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Using the Test and Survey Canvas

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13:32, 28 Feb 2013

A test or survey's canvas allows you to edit the name and instructions, create and edit questions, and change question settings. You can use the check boxes to select any or all questions and then delete them or change their point values.

After you deploy a test or survey and students have submitted results, you can edit, delete, and reorder existing questions. For tests, you can also change the point values of existing questions even after students submit attempts. Any submissions affected by test changes are regraded.

Performing Tasks on the Canvas Page

The following table describes tasks you can perform from the Test or Survey Canvas.

Canvas Tasks
Task Action
Change the test or survey's name, description, or instructions Access the Canvas title's contextual menu and select Edit.
Create a new question On the action bar, click Create Question and select a type of question from the drop-down list.

This option is not available for tests and surveys with submissions.

Change the order of the questions Press the double arrows to the left of the question title and drag the question to a new position. When you reorder or randomize questions, the numbers update. For this reason, use caution when referring to specific question numbers.
Change the settings for the questions On the action bar, click Question Settings to adjust the default point value and options for scoring, question feedback, the inclusion of images, question display, and metadata.

To learn more, see Changing Question Settings.

Change the default point value for all questions in the test On the action bar, click Question Settings and enter a number in the Default point value box.

This option is not available for surveys.

Change the point value for an individual question Click the Points box next to a question title and enter a new value in the Update Points pop-up box. Click Submit.

If the test has submissions, select Submit and Regrade.

Change the point value for several questions at once Select the check boxes for questions and type a new value in the Points pop-up box at the top of the question list. Click Update.

If the test has submissions, select Update and Regrade.

Copy a question Access a question's contextual menu and select Copy. The Create/Edit Question page appears, and you can modify the copied question. Copied questions retain all of the settings of the original question.

This option is not available for tests and surveys with submissions.

Edit a question Access a question's contextual menu and select Edit. Changes made to linked questions are reflected in all tests or surveys that contain a link to that question. Tests that are in progress do not display changes to a linked question.

To learn more, see Reusing Questions.

Associate or manage a rubric Access a question's contextual menu and select Edit. You can associate rubrics with essay questions, file response questions, or short answer questions.

To learn more, see Rubrics.

Delete a question Access a question's contextual menu and select Delete. A confirmation box appears. Deleting a question is irreversible. You cannot delete a question for a test that is in progress.

If the test has submissions, select Delete and Regrade.

Reuse a question from another test or survey On the action bar, point to Reuse Question and select Find Questions from the drop-down list.

This option is not available for tests and surveys with submissions.

To learn more, see Reusing Questions.

Create a random block On the action bar, point to Reuse Question and select Create Random Block from the drop-down list. A random block is a group of questions retrieved from a question pool. You select how many questions are drawn from the pool and used in the test.

To learn more, see Creating and Editing a Random Block.

Preview the questions within the random block ...Preview questions that match selected criteria to view the list of questions. Click the preview function next to the question you want to view.
Create a question set On the action bar, point to Reuse Question and select Create Question Set from the drop-down list. A question set is a group of explicitly chosen questions that can be presented in a random fashion determined by the instructor.

This option is not available for tests and surveys with submissions.

To learn more, see Creating Question Sets.

Upload questions On the action bar, click Upload Questions and Browse for a file containing specially formatted questions to import.

This option is not available for tests and surveys with submissions.

To learn more, see Uploading Questions.

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