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Printable / PDF-exportable quizzes

Printable / PDF-exportable quizzes

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As an instructor, I want to be able to export a Canvas quiz as a PDF. This would enable me to easily print quizzes for the purpose of accommodation, for allowing a given student to take a quiz outside the timeframe established for the quiz for all other students, etc.

 

transferred from the old Community

Originally posted by: Pacific Union College admins

Special thanks for contributions from: Betsy Walker, John Louviere

Community Team Note: This idea remains open for voting. A virtually identical idea was moved forward for consideration in March: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/7285-exporting-quizzes-into-word-or-pdf-documents  Contrary to our customary practice, we are allowing both ideas to continue to move forward. Votes and feedback from both ideas will be evaluated.

325 Comments
blong
Community Participant

This is becoming an importance as more classes turn to Canvas for daily activities like quizzes/exams.  I would also add that the PDF created needs to be accessible to screen readers

sarah_donahoe
Community Participant

I have students who have accommodations that all tests should be paper/pencil, but I have a mandate to use Canvas to assess. Why haven't you fixed this yet?! Unreal.    

thompsli
Community Champion

I agree that this is a problem, but have you tried getting the accommodations people (disability office or whoever) in touch with the "must use Canvas to assess" people and getting them to duke it out between themselves and let you know what they figure out?

I had to do that once many years ago when I was given an incredibly awkward bowling alley of a classroom with only 4 first-row seats, and also had more than 4 students with accommodations stating that they must be given a first row seat. (They eventually moved that class to a more reasonably-shaped room.)

I've copied and pasted all of my Canvas tests into Word and done a bunch of re-formatting on them, but it is not a fast process and if I were told to do it for just one student as an accommodation I'd try asking the Disability Office for the clerical support of one of their staff doing it on that student's behalf, if that's possible in your context. (I decided to go with paper tests for all of my summative proctored exams, partially to make it harder for students to look up answers and mostly because I wanted to ask questions that involved showing their work, drawing diagrams, and graphing things.)

dorn
Community Member

I have been able to convert my quizzes to adobe pdf.  Then inside Adobe I can ask it to print 4 pages on a single sheet of paper which then reduces the number of pages from 22 to 6.  If you are using these for accomodations 4 pages per sheeet makes the letters a bit small but you can print as is or just 2 pages per sheet. It's not pretty as questions can be broken by a page break but that was true in d2l as well. It gets the job done.

sarah_donahoe
Community Participant

Sorry, you've been able to do this from Quizzes.next? How?

a1051490
Community Participant

Having a way to produce a printable version of a quiz would be a great help. We need this for two reasons

- paper backup for when there are technical issues during an invigilated test (internet down, student forgets password, blackout etc.)

- a printable copy of questions and answers for markers of short answer question tests

thanks Smiley Happy

jridden
Community Participant

From an equitable/accessible standpoint I think this would be a fantastic feature but, like many, would require some detailed thought before implementation. I know of many cases it would be useful for my students however and am giving it a vote.

J

john_may
Community Member

You need to be able to print your exam that you designed.  For example, say you start the examination a students computer doesn't work  you need a back up plan.  The back up plan is printed copies of the examination absent the answers.  This fix is a must.   John May Ave Maria University.

johnsond859
Community Member

great idea

dorn
Community Member

Sorry, I'm not following this discussion much. Here's what I do.

I preview the quiz, then in the upper right hand corner of my version of Firefox is an adobe pdf symbol. Click on it and it says "Convert webpage to PDF" and I choose that. Alternatively, I can right click and choose convert page to adobe pdf.  It isn't beautiful as it can separate a question from the answer selections and worse it can separate just one answer selection from the question, while the rest are right there.  I don't need for my quizzes to be pretty so I haven't messed about with ways to make quizzes more beautiful.

Hope that helps.

john_may
Community Member

?Lisa When I preview my quiz at the top right is Return and three dots Open the dots two items Import Content and Manage items Bank... Under that are three boxes 1)item banks 2) Outcome and 3) Preview. If I hit preview it goes to new screen and just runs nothing happens, So where is the adobe PDF symbol you are referring to?? John May PS is there away to see the examination without the answers listed. Can I see what student would see and print that version???

dorn
Community Member

The Adobe icon is in my webbrowser. In my quiz I have a Preview box next to the published box.

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When I preview it I can still see my firefox menu running across the top. In the far right corner is the adobe icon (black and red)

Firefox is configured by my institution, so I'm not sure what your institution allows, that might be why I've got it there. However, I can also go the 3 bars in the upper right hand corner of firefox just to the right of the adobe icon. This gets me to setting and other options, one of which is to print (I can't screen grab that).

If you go this route it automatically prints to a pdf. What else you can do from there I've always done inside adobe acrobat. I'm not sure what other pdf readers will let you do while printing.

Lisa

Lisa A. Dorn PhD

Associate Professor Plant Genetics

Biology Department

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Oshkosh, WI 54901

phone: 920 424-3064

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ccroak
Community Member

It would be great if we were able to change fonts and sizes for students who need visual accommodations as well

arnold_cassie
Community Participant

I agree that this is needed. Also, we should be able to print quiz results as well. With the old quiz platform we could but with Quizzes: Next you only get the first page of results. We have all of our students go back and correct their test/quiz answers before taking finals to help them prepare. 

tmartin5
Community Member


This is something greatly needed.  Please, add this asap.  Thanks!

dlpucc
Community Member

I would like to export quiz questions from the test bank to i-clicker (word format) to use as a formative assessment in class.  To pull a sample of questions from each chapter and gage student understanding prior to the test will help me zero in on miss concepts.

jbeyer1
Community Participant

The need for a printed qups is an accessibility issue. End of story. As Picard would say, “Make it happen”.

Everyone should have equal opportunity but by not enabling the functionality to print a quiz, Canvas is effectively discriminating against students that need that accommodation. 

arnold_cassie
Community Participant

HERE HERE! THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING!

peterfoxflick
Community Participant

Hey everyone, I just finished writing a chrome extension that will allow you to print a standard quiz from Canvas. I'm still working on adding some more features but let me know if there is anything, in particular, you want to be added. Canvas Quiz Printer - Chrome Web Store 

sarah_donahoe
Community Participant

Thank you! Does this mean that it won't work for quizzes.next?

On Sat, Sep 21, 2019, 5:09 PM peterfoxflick@gmail.com <

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