url:GET|/api/v1/accounts/:account_id/courses
  3. url:GET|/api/v1/accounts/:account_id/permissions
Then filter on "assignment", expand "> Assignment Groups", and check:
  1. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/assignment_groups
  2. url:POST|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/assignment_groups
With "assignment" filter still active, at the bottom expand "> Assignments", and check:
  1. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/assignments
  2. url:POST|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/assignments
Now filter on "modules", expand "> Modules", and check the following items:
  1. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules
  2. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules/:id
  3. url:POST|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules
  4. url:PUT|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules/:id
  5. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules/:module_id/items
  6. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules/:module_id/items/:id
  7. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/module_item_sequence
  8. url:POST|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules/:module_id/items
  9. url:PUT|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules/:module_id/items/:id
  10. url:DELETE|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/modules/:module_id/items/:id
Filter on "pages", expand "> Pages", and check:
  1. url:POST|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/pages
Next filter on "quizzes", expand "> Quizzes", and check:
  1. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/quizzes
  2. url:POST|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/quizzes
  3. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/quizzes/:id
  4. url:PUT|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/quizzes/:id
Filter on "questions", expand "> Quiz Questions", and check:
  1. url:POST|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/quizzes/:quiz_id/questions
Filter on "tabs", expand "> Enrollment Terms", and check:
  1. url:GET|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/tabs
  2. url:PUT|/api/v1/courses/:course_id/tabs/:tab_id
And finally filter on "terms", expand "> Enrollment Terms", and check:
  1. url:GET|/api/v1/accounts/:account_id/terms
Then use the [Save] button to apply the new enforced scopes.

Step 2: Add the Guarded Quiz Intercept App

The BioSig-ID™ Admin App offers an easy solution to convert existing quiz links to guarded quiz links. Both apps are needed to handle existing and new courses without additional steps.

Admin -> "Settings" -> "Apps" tab

Change drop down to " By URL "

Using the information in the below table populate the appropriate boxes in the Add App form. 

BioSig-ID™ Guarded Quiz
Consumer Key
(This will be provided by BSI}
Shared Secret
(This will be provided by BSI)
Config URL

Then use the " Submit " button.

Step 3: Add the Tool Instance App

Admin -> "Settings" -> "Apps" tab

Change drop down to " By URL "
Consumer key
(Same key as the one from the steps above)
Shared Secret
( Same secret as the one from the steps above )
Config URL

Using the information from above populate the Add App form as shown below:
Add App form

Then use the "Submit" button.

Admin -> "Settings" -> "Apps" tab

Change drop down to " By URL "

BioSig-ID™ Admin
Consumer Key
(Same key as the one from the steps above)
Shared Secret
(Same key as the one from the steps above)
Config URL (on)

Config URL (off)

Then use the "Submit" button.

Use the "Yes, Install Tool" button when Canvas indicates that the tool has already been installed in this context.

UPDATE: For Apple Safari, or other browsers with a restrictive server session-cookie policy, an empty API-domain error might occur. The error message will contain multiple solutions, including a way to temporarily set a cookie in a new tab, but to fix that permanently the following configuration files allow the Canvas Admin App to always be opened in a new tab:


Then use the "Submit" button.

NOTE: The difference between (on) and (off) is the default availability status of the course navigation menu item. Unless BioSig-ID™ is used in all Canvas courses then it might be wise to use the (off) method and manually drag-and-drop the "Navigation" menu item per course to make it available.


For BioSig-ID™ Guarded Quizzes to be effective the direct access to Quizzes needs to be disabled. This can be done automatically via the Admin: BioSig-ID™ Admin App with the respective checkbox option, but it can also be done manually as follows:

Admin -> Courses -> select a course that will use BioSig-ID™ -> "Settings" -> "Navigation" tab

Drag 'Quizzes' to the hide section:

course navigation hide quizzes

Use the "Save" button.

NOTE: BioSig-ID™ Guarded Quiz links need to be re-created on any course copy. Please use the BioSig-ID™ Admin system to fix these links quick and easy, or manually recreate them one at a time.

How to Use the Admin Tool

Watch this quick video for an overview of how to use the BioSig-ID™ Admin Tool to quickly add tool instances and guarded quizzes to any course.

For more detailed instructions, please see Using the BioSig-ID™ Admin Tool Manual.

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