I am trying to create a Quiz / Test in Canvas.
ANA, are you possibly using the new quizzing engine? If so, then the question stem is "contains the question and, if necessary, additional instructions and information." You can see more about this on the following guide - How do I create a Formula question in New Quizzes?
I hope this helps! Kona
Mona, thank you so much!
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Hi Kona Jones and anyone else,
I’m sorry to be daft but my mind isn’t wrapping around the purpose of a stem. The sample in the link appears to be for teachers. Does someone have a sample that would be helpful to students? Do students see the stem? Unrelated, why have a RTE in the stem and not the question?
The stem is the question. It took me a while to get used to that terminology, but looking around it is used quite a bit in other systems as well to indicate the question itself. From Question Stem - SAGE Research Methods
"A question stem is the part of the survey question that presents the issue about which the question is asking. With closed-ended questions, the stem can perhaps best be defined as the first half of a survey question that consists of two parts: (1) the wording or text that presents the issue the respondent is being asked to consider (along with any instructions, definitions, etc.) and (2) the answer options (response alternatives) from which a respondent may choose."
So yes, students do see the stem but it's not referred to as being the stem; it's simply the text displayed as the question. It uses the RTE so that you can include formatting and any rich media you want in the question itself. The question Title is NOT seen by students. This was the same in the old Quizzing tool and I also see it in most question authoring tools I've looked at. I think the idea of a title is a shortened version of the Stem (question) that makes is easier for the author or teacher to identify. I've often seen titles of questions from textbook publishes include numbers like 13.1A which presumably somehow tie back to the textbook or content area.
I hope that helps.
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