Allow New Quizzes fill in the blanks to have multiple blanks on different lines

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The old quiz system allows multiple blanks to be placed anywhere within a question; even in a table.  the new system does not.  In the old system I could pose an order of operations questions as:


2^2 + 4 -10/3=






In the new system they have to be on the same line and thus create confusion.  I also cannot have them fill in missing values from a table in the new system either.  The way the old system handled multiple blanks was much more conducive to accurately measuring if students know what to do.

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I don't have a lot more to add to this conversation, other than to echo that the RCE for all questions and the instructions would be very helpful. I would like to be able to place blanks for fill in the blank questions where I'd like them and not have a weird text wrapping that makes it look confusing for students.

I guess when I'm trying to use Canvas features or go outside of Canvas for features that will allow me to structure assessments in a way that I'd like to communicate then, I will have to look at what will help me communicate best.

At this point, I'm struggling with trying to adequately communicate to my students the material I want to communicate to them using Canvas. Without the RCE and a little more control, these features are essentially worthless. Strong sentiment, I guess, but I've been fighting adding content for a good hour+ and cannot see the benefit of the New Quizzes, ESPECIALLY without the RCE for the instructions AND the questions. I'm feeling like I'm wasting my time. And it's not a learning curve issue; it's having to reword questions to get them to appear like I want them to. Argh! 😠

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To add to this conversation, we also need the Rich Content Editor to be included with the Fill in the Blank question area to be able to adjust spacing. We have noticed that this question type is treating everything as a single "paragraph" versus the ability to create line breaks.

Example from Classic Quizzes, clearly shows which Fill in the Blank is associated with which statement.



However, the same question in New Quizzes is much more unclear to the student due to the line spacing.IDD-4809_NQ_Fill_in_Blank.png



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This is a valuable functionality. I really hope this is fixed. It's disappointing that functionality was removed. 

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We are starting a new school year, Canvas says the classic quizzes is on the way out - and still there is no answer to this problem or any indication that it is even being considered.  I have loved Canvas until new quizzes came out. So much promise - but so much that it cannot do. It seems that it was programmed by people who never used it as teachers. Where do we see the results after the teachers give input? Please Canvas - listen and respond.

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I figured out a temporary fix for this.

If you have a sentence that you want to fill in the blanks for example:

The ______fox jumped over the _____ dog.

You would put this into the question stem with letters or numbers in the blank spot:

The ___a___fox jumped over the ___b__ dog.

Then on the line "Type a statement, select text, and press Enter to create a new blank," I put "a: the word, b: the word" and highlighted "the word" so that I could do a fill in the blank or dropdown etc.

I'm not sure if this will work for you and is quite clunky compared to how it used to be, but it may work in the interim.


@JPMorgan1178  Does that allow partial credit for that question type?  I don't love it, but good discovery.

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@bcrook, I have been using a similar workaround as what @JPMorgan1178 suggested and my experience is that students do get partial credit. It is something, but still not good enough in my opinion, given that Classic Quizzes allowed us to fully edit the text in fill the blank questions and even use tables.

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Agreed, having no line breaks creates a very untidy question.

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Is no one posting to this Idea Conversation, because we don't see any progress in this area? So many other bells and whistles are being added - but this basic functionality is being left behind. Please prioritize basic functioning over the extras. My teachers keep saying they just hate new quizzes because of this feature and the inability of partial credit. Please give us a timeline for a solution.

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This needs to be implemented. It is horrific to attempt to ask more complicated questions, especially when making multiple versions. Some people recommend tying them to a stimulus, but if there are multiple possible questions I am using for a given stimulus (multiple readings with different questions related to that reading, for instance), the stimulus fix just doesn't cut it.


The conversation is continuing and updates are being posted on Sunsetting Classic Quizzes Q&A 

@SuSorensen just recently posted the following: 
"I know that partial points/credit on question types that are multi part are particularly important. We do plan to implement this on more question types, starting with matching. Stay tuned, we'll be sharing more shortly. 😊"

And RCE is coming to New Quizzes as well, which should answer our need for not only multiple fill-in-the-blank questions, but also audio/video recording submissions, formatting, and content submissions as well!   Check out that conversation here.



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Absolutely agree! I keep getting terribly frustrated with "new quizzes" because they just don't work right for some of the questions I need to create.

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This has been the most frustrating thing for me. I teach statistics and the formatting of the questions with multiple blanks is terribly frustrating - both for me and my students. I also have many tables for students to fill out. I could use fill in the blank with classic quizzes; however, I can't do that in New Quizzes. I have had to post those questions as essay questions, and then the students would make their own tables. Guess who has to grade all of those tables? ME! I love Canvas quizzes because of the grading help they give. I am not feeling the love now that I have graded 120 tables that were randomized. Yikes!

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On Fill in the Blank questions on New Quizzes, I teach chemistry and would like the option to start a new paragraph/line at any point during the text. For example, have 2+2 = blank on one line, I click enter, and 2+3 = blank is on the next line. Currently, the ability to start text on a new line is blocked (I hit the Enter key and nothing happens). 

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Any questions that have anything beyond a simple one-step calculation need this functionality.  If I want to test people on their ability to do solve realistic problems using a Canvas quiz, I need to put several parts under one question to be sure that the right answers go in the right places.  Without the ability to insert line breaks, the wrap-around format is potentially confusing and frustrating for students, and it discourages instructors from putting sub-questions of any complexity. 

I am thus more likely to put in a stupid simple question instead of the sort of realistic question I would put on an old-school hand-written test.

Please allow us to better format these questions!

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I echo the need for new quizzes to make "fill in the blanks" question type created on multiple lines and word-wrap. 

Also, in new quizzes, if I make a mistake in the words I want to highlight after I've added answer choices... it is difficult to undo and I must re-type the answer choices all over again 😞 !

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Writing questions that have fill in the blanks embedded makes the formatting really awkward. For example, a bulleted list can't have blanks embedded. 

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Please have the RCE for all questions, instructions, answers, etc. It really would be very helpful. Also, for fill-in-the-blank questions to be able to place blanks where I would like them and not have a weird text wrapping, which is confusing for students to view.

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Yes, I want to have multiple parts to the same question root. This was possible in the old quizzes, but not new. Makes formatting tricky!