We are administering a survey where all the items share the same answer choices. Is there a way to batch edit these answer choices to add one possible answer without having to go in and edit each individual question?
Thank you for your time.
Hi Vanessa Ralph...
If you access to the Respondus 4.0 Exam Authoring Tool, you could create a file with your questions and answers, and then you could upload it into Canvas. This eliminates having to edit individual questions. Check out a blog entry I wrote a couple years ago called Batch Uploading Quiz Questions with Respondus. You'll find this in the Canvas Admins group here in the Canvas Community. If you're not following this group, you can do so by using the group link I've provided and then click on the "Follow" button on the top right corner of the page. You may also need to click on the "Actions" >> "Join group" option which is located on the same area of that page. I hope this helps, Vanessa!
Hi, Vanessa Ralph, Over a year ago I spent a lot of time creating banks of questions with thousands of variations on those questions. I got pretty good at editing the xml text files and uploading the banks because it is much easier when you have a lot of similar questions. It can be a little complicated to learn, but worth it if you have that many similar questions. You can do find-and-replace to save a lot of time, and then just edit the one thing you want to be different on each questions in just a few minutes.
The most important thing is to start with an exported bank from Canvas so all the file format is created. If you use a good text editor that recognized and formats xml, it's a big help--I use Textwrangle and can collapse each question, copy sections, etc.
I explained a little bit in the blog post titled Best practices for creating Question Banks, and I can try to explain more if this looks like it might be what you need.
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