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Canvas: Assignment Tool

Canvas Assignments tool

You can create assignments on the Assignments page. You can create an assignment shell, which is a placeholder for an assignment within an assignment group, or you can create an entire assignment with all the assignment details.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Add Assignment Shell

Add Assignment Shell

If you want to create an assignment placeholder with a title and a date, you can create an assignment shell in an assignment group.

Assignment groups house the different types of assignments you may want to keep in your course, such as assignments, discussions, quizzes, surveys, etc [1]. If you create assignment groups in your course, students can filter their assignments page by assignment type to view the same groups. Learn how to add an assignment group.

To create an assignment shell, locate an assignment group and click the Add Assignment button [2]. Assignment shells only include fields for the assignment type, name, due date (optional), and points. You can add assignment details at any time by editing the assignment.

Add Assignment

Add Assignment

If you want to create an assignment with all assignment details at the same time, click the Add Assignment button.

Assignment details include fields for the assignment type, name, description, points, assignment group (if desired), grade display, and submission type, and due dates. You can also specify if the assignment is a group assignment or requires peer reviews in the assignment details lesson.

When you add details to an assignment, you can also assign the assignment to all students, course sections, course groups, or individual students as part of the Canvas differentiated assignments feature.

    Change Submission Type

    When you create assignments, you can choose how students submit.

    1. Choose Online from the Submission Type menu.

    2. Select File Uploads from the Online Entry Options.
      Submission Type menu with 'Online' selected; additional menu of 'Online Entry Options'

    3. To limit the types of files students can submit, enter the accepted file extensions in the "Restricted Upload File Types" field.
      Important: Separate each file extension with a comma. Example: "doc, pdf"
      Restrict Upload File Types field with accespted file extensions
    4. For more detailed information about creating and grading assignments see the Create and Grade Assignments Module.

    Keywords:dropbox, box, assignment, tool, workflow   Doc ID:70561
    Owner:Amanda B.Group:Rice University
    Created:2017-02-09 13:57 CDTUpdated:2022-05-12 15:35 CDT
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