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This is from a teacher here at my school. Any ideas on how to help?

Thanks so much!!

A couple of weeks ago I made a quiz for Geometry in Geometry and when I tried to change the values to save it as a different version, it overwrote the first quiz.  So I exported it into the Algebra 2 class, edited it and imported it back to Geometry under a new name.  I used this to make 3 different versions for my 3 class periods.

Yesterday I wanted to make a new quiz for the new chapter but wanted to use the formatted quiz from before so I edited it in the Alg 2 class and imported it into Geometry under a new name.  It's completely different in title, point value, and number of questions.  I just deleted the other info and input the new questions/answers.

This is where it gets weird.  First period it said that half of the students had already taken it right as it opened. Some students were able to start but others weren't. To make it available to everyone I had to make it possible to retake it and save the 2nd score. It apparently overwrote the last quiz because that quiz doesn't show in the Canvas grade book anymore.  However, when I used another version of the same quiz that was made the same way for period 3, it didn't overwrite the last quiz and all of the students were able to take it with no problems.

Questions

1. Are those other answers from period 1 gone?

2. If I import the scores into SIS, will it overwrite the other quiz scores or will it make a new column?

3. Is there a way to make multiple versions of a quiz that doesn't flip out randomly?  Ideally, I would like multiple versions in each class like I would do for a test.

4.  Is there a way to keep the student from being able to take a screen shot of the problems?

5. How do you keep them from accessing other apps while they are quizzing?

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kona
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 @rob_harsch ​, you've asked a lot of good questions. Let's see what I can do to help.

Question 1. Not necessarily.

  • My first recommendation is to try the "undelete" trick. Go to the course home page and add /undelete at the end of it. Example for my course: https://richland.instructure.com/courses/18XXXXXX/undelete. You should get a list of everything that's been deleted from the course. Yet, given the way things have been copied over themselves I'm not thinking it will show up. Yet, always good to check the easiest thing first.
  • Second, check your Canvas Test and Beta instances to see if the quiz results are there - How do I access the Canvas test environment?​ & How do I access the Canvas beta environment?​ If so, then great, download a copy of those quiz scores/information. If not, then pull out the big guns - see third option.
  • Third option, I've done this a few times before (had faculty lose quizzes) and have been able to contact Canvas Support and have them restore the quiz and all content/grades/etc. Not sure what they can do because of the copying over things issue, but they truly are miracle workers so I'd give it a try!

Question 2. Absolutely no idea. I don't know what SIS you're using or the process that you're using to transfer/upload scores. My guess is that it's tied to the quiz ID#, so you'd want to check to see if they are the same or not. Granted, that is my best guess. You could definitely ask Canvas Support about this one.

Question 3. Yes and no. Based on what you've had happen, I definitely don't recommend continuing what the Instructor has been doing. The two ways I can think of are:

  • Uploading the quiz into Canvas Commons and then when the Instructor wants a copy to play/manipulate they can easily import it from Commons and tweak as needed. This is the easiest and safest way.
  • Copy the quiz back into the SAME course. See more information on this in the following document - Copying items in a course. This way works, but only for the first few times. After that it starts messing up.

[Side note to this, it is known that if you try to copy content from one course (A) into another (B) and you've already copied the same content (from A) into the course (B) before that it will copy over the original content. This is known and probably tied to the original quiz ID #.]

Question 4. & 5. Invest in a lockdown browser (ex: LockDown Browser or possibly this open source option - Safe Exam Browser) or monitor the heck out of the students while they're taking the quiz. Here are two feature ideas related to this question - & - that you might want to check out for more information.

Hope all this helps!

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kona
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 @rob_harsch ​, you've asked a lot of good questions. Let's see what I can do to help.

Question 1. Not necessarily.

  • My first recommendation is to try the "undelete" trick. Go to the course home page and add /undelete at the end of it. Example for my course: https://richland.instructure.com/courses/18XXXXXX/undelete. You should get a list of everything that's been deleted from the course. Yet, given the way things have been copied over themselves I'm not thinking it will show up. Yet, always good to check the easiest thing first.
  • Second, check your Canvas Test and Beta instances to see if the quiz results are there - How do I access the Canvas test environment?​ & How do I access the Canvas beta environment?​ If so, then great, download a copy of those quiz scores/information. If not, then pull out the big guns - see third option.
  • Third option, I've done this a few times before (had faculty lose quizzes) and have been able to contact Canvas Support and have them restore the quiz and all content/grades/etc. Not sure what they can do because of the copying over things issue, but they truly are miracle workers so I'd give it a try!

Question 2. Absolutely no idea. I don't know what SIS you're using or the process that you're using to transfer/upload scores. My guess is that it's tied to the quiz ID#, so you'd want to check to see if they are the same or not. Granted, that is my best guess. You could definitely ask Canvas Support about this one.

Question 3. Yes and no. Based on what you've had happen, I definitely don't recommend continuing what the Instructor has been doing. The two ways I can think of are:

  • Uploading the quiz into Canvas Commons and then when the Instructor wants a copy to play/manipulate they can easily import it from Commons and tweak as needed. This is the easiest and safest way.
  • Copy the quiz back into the SAME course. See more information on this in the following document - Copying items in a course. This way works, but only for the first few times. After that it starts messing up.

[Side note to this, it is known that if you try to copy content from one course (A) into another (B) and you've already copied the same content (from A) into the course (B) before that it will copy over the original content. This is known and probably tied to the original quiz ID #.]

Question 4. & 5. Invest in a lockdown browser (ex: LockDown Browser or possibly this open source option - Safe Exam Browser) or monitor the heck out of the students while they're taking the quiz. Here are two feature ideas related to this question - & - that you might want to check out for more information.

Hope all this helps!

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