Canvas: Assignment Tool as an Alternative to Drop Box

This document provides a Canvas alternative to the Drop-Box feature which was available in OWL-space by using the Canvas Assignments tool.

Using Canvas Assignments Tool instead of Dropbox


The Canvas Assignments tool is on the left side of your screen.

To create an assignment, click the +Assignments button at the top.Blue rectangle with white words that say

When you create an assignment, you have options for the students submit their assignment.

Choose, “Online Entry Options,” and then “File Uploads.” 

Submission type

Student submits a .doc, or .docx assignment.

Restrict the file types you want. In this image, .doc or .docx

3. Professor opens the assignment from the gradebook by going to “Grades” > “Open in Speedgrader ”Gradebook shown. Yellow arrow by icon of an ungraded paper.

4. Click the tiny speech bubble in the top cornerYellow arrow points to tiny message icon

5. Click “More details in speed grader”

6. The professor makes notes in the speed grader. Then responds to the student.

Professor's remark,

7. The professor comments and send the document back.

Student view. Yellow arrows point to Module 1 and a speech bubble icon.

The student can get a quick view of the overall comments by clicking the speech bubble button.

The student can see the document and the professor’s direct comments on the paper by clicking the title of the assignment, and then, “View Feedback.”

The student can then make the changes and resubmit the assignment.

Student resubmits assignment and writes a note to the professor.

The professor then goes to “Grades” “More details in Speed grader.”  ( See step #3 )

Conversation between professor and student about assignment.

The student and professor can continue in their back and forth dialogue before a grade is entered.

The student receives the feedback and continues to make changes.

Same comments in different view 

The nice thing about using Canvas Assignments tool for grading is that all of the submissions are in one place. Professors do not have to leave each folder to go to the next student. But can access the next student’s submission right there from the grade book.

Arrows at top left and right to change student

Clicking the arrows at the top allows you to go to the previous or next student. How to see student list. Small white arrow by student name

Clicking the tiny down arrow allows the professor to select a specific student.

All students listed.

This displays a list of the students in the course. 

Keywords:dropbox, box, assignment,   Doc ID:70561
Owner:Christi C.Group:Rice University
Created:2017-02-09 12:57 CSTUpdated:2018-07-02 10:17 CST
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