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Before examination in Canvas

This is a checklist for the examination of a course in Canvas. It is good to make sure you set the Gradebook correctly. If you want to transfer assessments in Canvas to grades in Ladok via the KTH Transfer to Ladok function, you need to use both the letter grade and KTH's grading scheme.

A summary of the checklist

The following points are addressed on this page:

  • Use the examination room.
  • Set up the automatic handling of assessments.
  • Create material in Canvas.
  • Set up anonymous assessment.
  • Plan for reporting the final grade.

Use the examination room

For all types of activities in Ladok, examination rooms are generated in Canvas, where examinations can be carried out according to the examiner's wishes. The rooms are created with special sections for students with compensatory support so that it is administratively easier to know which students should have compensatory support, for example extra writing time. By using the examination room, many of the settings recommended below are already set. For examination with registration, the examination room is mandatory to use.

Read more about Examination rooms in Canvas .

Structure in the examination room

The examination rooms are created with a common template to make it clearer for students and for easier handling of Canvas before the examination. There are several templates to download from Canvas Commons, based on "Assignments" or "Modules", in Swedish or in English. You are recommended to use one of KTH's templates as the standard structure makes it easier for students to quickly navigate the examination, but it is up to the examiner to choose what the Canvas room should look like.

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Publish in good time before the examination

Lock the information about the examination, but publish it and the room well in advance of the examination so that students before the actual examination can make sure that they can find their way to it and through the material. It is good to arrange an opportunity for students to test a version of what the examination will look like, for example how to submit their solutions.

Also remember to only have visible the navigation choices in the left menu that are relevant to the student. If you use a structure with modules, students need to see "Modules" (Modules) and “Grades”. If you use a structure with assignments, they only need to see "Assignments” and “Grades”. It can also be nice to have a welcome page but it is not a must.

Set up the automatic handling of assessments

In the Gradebook settings (found under the gear in the upper right corner), there are three settings you may need to make if you are not using an examination room. If you use an examination room, the settings are already adjusted.

 Read more about settings and handling of the Gradebook .

Create material in Canvas

By following the guides linked below, you will get detailed step-by-step help to create your examination in Canvas.

First work in your sandbox

It is recommended to create the assignment(s) in your sandbox. It can generally be good to always start the work with examination in a sandbox as there are greater opportunities to let colleagues give feedback and test the assignment so that it works as intended. When the examination assignment is complete and the examination room is created, you can easily move the assignment from the sandbox to the examination room.

Read more about how to copy information between Canvas course rooms  or about how to import several assignments and their structure between Canvas rooms .

If you want to create a sandbox, contact it-support@kth.se .

Assignment and/or quiz

Canvas "Assignment" and "Quizzes" both have different benefits. How you should choose and organize your assignments/quiz for your examination depends mostly on how you want to carry out the assessment work and handle the examination after the students have submitted it.

Read more about Organize assignments/quizzes for examination .

Keep in mind that regardless of the solution, it is good to arrange an opportunity for students to test a version of what the examination will look like, for example how to submit their solutions.

Examination with a Canvas assignment

  1. Create an assignment with good settings for assessment.
  2. Assess the student’s submission in the Canvas assignment (can also be scanned solutions).
    Assess documents in Canvas .

Examination with a Canvas Quiz

  1. Create a quiz with good question types.
  2. Assess the quiz in Canvas. Assess results from New Quizzes in Canvas .

Submission time

In Canvas, you can set a time for when the assignment must be submitted and another later time when an assignment is visible. Set the time limit for the latter to 30 minutes after the assignment is supposed to be submitted. Then it is still possible to submit, which can be good if some type of problem arises for the student. You will be able to see who submitted late. 

Using intended learning outcomes to assess assignments or quiz

You can create course specific outcomes in Canvas and align them to assignments and set up how you want them to be used to suit your course. The settings allow you to use the outcomes as an indication, but also as a final assessment. You can choose to remove the levels of the outcomes and only use comments, and in a similar way use them for peer review.

Learn more about The Outcomes function in Canvas .

Set up anonymous assessment

There are two ways to set up anonymous assessment: in the settings for an assignment, or in SpeedGrader. It is recommended to activate anonymous assessment in SpeedGrader. This is to make it possible to see the status of the students' submissions in the assessment overview.

If you choose to activate the function in an assignment by checking "Graders cannot view student names", the students' results will be completely anonymous, both in the assessment overview and in SpeedGrader. You can then, for example, not see who has submitted or if someone has submitted too late, etc. However, you can whenever you want, for example when the assessment is complete, tick the box and then see which student has submitted on time or not.

Read more about using SpeedGrader for assessment .

Plan for reporting the final grade

For clarity to the students, it is recommended that you use Canvas to weigh the assessments together for the final grade of the course. Check the extent to which Canvas can support the reporting of student results.

Learn how to use the Grades function .

Keep in mind that the results for a course module has to be reported to Ladok within 15 working days after the examination date. It is not enough to report for for examlpe exam results only through Canvas.

KTH Transfer to Ladok

In order for the results from the course to be transferred to grades in Ladok via the function "KTH Transfer to Ladok" (see course menu), set "Display grade as" to "Letter grade" in the assignment settings. The grading scheme needs to match the grade used in the Ladok module.

Learn more about how to Transfer grades from Canvas to Ladok .

More information about examination

On the pages about examination, you can read more about different examination methods. There is information gathered about support, advice and guidelines regarding examinations for courses given at KTH.

Read more about Examination .

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