How to Create an Assignment

How to Create an Assignment

The resource will show you how to create an assignment in Canvas.
Related Topics: Canvas Assignments, Canvas

Creating a Canvas Assignment

To create an assignment in Canvas select the Assignments link in the left-hand navigation menu. On the Assignment page click on + Assignment.

canvas assignment option in main navigation



After giving your assignment a descriptive title [1], use the Rich Content Editor (RCE) [2] to provide the assignment purpose, specific steps or tasks for completion, the criteria for success, as well as due date, required format, etc.

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Select Online Entry Options

If students are submitting their assignment online, select the Online Entry Option(s) you want to allow for the assignment.

canvas assignment submission types

Text Entry [1]: Students can submit their assignment directly in the Rich Content Editor. DocViewer annotations are not available for text entry submissions. Additionally, text entry submissions cannot be re-uploaded to the Gradebook.

Website URLs [2]: Students can submit a URL that fulfills the assignment. DocViewer annotations are not available for website URL submissions. Additionally, website URL submissions cannot be re-uploaded to the Gradebook.

Media Recordings [3]: Students can submit an audio or video recording that fulfills the assignment. They can either record new media or upload existing media. Video and audio uploads to Canvas can be up to 500 MB. DocViewer annotations are not available for media recording submissions. Additionally, media recording submissions cannot be downloaded.

Student Annotation [4]: Instructors can upload a file for students to annotate and submit directly to canvas. Students can complete the annotation assignment directly in Canvas by using the annotations tools in DocViewer. Annotations can also be created in the Canvas Student app.

File Uploads [5]: Students can upload a file to fulfill the assignment. DocViewer annotations are available for supported file types in SpeedGrader. File upload submissions can be downloaded and re-uploaded to the Gradebook. Canvas supports file uploads up to 5 GB.

In the Assign area you will set the Due date for the assignment and then you can Save your assignment or Save and Publish it so the students can see it.

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