kjordan
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Adjusting variable increments for formula questions in Quizzes

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I'm trying to create a canvas quiz with a formula question in which the variable that is entered is an even number only.  As it is now the values generated for the variables are consecutive integers.  I would like the variable values to increment by two, so my generated questions have 'nice answers' without fractional values. Has anyone figured out how to do this?  

Thanks

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James
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kjordan 

Canvas doesn't have the functionality built in, but it can be done.

If you want to do it within the browser, you will have to generate the possible answers and then edit them. I explained how to do it in: https://community.canvaslms.com/people/james 

If you want to use the API to generate your own questions, then you can have whatever values you want to have since you're generating them yourself.

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oliver_gough
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Maybe this needs to be a feature request. I have the same problem where I might want to provide a list of numbers (e.g  16,32,128 etc) rather than just a range. right now I have to use a large set of identical questions in a bank. A modified formula question would be better for me.

James
Community Champion

kjordan 

Canvas doesn't have the functionality built in, but it can be done.

If you want to do it within the browser, you will have to generate the possible answers and then edit them. I explained how to do it in: https://community.canvaslms.com/people/james 

If you want to use the API to generate your own questions, then you can have whatever values you want to have since you're generating them yourself.

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kjordan
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Thank you for your detailed solution to this issue (and apologies for my delayed response).  As you might imagine the time required to use the techniques you described adds a significant burden to the task of quickly creating a robust quiz.  That added effort is a huge disincentive to using Canvas for mathematical quizzes that are anything but multiple choice.  As I believe you and others have said previously, users learn quickly not to rely on Canvas for creating robust mathematical exercises. 

Are you personally aware of any efforts to expand the capabilities of Canvas to use algorithmic based problem definitions so that robust mathematical quizzes can be developed more easily?  Or should we just count on finding external test/quiz generators for the time being?

 

dr_sten
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Hi James,

 

I get "The page you are trying to access was not found. Please check your URL for typos and try again. " when trying to access your page.

 

Thank you

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