What are Differentiated Assignments?

Differentiated Assignments is a Canvas feature that lets you create Assignments, Graded Discussions, and Quizzes for specific sections in your courses. Each section can have different due dates vs availability dates.

When using differentiated assignments with the Gradebook, the assignment appears as a column for all students, but grade cells are grayed out for students who are not part of the section. Grades cannot be assigned for students who are not part of the section, and assignments that are not part of a section are not factored into overall grades. 

On the student grades page, students can only view assignments that are part of their specific section.

This lesson is an overview of placement throughout Canvas. Differentiated Assignments do not affect your students since they will only see the assignment if it is associated with the section they are enrolled in. However, when an assignment includes more than one section, Multiple Due Dates will appear across your entire course including Quizzes, Assignments, Discussions, Syllabus, Modules, Course Analytics, Calendar, and SpeedGrader™.

Note: If you are not using the Differentiated Assignments feature option, please view an archived version of this lesson about using varied due dates.

View Quizzes

Assignments that contain multiple sections and availability dates will read Multiple Due Dates on the Quizzes Index Page [1]. You can hover over multiple due date links and view each section’s individual due date [2].

View Quiz Sections

When you click the name of a quiz, the quiz details will also display the sections and dates for the quiz.

View Assignments

Assignments that contain multiple sections and availability dates will read Multiple Due Dates on the Assignments Index Page [1]. You can hover over multiple due date links and view each section’s individual due date [2].

View Assignment Sections

When you click the name of an assignment, the assignment details will also display the sections and dates for the assignment.

View Discussions

Graded Discussions that contain multiple sections and availability dates will not show Multiple Due Dates on the Discussions Index Page. However, they will show as part of the Assignments Index Page.

The Discussions Index Page shows the latest due date for all sections assigned to the graded discussion.

Note: Due dates do not apply to regular discussions.

View Discussion Sections

When you click the name of a Graded Discussion, the discussion details will also display the sections and dates for the discussion. Click the Show Due Dates link.

View the sections and dates for the assignment.

View Syllabus

View Syllabus

The Syllabus lists all Assignments according to due date, which causes assignments with multiple sections and due dates to appear more than once. For example, Initial Ideas about Biosynthesis [1] appears on three different dates, corresponding with each section's individual due date—Section 1 on November 4, Section 2 on November 5, and Section 3 on November 6.

Assignments that are for everyone in the course will not have a section associated beneath the Assignment title. For instance, Biosynthesis [2] does not have any associated sections, meaning it is due on the same date for all students and only appears once in the Syllabus.  

View Modules

Module contents with multiple sections and dates will only be listed once within the Module. Multiple Due Dates will appear next to the affected Module items [1]. You can hover over multiple due date links and view each section’s individual due date [2].

View Course Analytics

View Course Analytics

Course analytics display each Assignment in a bar graph. Hover over the Assignment bar to view details. Assignments with multiple sections will appear just the same as all other Assignments except for the due date, which will display as Multiple Dates.

View Calendar

Calendar 2 displays all Assignments according to due date, which causes assignments with multiple sections and due dates to appear more than once. For example, Initial ideas about Biosynthesis [1] appears on three different dates, corresponding with each section's individual due date—Section 1 on March 25, Section 2 on March 26, and Section 3 on March 27.

Assignments that are for everyone in the course will not have a section associated beneath the Assignment title. For instance, Pre-Assessment [2] does not have any associated sections, meaning it is due on the same date for all students and only appears on the Calendar due date.  

View SpeedGrader

SpeedGrader™ displays the assignment as having Multiple Due Dates. Users can view each section's individual due date by opening the assignment.

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