In Canvas, "Assignments" refers to any scored student work--online submitted assignments, unsubmitted activities, scored Discussions or even Quizzes. Assignments can be grouped to make grade weighting easier, and teachers can quickly and easily score Assignments using the SpeedGrader.

Setting Up Assignment Groups

Creating Assignment groups is a easy way to categorize and manage multiple assessments. Assignment Groups also let you set final grade weights for different groups. Letter grades associated with the final grade can be set up via the Grading Scheme feature in Course Settings.

To create an Assignment Group:

  1. Click on the Assignments button in the course
  2. Click on Add Assignment Group from right hand side menu
  3. Type in a name inGroup Name, click Update
  4. Add any additional groups as needed.

Groups are weighted by checking the Weight the final grade based on assignment groups check box, located above the Assignment Groups.

Once enabled, percentages can be assigned to each group on the table that appears on the right hand side.

Rules can also be applied to Groups for flexibility. The three rules that can be applied are:

  1. Drop the Lowest
  2. Drop the Highest
  3. Never Drop

Creating an Assignment

New Assignments can be created from a course's Assignments area by clicking Add assignment to....

An assignment can be any of the following types:

  • Assignment
  • Discussion
  • Quiz
  • Ungraded

Assignment Assignments can be submitted any of the following ways:

  • Online
  • On paper
  • No submission

Assignment Assignments (aka Submitted Assignments)

Assignment Assignments could include papers, projects, worksheets, participation, attendance, etc. Typically these require one of two types of submission: On Paper submission or Online Submission.

On Paper Submissions

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On Paper submissions are assessment which are submitted in class or non-electronically. Although On Paper submissions are not submitted through Canvas it is still advantageous to add these assignments to Canvas so they can be tracked in the Canvas grade book.


Online Submissions

Online submissions can be done through the following methods:

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  1. File Upload - Upload an electronic file.
  2. Text Entry - Enter the submission into a text box.
  3. Website URL - Student submit the URL of their own web page. Canvas takes a snapshot of this web page as soon as it is submitted.
  4. Media Upload - Upload or instantly record video or audio.

Any one or several of these options can be selected for any submission assignment. See Submitting Assignment page for more information.

Peer Review Assignments

Assignment Assignments support peer-review, which allows students to review, score, and give feedback on each others' work.

Peer review.png To set up Peer Reviews, inside the Assignment's settings:

  1. Under More Options check Require Peer Reviews
  2. Selecting 'Automatically Assign Peer Reviews will redistribute student submissions after the Assignment Due date has passed. Simply set the number of reviews each student will receive, and when you want the assignments to be distributed.Warning! This feature appears to not work. See video
  3. Manually Assign Peer Reviews lets you return to the Assignment review page and select Peer Reviews to make your own re-assignments.
  4. Set the date when assignments have to be reviewed by. This must come after the due date.

Note: The lock date prevents submissions, but doesn't prevent reviews. If a submission comes in after the submission due date, but before the review due date, it is not automatically reassigned for review.

Peer Review Instructions for Students

Direct students to the page Completing peer reviews for instructions.

Scoring Peer Review Assignments

Learners' peer review scores of their classmates' work do not appear in the gradebook, though they are visible to the instructor.

After learners have completed their peer reviews, instructors can review those reviews, and assign their own scores to the submission. Student peer reviews are visible through the Speed Grader.

Note: though it makes sense to add a rubric criteron to an assignment for students' peer review work, this criteria is also visible to students completing the peer review, and may be confusing.

Assignment Rubrics

A rubric can be created for any Assignment to provide students with detailed criteria on the assignment requirements, and to make grading of assignments quicker and more consistent.

A rubric can be added to an Assignment after the Assignment has been created. Simply navigate to the assignment and click Add Rubric.

No Submission Assignments

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A "No submission" assignment creates a graded item (including a Grades column), but does not allow student submission. This would be ideal for things like attendance, participation, etc. Teachers can set up a rubric for "No submission" assignments, which can be used through the SpeedGrader.

Note: You cannot currently access SpeedGrader for "No submission" assignments except through the Grades tool.

Forum/Discussion Assignments

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Forum/Discussion assignments are an asessment based on a discussion in Canvas. Forum/Discussion assignments can be created either through Discussions or Assignments components in Canvas.

See the Discussions in Canvas PDF for more information.

Quiz Assignments

See Quizzes.

See additional Quiz information in this Quizzes in Canvas PDF.

Ungraded Assignments

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Ungraded assignments are assignments but does not receive a grade. An ungraded assignment may be used for a reading assignment or a practice quiz. Note: Ungraded assignments do not have a column in Grades.

See the Assignments in Canvas PDF for more information.

Extra Credit Assignments

Teachers can provide Extra Credit opportunities in at least two different ways:

Extra Credit Assignment Group

If the class is set up to "Weight the final grade based on Assignment Groups" option, then you can simply create another Assignment Group beyond the normal 100%:

  • Create a new Assignment Group called "Extra Credit"
  • Determine the percentage that the extra credit will weight on the final percent, e.g. 5%
  • Add an assignment under this category and enter the amount of points possible.

This allows the Assignment Groups total to exceed 100% without penalizing students who do not participate in "Extra Credit" assignments.

Extra Credit Assignments

Canvas allows you to score any Assignment beyond the listed points possible. This essentially allows extra credit on any Assignment.

Alternatively, you can create a new Assignment just for Extra Credit: simply create a new Assignment, graded by points, worth zero points.

Known Issues

  • Some students may receive two copies of the same assignment to review when an assignment is set to Automatically Assign Peer Reviews.
  • Selecting a saved comment from an Assignment rubric replaces all text in the comment field with the saved comment.
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