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  • In the test environment, you can test using your real data without messing up your live production environment. Here you can add users, test course content, and/or troubleshoot issues without ruining the experience for your users. The test environment is overwritten with data from the production environment every three weeks. You can configure your test environment with production-ready features, such as access to your institution's login authentication system.

    If you want to keep up on the latest production features in Canvas, visit the Release Notes page in the Canvas Community.

    The test environment is separate from the beta environment, which is overwritten with data from the production environment every week and allows you to explore new features before they reach production. Learn more about the different Canvas environments.  

    Notes about the Test Environment:

    • All users can access the Canvas test environment, but students cannot access course content beyond the Course Home Page; if you want to allow students to view all course content, please contact your local Admin.
    • Notifications, including course invitations and report downloads, cannot be sent in the test environment.
    • Crocodoc (annotation tool in SpeedGrader) 
is not available in the test environment.
    • Any changes you want to keep in the test environment must be made directly within the production environment in order to affect live data.
    • LTI tools (External Apps) are typically not available in the outside the production environment. LTI tools may display in the test environment, but often they are only configured for the production environment. Using production-configured LTI tools in the beta environment will affect live data. If you have permission to edit LTI tools, you can confirm the configuration for a specific LTI tool in your course or account. Please contact your Customer Success Manager for specific questions.
    • Feature option settings are never copied from production and always retain their default settings.
    Tags Canvas, Course Settings, Instructor, Instructor Guide, test
  • The beta environment allows you to explore new features before they reach production. The beta environment is overwritten with data from the production environment every Sunday. Any work or content you add to your beta environment will be overwritten every week.

    If you want to keep up on the latest beta features in Canvas, visit the Release Notes page in the Canvas Community.

    The beta environment is separate from the test environment, which is overwritten with data from the production environment every three weeks and allows you to test using your real data without ruining the experience for your users. Learn more about the different Canvas environments.  

    Notes about the Beta Environment:

    • All users can access the Canvas beta environment, but students cannot access course content beyond the Course Home Page; if you want to allow students to view all course content, please contact your local Admin.
    • Notifications, including course invitations and report downloads, cannot be sent in the beta environment.
    • Crocodoc (annotation tool in SpeedGrader) 
is not available in the beta environment.
    • Any changes you want to keep in the beta environment must be made directly within the production environment before beta is reset.
    • LTI tools (External Apps) are typically not available outside the production environment. LTI tools may display in the beta environment, but often they are only configured for the production environment. Using production-configured LTI tools in the beta environment will affect live data. If you have permission to edit LTI tools, you can confirm the configuration for a specific LTI tool in your course or account. Please contact your Customer Success Manager for specific questions.
    • Feature option settings are copied from the production environment.
    Tags beta, Canvas, Course Settings, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • You can enable an existing grading scheme for your course by editing your Course Settings. If you need to change your course grading scheme at any time, you can manage the grading schemes and find a new scheme.

    If you want to disable grading schemes for your entire course, you can deselect the grading scheme checkbox in Course Settings and your course will no longer be associated with a grading scheme. If you choose to use a grading scheme at a later time, you will have to re-enable a grading scheme.

    Notes:

    • In a course export, the enabled course grading scheme is copied as the default grading scheme.
    • Using an account-level grading scheme built by your institution links the scheme into your course—it does not import as a new scheme on the course level. If you have permission to manage grading schemes, note that modifying the account scheme in your course will also modify it for the entire institution.
    Tags Canvas, Course Settings, grade scale, grade scheme, grading scale, Grading Schemes, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Settings
  • You can create an online assignment that embeds a document directly from your Google Drive folder. Accepted assignment types are Google Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations.

    When students open the assignment, Google Drive will create a copy of the file as the student’s submission. Students can make changes per the assignment instructions directly from the Canvas assignment page. When they are ready to submit the assignment, they can submit the assignment. The copied document is also added to the student’s Google Drive folder for the course. You can also view each student's document copy in SpeedGrader for grading.

    The Google Apps LTI currently includes a few limitations when creating assignments:

    • You cannot use Google Drive files in an external tool for group assignments.
    • If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment to select the External Tool.
    • If you want your assignment to be moderated, you must set up the moderated assignment before setting the External Tool submission type. If you need to return to the moderate page after the External Tool is added, open the assignment and add /moderate after the assignment URL.
    Tags Assignments, Canvas, cloud, google apps lti, Google Drive, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • When creating an assignment, you can require students to complete a peer review of another student's work. Learn more about peer review assignments.

    For peer reviews, you can manually assign peer reviews or choose to have Canvas automatically assign peer reviews for you. You can also choose to allow students to see other students' names in peer reviews or make them anonymous. When anonymous peer reviews are enabled, instructors and TAs can still view the names of student reviewers in SpeedGrader and in the student submission page. However, if anonymous grading is enabled in SpeedGrader, the names of both students will be hidden in SpeedGrader but not in the student submission page.

    To complete the peer review, students are required to leave at least one comment. If you include a rubric, they are also required to complete the rubric.

    Notes:

    • To learn how assignment and peer review due dates appear in a student's To Do list, view the Peer Review Tips PDF.
    • Peer reviews cannot be used with External Tool assignments.
    Tags Assignments, Canvas, docviewer, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Peer Reviews
  • A peer review assignment enables students to provide feedback on another student's assignment submission. Peer reviews are a tool that allows communication between students and can help students master the concepts of a course and learn from each other. Peer reviews can be assigned to show student names or display anonymously.

    Tags Assignments, Canvas, Dashboard, docviewer, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Peer Reviews, Student
  • Updated on: Jun 24, 2017

    How do I create an online assignment?

    You can create online assignments for students to submit their assignments through Canvas.

    When allowing file uploads as an online entry option, you can restrict certain types of files for assignment submissions. In the case of restricting assignments with an odd or unusual file type, try adding it to your course to confirm the file is accepted before requesting students to submit the file type.

    If your institution has enabled Google Docs, the Google Apps LTI, or the Microsoft Office 365 LTI, students can upload files from their respective Google Drive or OneDrive account directly. (If only Google Docs are enabled for your institution, students must connect to Google Drive as a web service to submit an assignment as a Google Doc, Google Sheet, or Google Slide.) You can allow Google Drive and OneDrive files as submission types by selecting the File Uploads checkbox when creating an assignment.

    Google Drive File Types

    Students can submit Google Doc (.gdoc), Google Sheet (.gsheet), or Google Slide (.gslide) files. They can also use Google Docs to submit uploaded Word (.doc/.docx), Excel (.xls/.xlsx), PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), and PDF files not converted to Google Docs formatting.

    When Google file types are submitted as an assignment submission, those files will convert to their Microsoft counterpart file types and appear in the submission as respective Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files. Canvas uses the conversion file type for submissions (and to render supported file types as Crocodoc files in SpeedGrader), so if you want to restrict file types to only include Google file types, you must also include the file types for each respective Microsoft file type as well. For instance, if you want to only allow Google Slide submissions, you must include .pptx as a restrictive file type, otherwise Canvas will not show the .gslide files in the Google Doc tab.

    Turnitin File Types

    If your institution has enabled Turnitin, you can create a Turnitin assignment. Turnitin accepts various file types and images.

    Tags Assignments, Canvas, docviewer, Files, google apps lti, Google Drive, Instructor, Instructor Guide, microsoft office, Office 365
  • Before you can evaluate group work, you will need to create a group assignment. Students can submit Google documents, pages, and other group work as an assignment.

    Tags Assignments, Canvas, canvas docviewer, doc viewer, docviewer, Gradebook, Grades, group assignment, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Canvas supports a variety of document types that can be converted in Canvas.

    Canvas supports previews for documents up to 500 MB and 999 pages.

    Tags Canvas, canvas docviewer, doc viewer, document previewer, docviewer, Files, Instructor, Instructor Guide, preview
  • You can find your peers' feedback for peer reviewed assignments in several places.

    Note: If the peer review is anonymous, the name of the reviewer will not be included in any feedback.

    Tags Assignments, Canvas, Dashboard, docviewer, Grades, Peer Reviews, Student, Student Guide, Submission Details