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Quizzes.Next: Searchable Item Banks and Taggable Quiz Questions

Quizzes.Next: Searchable Item Banks and Taggable Quiz Questions

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Hello Canvas Peeps,

 

We are excited about the attention that’s been paid to Canvas Quizzes the past couple years and would love to see a couple functions added. The issue is that as Questions Banks grow in size and complexity, it becomes increasingly difficulty to manage questions within these banks (some with thousands of questions.) To address this issue, it’d be awesome if an instructor possessed the following:

 

    1.    The ability to tag individual quiz questions with multiple tags

    2.    The ability to search question banks for these tags and/or conduct full-text keyword searches

 

It’d also be sweet if Canvas remembered the tags that you’d used previously, you know, like the Canvas communities do! The current solution of writing detailed question titles isn’t adequate when managing question banks that contain large quantities of questions.

 

Thanks for checking out this feature request!

Comments from Instructure

For more information, please read through the https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-16250-canvas-release-notes-2019-03-30 .

18 Comments
Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

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lse224
Community Champion

This is such a needed feature. I was shocked when I saw the last iteration only got three votes. Surely more schools are using question banks and running into these issues. There was *just* a discussion on this topic two weeks ago and the answer marked correct involved getting Respondus to analyze and make changes because it's easier to manage questions that way. It seems that we should be able to do this IN Canvas instead of having to use/pay for additional resources. Let's push this through!

Finding Questions / Organizing Question Banks

biray
Community Champion

This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. March 2, 2016 - Wed. June 1, 2016.

Check out this doc for additional details about how the voting process works!

taylora
Community Participant

I'd like to be able to tag questions to SLOs.

jsparks
Instructure
Instructure

Hello Friends,

I hope this message finds you well. We are already considering this for our Canvas Studio: Modern Quizzing Engine​, but I do not have a timeline. Stay tuned for more details.

Jason

RebeccaMoulder
Community Contributor

I wish I could vote up this feature more than once!

scain
Community Contributor

This sounds awesome! I'd like to add that having a default tag of the question type, and the ability to use these tags to filter which questions get used in a group would be killer features for my purposes.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea was moved from Under Consideration stage (no longer in use) to the Product Radar stage.  

This change was made as part of a feature idea process evolution.  Find more information, and contribute insights, by joining Focus Group: DRAFT Feature Idea Space

lynnb
Community Member

This would be extremely useful. We have a professor who is in the process of moving over to Canvas and must manage 567 question banks for a course that uses many quizzes and outcomes. He is finding it unbelievable cumbersome to set up the quizzes and navigating through the question banks without any way to better manage them. Searching and tagging would help out greatly, as he only uses specific banks for specific modules in his course.

a1051490
Community Participant

Hi Jason, I'm interested in what is planned for the modern quizzing engine, but your link is not working for me, where is the info on the new quizzing engine and is there a timeline yet?

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @a1051490 , here's a link to the Canvas Studio‌ priority page for Priority: Quizzes.Next , and Extra Credit: The Canvas Blog has additional details on the timeline.

rlmartin
Community Member

I am new to Canvas and have just migrated several Blackboard courses each with many question banks and multiple quizzes and exams. The quiz tool for Canvas seems awkward, to say the least.  I was not surprised, when quiz questions did not remained linked to databanks after the migration In Blackboard.  But was very disappointed to discover does not link questions selected for quizzes to a database, but rather just makes a copy of it.  This seems to defeat the purpose of a question database.

In addition, there is no easy way to find questions from a question database because there is no search function. In Blackboard, if I want T/F questions related to cholesterol, I could limit my search by which question databank I wanted to search, the type of question and to questions with the word "cholesterol" in the question or an answer option. 

Using the "Control F" options to find a term was recommended, but given Canvas only displays about 20 questions at a time this is of limited usefulness. 

Tags are okay, but I believe the question databanks need to be searchable beyond having instructors adding tags.  They need to be organized by type and searchable with terms, not just tags.

a1051490
Community Participant

We really need this feature, currently have hundreds of questions that can't be tagged or searched making it really difficult to reuse them effectively.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Radar idea stage has been removed from the Feature Idea Process.  You can read more about why in the blog post Adaptation: Feature Idea Process Changes.

 

This change will only impact the stage sort of this idea and will not change how it is voted on or how it is considered during prioritization activities.  This change will streamline the list of ideas 'open for voting', making it easier for you to see the true top voted ideas in one sort, here.

christiand
Community Participant

This is a request from WMU-Cooley Law School as well.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

 @noah  Thank You for submitting this idea, as well as, lse224 Thank You ,  @taylora  Thank You ,  @a1051490  Thank You ,  @RebeccaMoulder  Thank You ,  @scain  Thank You , lynnb Thank You ,  @rlmartin  Thank You  &  @christiand  Thank You  for your contributions. Your investment in this idea helped refine a feature which is now part of Canvas.

christiand
Community Participant

Thanks for the update here Renee! 

lph
Community Champion

Hi,

I see tags can be added when the question is in an item bank but don’t see a way to create or add a tag when the question is in a migrated quiz. Am I not seeing the option or is it only available when in banks?

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