I'll appreciate some help trying to convert my math questions (originally in Moodle 2.4) into canvas. I have a number of matching questions that require the showing of a mathematical expression on one side and just a letter choice answer on the other. But my problem is that Canvas doesn't seem o allow an image on either side of the matching, and also I don't see how to enter a mathematical expression on either side of the matching options using LaTex or the Canvas editor (even a simple case of including the "smaller than or equal" inequality symbol which should be accepted as Unicode by HTML seems impossible)

I am attaching an image of the type of question I would like to convert, so if anyone has experience, PLEASE let me know how to work around this. Thank you for your time

Maria Cristina

Maria Cristina Berisso,

Assuming that your picture of the graphs is coming from somewhere else (there's no way to create those in Canvas), have you looked at the Multiple Drop-Down question type? I didn't have the graph portion, but this is what it looks like when you use the question.

When you type the question, you put placeholder names in brackets (I'll call them variables, because that's what they're similar to). I used [q1] and [q2], but you can extend those (I've done questions with 6 of them, but you can probably do more) or use [a], [b], [c], [d], [f], [g], etc. Don't use [e], it takes it as the exponential function exp(x) instead. When you create a question with those, it will give you a drop down box that says "Show possible answers for" and then you choose the variable you want.

You put the possible answers for each one of them and mark one of them correct. Note that there is a design flaw and when you move to the second variable, it will no longer say "correct answer", but all of them say "possible answer" -- go ahead and pick a correct one anyway. And if you change variable names after you've put in possible answers, you're asking for trouble. It basically merges answers together when that happens. So if you had [q1], [q2], [q3] and then changed [q2] to be [maria], it would take the existing answers for [q2] and roll them into [q3]'s answers.

I used the equation editor (pi symbol) to insert the equations and I forced to spaces between the [q1] and the equation. That's because it seemed to run the select box right next to the equation if I didn't force a non-breaking space.

Here's what it looks like when you create the question (the green ellipse is mine)

In general, Canvas is

nota good platform for asking math questions and you will find lots of things you wished it would do. Fortunately, in this case, I think you can get it to do what you want with the Multiple Dropdown question type and the Equation Editor. But you'll have to have to bring in the graphic from somewhere else.