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Exporting quizzes into Word or pdf documents

Exporting quizzes into Word or pdf documents

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

Some of our departments need to have copies of assessments on file OUTSIDE of Canvas. I believe this request was first raised in early 2015. A Canvas person said the ability was about six months away. It is almost a year later and we have heard NO updates.

 

This is a BASIC feature that all LMSs should have. Canvas is so proactive in many ways and, overall, is the best LMS we have ever used, but this is getting ridiculous. It seems to be such an easy feature to implement too. PLEASE work on getting this feature ASAP; our schools NEED it.

 

Community Team Note:  A virtually identical idea was already open: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/1055-printable-pdf-exportable-quizzes  Contrary to our customary practice, we are allowing both ideas to continue to move forward. Votes and feedback from both ideas will be evaluated.

 

51 Comments
jbuchholz
Community Contributor

I hope that this resource helps. It is something that I have used and has worked wonders for me, my faculty, and my students. 

Printable Quizzes code-snippet

Gerol Petruzella is the one that created this script and it is absolutely amazing!

Jesse

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.

joan_viteri
New Member

Having the ability to export a quiz or study guide into a PDF document gives  the teachers the ability to properly differentiate and give all students the same opportunities.  Even though we are in the era where technology is favored over paper and pencil,  and most people have internet access and computers,  not all students do.    I have encounter myself several times having to provide alternative assignments for students with concussions that can't use computers for a period of time.  I personally prefer to read and annotate in paper and not using the computer.  I believe having the ability to give a students the choice it is a great advancement for the Canvas community.   We would be moving forward into understanding that we all learn and process differently. 

ronmarx
Community Contributor

Still waiting, aren't we?

ecsulliv
New Member

We have a model in our K-12 institution that makes online content available for local (brick and mortar, homeschool, tutor, etc.) instructors to use in their offline classrooms. We currently design all of our quizzes and exams as quizzes in Canvas without providing a downloadable version of the content that has to be revised every time there's a revision to any of that content. Prior to this iteration of our process, we created downloadable "teacher resources" that contained branded .doc or pdf versions of all of our assessments, but making sure those were updated every time an error was found in our content was an additional administrative headache and did away with the practice. While I'm fairly certain our model is more an exception than the rule, it would be incredibly valuable to us to have a way for instructors using our content to download a copy of our assessments rather than having to make do with a screenshot or some other form of capturing the content. 

tedwards3
New Member

In addition to the reasons already stated, I have students with accommodations that say the student gets a paper copy.  I also have some special students that have reduced answer choices.  Copy and paste is a very tedious process that I do so  that all of my students can have an acceptable quiz and opportunity for success.  Being able to export quizzes would be a great addition to Canvas.

r_nickalls
New Member

I would like to see this feature too.  Another basic feature I assumed Canvas would facilitate.   I need to be able to offer a paper based version of any assessment to cater for a specific educational need.

warren_goetzel
Community Participant

This request does not appear to address "Printing out students' quiz answers " as Vicker mentioned above. Is there another request for that specifically or will it be included in this one if it ever happens? We need this functionality to use Gradescope for auto-grading programming/code assessments. Thanks!  Programming assignment code auto-grading. This is a huge deal for us. Thanks! 

Stef_retired
Community Team
Community Team
warren_goetzel
Community Participant

Thanks for responding. I posted the same comment in Printable / PDF-exportable quizzes . Quizzes.Next: Print Quizzes With Answers  is not quite the same request. That one is to printing an answer key (questions and answers). Our need is to print the quiz with the student responses to feed into a  programming/code auto-grader. Thanks again 

blangston
New Member

It is now Oct 2019 and this is still not a feature. If I was in charge of decisions about keeping this program I would say find another LMS to use. 

kmallette
Community Participant

This is an excellent idea! Just for clarification from the instructure folks, is it currently in the works to have a printer friendly option in Quizzes.Next? Or are there still no plans to implement this idea?

davisjoh
New Member

Hello, My institution ECU goes fully to Canvas this fall. I have spent the spring semester and summer converting my courses to Canvas. I spent 28 years in corporate American and 15 in teaching and I compare Canvas to SAP. Both are better than legacy systems but require more knowledge of the user to enjoy the benefits of the system. I may have missed this reason this enhancement has been delayed in the comments, but for me the export need of test results is related to data integrity in the test and grammar. My students expect the test to be correct and trying to look at the format and grammar structure of a test inside Canvas is difficult at best. This was one of the first things I noticed missing in the quiz area. After reading here that this has been on the list for 4 years I am a bit puzzled. I see people asking why so long. Has that been answered straightforwardly? Great suggestion and great benefit to the users. Hope it can happen soon. Thanks! John Davis-East Carolina University College of Business

smurphy12
Community Member

Hi, 

The ability to print and export both classic and new quizzes is critical for colleges whose accrediting bodies require them to be able to share that information. For example, CIDA is requiring all instructors to be able to export/print a copy of their assessments/quizzes both before and after a student takes the test. So in other words a blank with the answers and then 5-10 students completed quizzes along with the analysis. Right now it is being done by copying all and pasting into word. Which would not be bad if it were a  few tests, but each class requires 5-10 and there are more than 50 classes. Please PLEASE make this an ability in both old and new quizzes. Thank you.

kmccully
New Member

Yes, please! Both blank and student work, both new and old quiz for many reasons!! I know Canvas is shifting to New Quizzes soon, but it's still missing some functionality, so I'm not using it yet. 

There are few workarounds (bookmarklet, Chrome extension) users have created to print blank quizzes, but I don't see any good ways to print student work. 

hiral_sejpal
New Member

Hi there, I work at Accessibility services and one of our main concerns with New Canvas quizzes is not being able to download or export quiz in word format. We tried workaround features and other things but, it is absolutely not possible for accessibility students to work with images or unreadable documents (export document of the quiz) is it possible to download new quizzes in word format on Canvas?

hiral_sejpal
New Member

Hi there, I agree with this, I work at Accessibility services in UBC, and our students would require a soft copy of the exam in readable word or pdf document. This is one of the most basic accommodations that we have to ensure to provide students. I would appreciate it if you can find a solution to this, especially with classic quizzes being phased out we need new quiz export option available soon.

ranitori
New Member

I agree - come on Instructure, please make downloading and printing of quizzes available asap. It's like having a car that you have to crawl through the window to get into.

shustwit
New Member

This is something I definitely need...exporting/printing, and it'd be nice to be able to import, too.

cmeyer42
Community Member

Please move this up in the development phase! It would be SO helpful for accommodations AND archiving questions outside of canvas.