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You’ll probably want quizzes and tests in your course. Traditionally we think that quizzes or tests online are just multiple choice or true or false questions, but you can employ a number of different question types. Listed below are different methods for assigning quizzes/tests.

 




An accommodation is a change to the learning environment or conditions to better help a certain student learn. Canvas allows instructors to provide accommodations such as extra time and extra quiz attempts to their students using the Quiz Moderation feature.

Note: this feature is only available for published quizzes.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where your Quiz is located.
  7. Click the name of the quiz you wish to provide accommodations for.
  8. Click Moderate This Quiz.
  9. Find the name of the student who requires accommodations.
  10. Click the pencil icon next to the student’s name.
    • Note: To provide the same accommodations for multiple students at once:
      1. Click the checkboxes next to each of the students’ names.
      2. Click Change Extensions for [#] Selected Students.
  11. Type the number of extra attempts the student will receive (if any) in the first box.
  12. Type the number of extra minutes the student will receive (if any) in the second box (for timed quizzes only).
  13. Click Save.

 

Note: If you set Availability Dates for the quiz, they will take precedence over any accommodations. This can result in a student’s quiz being auto-submitted before their extended time accommodation has expired. To avoid this issue, use one of these two options:

  1. Do not set an availability window, or make the availability window long enough to include all accommodations. (This option also benefits students who encounter internet issues.)
  2. Create separate availability windows for students with extended time. To do this:
    1. Click the name of the quiz to open it.
    2. Click Edit.
    3. Scroll down to the quiz’s Assign setting.
    4. Click +Add.
    5. Click the Assign To box in the new section that appears.
    6. Select the name(s) of the student(s) who require accommodations.
    7. Set availability dates that provide enough time for the students.
    8. Click Save.

Canvas provides a multitude of assessment tools that allow for feedback on both the student and instructor end. One of these tools is the quizzes function which allows you to create multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions, among several others. When creating quizzes for your class, you may find that you want to provide students with feedback in order to better guide learning and allow for self-reflection.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where your Quiz is located.
  7. Click the name of the quiz you wish to edit.
    • Note: For information on how to create a quiz, see the “Create a Quiz in Canvas” tutorial.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Click the Questions tab.
  10. Locate the question you wish to add feedback to.
  11. Click the Pencil icon next to the question title. This is the edit tool.
  12. Click the Questions tab.
  13. Scroll down to the Answers section.
  14. Click the box containing 3 dots below each possible answer.
  15. Add feedback in the text box.
    • Note: The feedback input box uses the Rich Content Editor, allowing you to include media, text, links and other such functions. For more information, see the “Use the Rich Content Editor” tutorial.
  16. Click Done.
    • Note: This method allows you to add feedback for each possible answer. You can also set feedback for all correct answers, all incorrect answers, or all answers for a given question. To do so, complete the following steps:
      • Scroll to the bottom of the Answers section.
      • Click the box with a green outline to set feedback for correct answers.
      • Click the box with a red outline to set feedback for all incorrect answers.
      • Click the box with a blue outline to set feedback for all answers.
  17. Click Update Question.
  18. Click Save.

Adding images to a quiz question can help visually illustrate the concept, activate student knowledge, and improve student engagement. This tutorial describes how to use the rich text editor to add images to your quiz questions.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where your quiz is located.
  7. Click the name of the quiz you wish to edit.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Click the Questions tab.
  10. Hover your cursor over the question you wish to edit.
  11. Click the pencil icon that appears.
  12. Click the image icon (a picture of mountains and a sun).
    • Note: If you don’t see this icon, click the Options icon (three vertical dots).
  13. Select from the drop-menu one of the following options:
    1. Upload image: the image is located on your computer.
    2. Course image: the image is already in your Canvas course files.
    3. User image: the image is already in a student’s Canvas files.
  14. Follow the prompts on the screen to select your image.
  15. Click Submit. The image should load into the rich text editor.
  16. Click Update Question.
  17. Click Save.

Quizzes can be an excellent way of gathering information about your students’ knowledge of your course content. Quizzes in Canvas can be used as formal assessments, such as midterms and finals, as well as more informal, quick knowledge checks.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add a quiz to.
  7. Click the + (Plus) button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Quiz from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click[New Quiz].”
  10. Type a title for your quiz in the Quiz Name box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the name of the quiz you created in the module.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type a quiz description and instructions.
  15. Choose the Quiz Type.
  16. Choose the Assignment group. 
  17. Adjust any options as necessary. 
  18. Assign a due date to the quiz. 
  19. Assign availability for the quiz (e.g. Students can only take this quiz from June 27 to June 28, meaning they can’t open it before or after those dates.)

 

Once you have configured the settings for the quiz, you will begin creating quiz questions. We will stick with creating individual questions for now, but you can find out how to create question banks in the “Create a Question Bank” tutorial.

  1. Scroll to the top of the quiz. 
  2. Click Questions above the quiz title.
  3. Click + New Question.
  4. Select a question type from the drop down menu (e.g. multiple choice). 
  5. Type the question text in the larger text box below the title.
  6. Type the answer choices (if applicable to your question type).
  7. Click Update Question below the answer boxes.
  8. Repeat Steps 3 - 7 to add additional questions. 
  9. Click Save and Publish once you have completed the quiz.

You may want to edit an existing quiz in Canvas in order to change items such as the title, the instructions, the due date, or the amount of points or percentage it is worth. You can also edit, delete, or add questions that have already been created in a quiz.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module that contains your quiz.
  7. Click the title of the quiz you wish to edit. 
  8. Click Edit in the top right of the page. 
  9. Scroll down to edit the title, instructions, and other options such as the due date. 
  10. Scroll to the top of the quiz to edit the quiz questions.
    1. Click Questions above the quiz title.
    2. Hover your mouse over the question title you want to edit.
    3. Click the Pencil icon to the right of the question title.
    4. Make any necessary edits
    5. Click Update Question.
  11. Click Save (or Save & Publish if the quiz has never been published for students to access). 

Question banks are used to store and organize quiz questions. These questions can then be used across different quizzes and courses.

Directions:

 

Create a Question Bank

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Quizzes on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Click the options icon (three vertical dots) next to +Quiz in the upper right.
  7. Select Manage Question Banks.
  8. Click the +Add Question Bank button.
  9. Type the name of your Question Bank.
  10. Press Enter/Return on your keyboard.

Add Questions to a Question Bank

  1. Click Quizzes on the course navigation menu to the left.
  2. Click the options icon (three vertical dots) next to +Quiz in the upper right.
  3. Select Manage Question Banks.
  4. Click the name of the Question Bank to open it.
  5. Click the +Add a Question button.
  6. Type the question name in the small box that says Question. It is helpful to give a name that describes the content of the question.
  7. Select a question type from the drop down menu (e.g., multiple choice). 
  8. Type the question text in the larger text box below the title.
  9. Type the answer choices (if applicable to your question type).
  10. Click the green arrow next to the correct answer choice (if applicable to your question type).
  11. Click Update Question.
  12. Repeat Steps 5-11 to add additional questions.

Add Questions from a Question Bank to a Quiz

  1. Create a quiz as described in the “Create a Quiz in Canvas” tutorial.
  2. Click the Questions tab.
  3. Click the Find Questions button.
  4. Select the Question Bank you wish to use.
  5. Check the boxes next to the question(s) you wish to add to your quiz.
  6. Click Add Questions.
  7. Click Save.

Canvas provides a multitude of assessment tools that allow for feedback on both the student and instructor end. One of these tools is the quizzes function which allows you to create multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions, among several others. The inclusion of many different question types allows for demonstration of more nuanced knowledge and skills, as well as more varied feedback.

 

Access Quiz Questions

Directions:

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module that contains your quiz.
  7. Click the name of the quiz you wish to edit.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Click the Questions tab.
  10. Click + New Question.
    • Note: For more information on creating quiz questions, see the “Create a Quiz in Canvas” tutorial.

Types of Questions

  • Click the Dropdown Menu next to the question title.

Multiple Choice

  • Select Multiple Choice.
    • This type of question allows for you to ask questions, and provide possible answers, as well as indicate the correct answer and provide feedback. To do so, complete the following steps:
        1. Enter your question in the Rich Content Editor.
        2. Scroll down to the Answers section.
        3. Enter all possible answers in the input boxes labeled “possible answer.”
        4. Click the Green Arrow to the left of the correct answer (Note: this will only show up when your mouse is hovering over the answer).
        5. Click Update Question.

True or False

  • Select True or False from the dropdown menu.
    • This type of question has only two possible answers. Feedback can be provided based on correct, incorrect, or any answer. To do so, complete the following steps:
      1. Enter your question in the Rich Content Editor.
      2. Click the Green Arrow to the left of the correct answer (Note: this will only show up when your mouse is hovering over the answer).
      3. Click Update Question.

Fill In The Blank

  • Select Fill In The Blank from the dropdown menu.
    • This type of question allows you to type a fill in the blank question using text or media, then allows you to define all possible answers. There may be multiple possible answers. To do so, complete the following steps.
      1. Type your question in the Rich Content Editor box.
      2. Scroll down to the Answers section.
      3. Enter all possible answers in the input boxes labeled “possible answer.”
      4. Click Add Another Answer to add more possible answers.

Fill in Multiple Blanks

  • Select Fill in Multiple Blanks from the dropdown menu.
    • This question type allows you to create multiple blanks for questions with multiple parts, then set possible answers for each blank. To do so, complete the following steps:
      1. Type your question using brackets to define each of the blanks (e.g. roses are [color1], violets are [color2]. In this case [color1] and [color2] will each have their own set of possible answers.)
      2. Scroll down to the Answers section.
      3. Select the first blank you defined from the dropdown menu.
      4. Enter all possible answers in the input boxes labeled “possible answer.”
      5. Select the second blank you defined from the dropdown menu.
      6. Enter all possible answers in the input boxes labeled “possible answer.”
      7. Repeat these steps for each blank you defined.
      8. Click Update Question.

Multiple Answers

  • Select Multiple Answers from the dropdown menu.
    • This question type functions similarly to the multiple choice option, except students must choose ALL correct answers for credit. To create this type of question, complete the following steps:
      1. Enter your question in the Rich Content Editor.
      2. Scroll down to the Answers section.
      3. Enter all possible answers in the input boxes labeled “possible answer.”
      4. Click the Green Arrow to the left of ALL correct answers (Note: this will only show up when your mouse is hovering over the answer).
      5. Click Update Question.

Multiple Dropdowns

  • Select Multiple Dropdowns from the dropdown menu.
    • This question type is very similar to fill in multiple blanks, except instead of a blank on the student end, it provides a dropdown of possible answers. To create this question type, complete the following steps:
      1. Type your question using brackets to define each of the blanks (e.g., roses are [color1], violets are [color2]. In this case [color1] and [color2] will each have their own set of possible answers).
      2. Scroll down to the Answers section.
      3. Select the first blank you defined from the dropdown menu.
      4. Enter all possible answers in the input boxes labeled “possible answer.”
      5. Click the Green Arrow to the left of the correct answer (Note: this will only show up when your mouse is hovering over the answer.)
      6. Select the second blank you defined from the dropdown menu.
      7. Enter all possible answers in the input boxes labeled “possible answer.”
      8. Click the Green Arrow to the left of the correct answer (Note: this will only show up when your mouse is hovering over the answer.)
      9. Repeat these steps for each blank you defined.
      10. Click Update Question.

Numerical Answer

  • Select Numerical Answer from the dropdown menu.
    • This question type allows students to submit a numerical answer, and allows you to set a margin of error for answers. To create this question type, complete the following steps: 
      1. Enter your question in the Rich Content Editor.
      2. Scroll down to the Answers section.
      3. Choose if you want students to submit an Exact Answer, Answer Within a Range, or Precise Answer. For an Exact Answer, enter the Correct Answer and Margin of Error.
      4. For an Answer Within a Range, input the first and last number of range.
      5. For a Precise answer, input the correct answer and the degree of precision.
      6. Click Update Question.

Formula Question

  • Select Formula Question from the dropdown menu. 
    • This question type allows you to ask questions involving formulas and mathematical equations. To create this question type, complete the following steps: 
      • Enter your question in the Rich Content Editor, using brackets to define variables (e.g. 5[x]=2[y]).
      • Scroll down to the Answers section.
      • Define all your variables in the Variable Definition section.
      • Write your formulas in the Formula Definition section.
      • Click Update Question.

Essay Question

  • Select Essay Question from the dropdown menu.
    • This question type allows for text based responses from your students, and serves much the same as an essay assignment in an in-person setting. To create this question type, complete the following steps:  
      1. Enter your question in the Rich Content Editor. Students will be given a blank text box to input their answer.
      2. Click Update Question.

File Upload Question

  • Select File Upload Question from the dropdown menu. 
    • This question type serves a very similar function to the Essay Question option, except that it allows students to submit a file as an answer. To create this question type, complete the following steps:  
      1. Enter your question in the Rich Content Editor. Students will be given a blank text box to input their answer, and an option of adding a file.
      2. Click Update Question.

Text (no question)

  • Select Text (no question)
    • This option will not require students to submit an answer, and instead functions as a block of text, often used for introducing or explaining parts of a quiz. To create this question type, complete the following steps:  
      1. Enter your question in the Rich Content Editor. Students will be given a blank text box to input their answer.
      2. Click Update Question.

SpeedGrader is a Canvas tool that makes grading much quicker and easier. It can be used for any graded item in your course, including quizzes! You can use the SpeedGrader to easily see each student’s submission and adjust points or add feedback. It is especially useful in grading essay questions and adding extra credit points. The tutorial below provides a walkthrough of using this feature to grade quizzes in Canvas courses.

Steps:

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Grades on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Hover your cursor over the name of the quiz you want to grade.
  7. Click the Options icon (three vertical dots) that appears next to the name.
  8. Select SpeedGrader.
  9. Scroll through the questions.
  10. Type points in the box to the right of a question to assign/adjust points.
  11. Write additional comments as necessary to guide your students.
  12. Click Update Scores in the lower right.
  13. Click the arrow in the upper right to move to the next student.
  14. Click the Gradebook icon in the upper left to return to the course when you are finished grading.

 

Grade By Question:

Note: this feature can only be used if the quiz is a “Classic Quiz” type. This is the default quiz type in most Canvas courses. 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Grades on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Hover your cursor over the name of the quiz you want to grade.
  7. Click the Options icon (three vertical dots) that appears next to the name.
  8. Select SpeedGrader.
  9. Click the Settings wheel in the upper left.
  10. Click Options.
  11. Check the box to Grade by question.
  12. Click Save Settings.
  13. Use the numbers at the top of the page to navigate through the quiz questions
    • Grey numbers indicate the question has been graded, while blue numbers indicate questions that still need grading.

There may be times when you would like to proctor a test in your online course. There are some options included in Canvas, such as setting a time limit, that allow a level of proctoring for free. However, you may want to take it a step further by using the “Virtual Proctoring” service ProctorU. This service allows students to complete exams from home via a high-speed internet connection and a webcam. Two levels of services are available:

  • The “Live+” option: includes ID verification and direct monitoring of the student during the entire exam administration but requires each student to pay an out of pocket fee for each exam.
  • ProctorU Auto (Canvas built-in option): does not require a payment from the student but does cost a fee to MSU Denver. In this case, student identity is verified by ProctorU, and the exam administration is video recorded for security.

It is up to each faculty member and their department to determine what types of assessments are appropriate for a class,but here are a few options to consider that don’t require either “live” or “virtual” proctoring:

  • Consider the possibility of allowing students to complete computer-based exams at home using Canvas. 
    • Setting a strict time limit and window of availability can reduce the risk of students utilizing outside resources during a computer-based exam.
    • Assessments administered in a web-based learning management system still requires students to verify their identity by logging into the LMS (Canvas) with their MSU Denver credentials. 
  • Consider alternative assessments, like papers and projects, designed to evaluate student learning outcomes without a proctored exam administration.
  • Consider possibilities, when appropriate, to “drop” one test score for a student that is ill. This is similar to how some courses allow students to drop one low exam grade during a semester.

Note: This tutorial requires that you have a quiz created in Canvas. If you need help with this task, please see the tutorial “Create a Quiz in Canvas.”

Download the ProctorU Browser Extension

ProctorU will only work in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Additionally, you must have the ProctorU browser extension downloaded and installed in your browser: 

 

 

Enable ProctorU on the Canvas Navigation Menu

By default, the ProctorU link is hidden so as not to confuse students in courses that do not use ProctorU. In order to use this service, you will need to enable the ProctorU link on the course navigation menu.

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Settings on the course menu to the left.
  6. Click Navigation from the tabs at the top.
  7. Scroll until you see ProctorU.
  8. Click the options icon (three vertical dots).
  9. Select Enable.
  10. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

 

Set Up a ProctorU Assessment

 

  1. Click the ProctorU link on the course menu to the left. 
  2. Click on the ProctorU tool link.
    1. First Time Registration.
      1. Fill in the required fields.
      2. The registration process could take up to 48 hours to complete. Once your registration is approved by ProctorU, you will receive an email to your MSU Denver email account, then you can continue this process.
    2. If you are already Registered with ProctorU.
      1. Log into your ProctorU account with your MSU Denver email and ProctorU password.
  3. Click on Add New (blue button with downward facing arrow).
    1. Drop Down menu will appear.
    2. Select Exam.
  4. Type the Exam Name into the field.
    • The ‘Exam name’ should be the same as the Quiz created in Canvas.
  5. Select Department (if listed) or General. 
  6. Select Incident User (if applicable).
  7. Select Instructors.
  8. Select Term.
  9. Enter Duration.
    • In minutes.
  10. Copy and Paste Your Canvas Quiz URL into Exam URL.
  11. Paste URL into Whitelisted URLs (if using).
  12. Enter Exam Password (if using).
    • Confirm Password.
  13. SelectTerms of Service.
  14. Select Permitted Resources. 
    • in accordance with your preferences.
  15. Enter Expected Amount Test Takers.
    • Must be in numerical value.
  16. Fill out Contact Info fields.
    1. Your Name.
    2. Your MSU Denver Email.
    3. Your Phone Number.
  17. Click Submit for Review.
    • You will receive an email when your exam is active.

 

Now all you have to do is wait for a response notifying you that the quiz is approved.

Directions:

 

  1. Log in to Canvas.
    1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
    2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
    3. Log in to your Canvas account.
    4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  2. Follow the instructions in the “Open Blackboard and Canvas Simultaneously” tutorial to open Blackboard.

 

Download a Single Assessment from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you’d like to download files from in Blackboard.
  2. Scroll until you see the Course Management panel on the left.
  3. Click on the Control Panel.
  4. Click Course Tools.
  5. Click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  6. Select Tests.
  7. Locate the name of the test you wish to export.
  8. Click the small arrow next to the name of the test.
  9. Select Export.
  10. Follow the prompts to save the test to your computer as a .zip file.

 

OR: Bulk Download Multiple Assessments from Blackboard

  1. Open the course you’d like to download files from in Blackboard.
  2. Scroll until you see the Course Management panel on the left.
  3. Click on Packages and Utilities.
  4. Click on Export/Archive Course.
  5. Click on Export Package.
  6. Select Assessments, Grade Center, andTests, Surveys, and Pools under the Select Course Materials list.
  7. Click Submit.
    • Note: Blackboard will automatically email you when the export is complete. However, you can usually simply wait a few minutes and then refresh the page. Your export file (.zip) will then appear.
  8. Click on the Export File Name (blue link) that appears. This will download the file to your computer.

 

Upload Assessment(s) to Canvas

  1. Click Settings on the course navigation menu to the left in your Canvas course.
  2. Click the Import Course Content button on the right.
  3. Click the Content Type drop-down menu.
  4. Select Blackboard Export 6/7/8/9 export .zip file.
  5. Click Choose File.
  6. Select the .zip file you downloaded from Blackboard.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Select All Content.
  9. Click Import.
  10. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  11. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add the assessment to.
  12. Click the + (Plus) icon to the right of the Module title.
  13. Select Quiz from the drop-down menu.
    • Note: Pools are uploaded as Question Banks, not Quizzes (see the “Create and Use a Question Bank” tutorial for more information).
  14. Click the name of the file you just uploaded.
  15. Click Add Item.
  16. Click and drag on the six-dot icon to the left of the quiz’s name to reorder it as needed.
  17. Click on the name of the file you just uploaded.
  18. Review the quiz.
  19. Edit the quiz as needed (see the “Edit an Existing Quiz” tutorial for more information).

Additional time on a quiz is often something required by an accommodation or other condition. Once you have set up your quiz in Canvas, including the allowed time for all students, you can easily change that time requirement for select students without editing the rest of the class.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where the quiz you want to add time to is located.
  7. Click on the title of the quiz.
  8. Select Moderate This Quiz
    • Note: This will appear either on the right or at the bottom of the page, depending on how large your window is.
    • Note: This option will only appear when students are enrolled in the course and the quiz has been published.
  9. Select the pencil icon to the right of the name of the student you wish to add more time to. The Student Extensions window appears.
    • Note: In order to add more time to a quiz, the quiz must be a timed quiz.
  10. Enter the number of minutes the quiz needs to be extended for that student. It will remind you how long the quiz is currently.
  11. Click Save. Repeat for as many students as necessary.


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