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New Quizzes: Partial Credit for Matching Questions

New Quizzes: Partial Credit for Matching Questions

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

In new quizzes, there needs to be the ability to award partial credit for matching questions. At the current moment, it is either all or nothing. I know you can "fudge" points at the end, but we need the ability to make each matching item worth points. 

New Member

Please add this feature. I 2nd so many other comments here. Especially the comment below:


@rlacey  "We need this for matching, as well as multiple answer, categorization, and ordering.  It kind of defeats the purpose of having self-graded questions if teachers have to go back through and check each one to adjust points--many teachers just won't use them because it's a major nuisance."

I don't know how many hours I spent over the past 2 weeks migrating questions, then trying to figure out all the differences between the 2 Quiz types, then trying to understand each NewQuizzes question type, then basically regrading every individual test because there were so many issues that I couldn't foresee when items didn't work as I thought they would. Particularly, individual points for each matching option. 

New Member

I'm with everybody on this one.
I was trying to be proactive by migrating to the new quiz format.
Ugh, didn't know anything about it until after my student's complaints.  No fun!
I'm just going to copy what an earlier poster said:

"We need this for matching, as well as multiple answer, categorization, and ordering.  It kind of defeats the purpose of having self-graded questions if teachers have to go back through and check each one to adjust points--many teachers just won't use them because it's a major nuisance.  These are great question types, but in the classroom (and even on standardized tests), students can earn partial credit.  I'd like to see Canvas grading more reflect how most teachers grade assignments."

New Member

Yes please. We would like to have a quiz that allows us to engage accountability for reading and such. I need more than a yes or no response but a graduated response. Thank you!

Community Member

Please fix this! This is one of the reasons I wouldn't convert to the new quiz type last year because the Classic would give partial credit. We need partial credit on this type of question! Please fix!

Community Participant

So this thread is 3 years old and nothing has been done yet? Please please please fix this!

Community Participant

100% see this as a need. Instructors assume that this is how the matching questions work and then have to spend a lot of time figuring out how to regrade the quizzes after they realize that correct matches are not awarded partial points. For instance, if there are 5 matches and the questions is worth 5 points, they expect each correct match to be worth 1 point.

Community Member

I agree!  It makes no sense that canvas can tell which matches were incorrect but can't divide the total points for the question by the number of correct matches...  Without partial credit calculation, I find the matching question type to be useless.  At this point, it is almost identical to a multiple-choice question.  This makes no sense... fix matching questions!

New Member

This is mission critical! This seems like it would be an easy fix. Why wouldn't matching questions be partially graded? Every other LMS already does ths.

New Member

Why is this still open for conversation?  I just started to switch to new quizzes this year and now I find this a step backwards.  I have to go in and manually correct every exam....I am going back to old quizzes for sure!

Community Participant

Are the Canvas designers kidding? Their new roadmap and updates STILL do not include fixing the partial credit issue we have been BEGGING for for years! Now we're being told over the next year and a half they can't take the time to update the code to allow partial credit when the system already marks which portion of the question was answered correctly or incorrectly? How is that a benefit to students? What do the instructors have to do to have their voices heard? I thought that was what these conversations were for, but we are clearly being ignored.

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New Member

This really needs to be feature to allow partial credit for matching questions. When instructors have to manually grade a question to give credit for the right answers that the computer can read, that is a problem. Please fix this ASAP.

New Member

Matching should have partial credit for correct answers. the work around is too time consuming. Having a single point awarded for multiple answers is insufficient.

New Member

I agree with so many who have mentioned that this should not be a voting issue.  Students should not need to panic over their score because of faulty programming.  Faculty should not have to manually review and award points for a question they have already set up with correct and incorrect answers.  Fix it.  I'm commenting on this in 2021.  This thread was started in 2018.  Fix it.

New Member

Please update this as an option.  Using new quizzes is pointless without basic features like this.

New Member

I would just like to say... yes please!!!

Community Participant

This is very important. Please get it on the roadmap immediately and into production ASAP.

Community Member

Seems many users value this basic functionality.  Matching questions in Classic Quizzes calculate partial credit scoring - shouldn't be hard to add this to the algorithm in New Quizzes.  Thanks. 


New Member

For the categories, this needs to happen as well. That is also all or nothing. 

Community Participant

I'm genuinely curious: under what circumstances would you want a matching question to be all-or-nothing? I'm sure there must be some use for that in some field, but I just can't imagine it.

Community Member

It is embarrassing that this basic functionality was not initially added to the New Quizzes, and it is appalling that they still have not got the job done.

One of our IT people said that he had the impression that Canvas was going to abandon the New Quizzes.  When I mentioned this on a Canvas chat somewhere, a Canvas person was outraged at the suggestion.

And yet, New Quizzes sure *feels* abandoned!