How do I create an Assignment shell on the Assignments page?

You can create an Assignment shell on the Assignments index page. Assignment shells are placeholders for the Assignment until you fill in the Assignment details.

If you are not using Draft State, view an archived version of this lesson. You can also view a PDF of all archived lessons in Assignments.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

Click Assignments in the Course Navigation.

Create an Assignment Shell

Click the Plus icon [1] in an Assignment Group header to create an assignment shell.

Note: If you want to create a new assignment, click the blue Add Assignment button [2].

Enter Assignment Shell Details

Enter Assignment Shell Details

Set the Assignment type by selecting the type drop-down menu [1], enter the Assignment title in the Name field [2], click the Calendar icon to select a due date [3] or manually enter a due date, and enter the number of points for the assignment in the points field [4]. If you want to create the assignment shell and edit the details later, click the Save button [5]. If you want to add the details now, click the More Options button [6] to edit the assignment details.

Visit the Assignments chapter to learn about the different types of assignments you can create within Canvas.

Publish Assignment

View the new assignment in the selected assignment group [1]. The assignment will remain in an unpublished state until you publish it.

To publish an assignment, click the assignment’s unpublished icon. The hover text will confirm you want to publish the assignment [2].

View Published Assignment

A green cloud icon with a white checkmark [1] indicate the assignment is published.

You can move the assignment within the group or to another group by dragging and dropping the assignment to its new location.

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