In order to access Canvas as an external examiner at Queen’s you will need to be assigned the ‘External Examiner’ role within Qsis. This is a specific role for external examiners which will give you access to the areas required.

The external examiner role is a ‘view only’ access role. The role will enable you to view announcements, discussions and all grades. You will be unable to participate in any of the activities, build content or grade. In addition you will be unable to view student and module statistics or reports.

You can log into Canvas with the details provided to you from your contact at Queens via the link below:

Canvas at Queens

When you first log into Canvas you will see the ‘Dashboard’ which will show you all the courses you are able to access.  Click on a course to access it (see image below).

The Canvas dashboard with course card highlighted.

Queens have provided all courses with template pages to achieve a level of consistency across modules. The navigation of Canvas should therefore be similar regardless of the course you are accessing.

The first page you will see is ‘Home’ which will give you general information regarding the administration of the course as well as learning outcomes and a link to the module handbook (see image below) .

The ‘Home’ page where student’s access important course information.

The ‘Modules’ area is the primary area in which students interact with the learning resources. When you click here you will see the course structure broken down into weeks or themes and the resources categorised (see image below) .

The ‘Modules’ section of Canvas where learning resources are accessed.

Other resources can be accessed on the left hand side of the screen by clicking on the various options e.g. Discussions, Quizzes and Assignments (see image below) .

Other resources can be accessed on the left of the screen.

As an external examiner you will be primarily interested in the ‘Grades’ area (see image below).

The ‘Grades’ area where the student Gradebook can be accessed.

The ‘Grades’ area gives access to the student assessments. Each column with a blue title refers to a specific assignment (see image below).

Each assignment has it’s own column with a blue heading.

To view the student submissions click on the dropdown menu within the assignment title tab and select ‘Speedgrader’. The student grade, any annotated feedback, as well as any overall comments, will be viewable here (see video below).

Accessing ‘Speedgrader’ from the student Gradebook.

Within Speedgrader you can select the student submission you wish to view via the dropdown menu in the top right of the screen (see image below) .

Navigating ‘Speedgrader’.

For more detailed information on Canvas Assignments, Gradebook and Speedgrader, link to the following lessons within ‘Getting Started with Canvas at Queens‘ which is the online, self-paced course that provides an introduction to Canvas VLE.   (You will need to log into Canvas to view).

Lesson 6: Groups, Assignments and e-Portfolios

Lesson 8: Gradebook, Rubrics and Feedback