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Compile all essay responses to a quiz question on one screen for grading

Compile all essay responses to a quiz question on one screen for grading

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I would love to see and grade all written responses (essays) to a quiz question at one time, on one screen.  If I need to grade #12 manually, for example, I would like all the #12 responses grouped together with a way to input grades for each one.  The "grade by question" feature as it is now still makes you go through each student's quiz separately and does not save any time at all...it basically just gives bookmarks to each question.  I am still doing a whole lot of scrolling to the bottom of the page to update scores or past a bunch of questions that have already been graded automatically.
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Community Member

My colleague Stephanie Stocks, found a "secret" work-around to help this situation!  As far as I know, Canvas Support doesn't know about it, or at least I've never found anyone who knew about it.

I go into speed grader and I type in a grade for a question and hit enter.  If I click the arrow to go to the next student, it will take me directly to that same question on the next student's test.  If the student didn't get that question, it will just stay at the first question on the test.  This is the only way we've discovered to find which students got a particular question when the questions are randomly drawn.

Instructure
Instructure

Hello, Canvas Family!

We are exploring a series of extensive improvements to the quizzes toolset, which includes this idea and much more. I know we won't be able to deploy this idea in the next six months; however, be assured we've listened and want to implement this in the not-too-distant future.

Kind regards,

Jason

Community Team
Community Team

Thank you for the exciting news Jason.

Community members can follow the larger project at Modern Quizzing Engine

Surveyor

Very exciting!  Thank you!

Community Member

This should have been a feature from the outset. This makes me question the usefulness of Canvas for grading in large classes.

Surveyor

The grading by questions option should allow me to see all of the same question for all of the students. Moodle does an okay job at doing this - you can see all of the essay responses by students for a single question, provide feedback for each student and provide a grade.

Community Member

Great idea.  I see a lot of efficiency in this method.

Surveyor

Yes, I am grading exams right now using the grade-by-question beta, and while it's a step in the right direction, it's a bit cumbersome.  The points field for each question is located at the top rather than the bottom with the comments field, and there is a delay switching from student to student --plus you have to Submit Score each time or else the points get lost. Something akin to what Moodle/Joule uses, with all the responses on one screen (or only some, depending on how many responses you elect to have the system display at a time), would really speed things up.  You could probably keep the option to not display students' names as well. 

Community Member

I only teach in the spring, and last spring this issue was being debated.  I really hoped that by the time spring semester started this year it would be implemented.   Pleeeeeeeese fix this issue.  I hate life every time I have to grade quizzes now, and it has driven me to switch to more multiple choice vs. essay or short answer questions, which I feel is a disservice to my students.  

Community Member

Are there any updates on this? My district is new to Canvas, but honestly this feature alone makes me question whether or not I can use this program for quizzes. If I can grade a single question with all student answers in one view, I can limit myself to 10 screens (let's say 10 questions total.) As I see it, even with the beta "grade by question," I have to view each student individually.  10 screens versus 130 is a dramatic difference and really makes this a tedious process.