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New Quizzes: Next button for Module Progression

New Quizzes: Next button for Module Progression

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

For details, please read through the  Canvas Release Notes (2021-07-17).

There should be a "Next" and "Previous" button in Quizzes like there is for regular quizzes, assignments, pages, etc. When a student is in the flow within a module, they are able to advance through the module by clicking "Next" at the bottom of the page (quiz, assignment, etc.). But when is in the module they are taken to a page where there is no "Next" or "Previous" and their flow within the module is interrupted. The student can click on "Return" at the top of the page, which returns them to the module, but it does not return them to the next item in the module, so their flow is interrupted.

Community Coach
Community Coach

Thank you for creating this idea. I discovered this the hard way this summer when I had an online course ready to go and was doing my last-minute testing in Student View and learned that my students would lose access to the benefits of using Modules. I spent a frantic few hours exporting questions from Quizzes.Next and importing into legacy Quizzes to retain the integrity of Previous and Next. 

Community Champion

Yes, this would be extremely nice. It is hard to believe that this is yet another aspect that is not in the New Quizzes that was part of the old quizzes. I know New Quizzes is an LTI integration, but there are far too many missing pieces.

New Member

Makes sense!

New Member

I can't believe this hasn't been done already. The 'return' button wastes so much time

New Member

Seriously. Sometimes the new quiz tool feels like it's not ready for prime time, and the timeline is happening so quickly.

We are evaluating third party quiz tools because we can't find something that:

1. Has the next button (student experience)

2. Supports Canvas Outcomes (analytics)

3. Collects data (analytics)

4. (optional) allows embedding of quizzes in a page. (student experience)

Things we have looked into:

- H5P (has 1 and either 3. or 4. - if embedded in a page, no data).

- Cidi labs (has 4. (which supersedes 1.))

- New Quizzes (2. and 3.)

If anyone has any ideas, please share!

New Member

There are a number of problems with New Quizzes, but the lack of the "next" and "previous' buttons is the biggest issue for me. 

Community Participant

I will not utilize New Quizzes until there is a "Next" and "Previous" button in our K-12 school district, which is truly unfortunate!

Community Participant

This is frustrating. I don't want to make a bunch of old quizzes and try to import the questions to the new quizes at a later date. I tried that and it will be bad... Please fix this. 

Community Participant

Please fix this! With remote learning, students need to be able to easily progress through a module. A next button is a MUST inside of new quizzes once they are done. This is really breaking the usefulness of Modules!

New Member

This was a big problem for my students who have Special Education needs, and those who are ELL! I could put nothing after the Quiz and I always had a Discussion be the last page and last assignment. They could not access it unless they returned to my module, which was very difficult for many students to understand. Thanks for considering a prompt FIX for this problem. 

New Member

I, for the life of me, can not understand why Canvas would place an new course on the system without the full functionality of the system. Beats my way of thinking all together. 

New Member

Hi there, having a next button helps students navigate weekly work much more easily than the current return to module view. Some students assume they have finished their work for the week, which is not always the case. Another workaround could be that the Quiz opens automatically in a new window. Students would then simply close it and be automatically back on the same page from before and would click Next as per usual. Either solves the problem of lost navigation. Cheers

New Member

Excellent points. My children with Special Education needs could not figure out how to go back to the Module when there was no NEXT button and there were pages following. This should be a high priority fix. Many of us will continue to use the old Quiz platform for that reason. Please fix SOON.

New Member

It would be fabulous if 'New' quizzes had the 'Next' function like 'Classic' does. 'New' quizzes is so much nicer to work with and I love the format - the only issue is the progression forward rather than the 'Return' button. Thanks so much. 

New Member

Please fix this issue

Community Participant

I can't utilize new quizzes until there is a fix for this.  There is too much in my course flow that depends on the "next" button in modules.  I don't even display modules for my students - I use page daily and weekly pages to point them to the start of a module.  Then I use the previous/next for navigation.  I've recently seen a way to iframe the quiz inside of a page, but workarounds severly limit the ease of maintenance. It almost works, but also breaks the functionality of using scores as conditions for completion of the module, since it appears to the module as just a page.  This is a truely serious design flaw, and I'm recommending to my colleagues to not bother with new quizzes development until it is fixed.

New Member

I am trying to make a Scavenger Hunt that includes quizzes.  The Next Previous buttons for Module Progression are absolutely needed.  And, in fact, I would like the option of creating a link at the end of the Quiz to take me to a specific page in place of the Next button so that I can have branching from the New Quiz the student is in to one of several new target Pages, Assignments or Quizzes.

I am a little concerned about posting here because there is no way to give Kudos for a suggestion.  So I'm wondering if Instructure ever even reads this thread.

Community Member

I am surprised that this problem exists. One of Canvas's strengths has always been simple, consistent navigation.

New Member


New Member

The classic quizzes allowed students to use the next and previous buttons to get back where they were when they were finished taking a quiz.

Now with the new quiz, this is not the case anymore.

So, if you are using a linked template, without module mode, when a student takes a quiz, you get stranded. There is no previous or next buttons to go back or progress.

This is not good for younger students.


Please support.