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Duplicate Quizzes

Duplicate Quizzes

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

We should be able to create a copy of an existing quiz in Canvas with the click of a button.

Comments from Instructure

This idea was completed with general availability of Quizzes.Next.  You can find more information about the overall project in the Quizzes.Next User Group.‌

  • Quizzes.Next is now available for all paid accounts.
  • Quizzes.Next documentation will live in the Quizzes.Next User Group until July 14, 2018. On July 14, 2018, all of the documentation will be moved to the Canvas Guides in the Canvas Instructor Guide or Canvas Student Guide
  • Quizzes.Next updates will be included in the Canvas Release Notes. This includes new features, updated features, and relevant fixed bugs. New and updated features will be deployed to Quizzes.Next near the same time as the Canvas release. Fixed bugs may be deployed at any time.
36 Comments
sgraff
Community Member

There is a workaround....it's not one click but it works. From settings on the left hand navigation bar, choose "Import content into a course". You can pick the current iteration for the course you are in from your drop down menu. Canvas will give you a warning but you can bypass it. Once you click your current course, choose "select content". Drill down until you see the quiz/assignment/files etc. you'd like to import. It duplicates the material for you and is a clean copy of what you already have in the course. Hope this helps!

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

There was what I thought was a helpful post about this hack over in Instructional Designers​ recently.  If you use this work around to create a copy of a content item an then try to create a second (third) copy, Canvas will recognize the duplicate and overwrite the first copy.  But, if you rename the copy before trying to make the next copy, Canvas will let you add the third version of that content item.

dwillmore
Community Champion

I think you may want to close this specific item and throw all votes to this item:

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

We literally just had this problem yesterday!

mlattke
Instructure
Instructure

I agree that this needs to be merged with the Copy everything in Canvas feature request.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

It is possible that duplicating quizzes one at a time is a more finite and therefore maybe more realistic goal, than making changes to Canvas functionality across the board - just MHO.

mlattke
Instructure
Instructure

That makes sense.  This whole 30 votes thing has me wanting to consolidate things to garner votes.  It's a whole new feature request world!  But today it looks like the other one has a gazillion votes, so that should cover this one as well.  Win!

e01166
Community Participant

This feature can be very valuable when building a course. This can be similar to creating a quiz template (I think I saw that in another idea), but isn't quite the same. I find the key timesaver is being able to have "standard" set of instructions for quizzes, for instance how to show your work in a math class. Also, needing to set the basic quiz settings every time I create a quiz adds another possibility for me to make errors.

Also, reading through the comments for this (and many other feature requests) I see many workarounds. I appreciate people pointing out these workarounds, but I hope the presence of a workaround doesn't lower the importance of the feature request. One of the main reasons my district adopted Canvas was because of the ease of use. I may be able to make do with workarounds, and my full-time online teachers might find workarounds useful. However, when I work with a group of classroom teachers, workarounds are a non-starter.

rkayen
Community Participant

So, will this change be adopted? 

jthoms
Community Participant

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Helping the Canvas Community team with a little clean up here, bringing over suggestions from ​.

My suggestion there was:

Currently copying requires creating a new assignment or quiz, and copying content for each item. By adding a “copy” option to the options gear, the effort to build a course will be greatly reduced. If this triggered a dialogue to state how many copies to make, it would be very simple to quickly build out a course structure.

I also don't want to lose a common use case in a comment by bbroniak​:

We also have gotten requests for being able to copy/duplicate a quiz.  A use case here is when setting up a quiz for someone that needs an accommodation...and only making minor tweaks to the quiz and/or settings for the quiz.  It's different enough that you need a separate copy, but close enough that recreating the entire quiz is too much effort.  Unless there is a better way to handle this situation?

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure

Hello Colleagues,

This is a great idea, and one we are actively exploring.  We may not get to this in the next six months; however, it is on our radar to allow copying of multiple types of gradable content within Canvas. We expect to share more as we can on this feature's status.

Jason

bsr
Community Participant

I tried this today, and it worked 3 times, but then started overwriting previous quizzes, even though I had renamed them AND edited questions. I had to work around the work-around by importing into a separate course, editing there, and then importing back into the original.

lindalee
Community Champion

We experienced the same problem, too. Despite having changed the name of the copy, the third time the template quiz was copied, it overwrote the second. Asking a faculty member to import to a different Canvas course site, edit, and then import back to the original seems impractical at our school.

cwells2
Community Participant

It would be wonderful if after I create a quiz I could duplicate it to modify for individual students. This would allow me to differentiate with more ease for gifted students (I could "beef" up the quiz) or reduce answer choices for students with IEPs or ESL. I know I can create new quiz for each of my different students using the question bank but that would still require more work to create quiz, add questions, and then modify question. It would be so much easier and time effective to duplicate a quiz and then only have to modify it. This would also be useful with giving pre and post assessments.

courtneya_turne
Community Member

I really hop Canvas is still exploring this feature. It is crucial for me to be able to create multiple versions of a quiz for differentiation, and it is currently a pain in the neck to make 3 versions of a quiz. As others have posted, I am able to make two versions by "copying" the content, but the third version overwrites the other two.

pagebd
Community Member

Canvas allows only one copy of a quiz to be generated at a time using "Import Content into this Course" under the "Settings" menu when selecting the same course for the source as for the destination.  It took me at least 2 hours to make 20 copies of the same "quiz" that I use as a recurring assignment in my course, in part for the following reasons:

1) Canvas seems to allow copying a quiz only three times before it starts overwriting previous copies, sometimes changing the quiz number when ordered sequentially (for example: "Notes for Week 1",  "Notes for Week 2",  "Notes for Week 3".... etc.)  After making three copies, done one at a time through "Import Content into this Course," a new quiz needs to be generated to be copied three more times with this process repeating.

2) After each iteration of the copying process, it is required to leave the settings menu to re-name the newly copied quiz before generating another individual copy of the same quiz.

3) Questions in the question bank can't be organized so that copying the questions from one bank into one quiz can't be completed without having to re-arrange the questions in each newly generated quiz.

4) If quiz settings need to be modified in 20 identical quizzes (other than the change in sequential numbering), it is necessary to go into each quiz individually to change the same setting (e.g., change from 1 allowed attempt to 2 allowed attempts.)

It would be great if there was a way to quickly and easily make multiple copies of the same quiz or assignment, perhaps with a setting that it is a "master" copy that students don't actually access.  This "master" copy could serve as the template for other quizzes/assignments whereby the teacher can make changes in the "master" copy and a box could be checked to apply those changes to all copies of the quiz/assignment within that course, even if students have accessed some of the assignments already.  Understandably, the dates would likely need to be set one quiz/assignment at a time, but including an option to make a bulk change to the time due would be a welcome addition as well.

Progress in any or all of the above would be most welcome.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your consideration.

kmatson
Community Participant

Hi Jason,

Again I am wondering where Canvas is on this. Here was another opportunity to ask since this one has been out here for a while and lots of people are asking for it. Commons is great for sharing content but not so much for copying content especially not multiple copies.

Thanks so much,

Karen Matson

dretting
Community Participant

Add me to the list of folks who find it extremely frustrating to have to build out a course with 15 identical weekly assignments (for example).  It really oughtn't require anything more than entering '15' and 'weekly' into a form rather than re-entering every detail of an assignment over and over and over and over and over again.

bsr
Community Participant

"Asking a faculty member to import to a different Canvas course site, edit, and then import back to the original seems impractical"

I hereby nominate this quote as understatement of the year.

n_rattenbury
Community Member

I want to add my support to anyone at Canvas to implement the sort of changes that others have suggested in this thread. I find the prospect of essentially having to re-type my quizzes for my next presentation of the same course ridiculous.