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Option to set or turn off shuffle answers at question level in a quiz

Option to set or turn off shuffle answers at question level in a quiz

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

 

Currently when you create a quiz there is the option to shuffle answers within each question on the quiz. This is great and I love the feature; however, if you have questions with answers where one option is all of the above or A and B are correct, the shuffle answers option is hindrance. These types of questions will not make sense to the student if the shuffle answer setting is turned on in the quiz. It would be nice to be able to set this option at the question level or at least have the ability to override the setting for individual questions in a quiz.

    

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This idea was completed with general availability of Quizzes.Next.  You can find more information about the overall project in the Quizzes.Next User Group.‌

  • Quizzes.Next is now available for all paid accounts.
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  • Quizzes.Next updates will be included in the Canvas Release Notes. This includes new features, updated features, and relevant fixed bugs. New and updated features will be deployed to Quizzes.Next near the same time as the Canvas release. Fixed bugs may be deployed at any time.
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jcolvin
Instructure
Instructure

This is a great idea!

claude
Community Member

Yes. Blackboard has had that option for a long time. But at least the older version of Bb we used to have forced you to create individual settings for each question, which was unnecessarily time-consuming. A default setting that we could override as needed for some questions would be perfect.

rjr
Community Participant

I've also encountered situations in which a particular type of question that an instructor has means that the quiz can't be shuffled. So the ability to shuffle some but not all would be very nice.

I wonder, however, if this might work better as a feature of a group of questions (such as a given question bank)? I know that that is not as flexible and has a few more inital set up steps but I wonder about the overhead of having this an option on every question we create (irrespective to whether it defaulted to on or off).

bsr
Community Participant

The lack of this option created a bit of a nightmare for me last spring, when my course was moved from Sakai into Canvas. Sakai had this option at the question level, which gave me flexibility to use different types of questions in the same quiz. I didn't realize that Canvas didn't support this option until I started getting flooded with complaints about poorly-worded and incorrect quiz answers, which turned out to be the ones that were not supposed to be shuffled. I would very much like to have this feature in Canvas. In Sakai, it was a simple check box in the question creation window.

reitel
Community Member

Agreed a great idea. One suggestion to implement this would be to have a "DO NOT SHUFFLE" flag or setting at the question level. This would still allow setting a "global" shuffle On/Off at the quiz level but preserve the answer order on specific questions where the order of the potential responses is important. . .  

claude
Community Member

That would be even better.

bsr
Community Participant

Agreed! This would be the best of both worlds!

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

When we first moved our courses to Canvas we undertook a long process of editing every single one of the "All of the above"-type questions to read "All of these answer choices are correct" (or "None of...," as the case might be). Having the option to override shuffling answer choices for those questions would have been a real time saver. ​

biray
Community Champion

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caryn
Community Participant

This would be a very helpful feature for instructors who include a question with the all of the above or none one of the above options. This is a low priority for the UC Irvine community.

htdaniel
Community Member

This is also really important for questions that have a logical reason for the responses to be in a certain order (such as numbers answers sorted from lowest to highest). Often these types of questions are mixed in with others that you do want randomized so it really does need to be at the individual question level and not a quiz setting level.

ejp10
Community Participant

Shuffling is especially confusing for "True/False" questions where students usually expect the choices to always be in the same order. It would be nice if we could have blocks in which answer shuffling could be activated.

biray
Community Champion

Another version of this idea has resurfaced and will be open for vote on April 6:

cohenf
Community Participant

Consider this an up-vote. We just made the switch to Canvas and our older, more dated system accommodated instructor preference to shuffle at the question level. Why would you force an instructor to choose between shuffle for all or for zero questions? It would be nice to have that the option to shuffle answers for all questions but it should simply be an option.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @cohenf , welcome to Canvas! Please have a look at Canvas Studio: Modern Quizzing Engine​; although I don't know precisely what features will be included in the soon-to-be-unveiled quiz refactor, I know that shuffling answer choices at the question level is one of the popular ones.

cohenf
Community Participant

Thank you, stefaniesanders, for being responsive and helpful.

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

Thanks,  @cohenf ; that's my motto, and it's why we're here.  :smileyblush:

biray
Community Champion

Same idea has resurfaced and will be open for vote Aug 3, 2016: " style="color: #2989c5;

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
This idea has been developed and is On Canvas Beta Quizzes LTI User Group 

 

This feature is now available through the new Quizzes LTI tool.  Find more information on the Quizzes LTI tool, and how to access it, at Quizzes LTI User Group 

This feature of the Quizzes LTI tool is found in many of the 'create a question' guides, under the section header: Edit Question.  It is located in the 'Options" menu of the question.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team
This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas 

 

This idea was completed with general availability of Quizzes.Next.  You can find more information about the overall project in the Quizzes.Next User Group.‌

  • Quizzes.Next is now available for all paid accounts.
  • Quizzes.Next documentation will live in the Quizzes.Next User Group until July 14, 2018. On July 14, 2018, all of the documentation will be moved to the Canvas Guides in the Canvas Instructor Guide or Canvas Student Guide
  • Quizzes.Next updates will be included in the Canvas Release Notes. This includes new features, updated features, and relevant fixed bugs. New and updated features will be deployed to Quizzes.Next near the same time as the Canvas release. Fixed bugs may be deployed at any time.