What do Differentiated Assignments look like in Canvas?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

Differentiated Assignments is a Canvas feature that lets you create Assignments, Graded Discussions, and Quizzes for individual students, sections, or all students in your courses. Creating assignments for various users creates varied due dates, and Availability date functionality is still available for each assignment.

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 have not been included in the assignment. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the assignment, and assignments that are assigned to them, either individually or as part of a course or section, are not factored into overall grades. 

On the student grades page, students can only view assignments that have been assigned to them.

This lesson is an overview of placement throughout Canvas. Differentiated Assignments do not affect your students since they will only see the assignment that have been assigned to them. However, when an assignment includes more than one section or user, Multiple Due Dates will appear across your entire course including Quizzes, Assignments, Discussions, Syllabus, Modules, Course Analytics, Calendar, and SpeedGrader.

View Quizzes

Assignments that contain multiple users 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 individual due date [2].

View Quiz Dates

View Quiz Dates

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

Learn how to create a quiz for individual users.

View Assignments

Assignments that contain multiple users 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 individual due date [2].

View Assignment Dates

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

Learn how to create an assignment for individual users.

View Discussions

Graded Discussions that contain multiple users 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 users assigned to the graded discussion.

Note: Due dates do not apply to regular discussions.

View Discussion Dates

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

View the users and dates for the assignment.

Learn how to create a graded discussion for individual users.

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, Ecology Quiz [1] appears on two different dates.

Assignments that are for everyone in the course will not have a user or section associated beneath the Assignment title. For instance, Group Discussion [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, discussions, and quizzes 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 May 13, Section 2 on May 14, and Section 3 on May 15.

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 on the Calendar due date.  

View SpeedGrader

View SpeedGrader

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