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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!

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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

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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.

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


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.



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


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.

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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


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.

Community Member

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?