How do I create an assignment for a specific section?

You can create a differentiated assignment for one, several, or all sections in your course. Each section can have different due dates vs availability dates.

When you create an assignment for a specific section, students can only view the assignment if they are part of the section.  

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.

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

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Add Assignment

Click the Add Assignment button.

Enter Assignment Details

Enter a name [1] and add content [2] for your assignment, as well as any other assignment options [3].

Add Section and Dates

In the For field [1], select the course section you want to add to the assignment.

In the date fields, add your preferred date(s) with the following options:

  • Due Date [2]: Set the date and time that the Assignment is due.
  • Available From [3]: Set the date and time when the Assignment will become available.
  • Until [4]: Set the date and time when the Assignment will no longer be available.

Note: Beneath the Due Date and Availability date fields, Canvas will display the time zone date and time according to context. If you manage courses in a time zone other than your local time zone and create or edit a due date for an assignment, the course and local times are displayed for reference.

Add Due Date

Add Due Date

To add a Due Date for another section of your course, click the Add Due Date button.

Note: You can only create as many Due Dates as there are Sections in the course. For example, if you have three sections in the course, you will be able to add three Due Dates. After that, the button will disappear.

Edit Additional Due Date

Select the new section and set the appropriate dates for that section.

Note: You don't have to add due dates for each individual section. You can set dates for a specific section and then choose Everyone Else for the remainder of your students.

Remove Due Date

You can also delete additional due dates by clicking the remove icon next to the appropriate due date.

Save and Publish

Save and Publish

If you are ready to publish your assignment, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

View Due Date Warning

View Due Date Warning

If you do not add all course sections to the assignment, you will see a warning message asking you if you want to add those sections. For example, the sample course in this lesson has 8 sections. Sections C, E, and H were added to the assignment, but the remaining sections were not.

You can click the Continue button [1] if you don't want to add any other sections to the assignment, or click the Go Back button [2] to go back and add additional sections.

Note: This warning message will not appear if Everyone else is assigned as any of the sections.

View Invalid Date String Error

View Invalid Date String Error

If you submit an invalid string of due dates and try to save the assignment, Canvas generates an error notification. Such invalid entries include not unlocking the assignment before it is due, or not placing the due date inside the range of availability dates.

View Course or Term Date Error

View Course or Term Date Error

If you have set a date that is outside the course dates, the assignment will display an error message.

Correct the date and then update the assignment again.

Note: If the course does not include specified course start and end dates, Canvas validates the assignment against the term date set for the course.

View Assignment Sections

View the sections assigned to the assignment.

View Assignments Page

On the Assignments Index Page, the assignment shows there are multiple sections and dates assigned to the assignment.