How do I submit an online assignment?

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.

You can submit online Assignments in Canvas using several submission types. Instructors can choose what kind of online submissions they want you to use. You may have the option to resubmit assignments if your instructor allows.

This lesson is for turning in general online assignments. Learn how to submit a Turnitin assignment or a peer review assignment.

Note: Not all of your assignments may be submitted online. If you cannot see the Submit Assignment link, your instructor may want you to submit your assignment in a different way or the availability date has passed. View the description of the assignment for instructions, or contact your instructor for assistance.

Third-Party File Application Submissions

You can submit assignments from Google Drive, Dropbox, or another third-party service via your desktop computer in one of two ways:

  1. Download the file to your computer and submit as a File Upload
  2. Share the file, copy the file URL, and submit as a Website URL

Mobile Submissions

You can also submit assignments using your Android or iOS device.

Note: Not all file types may be available for your assignment, depending on the assignment submission type set by your instructor.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Note: You can also access your Assignments through your user or course dashboard, the Syllabus, Gradebook, Calendar, or Modules.

View Course Assignments

View Course Assignments

Click the name of an assignment.

View Assignment

View Assignment

When you click an Assignment title, you will see a screen with assignment instructions. You may also see a rubric to help guide your work.

You may see the following assignment details:

  1. Due date
  2. Total points
  3. Submission types
  4. File types
  5. Availability dates

Submit Assignment

Submit Assignment

To submit an assignment, click the Submit Assignment button to submit your work.

Note: If you cannot see the Submit Assignment button, your instructor may not want you to submit your assignment online or the availability date has passed. View the description of the assignment for instructions, or contact your instructor for assistance.

Select Submission Type

Select Submission Type

Your instructor will decide what kinds of submissions are appropriate for each Assignment. There are four submission types: upload a file, submit a text entry, enter a website URL, or submit media.

Note: Not all file types may be available for your Assignment, depending on the assignment submission type set by your instructor.

Submit a File Upload

Submit a File Upload

To upload a file from your computer and submit as your assignment, click the Choose File button [1]. If you have already uploaded your assignment to Canvas and want to select it for your assignment submission, click the Click here...uploaded link [2].

For a step-by-step guide about uploading files from your computer as assignment submissions, please view the How do I upload a file lesson.

Submit a Text Entry

Submit a Text Entry

Type or copy and paste text into the Rich Content Editor. Click Submit Assignment.

Note: You can submit up to 16384 characters in the Text Entry field.

Submit Website URL

Submit Website URL

Type or copy and paste the URL into the Website URL field. Click Submit Assignment.

Submit Media Recording

Submit Media Recording

Record or upload media. Follow the instructions given to you. Click Submit Assignment when you are done. Learn more about adding media to an assignment submission.

View Submission

View Submission

After you have submitted your work, you will see information in the Sidebar about your submission [1].

If you choose, you may resubmit another version of your assignment using the Re-submit Assignment button [2]. You will only be able to view the details of your most recent submission in the Sidebar, but your instructor will be able to see all of your submissions.

Once the instructor has graded your submission, you will be notified via the channels that you specify in your Notification Preferences.

You can also see details about your assignment and links to additional feedback in your Grades page.

Note: Your assignment will still appear in Assignments and the Syllabus; the listing is not removed with assignment submissions.