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Delete Preview Quiz Submission

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I was in Preview mode on a quiz and clicked 'Submit" to print a copy of the test with the answers.  Now I can't unpublish the quiz because there is a 'submission'.  Is there anyway to delete that submission so that I can unpublish the test.  Because the submission was from a teacher, it isn't showing up in Grades or SpeedGrader to alter it.  I have it locked for now, but that isn't a good solution right now.

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lhenson@bridgeportisd.net​, unfortunately quiz submissions can't be deleted in Canvas. Off the top of my head the only thing I can think of (since no one has taken it and you want it to be unpublished) is to copy the quiz back into the course (from the same course you are in) and then delete the original and keep (and leave unpublished) the copy. To do this follow these directions - How do I import content from another Canvas course? - but when you go to select the course select the same course you are in (you'll get a warning icon) and then make sure to select specific content and then only check the box next to the quiz you want to duplicate. Not perfect, but if you really don't want it to be published that's about the only thing I can think of.

In the future if faculty want to to leave something unpublished, but still check it or submit (to get the answers to print off), they could log into your Canvas test environment - How do I access the Canvas test environment? - and do it from there. Nothing in the test environment changes anything in your live production environment (and students can't access the test environment), so you won't have to worry about the quiz being published after printing the answers.

Sorry for the problems, but I hope this helps!

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lhenson@bridgeportisd.net​, unfortunately quiz submissions can't be deleted in Canvas. Off the top of my head the only thing I can think of (since no one has taken it and you want it to be unpublished) is to copy the quiz back into the course (from the same course you are in) and then delete the original and keep (and leave unpublished) the copy. To do this follow these directions - How do I import content from another Canvas course? - but when you go to select the course select the same course you are in (you'll get a warning icon) and then make sure to select specific content and then only check the box next to the quiz you want to duplicate. Not perfect, but if you really don't want it to be published that's about the only thing I can think of.

In the future if faculty want to to leave something unpublished, but still check it or submit (to get the answers to print off), they could log into your Canvas test environment - How do I access the Canvas test environment? - and do it from there. Nothing in the test environment changes anything in your live production environment (and students can't access the test environment), so you won't have to worry about the quiz being published after printing the answers.

Sorry for the problems, but I hope this helps!

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Awesome.  That worked perfectly.  Thanks again kona@richland.edu

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Unfortunately, this did not work for me. My quiz had question groups in it that were linked to question banks. When I used the method above to import it into my course, it appeared to work, but when I edited it, the question groups all had warnings saying "This question group is set to pick more questions than are available," and there was no way for me to re-link the groups to the banks. So I had to recreate the groups. Is there any way around this problem? I don't like to give my students quizzes that I'm not able to preview myself to make sure they are working as expected, and I also want to be able to test grading procedures.