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Brief Description and Possible Uses

The assignments tab allows you to track all of the assignments in your course. An assignment includes any activity that you are going to give a grade to your student for. Regardless of where you create an item in Canvas, if it is going to get graded, you will be able to see it in the assignments tab.

The assignments tool allows you to organize assignments by type or by group. When you create an assignment, you will need to declare what kind of an activity the assignment is (quiz, discussion, essay, etc.). You can also give the assignment a due date. When you create a due date for an assignment, that date is automatically reflected in the calendar. A new column is also automatically generated in the grade book for every assignment you create.

You can also set up your grading scheme on the assignments page. You can group assignments by type, and then have each group account for a certain weight of the final grade.

You can also add grading rules, like dropping the highest or lowest score. When you edit the grading rules, the grade book is automatically updated so that students can see exactly where they stand in the course.

Instructor Tutorials

Creating a new Assignment

While in your Course in Canvas click on ? Course Setup Checklist.


In the Course Setup Checklist click on Add Course Assignments.


To create a new assignment click on Add an Assignment.


You can title the Assignment, set the Due date/time, assign point values and choose the type of assignment. Click Update.


After clicking Update, you will be taken to a screen which allows you to edit and add assignment details.


Editing Assignments in Detail

There's a lot more that goes into an assignment than due dates and points. If you want to type up a description of the assignment, allow file uploads, change the grading type or a bunch of other things, click the assignment's name or click the Pencil.png icon.


Click more options.


From the Assignment editing page the WYSIWYG allows you to add Assignment Content with text, tables, hyperlinks, media files, equations, images and more. You can even simply drag and drop content from the right Side Bar.

You can also lock an assignment until you are ready for students to access it.

After making the desired changes click Update Assignment.


Assignment Groups

Assignment groups are just a grouping of different assignments. You group by type, or even by something like unit 2, which is something as part of your course. You would use assignment groups in order to weight the final grade based on these assignment groups. That way you can easily say that quizzes are worth 20% of the final grade. We use these for assignment groups, and these are reflected automatically in the grade book.

Publishing Assignment Grades

-Coming Soon, pending completion of SIS integration feature- In your course settings, you can set your different options whether you want to publish your grades immediately or not. What that means is that when you’re creating the different scores for your assignments, unless that box is checked, we don’t send out grading notifications to let students know that you have graded it. So if you turn that off, then you’d have to manually publish the grades in order for the students to receive the notification that they’ve received their grades. Otherwise by default it’s turned on so as soon as you publish a grade, it notifies the student.

Peer Reviewed Assignments

To do a peer review, you just come into an assignment and you’ll edit the assignment settings. We put this under ‘more options’. Under ‘more options’ you can say this is a peer reviewed assignment. And then you can either manually assign the peer reviews as they come in and manually assign them to other students to review or you can have the system do it for you which happens after the due date. So I can say automatically assign peer reviews and I say I’ll select each student to do there different peer reviews. You can also specify a date when the peer reviews will be assigned after the due date, the system will then automatically assign these out to the other students at that time. On a peer reviewed assignment, you’ll see this peer review link on the right side bar of the assignment. This will show you the different students and whose review what. Bill Blend doesn’t have an assignment assigned to him for peer review. So I can just click down and decide which student I’d like him to review, I can add that, or you can even add multiple students if I’d like him to do more than one. When students perform peer reviews, we use the exact same interface that you use for grading. We use the speed grader which you can use this exact same rubric that you would use for assessment, because remember you’re teaching your students how to evaluate someone else’s work, and you’re the one who knows how to evaluate because you’re the teacher.

Assignments overview


Creating an assignment on the Assignments page


Creating assignments in the Calendar


Assignment groups



Publishing Assignments


Peer Reviewed Assignments


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