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Create Item Banks from MSWord

Create Item Banks from MSWord

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It would be useful that when you create a question [item] bank at the account level being able to upload a huge number of questions once by using a word document. Now, the only way to do this is to create them one by one.

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Rosalie

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Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Hi  @rledda ​

You have three great ideas here.

  • I thought the MS Word import idea existed, but when I looked I was not able to find it.  Here is an archived idea that referenced it, but the link is no longer there?  " style="color: #2989c5; .

If you want to revise your idea to be specific to the MSWord Import idea only we would be happy to move it through to open for voting July 1

rledda
New Member

Hello @Renee Carney

Thanks for your reply.

I've seen that the Gift idea is open for voting but not yet implemented. I've alreeady vote for that Smiley Wink

Regarding the QTI import I know that the option exists but not an easy way for instructors to create the file from scratch. Most of this packages are created by the LMS like moodle for instance so you can easily import all the questions created there and import them to Canvas. I'm going to edit my request to make it clear.

But what I want to highlight here is that sometimes questions are created outside from the LMS using and excel  or a csv or even a word document, and it would be easier to have the ability to import them easily and avoid create them one by one in canvas.

Rosalie

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

That is perfect.  Narrow your idea down to that scope and we will get it open July 1 for voting!

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Thank you for pulling that important idea out  @rmurchshafer2 ​.  I must have missed it when reading the post.  That would be another idea entirely.  Would you mind submitting that as a new feature idea?  Thanks!

rledda
New Member

Hi  @Renee_Carney 

Do you want me to edit this idea to highlight the idea of importing into account/subaccount level? Or is it better to create a new one?

Rosalie

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

The Importing into account/subaccount level will need to be its' own.

You will be editing this idea to focus solely on the importing from MSWord idea

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

Thank you  @rmurchshafer2 ​ for posting this idea.  Here is a link in case anyone ready/following this thread is looking for it  

rledda
New Member

Thanks @ @Renee_Carney  I've already edited the request and also voted for the @Rick Murch-Shafer thread idea. 🙂

Rosalie

biray
Community Member

Hi  @rledda ​ - lots of good discussion and ideas.

Thanks for updating the idea to emphasize MSWord imports. I've also updated the title which was previously "Create Question Banks importing existing content" to "Create Question Banks from MSWord" to clarify further.

This idea will be open for voting in the next voting cycle! Good luck! Smiley Happy

rledda
New Member

Hi @Biray Seitz and thank you! I forgot to change that tiny but important detail :smileysilly:

biray
Community Member

Smiley Happy no problem!

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

 @rledda ​ Thank you for being willing to work with us and for editing your submission!

rledda
New Member

My pleasure Smiley Wink

jazemlya
New Member

With us currently making the transition from another LMS to Canvas it would be very helpful to have this feature.  We have a very large amount of users moving from the old LMS to the new one and it appears that we can only get question banks out of the old LMS in Word format.

One of our campuses paid for an app that converts word documents to QTI however it would be great if we could just upload Word documents directly and avoid the issue of having to use multiple tools to get the job done.

ianjohnston
New Member

There is a third party program that can generate test and pools form word documents. Respondus It would be awesome to have this feature added native into canvas, however this may act as a fix for some as they wait for this to be implemented. 

GregoryBeyrer
Community Coach
Community Coach

It is wonderful to share their joy as the instructors at my college discover the various ways that systems like Canvas can help make their teaching more efficient.

  • Uploading their syllabus and handouts so I don't have to carry around extra copies?
    "Awesome!"
  • Putting grade information online so my students stop hassling me about what their grades are?
    "Cool!"
  • Conducting quizzes online so I stop spending valuable class time watching them fill out Scantron forms?
    "Wait-- What? Why can't I just upload an MS Word document?"

I hope uploading quiz questions from MS Word (with *simple* formatting like Respondus requires) will make the current one-by-one slog a future bad memory.

mricks4158
New Member

My college has access to Respondus, which can take tests made in a .doc format and turn it into a quiz on Canvas. The issue with this, is that our eLearning staff are (apparently?) the only people who have access to be able to do this.

I would LOVE for Canvas to create the option for instructors to upload our test files so we don't have to individually enter questions and answers in the format provided. That format is great for shorter tests, but my 80 question midterm? Not so much.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

mricks4158​, I think it depends on the type of license you have for Respondus. We have a site license and while our Online Learning Department will add quizzes to Canvas for faculty, we have a number of faculty who use Respondus and do their own quizzes.

chofer
Community Coach
Community Coach

We only have a handful of licenses (like less than five, I think) at our Technical College for Respondus.  But I think Respondus is a great tool to be able to batch-upload lots of questions for a quiz/test/exam all at once.

ejp10
New Member

I would also add that being able to import from any text file (.txt, .rtf, .otf. .docx...) would be useful. It is a quick and cheap way to quickly create a batch of related questions for a question bank. ANGEL has a good version of this tool in terms of how to format questions consistently.