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sarah-canatsey
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Current Quizzes and Auto Save

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I have a faculty who is using Quizzes for an exam that only has open-ended questions (5 Qs). I want to make sure they are prepared for any technical issues that may arise. The key one I'm trying to find out is how often, if at all, does Canvas auto save work while a student is taking a quiz?

I've worked in other LMSs that saved each time you went to a new page, or every 5 minutes, whichever came first. This is especially important with students typing long answers. You don't want a power outage, internet issue, or other event that kicks them out of the system to cause them to lose a lot of work. 

I searched, but wasn't able to find an answer to my question. 

Does anyone know how, or if, quizzes is auto saving in the background?

Thanks!

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stephen_taylor
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Hi Sarah,

With the New Quizzes we have been using for staff and student digital upskilling we've found that as you move from one question to the next it saves what you have done previously and you can return to it.  I would suggest using the Student View just to ensure that you can leave and come back for an essay question and still have the content you've input be there, but I know it works for every other question type.

Hope this helps!

Stephen 

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stephen_taylor
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Hi Sarah,

With the New Quizzes we have been using for staff and student digital upskilling we've found that as you move from one question to the next it saves what you have done previously and you can return to it.  I would suggest using the Student View just to ensure that you can leave and come back for an essay question and still have the content you've input be there, but I know it works for every other question type.

Hope this helps!

Stephen 

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chofer
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Hi  @sarah-canatsey ...

In addition to the information that  @stephen_taylor  provided you, I found this Guide for legacy/current Quizzes: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10645-421241977  While the section near the bottom of that Guide on "Submit Quiz" doesn't really define how often quizzes are saved as students answer questions, it does say that questions are saved.  If you have a suggestion (such as clarification, etc.) for that Guide (or really any Guide for that matter), you can always post a message at the bottom of a Guide for the Canvas Docs Team.  The Docs Team often replies to Community members and takes into consideration our comments in order to improve the clarity of the Guides.

I hope this extra bit of information is helpful to you, Sarah.