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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.

 

50 Comments
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi

If you haven't already heard about the Canvas Studio: Modern Quizzing Engine project you might want to check out the InstructureCon 2016​ presentation our Senior Product Manager for Assessment, Deactivated user, made.  At 28:35 in the video, he talks about printing in the new quiz engine currently in development.  I hope this addresses your query but if not please let me know.

Thanks

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure

While this idea is archived, we are considering this feature for longer-term inclusion in the Quizzes.Next roadmap in some form.  More to come as we continue the work and make announcements in the coming months.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea will remain in the open voting forum as an idea related to Priority: Quizzes.Next

*Being a related idea does not guarantee it is slated for development, instead it indicates that the idea is related to the overall scope and is being used to inform the process.

tsawicki
Community Participant

I often NEED to print content from canvas (for EC students), easily exporting it to word, then printing it would be my preferred option

GregoryBeyrer
Community Champion

This sounds like a great idea to compliment https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/2086-create-question-banks-from-msword?sr=search&searchId=500a...‌. If an MS Word file is importable, it ought to be exportable as well.

thompsli
Community Champion

This would save me a great deal of time.  Currently, I end up "previewing" a quiz and screen-shotting each question, and then placing those screenshots into a word document. I then submit the quiz to get the answer key (which I tend to just save as pdf and deal with the line breaks since only I need to be able to read it). (If I have the time, I instead copy and paste the text and images, then deal with formatting issues to get them to look reasonable in the resulting document, but if I'm pressed for time the screenshots require less fussing than a straight copy and paste to get something usable.)

This is a terrible workflow for a lot of reasons, but it is the fastest way I've found to get a printable version of tests that doesn't do horrible things with page breaks the way just printing the page does. I'd really like to do something less ridiculous.

vicker
Community Participant

Printing out students' quiz answers should be considered as well, and that is very critical for essay type quizzes.

jtippett
Community Member

Hello Jason,

I have watched the issue of printing quizzes go from idea to "radar" to "archived" over the course of 3+ years.  You have seen a huge outpouring of support and need from educators, and yet Instructure keeps putting it off, and off.   Have you ever tried to actually copy and paste a quiz?  The amount of reformatting, loss of special characters, huge space insertions, etc makes it a massively tedious and frustrating.   When WiFi goes out, I need a hard copy to duplicate at the last minute.   I see you guys sending out videos on the new novelities like photos in the course cards, but you won't move forward on something so basic and critical.  Why?
Thanks,

John T.

dspiel
Community Participant

Printing out of quizzes for quizzes taken by students is extremely important for many programs within higher ed.  Most important for accreditation for many programs.  This has been talked about being available for over 3 years now and needs to be moved up as a priority.

kelly_teemant
Community Member

I totally agree this is a very important feature that should be included in any LMS. I've been looking for an easy way to accomplish this for years. It's smart in so many ways to allow a word export. It would allow archiving of quiz questions outside of canvas and let you review/update quiz questions. Please make this a real options it would make life so much easier. 

rhollenbaugh
Community Member

This is such a critical and EASY option to add-it is much easier to export than import.  As usual with the LMS game, Instructure is tall on promises and it's-on-it's-ways and very, very short on follow-through. 

This is completely simple functionality and it is ridiculous we have to deal with the time-wasting "copy-paste" feature that does not work.

rhollenbaugh
Community Member

absolutely right!

mgrudzina
Community Member

We have a sizable population of students who do not have internet access outside of the school building. Having the ability to print hard copies of quizzes allows us to reach them and include them easily.

Jeff_F
Community Champion

Just making sure:  the print to file capability would be for instructors, yes?

Would this be a one at a time process or perhaps one would be able to select multiple exams to print to the same pdf file?

mgrudzina
Community Member

I would want only the instructors to print out tests. I like to assign quizzes or reviews to be done as homework but I have a number of students who do not have internet access at home. For those students, I have to retype the whole quiz in a document and print it that way so the student can do the work that night. It's just really a hassle and makes me not want to create quizzes in Canvas so I don't have to do it twice.

Jeff_F
Community Champion

Understood.  My initial interest and focus was on completed quizzes for instances where examples are needed for accreditation purposes.  But I can see where there is interest in printing an online quiz so a student could complete it using pen and paper.

ronmarx
Community Contributor

 @Jeff_F ‌,

I can't tell from  @mgrudzina ‌'s profile, but her comments indicate she teaches in the K-12 realm. Being able to print Canvas assessments is so, so crucial in the K-12 world including for the prime "accessibility example" Marcya stated. Accessibility also encompasses students with physical/developmental disabilities where paper tests are indicated.

I say this from the most recent 13 years of classroom experience. Teachers wishing to replicate an assessment from Canvas have to spend hours cleaning copied browser text in a word processing application and formatting it into some standard form.

To the Canvas, quizzes.next_new, #quizzes.next_phase2 product team: Please do everything you can to prioritize this function!

desiree_deverea
Community Participant

The ability to print Canvas assessments is just as essential to the higher ed community, for many of the same reasons. Right now, we are telling our instructors to create their assignments in Respondus 4.0® and then upload them into their Canvas coursesites. Respondus saves the exams for as long as you have the service, and they can be printed out whenever needed.

I have seen discussions on this feature request (the ability to print exams) more than any other request or topic in Canvas. Canvas is a superb LMS, except for this ONE item. C’mon, Canvas, it can’t be THAT hard to add a feature that users have been requesting since Canvas came into being. If you wish, make this a “teacher-or-higher level” feature; have the default set to “OFF” in the course settings, but PLEASE add it ASAP.

victoria_richar
Community Participant

It would be great if there was also the option to print the feedback that is attached to each question. My instructors want to use this for test reviews, but there is no way to print the quizzes with the feedback attached. Smiley Sad

rbennington
Community Member

Creating quizzes in Respondus (which I have done) is not a solution to not being able to print them in Canvas.  Printing from a LMS is such a fundamental need, it is ludicrous that we can't do it in Canvas.  I really like Canvas, both for on-ground and  instruction, but this really drives me crazy.  PLEASE ADD IT ASAP.  Thanks.