Settings for examining assignments
By following this guide, you can create an assignment with good settings that make the examination easier to handle. Among other things, you enable anonymous assessment so that both the person being assessed and the one doing the assessing are hidden from each other, and you arrange so that the result from the assignment can easily be transferred to Ladok with the help of the function "Transfer to Ladok".
Settings for the course room
To use anonymous assessment (which is recommended), you first need to enable the function in the Canvas room that the assignment will be in. If the current Canvas room is prepared with one of KTH's templates, this setting may already be adjusted. To check or adjust the setting, go to “Settings” in the course menu.
Choose the fifth tab “Feature Options”. Activate the function “Anonymous grading” and “Anonymous instructor annotations” by clicking on the symbol in the column for the function’s state. If a green check mark is shown, the function is enabled.
Now the alternative for anonymous instructor annotations will be visible in the settings for an assignment, where we can choose to use it.
Create a assignment in Canvas
Go to "Assignments" in the left navigation menu.
Click the button at the top right "+ Assignment".
Now you have created an assignment that needs to be fixed with settings that suits your examination.
Settings for the assignment
The following settings are possible for an assignment. Under the headings below, a recommendation is given for how they should be set when the assignment is created for examination.
- Information to students
- Handle the assignment results
- Control submissions
- Working method and review
- Anonymous grading
1. Information to students
Choose a name for the assignment so that the students can understand what assignment it is. For example: “Submission of examination assignment, course name, exam date” or “Question 1, submit solution”
Assignment information to students
You can enter information about the students' assignment directly. You can also add a file to the assignment. What you write here will be clearly shown to the students, but only when they can go in and open the assignment. Regardless of how you choose to present the exam wording, in a quiz, in a file or directly in the assignment, be clear in informing the students about where they find the information and what the students must upload for the submission to be correct. For example: "Here you should upload a pdf of your scanned solution of task one, the question that was assigned to you in the quiz with the name ..."
2. Handle the assignment results
Shows what the entire assignment to be submitted is worth. If you use Canvas for weighing several assignments together, this score should reflect how important the assignment is compared to others.
Optional group. Is mainly a function for weighing together the results of assignments in Canvas but can also be used to make the page "Assignments" clearer for the students when it is used instead of modules. Read more about weighting assignments in Canvas.
Display grade as
To use the KTH Transfer to Ladok function and transfer students' results to Ladok, use the "Letter Grades" and the grading scheme called "A-F grading scheme (including Fx)" or "Pass/fail grading scheme 80%", depending on the grades used for the Ladok module. Alternatively, create your own grading scheme. However, it must contain the same capital letters used in the assignment equivalent in Ladok for Transfer to Ladok to work. If you plan not to use a grading scheme or Transfer to Ladok, it is recommended that you select the simpler setting "Points". Learn more about the possibilities of weighing grades in Canvas.
3. Control submissions
Select Online, File Uploads and restrict to the type of files you want to receive (pdf is recommended). If students are to write in a text editor, you should allow other file types than if they are to write by hand and take photos of what they have written. Inform the students in advance that only certain file types work. Students need this information so that they can verify that they have programs that can perform the expected file type. As a suggestion for text editing software, you can allow pdf, doc, docx, odt, txt and rtf. If the students are going to take photos, you can allow pdf, jpg, jpeg and png. Select files that you want to work with when assessing. Canvas Speedgrader works best with pdf files.
Select “Limited” and then 1 in the field for the number of attempts, so it will be clear what document is to be assessed.
4. Working method and review
Choose “None” if the submitted file will be scanned, or “Ouriginal” for computer written text. Make sure that “Show report to students” is set to “Never”.
No (or Yes if the assignment should be solved and handed in jointly by a group of students).
No (or Yes if the assessment is intended for peer review).
5. Anonymous grading
No. Anonymous assessment is recommended to be used, but in order to see the status of the students' submissions in the gradebook, it is recommended that anonymous assessment is instead activated in SpeedGrader and not here in the assignment. If you choose to activate the function here by checking "Graders cannot view student names", the students' results will be completely anonymous, both in the assessment overview and in SpeedGrader. You won't, for example, be able to see who has submitted or if someone has submitted too late, etc. However, you can at any time, for example when the assessment is finished, uncheck the box and then see which student has submitted on time or not.
Anonymous instructor annotations
Yes. Students won’t see who has written comments and assessed their assignment. This setting is only visible if it has been activated in the Canvas room as initially described in this guide. The setting is recommended as some teachers and assistants have been contacted through Facebook or similar to be asked to explain their assessment. If a student wishes to find out who has assessed which assignment, KTH's usual routine for handling examination questions is recommended to be used.
Adjust the publication date and time to suit your exam.
Assign to: Select the students for whom the submission times should apply. You can choose all, different sections and different individuals. You can create several different assign settings for the same assignment using "+ Add".
Due: set to the end time of the examination.
Available from: set to the time when the students will first see the content of the assignment. They will see the title when the assignment is published but not the content.
Available until: set so that the assignment is visible half an hour longer than the submission date in case of any technical problems. You will clearly see in the assessment overview who submitted after the end time in the “Due” field. Read more about Availability period and due date .
Press the "Save" button at the bottom to save the assignment and its settings.
Publish the assignment
Check that the assignment is published and publish it if it is not by clicking on the symbol for unpublished. Students will see that the assignment is available and its title when it is published. They will first see the content of the task at the time of "Available from".
When the assignment is created and published, it must be placed where students can easily find it. The recommendation is that you preferably use modules or that you have the page for all assignments published. Read more about how modules work .
Use "Student view" and double check that the assignment is really visible and locked. On the "Home" page, click on the "Student view" button to view the course as a student.
Create an assignment for each question in the exam
To simplify the assessment of an exam's various assignments, it is recommended that students submit each exam assignment in corresponding Canvas assignments. In addition to this, there should be a Canvas assignment for submitting scrap paper. Create an assignment with the settings that suit your exam. Then copy that assignment.
You can copy an already created assignment to save time by only having to make the settings once. Create an assignment with the settings that suit your exam. Then copy that task by pressing the three points for the task in question, select "Duplicate". Name the copy with its own appropriate name and check that all settings have been transferred correctly.
Examples of assignments for examination
The picture below shows what an exam is recommended to look like in Canvas. The exam assignments are randomly assigned to the students through a quiz and submission takes place in separate assignments. The Canvas parts of the exam are clearly presented in modules so that the student can easily get an overview of the entire examination's technical solution. Learn more about randomizing questions in a Canvas quiz or how to handle modules.