How do I add Assignment Groups?

Using Assignment Groups allows you to organize the assignments in your course.

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Open Assignments

Open Assignments

Click Assignments in the Course Navigation.

Add Assignment Group

Add Assignment Group

Click the Add Group button.

Add Assignment Group Details

Add Assignment Group Details

Edit Assignment Group Details:

  • Type the Assignment Group Name in the Group Name field.
  • Enter % of total grade (Note: This field will be grayed out if your assignment groups are not weighted.)

For each Assignment Group, you can create one of three grading rules:

  • Drop (ignore) the lowest x scores for each student
  • Drop (ignore) the highest x scores for each student
  • Never drop a specific assignment. [This option will only display assignments that already exist in your assignment group. You can add assignments and set this rule at a later time.]

Note: Under normal circumstances, Canvas determines the grade that has the most negative effect on the student's grade and drops that grade. However, under a specific set of circumstances, this behavior might not occur. Canvas drops the score with the lowest percentage regardless of its effect on the final grade if all of the following conditions are met:

  • Your assignment groups are not weighted.
  • You have grading rules to drop the lowest assignments in multiple assignment groups.
  • An assignment group contains assignments worth different point values.

If you meet the above three conditions, your grading rule might not be applied consistently to all your students.

Save Assignment Group

Save Assignment Group

Click the Save button to create the Assignment Group.

View Assignment Group

View your Assignment Group. If rules are assigned to the group, Canvas will show the number of rules; hover over the link to view the rules [1].

Manage Assignment Group

You can add a new assignment to the group with the Add icon [1], and in the Settings drop-down menu [2], you can edit, delete, or move the assignment group [3].

Move Assignments

Move Assignments

If you want to delete an assignment group that has assignments in it, Canvas will ask you if you want to Delete the assignments (default) [1] or move the assignments to another group [2]. When you are finished, click the Delete Group button [3].

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