I would appreciate Canvas adding an option in New Quizzes (or both New and Original) to have a letter placed next to multiple choice options (generated automatically) and be visible (for example, "a", "b", "c","d"). This would be particularly helpful to use New Quizzes to print a quiz for administering a paper quiz/exam. The fact that these letters don't appear significantly reduces the utility of using a New Quiz as a paper quiz, since instructors often have students record their answers on a Scantron form when giving a paper quiz. I could add these letters manually for each question within the answer option field, but handling it that way is quite tedious, prone to errors, and also prevents the use of shuffling the answer options and printing a different version of the exam. I have a large class and typically have two versions for each exam, to reduce cheating. I shuffle both the questions and the answer options between the two versions. I have used TestGen software by Pearson to create paper exams this way. I was hoping that I could use Canvas New Quizzes to print exams now, but given the limitations described above, I will go back to using TestGen now that I we are taking tests in person again. Thank you for considering adding this feature. I imagine many other professors would utilize this feature if it were available.
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Canvas VERY MUCH needs a way to easily remedy errors involving Import Content function. Just as the <gnoak> says above above --to "avoid a huge accidental error." That is an understatement. I was told by a Canvas rep a few weeks ago to use Import Content to import a single item (an Assignment) that I wanted to retrieve from last semester's course. I tried to do that using instructions I had written down while talking with the representative. Despite the fact that it looked like I was doing every correctly (and discussion with a Canvas rep and local admin after the fact, it appears I was taking the proper steps), something went wrong, and all of the Quizzes from the prior semester's course shell were imported into my current course. This created major havoc in my course and has disrupted my teaching (I had to postpone a quiz, hide Grades, etc), because all of the Quizzes for this semester suddenly had last semester's title, instructions, and all of the questions PLUS all of the current semester's questions. Therefore "Points possible" on each Quiz is completely wrong, so all of my students' course grades were extremely wrong! A person getting an F was suddenly showing 110%.
I also don't know why Canvas overwrote & combined last semester's Quizzes with this semester's Quizzes when I used Import Content and it created the error described above. I had thought it might have to do with the fact that I had imported last semester's course before this semester, to build this semester's course. I had been told by Canvas this semester that I didn't need to worry that my Quizzes this semester would have the same Quiz ID as for the course last semester. And for one of this semester's Quizzes that got over-written and combined with last semester's Quiz during this "Import Error" I am describing, I checked the ID's and the Quiz ID's differ between the two semesters. So why did the two Quizzes get combined then?
This has been an absolute mess to try to fix and is currently involving hours and hours of work (time I don't get paid for) to manually restore the course. First, if using Import Content, it should be clear what you are importing and a question should be asked "Are you sure you want to import all "X number" of items?" If such a message had appeared, I would have recognized that what Canvas was going to do was import many many more files than the ONE that I wanted. Next, instructors also very much need the ability to Restore a course...either from the Beta version of the course, or some other backup that Canvas has. Yes, as a Canvas rep told me this week... you can export your course from the Beta site, then upload it to your Live course. The problem is, none of the students' scores will be in that import! That doesn't solve the problem. We need to be able to restore the student data!
Canvas is a great tool and does many things well. But it seems to me that the fact that an instructor can so easily mess up an entire course so dramatically is a huge gaping oversight that needs to be addressed right away.
If I want to delete a file, Canvas asks me "Are you sure you want to delete that file?" And that is just ONE file. Why, then, will Canvas allow me to do something that has literally destroyed my course... with no alert at all?
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