Creating Assignments

Creating an Assignment

  1. Click the Add Assignment button.
  2. Give your assignment a title in the Assignment Name field
  3. And add directions, media, and other instructional content using the Rich Content Editor and Content Selector. 
  4. Enter the assignment point value in the Points field
  5. Select an assignment group from the Assignment Group drop-down menu.
  6. Specify how the grade displays in the gradebook in the Display Grade As drop-down menu.
  7. If you’d like to exclude this assignment from the student’s final grade, select the Do not count this assignment towards the final grade checkbox.
  8. Choose the assignment submission type
  9. You can also specify group assignment details and select peer review requirements. 
  10. Assign a due date as well as availability dates for the assignment.
  11. Click the Save button to save your newly created assignment as a draft. Click the Save & Publish button to save changes and make the assignment available to students.

Canvas Guide: How do I create an assignment?


Choosing the Correct Assignment Submission Type

In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select the type of submission you want to accept for the assignment. By default, the submission type will be set to No Submission. It is important to take time to consider which type of assignment submission to use. Here is some information from the Canvas Guides on what the different settings mean in order to help you make an informed decisions. 

  • No Submission is when you do not want students to submit an assignment in Canvas. This assignment type can be used to create extra columns in the Gradebook, or when you want to create an assignment that involves multiple scores. Submission Type does not apply to Not Graded assignments.
  • Online is when you want students to submit their assignments using Canvas.
  • On Paper is when you want students to submit an assignment to you but not through Canvas. This assignment type applies to traditional face-to-face courses or hybrid courses when you want the assignment turned in during class, but you still want to create a column in the Canvas Gradebook for grading purposes.
  • External Tool is when you want students to submit their assignments using an external app (LTI) enabled for your course. You must enter a URL for the external tool. If you need help adding external tools, contact IT Help

Note: No Submission and On Paper assignments still appear to students on their Assignments page. To avoid confusion, it is best to make a note in the description about the assignment so students will know whether or not a submission is required and if so, how they are supposed to submit it.  

When selecting Online Submission, there are a few more choices to make:

When you opt for online submissions, you can specify online entry options. These options tell your students how they can submit their assignment. You can select one or all options:

  • Text Entry: Students can type their submission directly into the Rich Content Editor.
  • Website URLs: Students can submit a URL that links to an outside webpage.
  • Media Recordings: Students can submit an audio or video recording by recording a new media directly within Canvas or upload an existing media file.
  • File Uploads: Students can upload a file, similar to attaching a file to an email.  Some faculty restrict the types of files accepted. The most common file types accepted by faculty are .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt., pptx, .rtf, and .PDF.

Canvas Guide: How do I add or edit details in an assignment?

Options for Different Due Dates

You can assign the assignment to specific sections and students, or differentiate due dates for sections and students within your course.

  1. Click the Add button and in the Assign to field,
  2. Type or select the section or student name.
  3. Then add due and availability dates. 
  4. Click the Save button.

Canvas Guide: How do I assign an assignment to an individual student?

Setting Up Weighted Grade Categories

If you use weighted grade categories, you will set those weights on the Assignments tab.   

  1. Click the Add Group button
  2. Enter an assignment group name in the text box
  3. Click the Save button.

Once all of your assignment groups have been created:

  1. Click the Options icon and select the Assignment Groups Weights link.
  2. Select the Weight final grade based on assignment groups checkbox,
  3. Enter your desired assignment group weights.  If you create a zero-percent assignment group, any assignments in that group will not count toward the course grade.
  4. Click the Save button, and view the assignment groups weights displayed on the Assignments Index page. 

Canvas Guide: How do I weight the final course grade based on assignment groups?