This article describes how to best deliver an exam through Canvas during in-person classes. See Exams for Remote Instruction - Faculty for advice on delivering online exams remotely.
Before You Start
With proper notice, the Courseware team can help prepare an exam for delivery through Canvas. Note that we will not convert paper exams into online formats.
You can deliver an online exam either in a Wharton lab or in your classroom.
- If you want students to take the exam on campus in a Wharton computer lab, you must reserve the lab well in advance. Your course coordinator or business administrator can help with this; you can also review Wharton computer lab policies.
- A shared lab login can be specified in your lab reservation to speed access at the beginning of exam. If you choose not to request a shared lab login your non-Wharton students that they must create a Wharton "class" account to log on to Wharton lab machines or to print from Wharton public printers. Typically, non-Wharton students do not already have this type of account.
- If you want students to take the exam on their personal computers in your usual classroom , make sure the room has adequate power and wireless coverage. (Please contact your department's Wharton Computing Strategic Partner Team for assistance with this question 1 week or more before the exam date.)
There are several ways to prevent cheating during online exams.
- Use quiz settings that can maximize quiz security.
- Use Respondus LockDown Browser (avilable both in the Wharton Lab Computers and for students to download to their computers), which restricts the online environment while students are taking a quiz.
- Use Turnitin, if you choose to administer the exam as a Canvas assignment. (This tool is not currently available for use with quizzes.)
If the online exam is closed-book but will be administered on campus, you must make arrangements for proctors. (Wharton Computing staff members cannot provide proctoring services.)
A quiz can be given during a precise time period (e.g., April 4, 2020, 4:30pm-6pm), or can be made available during a longer period, but for a limited duration (e.g, the student only has an hour to complete, and the quiz must be taken and submitted at some point during the period of April 2-6, 2020).
You may have students that have been granted accommodations by Penn's Office of Student Disabilities Services; the Provost's Office has issued general guidelines for faculty.
Accommodations, such as granting extra time on an online exam, must be made in advance. It is not currently possible to allow students to edit previous submitted quizzes.
Creating a take-home exam
In place of a Canvas quiz, you have students download a document that contains the exam, and then upload their answers, in a Word file or pdf.
- Create the document you will attach to the quiz. (We recommend .pdfs; it's easy for students to confuse the downloaded version of the Word file with the version they must upload.)
- Store this document in Files, in a new folder whose permissions are set to "Only available to students with link."
- Create or edit a quiz, including one file upload question for collecting a student's answers. If there is no time limit, you can use an assignment instead of a quiz.
- Link your exam document either from a text question or from the File Upload Question details.
- Use availability dates to prevent students from accessing the document too early, and to prevent submissions after the due date.
- Use a time limit in settings to limit the amount of time permitted for the quiz. We recommend allowing 5 extra minutes for students to save and upload their files.
- Use Moderate Quiz to monitor progress or to allow extra time or attempts to individual students,
NOTE: File upload quiz questions do not work in Internet Explorer for Windows, nor in older Safari versions for Mac. These browsers also do not meet the general system requirements for Canvas.
Please advise if your exam occurs outside of regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm Eastern Time).