there does not seem to be a time clock for the students..Am i missing a switch?
Are you perhaps asking about a timer on Canvas Quizzes? If so, for quizzes in which you have set a time limit, students will see the timer on the right as they start the quiz. See screenshot below.
If this is not what you are asking about, please provide additional details so that we can better help you.
Daniel Coleman Welcome to the Canvas Community! Kelley's screenshot is great. In case you're using New Quizzes, the timer is at the top of the student quiz page (check out the View Time Limit section of How do I take an assessment in New Quizzes?). Students can choose to hide that timer.
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