For Online Exams (using Canvas)
Communication with students
- Provide clear instructions to students on how to respond in the event of technical issues. They should email you their work immediately and complete the Technical Issues Form. See more details on this process on the T&L Technical Issues Procedure page.
- Communicate all exam details before the exam, ideally verbally and in writing, including:
- Contact details during the exam (if/when/how students can contact you during the exam period)
- Exam length (the time you expect students to be working on the exam)
- Exam-writing window (start and end time for accessing the exam)
- Authorized resources allowed or needed during the exam (e.g., calculators, software, textbooks). This should also include a clear list of internet-based resources students are and are not allowed to use.
- Indicate that any extra time provided for uploading should not be used to continue writing the exam.
Review of Exam Settings in Canvas
- Description should include all exam instructions. See the T&L Post Ensuring a Smoother Remote Exam for a visual example. You may also download and edit from the Exam Instructions Template.
- Verify that any files added to the assignment have been published. Note that images and files uploaded to an assignment or quiz will only display to students if you have indicated the copyright status for the file and published it. Check the ‘Files’ tab to make sure all necessary files are published.
- For Canvas ‘Assignments’, Submission Type should be set to ‘Online’ and ‘File Upload’ if students are expected to upload a file.
- Restrict Upload File Types to ensure that student submissions are compatible with your device, the Canvas Speedgrader, and Turnitin.
- Turnitin plagiarism review should be enabled if you are using Turnitin for plagiarism detection.
- Available From date should be the start of the exam window.
- Due date should be the end of the exam writing window.
- Until date should be the end of the exam upload window. This is typically 15 minutes after the due date to allow students time to upload their exam.
- Verify that any Canvas-based accommodations have been set up correctly.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org before the exam if you need assistance in setting up or reviewing any exam settings.
This section only applies to exams using the ‘Canvas Quizzes’ Learning Tools. Note that all the above ‘exam settings’ checks are also necessary when using a quiz.
- Include a mock exam prior to the scheduled exam. The mock exam should use the same settings and question types as the scheduled assessment. The mock exam mirrors elements of the actual exam, intended to ensure that students meet (or may troubleshoot) any technical requirements for access in advance of completing the actual assessment, and to promote a smooth experience. Ex: Requiring the latest browser / tool update, disabling firewalls, etc. during this testing phase.
- Use the ‘preview’ feature to run through the exam and verify the Canvas Quiz displays as intended. Depending on how you have set up your Quiz, verifications may include correct / incorrect answer selections, optional feedback display, and accurate points awarded on submission, as well as intended display of questions if using a question bank.
- Review all quiz settings for accuracy and to assist with academic honesty, including:
- time limit,
- answer shuffling,
- whether or not students are allowed multiple attempts,
- whether or not students can see their answers after the exam. Please note, by default New Quizzes release quiz results to students after submission. To restrict this, enable Restrict student result view in the quiz settings.
For a detailed explanation of how to conduct an exam review in each of the Canvas assessment tools, please review the following vdeos:
If you’d like a member of the CITE team to complete a review of your exam, please open a ticket by emailing email@example.com.