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Scanned exams to Canvas

Do you want to use a campus-based proctored exam but not have to deal with the large piles of paper afterwards and do the assessment work in Canvas SpeedGrader? In the examination room for the exam, you can easily choose to import the students' written exams as assignments in a Canvas Assignment with the help of the function "KTH import exams". You can control the settings for the Assignment in Canvas and then effectively assess the exams as regular digital submissions.

KTH Import exams available autumn term 2021

The possibility to assess written campus exams in Canvas is new. A number of pilot tests have been carried out with teachers and by exam period 1, autumn term 2021, "KTH import exams" will probably be visible and accessible to everyone. If you want to be able to definitely plan to assess your written campus exams in Canvas, contact it-support@kth.se , mark your email: Scan campus exams to Canvas.

How “KTH import exams” works

Usually, the results of most campus exams are scanned to be documented by a system called Windream. The function "KTH import exams" gives the examiner the possibility to scan the exams to a Canvas assignment which can then be assessed in SpeedGrader.

In short, the function works as follows. In the examination room's left navigation menu option, you as a teacher in the room can see the option “KTH import exams.” In “KTH import exams” you can activate the function to import the exams in four steps and then choose to import the students' written exams. The four steps let you choose settings and design what the students will eventually see, and include the following:

  1. A front page that welcomes the students is created for the examination room.
  2. The examination room is published so that the students can see it.
  3. A Canvas assignment for the exams is created in the examination room.
  4. The assignment is published so that the students can see it but without it being open for submissions from the students.

The examination room is now ready to receive scanned exams.

As soon as an exam has been synced to Canvas, the assessment work can begin. Learn more about how to assess assignments in Canvas with SpeedGrader .

Use the function for an exam

Go to the examination room for the exam in question. If you do not find the examination room, keep in mind that only the examiner for a course can see the examination room when it has the default settings. Read more about examination rooms .

Go to "KTH import exams"

In the examination room, in the left navigation menu option, select the option “KTH import exams”. The function gives you instructions for preparing the examination room and for syncing the scanned exams. You can leave the function when you want to and continue at another time.

Prepare the examination room

Before the students' exams can be imported, the examination room must be prepared with the function "KTH import exams". Then the examination room gets the right basic settings to be able to receive the information from KTH's exam scanning system Windream. In "KTH import exams", and after the creation of basic settings, start page and assignment, it is possible to edit the text that the students will see.

Sync the students' exams

You choose when it is time to import the exams by activating the sync in "KTH import exams". The sync can, if necessary, be carried out several times without affecting already assessed results. The sync takes a while, and during that time the assignment in Canvas will be published and opened to receive the scanned exams that are loaded.

The assignment in Canvas will be opened for submissions through the function, and when all exams scanned so far have been imported into the assignment in Canvas, the assignment will be closed. All exams will be marked as submitted exactly at the same time. If a student should happen to upload something to the assignment during the short time window it is open, the student's upload will be marked as submitted late and it is easy to see which document comes from the exam through the app "KTH import exams".

The function’s development

The underlying reason for the project “KTH import exams” is to let teachers avoid handling large amounts of paper when conducting exams and instead handle results and assessment digitally. Digital assessment makes it easier for students to access the assessment and makes it possible to sync the result directly to Ladok instead of manually entering results.

The project to produce "KTH import exams" has carried out a number of pilots in 2021 and developed from there. Some examples of design choices are:

  • Create value quickly, detailed settings and more advanced features are planned to be developed at a later date so that teachers will quickly have the opportunity for digital assessment.
  • The exams are only read into Canvas if they are going to be assessed there. The examiner or teacher decides when / if the scanned exams are to be imported.
  • The function works as an LTI app and the exams are imported into examination rooms so that the benefits of the right settings of, for example, Manual grade posting policy and the right grading scheme can be used.
  • Personal identity numbers shall not be necessary for functionality. This enables the system to work together with anonymous exams once that project has been developed.
  • Masking of names and personal identity numbers to anonymize the exams is desirable to implement but proved not feasible as students do not always write the information in the right places and the area covered risks covering part of the solution to a task.

If you want to give feedback or need support to handle “KTH import exams”, contact it-support@kth.se .

Contact about examination

Do you have questions or wish to receive guidance about conducting examination?

E-mail: e-learning@kth.se , mark your mail: examination guidance

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