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Your examination in Canvas

Teachers can use Canvas to set up quizzes, individual home exams, group exams and more. They can also ask you to prove your abilities by filming yourself or your screen with the Studio tool.  Below you will find more detailed information regarding the features that you may come across in preparation for and under an exam.

Examination forms in Canvas

There are different entries to your assignments, depending on how your teacher has organised the course:  

  • Via Assignments in the course menu 
  • As the next upcoming assignments in the right hand menu under 'To-do'  
  • Via 'Modules' where you see assignments and other associated materials.  

Instructions on how you make a submission can be found in the Student guide, linked below.  

Submitting a group assignment works the same as submitting regular individual assignments. The only difference is that only one person from the group submits the group-work. 

Student guide - individual and group coursework submission (Canvas) 

In Canvas, a quiz might be a multiple choice and/or short answer test that is automatically graded. These can both have a time limitation as well as a password. 

In order for you to feel comfortable when it's time for your quiz in Canvas, prepare by taking a test quiz in Canvas, going through the student guide and logging into Canvas test course where you can take the same quiz multiple times. 

It is also important that you carefully read through the instructions that you are given when the quiz is about to start.  

Student guide - Quiz (Canvas)

Video recorded in Canvas Studio

Studio can be used when you need to record yourself, your screen, both, or audio only ahead of an exam. Once you have created a recording, it can easily be uploaded to the assignment.

It can also be shared or embedded to other platforms, webpages and blogs. Studio gives you some basic editing options, such as trimming, but no elaborate video editing tools.  

Student guide - Studio (Canvas) 

Upload video recorded on Zoom

As a student you can access and use Zoom the same way as a teacher. This means that you can start your own meeting, as well as record it (f.i. when presenting your powerpoint). As such it can be an alternative to Studio and works particularly well for group presentation with several participants. 

Once your recording has been saved you can upload it to Studio in Canvas and use it in the same way as previously recorded material in Studio. 

Student guide - Zoom video uploas (Canvas)

Upload video recorded on you mobile phone

In some cases you might be required to hand in a recording done on your phone. Make sure that you receive information from your teacher about what is required of you in order to upload your recording.

Learning aids

Canvas allows teachers to set up assignments with different deadlines so that students with granted learning support can be assigned special arrangements (such as extra time for an exam). 

Another feature that can help students with learning disabilities, as well as other students, is the incorporated Ally tool which gives every student the opportunity to view course contents (texts, PDFs and files) in different formats. As such, it is a study aid for everyone! For example, are you a student who find it easier to listen rather than reading? Download the content in mp3 format and listen instead! 

You can learn more about the possibilities Ally offers and other tools that the university offers to all students.: 

Student guide - Ally (Canvas)

Student guide - Accessing course content in alternative formats and functions (Canvas)

Information about other digital aids (see accessibility under other tools) 

Plagiarism and Urkund

Urkund is a text comparison system that compares submitted assignments to other sources, with the main purpose of preventing plagiarism. 

It is outmost important that you are aware of the regulations on plagiarism and the consequences it may have. To help you acknowledge the sources you use in your written work by citing and referencing them in a correct manner the library has created guidelines around academic integrity that you can use. 

Library guides on Academic integrity and honesty (Lund University libraries' website)

Guidelines and regulations on plagiarism and deceitful plagiarism (Lund University's website)

Your teacher always has the option to have your submission reviewed by Urkund. You can read more about Urkund in the student guide. 

Student guide - Information about Urkund (Canvas)

Feedback and grades

Your teacher can choose to give you feedback in Canvas or by other means. It is up to the teacher to decide which method for feedback that will be used and you will receive information in that regard.

Please note that your official grade is only the ones that are registered and visible in Ladok. All form of grades that are communicated in Canvas should be considered preliminary. 

Ladok for students (Lund University's website)

Student rights and responsibilities


  1. Do you know how to login to Canvas?
  2. Have you downloaded the Canvas student app?
  3. Have you turned on notifications so that you don't miss out on important information?
  4. Do you know where to find information about your upcoming examination (can be in the form of an assignment, quizzes, discussion)?
  5. Do you know how to submit an assignment? 
  6. Do you know how to create a video submission with Studio, if that is the requirement set by the teacher?
  7. Do you know where your feedback will be published? 
  8. Do you know how to access information in different formats (i.e. mp3) on Canvas? 
  9. Do you know that your teacher can set up assignments so that students that have been granted extra time can be allocated that without it being visible to the rest of the group?
Two students by a computer. Photo: Unsplash.

Help and support

If you need help or technical support in Canvas please contact:

LU ServiceDesk
servicedesk [at] lu [dot] se
+46 (0) 46 222 9000