What are the different Assignment types available to instructors in Canvas courses?

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.

Canvas supports five assignment types: Assignments, Discussions, Quizzes, External Tools, and Not Graded.

As an instructor, you can select an assignment type when creating an assignment shell. However, you can also create assignments within an assignment type by visiting each type's respective Index Page.

Assignment

Assignment

An Assignment is a Canvas assignment that can be submitted online through text entry, file uploads, media recordings, Google Docs, URLs, or Canvas pages. This assignment appears on the Assignments Index Page, the Gradebook, the Syllabus, and on the User Dashboard.

Throughout Canvas, users can recognize assignments with the Assignment icon.

Discussion

Discussion

A Discussion is a Canvas assignment that will grade student response to discussion topics. This assignment will appear on the Assignment Index Page, the Discussions Index Page, the Gradebook, the Syllabus, and on the User Dashboard.

Throughout Canvas, users can recognize discussions with the Discussion icon.

Quiz

Quiz

A Quiz is a Canvas assignment that can be used to conduct a survey or assess a student's comprehension of course content. This assignment will appear on the Assignments Index Page, the Quizzes Index Page, the Gradebook, the Syllabus, and on the User Dashboard.

Throughout Canvas, users can recognize quizzes with the Quiz icon.

External Tool

External Tool

An External Tool is an assignment that utilizes LTI technology to link to a third-party application or website. This assignment will appear on the Assignments Index Page, the Gradebook, the Syllabus page, and on the User Dashboard.

External Tools must be configured in your course before they can be added as an assignment. Learn how to find External Tools to use as assignments.

External Tool assignments are identified as assignments, which users can recognize with the Assignment icon.

Not Graded

Not Graded

Not Graded is a Canvas assignment with a due date, but no points or grades will be given for completing the assignment. This assignment type can be used for practice assignments as well. This assignment will appear on the Assignments Index Page, the Syllabus, and the User Dashboard.

Not Graded assignments are also identified as assignments.