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    Canvas Update: New Quizzes Show in To-Grade List for Manually Graded Questions 

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Canvas has updated how New Quizzes function when they contain at least one manually graded question (short answer or essay questions). Previously, the quizzes would not show up in an instructor’s “to-grade” list, and students would automatically see their grade for the quiz – a grade that didn’t take into account the questions that needed to be graded by the instructor.   New Quizzes will now be listed in an instructor’s “to-grade” list inside Canvas to make it obvious there are questions that need their attention. Additionally, students will not see their grade for the quiz until after the manually graded questions are marked.   Questions? We’d…

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    Canvas Update: New Quiz Fill in the Blank Question Type Modification 

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Canvas has updated one of the New Quiz question types. With this change, it’s easier to create fill-in-the blank questions.   Previously, you had to type all your text then highlight specific words or phrases and hit “enter” to create blanks. With this update, you can easily mark the blanks as you go. Each fill-in-the-blank answer needs to be surrounded by backticks (just above “tab” on your keyboard. It took me way too long to find it since I don’t use that key frequently).   Once you have your blanks marked, you can choose the answer type (open entry, dropdown, or word bank) for each blank. These…

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    New Quiz Update: Access Build Page Directly from Modules

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Canvas is updating their New Quizzes to make it simpler to add or edit questions from the Modules page. Previously, you’d need to open the quiz, scroll past the quiz settings, then click “Build” to access the page for adding or editing questions.   But Canvas will allow you to bypass that settings page when you access a New Quiz from a module. Now, when you click the three dots to expand the menu, you’ll see an option for “Build” just below “Edit.” Click “Build” to jump straight to the Build page!   Two quick notes:   This feature will be available starting September 29, 2021. This change only applies…

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    Canvas Update: Printing New Quizzes

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Canvas has continued expanding the available features for New Quizzes. With their latest update, you can now print off a quiz, either with or without the answers marked.   Before we jump into the “how,” we’re going to spend a few moments talking about some essential details.   This is only available for quizzes built with the New Quiz engine inside Canvas (quizzes indicated with the solid rocket icon).  If you have your quiz set up to randomly pull questions from an item bank, you will get a random assortment of questions in your printed quiz. You would only get all questions if you set your quiz to take all questions from the item bank. The…

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    Canvas Update: Item Banks in Course Navigation and Item Bank Sharing Tweaks

    Reading Time: 2 minutes With the latest update, Canvas has simplified how some aspects of New Quizzes work. They’ve added Item Banks to your course navigation, and they’ve also adjusted some of the sharing settings.   Item Banks in Course Navigation   We’ll look at the first item well…first. We’ve talked before about the hoops to jump through to add or edit questions in New Quiz Item Banks. That method is still valid, but Canvas has added a new way to jump to Item Banks quickly – a link directly in your course navigation (if you can’t see it there, check the Navigation tab of your course settings to make sure Item Banks is…

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    Canvas New Quiz Settings Update – Saving Settings without Entering the Quiz Build Page

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Canvas recently updated how to access New Quiz settings. With that update, you could easily get to the settings, but you also had to go through some extra clicks to get back to where you started in Canvas. This is now simplified in the update being pushed out April 28.   Now when you access the New Quiz settings page, you’ll see three options – “Cancel,” “Save,” and “Build.”   “Cancel” will not save any changes made and will return you to your previous page. “Save” now saves any changes and returns you to your previous page instead of pulling you into a page to add/edit quiz questions. And “Build” now…

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    Why Did Some of My Grades Disappear in My Gradebook?

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Let’s imagine a scenario. You have an assignment in your course. Most of your students completed it, and you graded their work. One student didn’t complete the assignment, but you agreed to give them an extension. You went into the assignment settings, opened the assignment back up to them, and merrily went on your way – until you later went to grade their work and discovered you could no longer see the submitted work from any of your other students. You checked the gradebook, and sure enough, the grades you’d previously entered were no longer there either.   Even though this is a scary scenario, this can…

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    Canvas Update: Accessing New Quiz Settings

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In the latest update, Canvas made it easier to access the overall quiz settings for a New Quiz. Previously, you could set the overall points and due date for the quiz when you initially created it, then there was only a single, very specific method to access those settings again.   With the update, you can now access those settings from almost anywhere in Canvas. Previously, you’d click on a New Quiz and immediately go to the “Build” page. Now when you click on a New Quiz from the Assignments, Quizzes, or Modules pages, you will be taken to the overall quiz settings page where you can adjust the quiz name, number of points, and due date/time.  …

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    Best Practices for Using Essay Questions in New Quizzes

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Canvas New Quizzes have many features that are helpful for administering assessments, but there are some quirks to how this tool works. Today, we’re going to look at some best practices that’ll make working with essay questions easier in New Quizzes.   Make note of which New Quizzes contain essays or other manually-graded questions.  Currently, those assessments do not show up in your to-do list, so you’ll need to check them in order to assign the points for the manually-graded questions in the quiz.   Set your New Quizzes to manually release the grades instead of the standard automatic release.   New Quizzes automatically “grade” the essay questions by assigning zero points to them until…

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    Canvas Update: New Quizzes and the Modules Page

    Reading Time: 2 minutes In the new Canvas update, you’ll see some new functionality with New Quizzes on the Modules page inside Canvas. Previously, if you tried to add a quiz from the Modules page, your only option was a Classic Quiz. If you wanted a New Quiz, you needed to create it from the Quizzes page before going back to the Modules page and adding it to your module.   But with the March 20 update, the content selector for a module will now show you which quizzes in your course are Classic Quizzes and also allow you to create a New Quiz. Let’s take a look at each.   Identifying Classic Quizzes  In the new Canvas update,…