How do I add details to an 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.
When you create an assignment, you'll add details for the assignment such as the description, file submission types, and point value.
If you create an assignment shell, you must edit the assignment to add the assignment details.
Assignment settings are persistent to always remember and display the settings created or edited in the previous assignment in the course. Please note that this feature only applies to settings; it does not include assignment due dates.
To open an existing assignment, click the Assignment title .
To create a new assignment, click the Add Assignment button .
Edit Assignment Details
Type the assignment title in the Assignment Name field . If you created your assignment as an assignment shell, this field will be populated for you, but you can change it if necessary.
Use the Rich Content Editor to add images, text, links, equations, or insert media . Use the Content Selector in the Sidebar to link to or upload course resources, including files and images .
Enter the points for your assignment in the Points field . Select the Assignment Group for the assignment in the Assignment Group drop-down menu .
If you created your assignment as an assignment shell, the points field and Assignment Group will be populated for you. You can edit these if necessary.
Select Grading Type
In the Display Grade as drop-down menu, select the method you want to use for grading. You can grade your assignment by percentage, complete/incomplete, points, letter grade, GPA scale, or not grade the assignment.
Note: The grading type is how the assignment score will display in the Gradebook. For example, let's say you have an assignment that is worth 10 points and you choose to display the grade as a percentage. A student who receives 8/10 points on the assignment will show as 80 in the Gradebook. If using a letter grade, learn how to create a grading scheme and apply a grading scheme to your assignment.
Select Submission Type
In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select the type of submission you want to accept for the assignment. By default, the submission type will be set to Online.
- No Submission is when you do not want students to submit an assignment in Canvas. This assignment type can be used to create extra columns in the Gradebook, or when you want to create an assignment that involves multiple scores. Submission Type does not apply to Not Graded assignments.
- Online is when you want students to submit their assignments using Canvas.
- On Paper is when you want students to submit an assignment to you but not through Canvas. This assignment type applies to traditional face-to-face courses or hybrid courses when you want the assignment turned in during class, but you still want to create a column in the Canvas Gradebook for grading purposes.
- External Tool is when you want students to submit their assignments using an external app (LTI) enabled for your course. You must enter a URL for the external tool.
Note: No Submission and On Paper assignments still appear to students on their Assignments page. To avoid confusion, it is best to make a note in the description about the assignment so students will know whether or not a submission is required and if so, how they are supposed to submit it.
Select Online Entry Options
When you use the online submission type, you can specify online entry options. These options tell your students how they can submit their assignment. You can select one or all options:
Text Entry : Students can submit their assignment directly in the Rich Content Editor.
Website URLs : Students can submit a URL that fulfills the assignment.
Media Recordings : Students can submit an audio or video recording that fulfills the assignment. They can either record new media or upload existing media.
File Uploads : Students can upload a file to fulfill the assignment. Note that if your institution has enabled Google Docs as a submission type, students can connect to Google Docs as a web service to submit an assignment as a Google Doc, Google Sheet, or Google Slide. However, these files will convert to their Microsoft counterpart file type—Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, respectively.
Assignment settings are persistent to always remember and display the settings created or edited in the previous assignment in the course. Based on prior assignments, one or more of these options may already be selected for you.
Note: In SpeedGrader, please be aware that only the File Upload option can convert submissions for Crocodoc annotations. However, only .doc/.docx, ppt/.pptx, and .pdf files are currently supported.
Select File Upload Restriction
If you want to only allow certain types of files for assignment submissions, click the Restrict Upload File Types checkbox  and manually enter a list of accepted extensions in the Allowed File Extensions  field.
In the case of 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.
Learn more about restricting file types.
Create Group Assignment
As part of an assignment submission, Canvas lets you set up an assignment as a group assignment. If you want students to work together on the assignment as a group, check the This is a Group Assignment checkbox .
Some instructors choose to grade students individually even though they are participating in a group assignment. If you want to assign grades individually, check the Assign Grades to Each Student Individually checkbox . Then select the the set of groups you want to use for the assignment from the Group Set drop-down menu .
- If you do not already have a group set created, Canvas will prompt you to create one. However, if you create a group set with self sign-up or manual group assignments, you will not be able to use the group set until users have been added to the subgroups.
- Group Information does not apply to Not Graded assignments.
- If you are creating a differentiated assignment, groups are not supported and may create unexpected results in Canvas.
Require Peer Reviews
If you want to require students review each other's work, check the Require Peer Reviews checkbox .
When requiring peer reviews, you can select whether to manually assign peer reviews  or automatically assign peer reviews . Select the radio button next to the option you prefer.
If you automatically assign peer review, the menu will expand. In the Reviews Per User field , enter the number of reviews each student will be required to complete. In the Assign Reviews field , use the calendar icon or manually enter in the date students should submit their peer review by.
If you want to make the peer review anonymous, check the Peer Reviews Appear Anonymously  checkbox.
Learn more about peer review assignments.
Note: If automatically assigning peer reviews, the assign reviews date must come after the assignment due date. If left blank, Canvas will use the assignment due date.
Edit Due and Availability Dates
By default, Canvas will set your assignment dates for everyone in your course . However, you can assign the assignment to a specific student or section. Create a due date for the assignment in the Due Date field . The due date will already be populated for you if you created an assignment shell, but you can change it if necessary. You also have the option to add availability date fields .
If you want to notify users about any future assignment changes, click the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox . Click the Save button .
Note: If your assignment has not yet been published, the assignment will show the Save & Publish button. The Save button will create a draft of your assignment so you can publish it later.