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New Quizzes: Dashboard To Do

New Quizzes: Dashboard To Do

This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas

As with the original quizzes on canvas, when a student submits a New Quizzes (Quizzes.Next) assessment and there are items that need to be reviewed it should show up on our teacher dashboard in our To Do list so we know to submissions have been made so we can more easily access them in speedgrader to grade.

Community Member

Faculty at my college are wondering why this was an automatic feature just like Classic Quizzes.  Please fix!

Community Member

This should have been automatic just like Classic Quizzes

New Member

Yes, please! My teachers are begging for notifications for New Quizzes that need to be manually graded!

New Member

Please make this auto-populate when students submit work on dashboard otherwise it is a worthless tool.  Teachers don't have to time to go through and click on every assignment every day to see when is newly submitted. 

Community Participant

This issue is one of the many that we documented when we tested New Quizzes back in October 2020. I am surprised it has not yet made the cut in the priority list. 2019 'idea', 97 stars and 104 comments - certainly sounds like it is a popular 'idea'.

Community Champion

I have a feeling that this is a limitation imposed by the LTI implementation of New Quizzes.  That would be because the LTI doesn't have a channel to talk to the homepage in LTI1.3.  In the interest of transparency Instructure should be clear about features that will not be part of New Quizzes due to limits of the LTI integration that can't be got around.  To the best of my knowledge they have never done that.

Community Participant

Regarding limits to LTI Integration:

When a professor views a quiz with an ungraded question, there is a banner telling them to grade questions 5 and 7.

If the information that questions 5 and 7 are ungraded can be passed from New Quizzes to SpeedGrader, one would think there must be a way to get this information also to the To Do list....  even if it requires a button to click on to fetch this information.

Imagine you have a two quizzes a week for 15 weeks with some force-graded and some short answer questions. And you have 105 students across your three sections.  At the end of the semester do you have to check 3150 quizzes one at a time to ensure that no student is missing the points to which they are entitled?

You HAVE to provide a workaround of some kind for this deficit. We are currently advising our professors to keep paper lists for each course with a column for each quiz so they can keep track of when they have finished the grading for that quiz for that student.

It's impossible to recommend migration to New Quizzes if it means more work for the professors when grading essays and short-answer type questions. Please provide us with an updated timeline of when this issue will be addressed/fixed. Or, is there a way to track ungraded essay questions in New Quizzes that we just don't know about?

Community Participant

@briddell, so well put.  Thank you!


@briddell Excellent!!!  We couldn't agree more in our district!

Community Participant

Really concerned to see that in New Quizzes that there is still no notification about questions that need to be manually graded. In a quiz that has mostly auto-graded things, but then an essay question, there is still no notification in the "to do" for grading, and the gradebook doesn't show the symbol for work to be graded -- it shows only the auto-graded score. This is one of several reasons why I stopped using New Quizzes last year after a brave student finally asked me about grading their missing questions. Please fix this! It's unacceptable as is, and I'm so glad I checked to see if it was repaired before I made too many quizzes in preparation for the semester. 

Navigating as a student through the feedback page to get back to the module was also not great, having to scroll to the top to "Return" and then to the bottom to "Next." New Quizzes still has a long way to go. 

Community Member

Please.  This is much needed.

New Member

Currently if a teacher makes a quiz in New Quizzes with open ended questions, it does not show up on the teacher's To Do List.  This was a feature in old quizzes and teachers loved it.  The teacher does not know if he/she has items to grade in New Quizzes unless they open each quiz.  It would be helpful if this would show up automatically on the teacher's to do list. 

Community Member

Yes, this feature should be added. It should not even be a feature request. If there is something to grade, it should appear in the To Do list. I do not believe we should have to vote on whether or not software should function properly. This should not be considered a new feature. It should be considered a bug fix.

New Member

This is extremely frustrating.  Especially now that Canvas has taken away the option to use Classic Quizzes.  Makes it nearly impossible to even use the New Quizzes feature in the program.  Needs to be fixed ASAP!

New Member

I agree this needs to be addressed ASAP.

Community Participant

Just ran into this issue today.  The fact that I have to go in manually to each student in speedgrader, in order to grade the quiz is maddening.


I often have quizzes that have a multiple choice section, and a short response section.  The multiple choice is obviously auto-graded, but I would love for it to show up in my teacher to-do, with the essay questions that still need to be reviewed.  Right now, once a student submits, it marks it as complete and it doesn't show up in my teacher dashboard.  I can't believe that that's the intended action.

New Member

I'd like to echo the sentiment here that I need a way to receive notifications that a student has submitted an essay exam. This is utterly unacceptable and needs a resolution.

New Member

"New" quizzes need to show up in the To Do list for educators. The only way you can see them now is if you click into the gradebook and then click on Speedgrader. And even then, all students have a green check next to their names, so you have no idea who has been graded and who hasn't. "Old" quizzes showed up in the To Do list, which took you right to the speedgrader and was much more efficient. I also had the grades hidden and as soon as I graded the last person, Canvas posted the grades without asking me first. I am not sure why these functions would be changed when quizzes were updated. Please put Quizzes back in the To Do list.

Community Member

Yes!! We needed ASAP!!!

New Member

Please add the option to get notifications for all quizzes. I don't get notifications for quizzes that have questions I need to grade manually, and that results in a lot of wasted time.  My district uses a separate gradebook, and the grades cannot synch. I need to know when students take or retake a quiz.