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Why use Assignments?

Graded assignments help you to determine if your students are achieving course outcomes. Assignments can also be linked to your course outcomes. Ungraded assignments can be used for remedial support for students and to allow students to review content.

Canvas supports five assignment types: Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, External Tools, and Not Graded.

Every time you create an Assignment, the assignment will automatically appear in your Canvas Syllabus, the Course Calendar and the Gradebook.

assignments page screenshot

Clicking on the + Assignment button will open the Choose Assignment type box

Add Assignments Dialog box

The drop down box displays the various Assignment types, note there is also a box here for the name of your assignment, the due date and the possible points.

 assignment settings dialog boxes

Assignment Settings

All different kinds of content can be added to the Assignment HTML editor. The editing toolbar includes options for including links, files, math equations, video and regular images.

Assignments in Canvas offer many possibilities in terms of settings.


Scrolling down the Assignments editing page, you can set points and determine how the grades will be displayed in the gradebook. Assignments are automatically in the “Assignments Group” unless you move them to a new group you made yourself.

Assignment settings

Submission Type

If you are requesting an online entry, here are the various options. As you can see there are options ranging from a basic text entry to online media and Turnitin submissions. You can also set submission to a “paper” entry or an external tool URL.

Submission Types

If you check “Enable Turnitin Submissions” you will get more Advanced options for Turnitin, as seen below

turnitin settings

Peer Reviews

Canvas gives you the option to require peer reviews on Assignments. These reviews can be assigned manually by you, and may be set to be anonymous

Peer review settings

A good practice is to attach a Rubric to peer reviewed assignment to help students formulate constructive feedback. You can create a rubric in this table, or use an existing rubric.

Assignment Rubric

Assign To and Due Dates

The Assign to section allows you to set who in your course will have access to the assignment.

Assignment settings

Organizing Assignments into Groups

Groups can also be thought of as categories for assignments. Use the +Group button on the Assignments page to add an assignment group.

Assignment groups

Group settings

Creating weighted assignments


assignment settings gear

You will see any groups that you have created here.

Weighted assignments

You can also add Rules to Groups using the Settings dropdown


These rules include the ability to have the lowest or highest score/s dropped, or to have certain assignments never dropped

The rule then appears with the Group heading


Student Group Assignments

You may want to put your students into groups to complete assignments, this is an option in the general Assignments Setting page

You have the choice to create groups yourself, or allow students to self-select their group

Group settings

Assignment Feedback

When grading assignment, you have several ways to provide feedback, you can use the Rubric you have associated with the assignment, write comments in the box provided, or provide audio/video feedback

Assignment feedback


Canvas gives you an interface to either access your own webcam and microphone, or to upload media

audio video interface

More on Assignments in Canvas here


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