I would like to see Canvas allow instructors to set a maximum word count for written answers to essay questions in quizzes and tests.
This would provide the following benefits:
- Prevent students from taking a "shot gun" approach to answering specific questions by throwing out every related concept they can think of.
- Potentially force students to formulate their answers very carefully.
- Reduce cheating from students who search out related articles and put them through "text spinners."
Additional this is a very easy feature to implement. It would take the Canvas team very little time to add this important functionality.