Yesterday we looked at setting up a simple quiz in Canvas and we highlighted the many types of questions that could be used. In truth, Multiple Choice and Multiple Response questions are the most used question types in the quizzing world.

Every question is a stem. Every answer is a response. In MCQs, all responses should be plausible with one definite answer. In Multiple response, several answers can be chosen but in Canvas, these multiple response questions have negative marks attached to them. Also, ‘all of the above’ and ‘none of the above’ answer options should be included in multiple response.

I want to make my quiz more random, what can I do?

One option is to create a question bank of 10+ questions and allocate a number of questions to the quiz. This pulls the questions randomly from the question bank and hopefully no two students should have the same questions in the same sequence.

Evidently the more questions in the question bank, the less likely it is for students to get the same question set and sequence.

Creating Question banks

In Canvas, whilst in quiz section, click the ellipsis and Manage Question Bank (below).

Canvas - creating question banks
Canvas – creating question banks

Click + New Question Bank and name the bank (see below).

Canvas - creating question banks
Canvas – creating question banks

This allows you to name the question bank, i.e., Canvas Questions and make out a list of questions directly linked to that theme. Multiple question banks for different themes can be created and a set number of questions pulled from each bank. This further randomises the available questions to students. When setting this up, you can also decide how many questions will be used from this section and how many points each question is worth. This can be edited as time progresses.

Once you have named the bank (see below – Canvas Questions), you can add questions to the group by clicking the +Add a Question on the right hand side (as per below).

Canvas - Add a question
Canvas – Add a question

This allows you to choose the question type, add the question, add correct / incorrect responses with feedback. Remember to Update Question or Add Another Question until you have them all in the question bank. Save your work.

Can I have more than one question bank?

Yes. If your module consists of multiple themes, create multiple question banks. Decide how many questions a quiz need have and how many questions from each available question bank is required. This tests students more broadly on the module.

Can I import quizzes into a module?

Yes. If you have existing quizzes as a QTI.zip file, this can be imported in to the module. To do this, go to Settings, Import Course Content (as per below):

Canvas - Importing questions
Canvas – Importing questions

From the drop down, choose QTI.Zip (as per below). Locate, upload and import this file. This will appear in the Quiz section of the Canvas module.

Canvas - Importing QTI.zip file
Canvas – Importing QTI.zip file
Can I import question banks?

Yes. To do this, go to Settings, Import Course Content (as per below):

Canvas - Importing question banks
Canvas – Importing question banks

On the Import Content page, choose Copy a Canvas course. Type in the module code and opt for Select Specific Content and Import (as per below):

Canvas - importing question banks
Canvas – importing question banks

The Import will be paused. You should see a pending import under Current Jobs which are waiting for selection. Click the Select Content option (highlighted below):

Canvas - Imports with selected content
Canvas – Imports with selected content

This brings up a breakdown of the module. Below you can see there are 13 question banks which we have highlighted. We could also bring in quizzes and other content (it’s your choice). Select the item(s) you need and click Select Import.

Canvas - importing question banks
Canvas – importing question banks
How do I link a question bank to a quiz?

Another great question. Go to the quiz you want to add questions to, click Edit and go to the Questions tab. Click New Question Group.

Canvas - adding in question banks to quizzes
Canvas – adding in question banks to quizzes

Click Link to Question Bank navigate to the question banks for the module.

Canvas - link to question bank
Canvas – link to question bank

Choose the one you want and Select Bank. Remember to save your work.

Canvas - linking question bank to quiz
Canvas – linking question bank to quiz

You can add in as many question banks as you need. In the example below, we have added in two question banks which draws two questions from each bank at 1 point each. Remember to Save your work.

Canvas quiz - two question banks added in
Canvas quiz – two question banks added in

Once the questions have been edited in and the quiz settings set up, decide on dates / times for publishing the quiz and you’re good to go!

Next time

On Monday, we turn our attention to Canvas Assessment and will spend a few days covering different assessment options.

We hope you have a pleasant weekend. Please do join us then to learn more and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @MDBSelearn.


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