This article covers the basic and advanced features of assignments and assignment groups, as well as downloading files students have submitted to an assignment.
To create an assignment...
- Create the assignment with a due date.
- Designate the assignment as graded or ungraded. Only graded assignments appear in the gradebook.
- Use the Rich Content Editor to format text, to link to outside web resources and files uploaded to Canvas, or to add images, embedded video, and equations.
- Set the value (points, percentage, complete/incomplete, etc.) for graded assignments.
- Determine how students will submit turn-ins: on paper or online.
- Save and publish the assignment
Published assignments will appear appear in Assignments, as well as Syllabus and Course Calendar. The assignment will appear on the students’ dashboard and in the "Upcoming Assignments" sidebar a week before the assignment is due; a week after, the assignment will appear in "Past Assignments." Canvas will also notify students.
You can edit the assignment, but be aware that, once students have submitted work, some details are not changeable.
Canvas has a number of useful advanced features.
- Use availability dates to make an assignment accessible to students only between certain dates.
- Grade assignments by point, percentage, complete/incomplete, GPA scale, or letter grade. Currently, letter grades are derived from percentages utilizing Grading Schemes and cannot be shown to students separately from a numeric score. (We don't recommend applying a scheme to the total grade.)
- Take advantage of plagiarism checks by enabling Turnitin.
- Use group assignments so that you can assign a grade to the entire student group
- Require peer reviews.
- Provide online feedback to students using the Gradebook or Speedgrader.
- Use differentiated assignments to customize due dates for different sections.
Enhance your grading with assignment groups.
Download the files students submit to an assignment.
- To batch-download assignments that students have submitted to Canvas, generate a .zip file containing the submissions in the Gradebook or on the assignment detail page.
- To download a single assignment, use Speedgrader; in the Gradebook hover over the cell for that student in the appropriate assignment column. Click on the bubble icon in the top right corner of the cell to bring up a box containing submission details, including a link to download the file.
Discussions as Assignments
Discussions are a good option for certain kinds of assignments and learning activities, particularly if students are required to interact with each other.
Discussions are a forum for communication among students, or between students and instructor. Discussions can accommodate a wide range of course needs, and they allow students to share different types of content, like text, files, videos, images, etc. Course members can reply to or subscribe to discussions, and (if permitted) students can create or edit discussion posts and replies.
Discussions may be ungraded or graded, and graded discussions offer many of the same grading options (rubrics and peer review) as other assignments. Discussions may be available for students to contribute to throughout the semester, or only during specific times. You can also create group discussions that restrict participation to a specific set of students, or to individual students.
The Courseware team can guide you in using discussions to meet specific learning goals.
Piazza is a question and answer tool that allows students to post questions anonymously. Although the Piazza forum can be used for assignments it is best utilized as a question and answer board. Contact email@example.com to learn more about Piazza or to request the application be enabled in your Canvas course.
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