As of now, Canvas allows teachers to randomize the answer choices in a quiz. It would be great to also have the option to randomize the quiz questions.
Lori, it's currently possible to randomize quiz questions by placing the questions in one or more question groups, as described in How do I create a quiz with a question group to randomize quiz questions? If you're looking for a checkbox similar to the one that currently exists for randomizing the question choices, I'd point out that (1) improvements to current quiz functionality are on hold until the implementation of the massive quiz refactor project Canvas Studio: Modern Quizzing Engine; and (2) the feature ideas process for newly-submitted ideas is temporarily on hold, as described in Changes Coming to Canvas Community Feature Ideas.
In the meantime, while waiting for the implementation of the new quiz engine, I hope you'll try the question group approach; it has worked well for me.
Did you get a chance to try the solution suggested by Stefanie?
I am going to archive this idea for now, and ask you to try the solution as well as follow the Canvas Studio: Modern Quizzing Engine project!
The question group alternative is a complicated work around, although it seems to work. But since this is a routine need, I simply wanted to second Lori Gray's suggestion that it would definitely help to simply have the option available in Quizzes, like the 'shuffle answers' button that already exists.
This idea will remain in the open voting forum as an idea related to Priority: Quizzes.Next
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I agree with you and have suggested this in several places. Complex workarounds take up already overworked teachers valuable time, and detract from the quality time we spend with students. This should be easy to do from within a quiz. We need the option to randomize the order of all the questions and randomize the answer choices on each question individually.
Creating Question Groups as Stefanie Sanders suggested was one of the first workarounds I learned using Canvas. It does work, and doesn't create too much extra work, but I agree more with @Thomas Sawicki that overworked (and underappreciated) teachers already have enough to do. A simple checkbox on the quiz configuration page would save valuable time, especially if there are fifty, one hundred, or more assessments to be created from the same number or more of question banks. Welcome to my world. quizzes.next
The problem with making a quiz bank to be able to randomize the questions is that when you link your quiz bank to a quiz, you are limited to a couple options. First, you are asked how many questions you want to use from the quiz bank and second, you are asked how many points each question will be worth. The second is what I have a problem with. If I made 10 questions in the quiz bank and each were worth different number of points, this function over-rides what was designed into the questions in the question bank. As Ron Marx said, a simple checkbox on the quiz configuration page would be ideal and not have to link to a question bank.
Brian Whitney hit the nail square on the head. Randomizing questions by linking to a question bank has too many limitations. It is unbelievable to me that such a simple option as randomize questions does not exist as an option within a quiz.
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