Importing quizzes

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Importing Quizzes from Blackboard Vista

You can import quizzes from Bb Vista in essentially the same way that you migrate a course from Bb Vista. The difference is that you would only choose Quizzes from the options menu. See Bb migration for more details.

Alternatively, you can pull down questions from Bb Vista using Respondus, convert them to a QTI file, then import into Canvas (see below for details).

It seems you can not import from WebCT CE/Bb Vista's IMS export package.

Importing Quizzes from Respondus QTI

Canvas lets you import quizzes in the standard IMS QTI format, and since Respondus can create QTI you can construct quizzes in Respondus, save them as a QTI, then import them into Canvas. This is great for folks who like to write questions in the Respondus standard format, or who already have questions in Moodle.

Creating a QTI File in Respondus

There are a number of ways to create or bring questions into Respondus--we won't cover that here.

Once you have your questions in Respondus...

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    In the Start tab change the Current Personality to IMS QTI 1.1+
    1. When prompted, save as a new file or replace current file.
  2. Respondus qti zip.png
    In the Preview & Publish tab click Save QTI XML file
  3. Select QTI XML zip file before clicking Save As
  4. Save your QTI zip file somewhere you'll remember!

You're ready to import your QTI zip into Canvas.

Importing your QTI File Into Canvas

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If you've already published your course, you'll need to click Course Setup Checklist on the course home page in order to access the Import Content option, which allows you to import quizzes.
  1. Click Import Content in the frame that appears below.
  2. Click Import Quizzes.
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    Browse for your QTI zip file and select which Canvas Question Bank you want to be used. Click Import Quiz to proceed.
  4. You'll be notified via email when the import is complete. For short quizzes, this should be immediate.

Once the quiz import is complete, you can go into the Canvas course's quiz section and verify that the quiz was imported correctly. Some tips:

  1. Reorganize questions in the Question Bank, if needed.
  2. You may want to add questions to Question Groups, which allow you to select a random number of questions from a subset.
  3. Add quiz settings, then publish the quiz

Known Issues

  • The QTI file import does not support images! If you need to use images you'll have to manually add them inside of Canvas.
    • If you have a lot of images, you can migrate the quizzes from a Bb Vista course (this apparently preserves the images). This may require creating unnecessary quizzes in an empty Bb Vista shell, but it may save time in the long run.
  • The QTI file import in Canvas resets all point values for each question to 1.
  • Matching questions are known to break on import! I don't know if this is an issue with Canvas, or QTI. They import incorrectly.
  • Moodle's own QTI format is not compatible. Moodle users should use Respondus to extract quiz questions and convert them to QTI.
  • Currently the QTI import ignores any Question Bank assignments made in step 3 above. Canvas does create it's own quiz AND question bank, using the file name of the QTI zip.
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