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How do I view and submit an Assignment in Canvas?
Posted by Anna Wright on 13 November 2012 10:36 AM

Note: These instructions are for students.

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Group Assignments: Submitting Group Assignments follows the same procedure as submitting individual assignments. Only one person from your group should submit the group’s completed assignment. 


What are Assignments?

Canvas considers any graded item as an assignment. Instructors can also set up non-graded assignments. These include:

  • Assignments: An Assignment is a Canvas assignment that can be submitted online through text entry, file uploads, media recordings, Google Docs, URLs, or Canvas pages. 
  • Discussions: A Discussion is a Canvas assignment will grade student response to discussion topics. 
  • Exams and Quizzes: An Exam or Quiz is a Canvas assignment that can be used to conduct a survey or assess a student's comprehension of course content.
  • Not Graded: A Not Graded assignment is a Canvas assignment with a due date, but no points or grades will be given for completing the assignment. 

What are the different assignment submission types?

Your instructor will decide what kinds of submissions are acceptable. The instructor may allow students to:

  • Upload a File: For example, this would be used to submit a Microsoft Word file. Instructors can also limit the file types (i.e. .docx or .doc) that will be accepted for submission. If these file types limitations are set for an assignment, students will only be able to submit the allowed file types.
  • Submit a Text Entry: This assignment must be typed directly into the LMS, no file attachments can be submitted. It is strongly recommended that you type the assignment in Microsoft Word first and save it to your computer. For example, this would be used to submit text for a Journal Assignment entry.
  • Enter a Website URL: For example, this would be used when students are required to upload a video to YouTube and submit a link to it for the instructor to review.
  • Submit Media for an Assignment: For example, this option would be used when students are required to record a short video of themselves.
  • Submit a Google Doc for an Assignment: This assignment must be submitted as a Google Doc. For example, this option would be used when students are required to collaborate on a paper using the Collaboration tool and Google Docs. 

Instructors may allow one, several or all of these options for student assignment submissions. Full details of an assignment and assignment submission information are included in the Overview for the week in which it is introduced. 


How to View Assignments

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation.
    Click on Assignments 
  2. On the Assignments page, a list of Assignments (if available) will be available. 
    • Assignments are grouped by Upcoming Assignments and Past Assignments. 
    • The due date and point value (i.e. Out of 100 points) are listed for each assignment.
  3. Full details of an assignment are included in the Overview for the week in which it is introduced.

Note: Assignments are also accessible in Modules.  


How to Submit an Assignment using the File Upload Option

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation. 
  2. On the Assignments page, click on the title of an assignment.
  3. You may see a rubric to help guide your work (if provided by the instructor). You may also see the following assignment details:
    • Due date
    • Total points
    • Submission types
    • File types
    • Availability dates
  4. Click on the Submit Assignment button. 
    Submit Assignment button
  5. On the File Upload tab, click on the Upload File button and select a file to attach. 
    Upload File 
  6. To add another file attachment, click on Add Another File. Repeat until all required file attachments have been added. 
    • Note: If you have more than one file to attach, be sure to add all required file attachments before clicking Submit. Once you click Submit, you will NOT be able to go back and add another file attachment. 
    • To remove a file attachment, click on the red X next to the file attachment. 
  7. To add a comment, click in the Comments field and type a comment to the instructor (optional).
  8. Click on the Submit Assignment button to submit assignment. 

How to Submit an Assignment using the Text Entry Option

This assignment must be typed directly into the LMS, no file attachments can be submitted. It is strongly recommended that you type the assignment in Microsoft Word first and save it to your computer.

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation. 
  2. On the Assignments page, click on the title of an assignment.
  3. You may  see a rubric to help guide your work (if provided by the instructor). You may also see the following assignment details:
    • Due date
    • Total points
    • Submission types
    • File types
    • Availability dates
  4. Click on the Submit Assignment button. 
    Submit Assignment button
  5. On the Text Entry tab, in the Text Entry text box, type or copy and paste your text from Microsoft Word. You can format your entry and add media, links, photos, and/or equations using the Rich Content Editor
    Text Entry 
  6. To add a comment, click in the Comments field and type a comment to the instructor (optional).
  7. Click on the Submit Assignment button to submit assignment. 

How to Submit an Assignment using the Website URL Option

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation. 
  2. On the Assignments page, click on the title of an assignment.
  3. You may see a rubric to help guide your work (if provided by the instructor). You may also see the following assignment details:
    • Due date 
    • Total points
    • Submission types
    • File types
    • Availability dates
  4. Click on the Submit Assignment button. 
    Submit Assignment button 
  5. On the Website URL tab, in the Website URL text box, type or copy and paste your URL. 
    Website URL 
  6. To add a comment, click in the Comments field and type a comment to the instructor (optional).
  7. Click on the Submit Assignment button to submit assignment.

How to Submit an Assignment using the Media Option

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation. 
  2. On the Assignments page, click on the title of an assignment.
  3. You may see a rubric to help guide your work (if provided by the instructor). You may also see the following assignment details:
    • Due date
    • Total points
    • Submission types
    • File types
    • Availability dates
  4. Click on the Submit Assignment button. 
    Submit Assignment button
  5. On the Media tab, click on the Record/Upload Media button. 
    Media Recording 
  6. On the Record Media tab, you have the option to record video [1] or audio [2] to upload to the assignment.
    Record Media 
  7. To record video:
    • Click on the Webcam icon [1]. 
      Click on the Webcam Icon
    • Click Allow to give the Adobe Flash Player to access your computer's camera and microphone.
      Click Allow to give the Adobe Flash Player to access your computer's camera and microphone.
    • Click to start recording an video file.
      Start Recording
    • The time [1] and the volume level [2] of your recording will continuously update as you record. Click anywhere to stop recording.
      Stop Recording
    • Your recording will begin to playback automatically. Click Save to save your video [1]. Click Record [2] to re-record your video message.
      Review recording
    • Note: It may take several minutes for the video to process.
  8. To record audio:
    • Click the Microphone icon.
      Click Microphone
    • Click Allow to give the Adobe Flash Player to access your computer's camera and microphone.
      Click Allow to give the Adobe Flash Player to access your computer's camera and microphone.
    • Click to start recording an audio file.
      Start Recording
    • The time [1] and the volume level [2] of your recording will continuously update as you record. Click anywhere to stop recording.
      Stop Recording
    • Your recording will begin to playback automatically. Click Save to save your video [1]. Click Record [2] to re-record your video message.
      Review recording
    • Note: It may take several minutes for the video to process.
  9. To upload an audio or video file: You can upload audio [1] or video [2] files to your assignment. The process is the same for both.
    • Click on Select Audio File [1] or Select Video File [2]. 
      Upload Media
    • A pop-up window will appear in your browser. Select the file you would like to upload and click Open to begin uploading the file.
      Select File to upload
    • Monitor the file upload. The uploading process will finish automatically.
      Monitor Upload Progress
  10. View the media comment as part of the text entry.
    View the media comment as part of the text entry.
  11. To add a comment, click in the Comments field and type a comment to the instructor (optional).
  12. Click on the Submit Assignment button to submit assignment.
    Click Submit Assignment button

View Submission

  • After you have submitted your work, you will see information in the Sidebar about your past submission. 
    View Submission
  • If you choose, you may resubmit another version of your assignment using the Re-submit Assignment link [2]. You will only be able to view the details of your most recent submission in the Sidebar, but your instructor will be able to see all of your submissions.
  • Once the instructor has graded your submission, you will be notified via the channels that you specify in your Notification Preferences.
  • You can also see details about your assignment and links to additional feedback in the Gradebook.

More information and step-by-step instructions can be found in the Canvas Guides by Instructure.


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