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New Quizzes: Allow Rich Content editing for fill in the blank

New Quizzes: Allow Rich Content editing for fill in the blank

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This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

Fill in the blank only allows word answer. If my students needs to enter (2sin(x)cos(x)) or something from calculus it gets confusing. If students as well as teachers are allowed to use Rich Content Editing in simple fill in the blank. I believe it will make it easier for all the chemistry and math teacher because it will enable latex typing.

 

For Example: This is hard to input:

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Inputting: (sin(3x))/((x-3)(x+3))-((3sin(x)cos^2(x)-sin^3(x))/(x^2-9)) can be very tricky and can be easily mistaken. Therefor if rich content editing(LaTex system) were to be allowed students can easily type

 

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instead of (sin(3x))/((x-3)(x+3))-((3sin(x)cos^2(x)-sin^3(x))/(x^2-9))

79 Comments
nalexandrowicz
Community Member

Please add the editing capabilities! It shouldn't be necessary to beg for a feature that is in an old version and so heavily supported and requested! 

bhill2
New Member

Agreed! It seems like with the transition from Old Quizzes to New Quizzes, Canvas seriously over-promised and is poised to under-deliver. If you tell us that New Quizzes will have the same features as the old version, then you need to do something about issues like this one (and the myriad other functionality problems I've encountered with New Quizzes.) Five years is a long time to wait for such a basic function.

ababij
Community Member

Yes, please add this feature! Not just to fill-in-the blank, but to ALL New Quizzes question types, including Categorization and Matching. I simply cannot use those questions with most of my chemistry content without the RCE.

jcrea
New Member

Yes please!  As a secondary math teacher, the RCE for ALL question types would be really helpful to be able to actually ask these types of questions to our students.  Right now, we are limited.  I see that this was mentioned back in 2015, but here in 2020, we are still not able to use all of the question types in new quizzes because of the editing limitations of both teachers and students.  In this time of increased virtual instruction, this is especially important.

cjustin
New Member

This is a necessary feature for New Quizzes to be useful for math and engineering professors at the undergraduate and graduate level. Especially since New Quizzes will become the standard quiz builder in Canvas, it is imperative that instructors have the capability to use mathematical equations as answers. 

This idea or something similar has been suggested many times, and it is useful to enough people that it should be implemented.

dcohen112
New Member

We really need the RCE for short answer questions in New Quizzes.  When the classic quizzes gets depricated we will no longer have the ability to use the RCE for quiz answers and math teachers will no longer have this powerful tool.  Please fix this ASAP!

gray1314
New Member

This absolutely NEEDS to happen. I don't understand why it is even a question. We NEED to have RCE in fill in the blank questions! It would make it so much easier to grade multiple problems of the same time without having to do all the work for every problem. You have 5 years worth of requests, on a feature that appears to have been available in previous versions. Personally, I need this as an option, yesterday. 

mdabkowski
New Member

Please add this feature as soon as possible! I just made the switch to new quizzes only to find I need to switch back because of the unavailability of this feature. Isn't the goal of new quizzes to add more features, rather than remove them? It's definitely smoother to add fill in the blank questions/answers, but if there's no way to display them properly, it sort of doesn't matter. 

alissaarcline
Community Member

Agreed--this is a very important feature to us at our institution. We won't be able to make the switch to New Quizzes until this feature is implemented.

mprogers
Community Member

So, I would like to be able to write a question with multiple blanks, on multiple lines, like this:

Question 1: ________

Question 2: _________

Question 3: _________

But all the answers keep getting smooshed up into one when I press enter/return to make a blank.

Is there no way around this? I can't believe that this would be a continuing problem for 5 years. That's 1/3 of my students' lifetimes 🙂

sd2737
New Member

We passed the 5 year anniversary of this thread/request a month ago!

mieke_hoing
Community Participant

You may want to upvote this more recent feature idea: Allow New Quizzes fill in the blanks to have multiple blanks on different lines 

urbansk6
Community Contributor

I only recently discovered this issue and it's causing me problems as well—I had made several Classic Quizzes for language professors with prompts like "fill in the conjugated form of the underlined word" that were essentially rendered useless in the migration process because New Quizzes won't let me differentiate words like that. The only way I can think to do it is putting the words in all caps, which is iffy because I know all caps can take slightly longer to process and look "angry" to students. I'm disappointed to see that this thread has been around for so long without any updates from the Canvas team.

anne72
New Member
 
JPMorgan1178
New Member

@James I would really like my chemistry students to be able to type in molecular formulas that have the ability to have subscripts in fill-in the blank, so for that reason alone, I'd like to have a rich text editor. I have found work arounds, but they are very clunky, for example if I want my student to type the formula for a nitrate ion they need both the subscript and superscript function, so I therefor have to have them type something like NO3(1-) which they forget to do, and I have to pay very close attention when grading to not accidentally mark NO31- wrong, so yes a RTE is very useful for some subject matter.

James
Community Champion

@JPMorgan1178 

If it's fill in the blank, you can add multiple correct responses so make NO31- a right one and then you don't have to check it.

If you're having to manually grade anyway, then essay questions work.

On February 20, 2021, (tomorrow) the Canvas release is supposed to support LaTeX in any text field, but I have not tested it with quiz questions like fill in the blank. It does work in conversations, though, but if you think getting a student to correctly enter NO3(1-) the way you want it, you should abandon all hope of getting them to enter \(NO_3^-\) 

James
Community Champion

As a follow-up now that the February 2021 update is out, you can enter LaTeX into the answer blank of a legacy quiz question and it will render properly once the quiz is submitted. 

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However, since the question allows just plain text to be entered, you would need to include the LaTeX delimiters \( and \) around the content or it would be counted wrong. "1-x^2" without the delimiters won't be accepted unless you add that as an option. Fill in the blank questions with legacy quizzes are also space sensitive, so if someone entered spaces anywhere in their response, you would have to account for those in the possible answers. "\( 1 - x^2\)" would be incorrect.

This is why I've be saying for years that you need specialized software to grade technical input (like math or chemistry) and people should not expect a simple text-comparison (which is all fill in the blank gives with Legacy Quizzes) to do it.

JPMorgan1178
New Member

@James Thank you! At least I can use LaTex to write out the questions so that students know when I'm using a subscript or superscript. That is the other difficulty. I've used Chem specific software. Either it's too complicated for the students to use, or it gives no room for partial credit, which I'm all about. I typically use essay questions because then the students can upload pictures of their work. I find it much more convenient that way. I also love that I can see every question and answer at the same time just like with a paper quiz/test. Your program is still much easier to give quizzes and tests on than most of the other programs I've tried.

James
Community Champion

@JPMorgan1178 .

I'm not sure what you mean by "your program." I've written a lot of code, but I don't think I've shared anything that gives exams. If you mean Canvas, I don't work for Instructure, I'm just a Canvas user helping other people. Most of the people in the Community are users, not employees.

d_truax
New Member

Please Please Please - add this 

I'm teaching chemistry and I now need to grade chemical formulas.  Which I cannot ever show here unless I upload an image.  See below, should be doable in fill in the blank!

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