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KTH's module-based examination room template

In order to stipulate that the code of conduct and examination instructions must be handled by the student before the examination itself, this module-based examination room template is recommended. The teacher needs to download the module-based template and complete it with course-specific information and add exam material. Below you will find a guide to what needs to be done.

Examination room template - based on modules

The teacher who is an experienced user of Canvas is recommended to download the module-based template from Canvas Commons to their examination room, instead of using the simpler assignment-based template that the room was created with. The template is available in a Swedish and an English version.

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.

​On the page Code of conduct for examination at KTH , you can read more about how the code of conduct can be used. 

Template content

The module-based examination room has a structure with modules where the code of conduct and exam instructions must be read by the student in order for the student to have access to the examination text. For this locking of modules to work, there must be material in each module, which is why the template comes with an empty assignment when imported.

The modular template has the following content:

  • A suggestion for a the start page.
  • There is a quiz with the code of conduct and an information page that must be read before the exam.
  • There are two modules where the content of the first module must be completed before the material in the second module becomes available. The exam instructions and the code of conduct are placed in the first module. Exam material must be placed in the second module.
  • "Home", "Modules" and "Grades" are the only visible course navigation menu options. It will be easier for students to find the examination material and they cannot see other students (or student groups) since the “People” heading is deactivated for them. Announcements are prepared to be shown as soon as a message is posted there.
  • Course settings and assessment overview to fit the examination.
    • "Manually Post Grades" is chosen so that the examiner controls when the assessment is to be published for the students.
    • "Late Submission policy" is set so that non-submitted assignments receive zero points.
    • Anonymous grading and anonymous teacher annotations are activated in the Canvas room so that the functions can be selected when assignments are created.
    • The "Course grading scheme" is activated and set to KTH's standard.

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 examination room before the exam

The following things need to be done in the examination room well in advance of the exam:

  1. Import the template into the examination room
  2. Edit the front page and the conditioned information page
  3. Create assignments and add them to the module
  4. Publish and set the availability date for code of conduct
  5. Publish the room and the assignments
  6. Use the student view for a final check

1. Import the template into the examination room

In order not to get duplicates after the import, delete the Home page and the quiz with the code of conduct in the examination room before you import the module-based template.

Follow the Canvas guide on how to download from Canvas Commons . You can find KTH's different templates by searching in Canvas Commons for "kth template". Click on the template you want to use and select "Import/Download", select which room the material is to be downloaded to and confirm. Now you can go back to the Canvas room where the downloaded material can be found together with any existing material. Edit so that you only have what is relevant to your course.

2. Edit the front page and the conditioned information page

The front page and the conditional information page are good places to give students information and instructions before the exam. The pages need to be edited to suit the specific examination.

Change to the correct front page

The room’s front page needs to be changed to the front page that came with the template. Enter the "Pages" navigation option and press the "Show all pages" button. Identify the page that should be the new front page. In the module based template, the front page is called "Welcome". Click on the three dots for the page and select "Use as Front Page". Unpublish the old page or delete it by clicking on the three points of that page and selecting "Delete".

Add contact information to the front page

The front page has a suggested text that can be used, but it needs to be supplemented with contact information for the examiner. When you're on the page, click the "Edit" button. Enter information about how the examiner can be contacted, e.g. email address and phone number. Remember to save the page when you are done.

Edit the conditioned information page

The conditioned information page needs to be edited. The page should contain information and instructions that the students need before the exam. If you do not wish to condition that they read the information before the exam, it is recommended that you delete the information page and instead write relevant information on the front page.

To edit the page, select the "Pages" option in the course navigation menu, select "View all pages", and the "Instructions for the exam" page. Edit the page and do not forget to save when you are done.

3. Create assignments and add them to the module

Add your exam material, questions and assignments for submission to the second module. The recommendation is that students get the questions randomly from a quiz and then submit their solutions to the exam's various questions in separate Canvas assignments. Once you have added your material to the second module, you can remove the "Template instructions, DO NOT PUBLISH" page from the module. (The conditions for the second module can only be made when something is placed in the module, the page with instructions on how to use the template is used to fill the void before the correct material is in place).

If you want help creating the exam material, there is a collection of detailed guides on how to create an assignment, quiz, or exam with random questions in Canvas. Links to all guides can be found in the middle of the page: Before the 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.

4. Publish and set the availability date for the code of conduct

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

Go to the left navigation menu “Modules”. Click on the quiz that is named “Code of conduct/Hederskodex”. 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. Click “Save and publish” when you are done.

5. Publish the room and the assignments

Publish the exam room in Canvas well in advance of the exam. The students will be able to view the Canvas room 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 and modules 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 assignments.

6. Use the student view for a final check

Visit the exam room as a student through the help of student view and verify that everything looks 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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