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Create Item Banks from MSWord

Create Item Banks from MSWord

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It would be useful that when you create a question [item] bank at the account level being able to upload a huge number of questions once by using a word document. Now, the only way to do this is to create them one by one.

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Rosalie

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lcahill
Community Member

please, please, please, please, please

david_pahmer
Community Member

Word, RTF, csv, txt- anything! something! The fact that Canvas has no native quiz import tool would have been a deal-breaker for me if I had seen what it would take to produce quizzes. It was a pleasure in Angel, but the Angel to Canvas export/import tool scrambled the questions in the question bank and it is unacceptably cumbersome to hunt down questions in the tiny window, but even more unacceptably cumbersome to rewrite questions from scratch using the current quiz making feature. This need has been articulated here in the ideas forum for about 15 months or so!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea was moved from Under Consideration stage (no longer in use) to the Product Radar stage.  

This change was made as part of a feature idea process evolution.  Find more information, and contribute insights, by joining Focus Group: DRAFT Feature Idea Space

chemlectures
Surveyor

Quiz questions, assignment dates, calendars ... much this content should be exportable and importable in some text form to allow batch modification or recycling classes for a new semester.  Lack of this functionality makes it hard (almost impossible) to manage many classes in Canvas and hinders adoption of Canvas at larger institutions. 

GregoryBeyrer
Adventurer III

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Kansas State University for making their Classic to Canvas (QTI 2.0) Converter tool findable online. It is connected to an interest they have in working with Scantron but it works for regular Canvas quizzes too. I did a quick test for multiple-choice questions and found it easy and efficient, using a Google Sheet to make the .csv file and their tool to convert that file to a QTI-formatted .zip file for easy import to Canvas. And I did it on a Mac! (thanks rwistar for asking the question Mac tools for creating QTI files?)

Deactivated user‌ this is exactly what I described in my Nov. 7, 2015 comment. I don't see the easy-import option mentioned in the document Quizzes LTI Feature Comparison‌ but am hopeful because this idea is on radar.

Radar from MASH

ronmarx
Community Member

Many of us have been looking for a way to use "bulk question upload files" so I'm glad this idea is the "Product Radar" stage. Competing LMS products allow this simple process—the data files comply with data delimiter syntax, and the receiving LMS imports plain text files just as if they were QTI-XML files.

I'd use MS Word instead, no problem. See my earlier idea at: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/8263 

curtain
Learner II

But it is also Windows only so that has been a problem for many of our instructors.

ppan
Community Member

 I import quiz questions I write with Word into Etude all the time. Now as our college transfers to Canvas, I find this inability to import from Word a huge obstacle as our college does not have Respondus. Why does Canvas not incorporate this important tool in the system? I hope it does soon. Writing quizzes question by question is extremely time consuming and not a productive way to work. 

lturner2
Explorer III

Hi cholling,

I do realize that I have stumbled across a VERY old post & poll. I heavily utilized a quiz Parser for WebCT and subsequently Blackboard. I did have the fortune of learning WebCT v2, which had a built in parser. About the time I started to learn how handy it was, we upgraded to v4, which natively did not have a parser. I had my programmer, at the time, literally reverse engineer the xml export for the quizzes and he developed what WebCT ended up using for their 1st patch, including his contribution to the quiz parser. Later, we were able to use our own Quiz Parser program (which had a very simple layout and design) to run our quizzes almost identically to what you showed.

I just had a training with a batch of new faculty where I am consulting, and I repeatedly received a question about the complexity of creating quizzes.

So I guess my question is this: Is there a Quiz Parser to speak of that is compatible with Canvas??

cholling
Adventurer III

Good question. In the meantime, we have determined that previewing the quiz then printing it is a somewhat adequate work-around for our paper-pencil tests. And, at least, this gives us the ability to build the quizzes in Canvas.

jason_mysinger
Community Member

This thread was created in 2015 and currently has 600 votes, yet the issue has not been resolved!  Come on, Canvas!  Our school system switched from Blackboard to Canvas a year ago, and I love a lot of tools that Canvas has; however, this feature of importing questions from a Word doc to Canvas questions needs to be added!!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar‌ idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

joel_duffin
Surveyor II

My company, Atomic Jolt, has implemented an open source Ruby library that converts MS Word documents to Canvas quizzes: GitHub - atomicjolt/word2quiz We also build lots of LTI apps for Canvas and have an open source LTI starter app that we use as a starting place for new tools: GitHub - atomicjolt/lti_starter_app. We could implement an LTI tool that utilizes the our word2quiz library to allow users to import MS Word documents into Canvas quizzes. Once Quizzes.Next adds API support, we could also support importing directly into that tool. If you are interested in discussing this, please reach out to me at joel.duffin@atomicjolt.com

gwied
Learner II

You can import MS Word question banks using Respondus. 

Pro: this retains italics, underlining, bold, and tables. 

Con: question titles are truncated to 20 characters. If you want longer question titles, use plain text or .rtf files for Respondus import.

gwied
Learner II

Hi  @millerjm ,
I have been working with several faculty in exactly this situation. I use a text processor (BBEdit) that allows regex text search-and-replace, so I am able to quickly batch-edit a lot of questions at once, typically using several steps to make sure everything is ready for Respondus.

for example, a Word doc set up like this (from faculty):

Question 10 (Lesson 11)  10 points

From your knowledge of the Late Spring Nitrate Test (LSNT) for corn nitrogen need, at what plant height will you perform the LSNT as an agronomist?

 a. When the corn plant is 6 to 12 inches high

b. When the corn plant is 24 inches high

c. When the corn plant is 36 inches high

d. When the corn plant is 48 inches tall

e. Plant height is not an issue

 

Question 11 (Lesson 11) 5 points

The concentration of essential elements in plant tissue is related to plant growth and crop yield. If tissue concentration is at the critical range, the supply is just (marginal, sufficient, incipient toxicity, toxic range) and growth is expected to decline if the nutrient becomes less available.

 a. Marginal

b. Sufficient

c. Incipient toxicity

d. Toxic range

...is transformed/prepared for Respondus, via regular expressions replacements, to this:

Points: 10
Type: MC
Title: q10-L11-MC-timing of LSNT
10. From your knowledge of the Late Spring Nitrate Test (LSNT) for corn nitrogen need, at what plant height will you perform the LSNT as an agronomist?
*a. When the corn plant is 6 to 12 inches high
b. When the corn plant is 24 inches high
c. When the corn plant is 36 inches high
d. When the corn plant is 48 inches tall
e. Plant height is not an issue

Points: 5
Type: MC
Title: q11-L11-DD-concentration of essential elements-MAKE DROPDOWN
11. The concentration of essential elements in plant tissue is related to plant growth and crop yield. If tissue concentration is at the critical range, the supply is just (marginal, sufficient, incipient toxicity, toxic range) and growth is expected to decline if the nutrient becomes less available.
*a. Marginal
b. Sufficient
c. Incipient toxicity
d. Toxic range

Note regarding question 11 above: Since Respondus can't import "dropdown" as a question type, it is imported as multiple choice simply to get all the text into Canvas; I added a "note to self" within the question title as a reminder to alter the question type once inside Canvas.

A typical regex search/replace would look like this (approximately applicable to the above example - the search/replace criteria would be customized for the patterns at hand):

search:

Question (\d\d?) \(Lesson (\d\d?)\) +(\d\d?) points\n


replace:

Points: \3\nType: __\nTitle: q\1-L\2-TYPE_KEYWORDS_HERE\n\1\. 
gwied
Learner II

Hi Cynthia,

Please see my response to Joni Miller  below.

ronmarx
Community Member
Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Hi  @ronmarx  

There is no need to "refresh" this idea.  It is still open for vote and for consideration.  I am going to archive your other idea since you say it is a match. 

ronmarx
Community Member

Hello  @joel_duffin ,

Is your LTI app up and running as a stand alone cloud-based app like KSU's legacy Classic to Canvas (QTI 2.0) Converter ?

I don't have the programming chops to install what you posted on GitHub, but would certainly entertain a solution like KSU's or what is built into Blackboard LMS, which I also have experience using.

Creating assessment questions one...at...a...time, especially ones that are already constructed, is such a waste of time.

I'm a power user looking for a remedy from a real code doctor. Doc Joel, can you relieve my pain?

Thanx,

i.Ron

jalexander6
Surveyor

Well, here I go.

We converted from Blackboard to Canvas 2 years ago. At that time, everyone with whom we spoke said that uploading exams from Word into Canvas was a great idea that someone would implement Real Soon Now.

I just had to go to my go-to upload spot to create a Blackboard quiz from a copy-and-paste Word document, and it turns out that school has converted to D2L. The Word-to-Blackboard converter now creates D2L quizzes.

Blackboard's going to a new system this month, meaning my free Blackboard account — on Blackboard's online system — may or may not export the format I need for Canvas.

Why on this planet must I convert Word-formatted quizzes to Blackboard to get them into Canvas? How long will someone at Canvas dally about with this before someone — anyone— gets a clue that we've asked for this feature for years?

I don't need a reason why you haven't done it yet. I don't need more discussion, and I especially don't need a deflection that points us to a convoluted process that provides a feature Canvas should already provide. I need a solution. I need it NOW. We need it now.