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KTH's exam room template in Canvas

Through the exam room template, the teacher receives help to manage the examination room so that it has a clear structure based on Canvas Assignments. The teacher needs to complete the room with course specific information and upload material for the examination. On this page you will find a guide on what you need to do.

Template for exam room – assignment based

All examination rooms are created with a simple template to facilitate the implementation of the examination and create a common foundation. The template is in English, but if your course is held in Swedish and you want your examination room to be in Swedish, you can download a Swedish version of the template from Canvas Commons. In order to stipulate that the code of conduct must be handled by the student before the examination itself and structure the room with modules, there is an alternative template, read more on the page KTH's module-based examination rooms template .

How examination rooms are created and work

On the page Examination room in Canvas , you can read more about how the rooms are created and when they should be used. If you can not find your examination room, you should read about who gets access and when to the examination rooms and read about the process for and management of unpublishing of examination rooms.

Template content

The assignment-based template that the rooms are created with means in practice that all examination rooms have the following presets and materials:

  • A suggestion for a Home page (can be edited to fit your course).
  • There is a quiz with the code of conduct for the students. 
  • “Home”, ”Assignment” and ”Grades” are the only visible options in the course navigation menu (for the students). It will be easier for students to find the examination material and they cannot see other students (or student groups) since the “People” tab is deactivated for them. Announcements are prepared to be shown if a message is posted there.
  • Settings for course and gradebook to fit examination.
    • “Manually Post Grades” is chosen so that the examiner controls when the assessment should be published for the students.
    • “Late Submission policy” is set so that non-submitted assignments receive zero points.
    • Anonymous grading and anonymous instructor annotations are activated in the Canvas room so that the function can be selected when assignments are created. 
    • “Course grading scheme” is activated and set to KTH’s standard.

Conditioning the code of conduct

If you wish to condition that the students has to confirm the code of conduct to be able to view the exam questions, you need to use modules to structure the exam room. Read more about the template KTH:s module based examination rooms template  which can be downloaded from Canvas Commons.

Working with the room and the examination

If you want to start the work with the examination earlier, it is recommended that you create the assignment (s) in your sandbox. It can generally be good to always start the work with the examination in a sandbox as there are greater opportunities to let colleagues give feedback and test the task so that it works as intended. Read more about working in a Sandbox .

Manage the exam room before examination

The following things need to be done in the exam room well in time before the examination:

  1. Edit the Home page
  2. Create assignments
  3. Adjust the availability date for the code of conduct
  4. Publish the room and assignments
  5. Use the student view for a last check

1. Edit the Home page

The Home page has a suggested text that can be used, but it needs to be supplemented with contact information for the examiner. The Home page is the first page that the students will see when they get access to the exam room, therefore it can be beneficial to give instructions and information that the students will need before the examination. Below is a short description on how the Home page can be edited to, for example, add contact information.

Add contact information to the Home page

Open the examination room in Canvas and choose “Home” in the left navigation menu. Click on the button with the pen, “Edit”, to the right, far up on the page.

Screenshot: The edit button is highlighted

Mark where you want to write, for example under the existing text. Enter information about how the examiner can be contacted. Finally, do not forget to save the page. Example:

For contact

Examiner: Firstname Surname



Office hours:

2. Create assignments

Create assignments digitally for the examination. If you need help, there is a collection of detailed guides on how to create assignments, quizzes or exams with random questions in Canvas. Links to all guides can be found in the middle of this page: Before examination in Canvas .

In order to be certain that students do not have access to the examination assignment in advance, it is important that no information about the wording of the exam or the parts to be assessed can be found in the title of the Canvas assignment or the quiz. In some situations, that information can be found through searching even if it is unpublished.

3. Adjust the availability date for the code of conduct

Set time for the code of conduct so that the students can submit it 15 minutes before the exam starts. 

Go to the left navigation menu “Assignments”. Press the quiz that is named “Code of conduct” and click on the pen button “Edit”, which is located to the left, far up on the page. At the bottom of the quiz settings page, you will find the “Assign” settings. Set “Available from” to 15 minutes before the start time of the examination. 

4. Publish the room and assignments

Publish the exam room in Canvas well in advance of the exam. The students will be able to view the Canvas room only when it has been published, and it is good if the students have plenty of time before the exam to find the room. Then those that may not find the exam room have time to find out why, and fix the problem. A Canvas room can be published from “Home” by pressing “Publish”. The button “Publish” will become green when the room has been published.

Screenshot, The publish button is highlighted

The assignments should also be published before the exam, so that the students can learn to find their way in the exam room before the exam. When publishing an assignment, the title of an assignment will be visible but the content will only be shown according to the availability date setting for the assignment/assignments.

5. Use the student view for a last check

Visit the exam room as a student through the help of student view and verify that everything looks as planned and works as planned. On the “Home” page click on the “Student View” button to view the course as a student.

Screenshot home page, student view is highlighted.
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Last changed: Nov 24, 2021
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