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solomon_klein
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Quiz where students answer only some questions?

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Hi,

I have a professor who administers tests where students have to answer 6 out of 10 short answer questions. He has done so by setting up an assignment with a rubric whereby students upload their submission (it's a take-home test) and then he only fills out the rubric columns for the questions the students answered (hence, there are 10 rubric criteria - one for each question - but only 6 of them will be filled out based on what the student chose to answer).

This works well enough for his purposes, but he would also like to be able to export data about the rubric to see where his students did well and not so well. I know that this isn't yet available for rubrics (c.f. https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/3311-export-aggregate-rubric-scores-to-identify-strengths-and-...), but I thought that if he could set up a quiz whereby his students only answer 6 out of 10 questions he could use the more robust quiz data tools to accomplish this.

Unfortunately, I can't find a way to set up a quiz such that the system knows students only have to answer a subset of the questions given. Am I missing something, or does anyone have a good workaround to create something like this? (It's a pretty basic function of testing - in my humanities undergrad I rarely took a test where I didn't have at least some choice in what questions I answered.)

Thanks!

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kmeeusen
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Hi  @solomon_klein 

This cannot be accomplished using the legacy quizzing tool in Canvas, but it can be done using Quizzes.Next (QN), the new Canvas quizzing engine.

With QN, you can create a quiz with all ten question, and give that quiz a total value for just six of those question. Also in QN, you can attach a rubric to each question item. In this way, your teacher can grade the items completed by the students, and the total possible score used in gradebook calculations would only be the total of six items. Learn more at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-15057-4152780597 

Not every school has made Quizzes.Next available - we are one of those.

I hope this helps,

Kelley

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kmeeusen
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Hi  @solomon_klein 

This cannot be accomplished using the legacy quizzing tool in Canvas, but it can be done using Quizzes.Next (QN), the new Canvas quizzing engine.

With QN, you can create a quiz with all ten question, and give that quiz a total value for just six of those question. Also in QN, you can attach a rubric to each question item. In this way, your teacher can grade the items completed by the students, and the total possible score used in gradebook calculations would only be the total of six items. Learn more at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-15057-4152780597 

Not every school has made Quizzes.Next available - we are one of those.

I hope this helps,

Kelley

solomon_klein
Community Participant

Ah, thank you! My institution hasn't enabled Q.N yet, unfortunately. Is there no workaround for non-Q.N institutions?

makraft
Community Contributor

It's my understanding that QN calculates its score as a percentage. It passes that percentage back to Canvas and Canvas applies the percentage to the points possible for the assignment.

Assuming each question is worth one point in QN, I cannot think of any method that would allow a student to answer 6 out of 10 questions (a 60% QN score), that doesn't prevent Canvas from applying that 60% to the points possible in the assignment. 

Am I misunderstanding the use case? 

kevinmil
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Argh. QN is so close to solving this basic problem, but then it reports the percent correct instead of the total score. What is the point of being able to specify a total number of points if Canvas doesn't use it?