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cyoung12
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Answer keys?

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Are there answer keys so I can grade more quickly?

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barbmurck
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Yes, please - I have seen this discussed on the Canvas Community for years and there doesn't seem to be an answer that is workable.

We have a large bank of Short-Answer questions, from which we draw randomly for our quizzes. They are marked by TAs. Each student of course gets a different set of questions. I need to find a way to have the answers appear to the TAs in Speed Grader, but not to the students.

It is extremely cumbersome to use a separate answer key because each quiz will have a different set of questions, so it's big time-waster for the TAs to have to search through the long answer key to find the right answers for each quiz.

I have tried putting the answer in "General Comments" but there is no way to hide the comments from the students, so that doesn't work.

Thanks for any input.

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BryanSarauer
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How is it possible that they have not built answer keys into quizzes? I assumed that I was simply not understanding something but based on these questions this obvious feature doesn't exist? I come from a background of using D2L where it's a basic feature of quizzes. Every question has a key. 

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barbmurck
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No, evidently they are not reading these posts. I just got an e-mail saying that my post - in which I said "Yes, PLEASE give us a way to have answer keys" - has been accepted as a solution.

Umm... OK?

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lenz
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@barbmurck 

I saw that too, just before my head exploded.  😵  I honestly don't know what else to do to get their attention.  If I had time, I would start a whole new thread using thesaurus synonyms for answer key just to see if we could get a human's attention.

I did fall into the rabbit hole for a minute and start looking at something called "Tracker" or "Mastery Tracker" or something like that.  Do you know what that is?  I have no idea, but I don't think it's part of the CANVAS that we use here at the UW.  I skimmed it too fast but wondered if it might somehow magically apply to your situation

Have a great weekend and congratulations on your "solution!"

Cherie (@lenz)

 

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barbmurck
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Yes, please - I have seen this discussed on the Canvas Community for years and there doesn't seem to be an answer that is workable.

We have a large bank of Short-Answer questions, from which we draw randomly for our quizzes. They are marked by TAs. Each student of course gets a different set of questions. I need to find a way to have the answers appear to the TAs in Speed Grader, but not to the students.

It is extremely cumbersome to use a separate answer key because each quiz will have a different set of questions, so it's big time-waster for the TAs to have to search through the long answer key to find the right answers for each quiz.

I have tried putting the answer in "General Comments" but there is no way to hide the comments from the students, so that doesn't work.

Thanks for any input.

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Thank you for your reply. I understand.

On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 10:12 AM barbmurck@gmail.com <instructure@jiveon.com>

lenz
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Are any CANVAS people actually watching/reading these posts?  If so, please explain how @barbmurck 's addition to @cyoung12  's question is a solution??!  It's clearly an additional cry in the CANVAS support forest for information about ANSWER KEYS.  Information that I would like to have as well. 

ANSWER KEYS.  We want'em.  We need'em.  Where are they and how can we make them work for us?  PLEASE.  Throw us some scraps.  Links to appropriate help files would ...well... help.  I have searched - repeatedly - but come up with nothing for the topic ANSWER KEYS.  

Or should we come to the astonishing conclusion that there is   n o t h i n g  in the vast CANVAS help storehouse on this topic?

Please.  Help.

barbmurck
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Thanks @lenz. Very frustrating,  indeed. 

BryanSarauer
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How is it possible that they have not built answer keys into quizzes? I assumed that I was simply not understanding something but based on these questions this obvious feature doesn't exist? I come from a background of using D2L where it's a basic feature of quizzes. Every question has a key. 

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barbmurck
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No, evidently they are not reading these posts. I just got an e-mail saying that my post - in which I said "Yes, PLEASE give us a way to have answer keys" - has been accepted as a solution.

Umm... OK?

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barbmurck
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It's really mysterious why this hasn't been done yet. I don't understand it.

lenz
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@barbmurck 

I saw that too, just before my head exploded.  😵  I honestly don't know what else to do to get their attention.  If I had time, I would start a whole new thread using thesaurus synonyms for answer key just to see if we could get a human's attention.

I did fall into the rabbit hole for a minute and start looking at something called "Tracker" or "Mastery Tracker" or something like that.  Do you know what that is?  I have no idea, but I don't think it's part of the CANVAS that we use here at the UW.  I skimmed it too fast but wondered if it might somehow magically apply to your situation

Have a great weekend and congratulations on your "solution!"

Cherie (@lenz)

 

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barbmurck
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Cherish @lenz - By the way if Canvas isn't reading our posts, at least the two of us are! 😄

So I wanted to respond that I've never used those mastery things either. Not sure if they're available to us at UofT but my impression is that they have to do with setting learning goals and tracking student progress. I don't think that is our solution for the missing Answer Key functionality.

The frustration continues...

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