Canvas: How to Print an Answer Key for a Quiz

One question I tend to get  a lot is, “How do I print a Quiz..” Within the LMS, the answer is usually, “You Can’t.” No LMS is really set up to print out quizzes. This has always been a huge issue, and I haven’t found either D2L or Canvas placing this feature high up on their road-map.

Luckily, I’ve found a workaround that solves the issue & prints out a well constructed quiz/answer key in Microsoft Word.

How do I do it ? Well, I use Respondus 4.0 ! It’s a pretty simple process. It may take a while to do it the first time, but after that, I think it’s a 5 minute process.

1. Log into Canvas, go into your course, select “Settings” and “Export Content From this Course.”

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2. Choose to export a “Quiz,” select the quiz, and choose “Create Export.” The export process will begin, and it will provide you a link to download the zip file out of Canvas.

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3. Locate the zip file on your computer after it has saved. Click on the zip file, and locate the numbered file folder (ex. ia542343cd45345234ca0809809234). Within that folder will be a similarly named XML file. This XML file is the file you will need in the later steps.

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Save the # sequenced XML file for later use

4. Open up Respondus. If you do not have Respondus, contact Sam Harris (sharris@maryville.edu) for information for downloading this software.

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5. Change the personality to “IMS QTI 1.1+,” and choose to “Import Questions.”

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6. A dialogue box will appear. Take the following steps.

  • Type of File = QTI
  • Browse for the XML file we identified in step 3
  • Create a new document named: (provide a name)
  • Select “Preview” to check for errors (should come back as “Imported Successfully”)
  • Choose “Finish”

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7. After you select “Finish,” you will be taken to the “Edit” page in Respondus. To print the exam and/or answer key, go to “Preview & Publish.”

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8. Use the “Print Options” (left side nav bar), and use the settings here to choose what you want to print

  • Exam Only
  • Exam w/ Answer Key
  • Answer Key Only

Use the settings next to each option to determine what you want your Word file to look like.

When ready, select “Save to file” at the bottom. A dialogue box will appear asking you to give the Word document a name. Save the file, and open it it Word.

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That’s It ! You just exported an exam out of Canvas, imported into Respondus, and exported to Word as an printable quiz.

Canvas: Big Changes to Groups

Canvas has a new production release (updates to the system) coming on Saturday, July 12th. There are some big changes coming to groups.

 

1. Instructors can now create/view groups within the “People” tool. In the past, Instructors had to go to “People,” then “View User Groups” to create/view groups. This definatley will streamline the process for creating and viewing groups !’

The old view from “People”

Old Groups Page

The new view from “People”

New Canvas Groups Page

2. Instructors can now easily move between Group sections

Chnage Group Sets

For the full details of what is coming with this production release, please visit the following link:

Canvas Production Release (7/12/2014)

How to Insert a Panopto Video into a Canvas Course

As we have moved from D2L, we will no longer have D2L Capture. Our new lecture capture system is called “Panopto.” If you had videos in Capture, they have been moved for you. If you plan on recording additional videos, you will need to use Panopto.

Below you will find instructions for inserting a Panopto video in a Canvas course.

How to Insert a Panopto Video into a Canvas Course

1. Access the “Courses” dropdown from within Canvas, and access the course you would like to put the video into.

panopto 12. Click “Panopto Recording” on the left Navigation bar. This will pull up the Panopto website into Canvas, where you will select the appropriate folder to locate the video.

panopto 2 panopto 33. When you find the video, hover over it and select “Share.” A dialogue box will appear. Choose to share this with “Anyone on the Internet.” This will produce a public URL that you will use to put into your Canvas course.

panopto 4 panopto 5 panopto 6 panopto 7From here, you can place this URL into any course. To place it into the “Modules” area.

1. Go to the correct course, and select “Modules” from the left side Navigation bar.

2. Select to “+ to add to an existing module (OR create a new module, then select to “+” to it.) When you select “+” a dialogue box will appear. Use the dropdown to select “External URL.’ This will provide you an area to copy the Panopto video URL and give it a title. When finished, choose to “Add Item.”

panopto 8 panopto 93. The video will be added to your module. Once published, students can watch!

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Canvas: Draft State Doesn’t Work With Documents

Canvas has recently launched a new interface, and one of the great additions is “Draft State.” Draft State allows for users to set things to “draft,” which means that students do not have access to the item (assignment, discussion, quiz, page, module….etc.).

For an overview of draft state:

There is just one small problem, draft state doesn’t work with documents. So, if you’ve loaded a bunch of files (.pdf, .docx, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pptx….etc.) into Modules, and want to hide some of them, you are out of luck with the built in draft state functionality.

Luckily, I”ve come up with a fairly easy around, that doesn’t really take any additional effort or time.

1. Go into Modules. You will see your recently created modules, and everything should have a green checkmark next to it, indicating that these items are “published,” and students have access. draft state 12. If you attempt to unpublish a document, it will tell you that “publishing is disabled for this item.” This means that you cannot alter the “published” state of any document.

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3. Create a module (I called mine “Unpublished Items). Add all of the items you want to hide from students into this module, and “unpublish” the module. This will cause the entire module AND anything in it to be invisible to students. Then, when you are ready for a student to see a specific document, just drag it into the appropriate published module. draft state 3Now, this really doesn’t take any extra time or effort to complete. Since you have to manually select the cloud icon to publish an item anyway, it doesn’t take any extra clicks to drag that item into the appropriate module using the method above.

Canvas: Two Full Weeks

We went live with Canvas for the entire university on May 5th for summer courses. D2L has officially been retired. While there were a few bumps last week, this has been a relatively smooth process. Now, we are officially at the end of the second full week, and things are running pretty smoothly. Let’s take at some statistics for Canvas over the past two weeks.

Canvas Stats: Usage #’s

  • Pageviews (how many different clicks have occurred in the system): 862, 831, over 1M since we brought Canvas on in November 2013.
  • Sessions (Unique log in’s): 66,265
  • Pages per session: 13.02
  • Avg. Session Duration: 12:25
  • Most popular browser: Chrome (30.32%)
  • Most popular operating system: Windows (64.3%)
  • Most popular mobile device: iOS (79.28%)
  • Most are accessing Canvas via the Maryville Portal (61.46%) OR by going directly to Canvas (25.4%)

Canvas Stats: What are users doing in Canvas for Summer 2014

  • 638 courses (summer 1 & summer terms—-not summer 2)
    • Assignments created: 9, 215
    • Files uploaded: 22,407
    • Discussion topics: 4,729

It’s been a lot of work over the past few months, but it’s great to see this in action and take a look at the numbers.

Canvas: 4 Different Types of Quizzes

Canvas has one thing that D2L didn’t, multiple options for types of quizzes. Below, I’ve explained each one, and how you may use it.

Create Graded Quiz

Create_Graded_Quiz_displayA graded quiz is the most common quiz, and Canvas automatically creates a column in the grade book for any graded quizzes you build. After a student takes a graded quiz, certain question types will be automatically graded.This is traditionally what you think of when you think of “Quizzes.”

Create Practice Quiz

Create_Practice_Quiz_displayA practice quiz can be used as a learning tool to help students see how well they understand the course material. Students do not receive a grade for practice quizzes, even though the quiz results display the number of points earned in the quiz. Practice quizzes do not appear in the Syllabus or the Gradebook.Provides a different spin, no grades assigned, but students can still see their results. This would be great to use as a review of materials, OR as a pre-assessment before the course starts to determine what exactly your students know.

Create Graded Survey

Create_Graded_Survey_displayA graded survey allows the instructor to give students points for completing the survey, but it does not allow the survey to be graded for right or wrong answers. Graded surveys have the option to be anonymous.You can use this, again, as a pre-assessment. For example, I know several faculty who send students a survey to fill out before class begins. You could use this to give them points for filling it out, and you won’t have to deal with collecting emails/paper.

Keep in mind that we also have the survey tool, Qualtrics.

Create Ungraded Survey

Create_Ungraded_Survey_displayAn ungraded survey allows you to get opinions or other information from your students, but students do not receive a grade for their responses. With ungraded surveys, you can make responses anonymous. Ungraded surveys do not appear in the Syllabus or the Gradebook.