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How do I create, edit or delete an Assignment in Canvas?
Posted by Anna Wright on 25 January 2013 02:36 PM

Note:These instructions are for faculty teaching LMS requested courses.

Canvas considers any graded item as an assignment. Instructors can also set up non-graded assignments. Click here to learn more about what assignments are in Canvas. Click here to learn how to create Assignment Groups and weight the final grade based on these groups.

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How to Create an Assignment in Canvas

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation.
  2. In an Assignment Group header, click the Add icon.
    Click Add icon 
  3. Enter Assignment Details: 
    • Set the Assignment type by selecting the Type drop-down menu [1].
    • Enter the Assignment title in the Name field [2].
    • Click the Calendar icon to select a due date [3] or manually enter a due date.
    • Enter the number of points for the assignment in the Points field [4].
    • If you are ready to publish your assignment shell, click the Save & Publish button [5].
    • If you want to create a draft of your assignment shell and publish it later, click the Save button [6].
      Enter Assignment Details
  4. To edit the assignment details, click the More Options button [7].
  5. On the Edit Assignment page, you can set the following options. 
    • Add Details: Type the assignment title in the Assignment Name field [1]. If you created your assignment as an assignment shell, this field will be populated for you, but you can change it if necessary.
    • Use the Rich Content Editor to add images, text, links, equations, or insert media [2].
    • Use the Content Selector in the Sidebar to link to or upload course resources, including files and images [3]. 
      More Options 
    • Enter Points and Select Assignment Group:
      • Enter the points for your assignment in the Points field [1].
      • Select the Assignment Group for the assignment in the Assignment Group drop-down menu [2].
      • If you created your assignment as an assignment shell, the points field and Assignment Group will be populated for you. You can edit these if necessary.
        Enter Points and select Assignment Group
    • Select Grading Type:
      • In the Display Grade as drop-down menu, select the method you want to use for grading. You can grade your assignment by percentage, complete/incomplete, points, letter grade, GPA scale, or not grade the assignment.
      • Note: The grading type is how the assignment score will display in the Gradebook. For example, let's say you have an assignment that is worth 10 points and you choose to display the grade as a percentage. A student who receives 8/10 points on the assignment will show as 80 in the Gradebook. If using a letter grade, learn how to create a grading scheme and apply a grading scheme to your assignment.
        Select Grading Type
    • Set Submissions Type: In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select the type of submission you want to accept for the assignment. By default, the submission type will be set to Online.
      Submission Types
      • No Submission is when you do not want students to submit an assignment in Canvas. This assignment type can be used to create extra columns in the Gradebook, or when you want to create an assignment that involves multiple scores. Submission Type does not apply to Not Graded assignments.
      • Online is when you want students to submit their assignments using Canvas.
        • Online Submission Options: When you use the online submission type, you can specify online entry options. These options tell your students how they can submit their assignment. You can select one or all options: 
          Online Options
          • Text Entry [1]: Students can submit their assignment directly in the Rich Content Editor.
          • Website URLs [2]: Students can submit a URL that fulfills the assignment.
          • Media Recordings [3]: Students can submit an audio or video recording that fulfills the assignment. They can either record new media or upload existing media.
          • File Uploads [4]: Students can upload a file to fulfill the assignment. Note that if your institution has enabled Google Docs as a submission type, students can connect to Google Docs as a web service to submit an assignment as a Google Doc, Google Sheet, or Google Slide. However, these files will convert to their Microsoft counterpart file type—Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively.
            • Turnitin Assignment: If you want to create a Turnitin assignment, click on the Enable Turnitin Submissions checkbox. To set more advanced settings, click on the Advanced Turnitin Settings link.
              Enable Turnitin Options
      • External Tool is when you want students to submit their assignments using an external app (LTI) enabled for your course.
        • Note: No Submission and On Paper assignments still appear to students on their Assignments page. To avoid confusion, it is best to make a note in the description about the assignment so students will know whether or not a submission is required and if so, how they are supposed to submit it.
    • Create Group Assignment (Optional):
      • As part of an assignment submission, Canvas lets you set up an assignment as a group assignment. If you want students to work together on the assignment as a group, check the This is a Group Assignment checkbox [1].
      • Some instructors choose to grade students individually even though they are participating in a group assignment. If you want to assign grades individually, check the Assign Grades to Each Student Individually checkbox [2]. Then select the the set of groups you want to use for the assignment from the Group Set drop-down menu [3].
        Group Assignment Options
      • Notes:
        • If you do not already have a group set created, Canvas will prompt you to create one. However, if you create a group set with self sign-up or manual group assignments, you will not be able to use the group set until users have been added to the subgroups.
        • Group Information does not apply to Not Graded assignments.
        • If you are creating a differentiated assignment, groups are not supported and may create unexpected results in Canvas.
    • Require Peer Reviews (Optional):
      • If you want to require students review each other's work, check the Require Peer Reviews checkbox [1].
      • When requiring peer reviews, you can select whether to manually assign peer reviews [2] or automatically assign peer reviews [3]. Select the radio button next to the option you prefer.
      • If you automatically assign peer review, the menu will expand. In the Reviews Per User field [4], enter the number of reviews each student will be required to complete. In the Assign Reviews field [5], use the calendar icon or manually enter in the date students should submit their peer review by.
      • The Anonymity option allows instructors to hide the name of the student reviewer from the student with the submission. The student whose work has been reviewed cannot see the name of the reviewer. However, the reviewer will be able to see the name of the assigned person whose work is to be reviewed.
      • Instructors can always view the name of the student reviewer in SpeedGrader and on the student submission page. If you want to make the peer review anonymous, check the Peer Reviews Appear Anonymously [6] checkbox.
      • Note: If automatically assigning peer reviews, the assign reviews date must come after the assignment due date. If left blank, Canvas will use the assignment due date.
        Require Peer Reviews
    • Set Due Dates and Availability Dates: 
      • By default, Canvas will set your assignment dates for everyone in your course [1].
      • Set a due date for the assignment in the Due Date field [2].
      • The due date will already be populated for you if you created an assignment shell, but you can change it if necessary.
      • You also have the option to add availability date fields [3].
        Edit Due Dates 
  6. Save and Publish:
    • If you want to notify users about any future assignment changes, click the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox [1].
    • If you are ready to publish your assignment, click the Save & Publish button [2].
    • If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button [3].
      Click Save and Publish 

We strongly recommend creating an assignment, discussion or quiz first and then linking to it in a Module. Click here to learn how to add an item to a Module.


How to Edit an Assignment in Canvas

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation.
  2. Click on the title of the assignment that you want to edit.
  3. Click on the Edit button.
    Click Edit button
  4. Edit the Assignment's options as desired.
  5. Save and Publish:
    • If you want to notify users about any future assignment changes, click the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox [1].
    • If you are ready to publish your assignment, click the Save & Publish button [2].
    • If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button [3].
      Click Save and Publish 

How to Delete an Assignment in Canvas

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation.
  2. Locate the assignment you want to delete and click the Settings icon [1]. Click the Delete button [2] in the drop-down menu.
    Locate the assignment you want to delete and click the Settings icon [1]. Click the Delete button [2] in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click the OK button to delete the assignment.
    Click the OK button to delete the assignment.

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


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