How do I use the Assignments Index Page?

You can view all your course assignments on the Assignments Index page. As an instructor, you can also add assignment groups, create an assignment, and modify assignment settings. You can also reorder assignments and assignment groups.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

View Assignments Index Page

View Assignments Index Page

The Assignments Index page is designed with global settings at the top of the page [1], followed by the Assignment groups [2]. Individual assignments are nested within each Assignment group [3].

Note: The Assignments Index page supports keyboard shortcuts. To view a list of keyboard shortcuts, press the comma key on your keyboard.

View Assignment Global Settings

Global settings include searching for assignments [1], adding a new assignment group [2], and adding a new assignment [3]. To weight the final grade with assignment groups, click the Options icon [4].

View by Grading Periods

When multiple grading periods are enabled in a course, you can use the global settings to sort and filter the Assignments page by grading period.

Assignments and assignment groups are validated against assignments in closed grading periods.

View Assignment Types

View Assignment Types

The Assignments page displays all assignments in the course. Each assignment type displays an icon representing the assignment type: assignment [1], discussion [2], classic quiz [3], or new quiz [4].

Discussions and quizzes also display in their respective index pages in Canvas.

View New Quizzes Assessments

View New Quizzes Assessments

If you are using the New Quizzes LTI in your course, New Quizzes are indicated by the New Quizzes icon [1]. Quizzes created with the classic Canvas quiz tool are indicated by the Classic Quiz icon [2]. Both quiz types can be used in the same course.

For help with New Quizzes functionality, please see the New Quizzes chapter in the Instructor Guide.

View Individual Assignment

View Individual Assignment

Each assignment displays the assignment name [1], due date (if any) [2], the number of points the assignment is worth [3], and assignment draft state status (published or unpublished) [4].

You can also set varied due dates for an assignment and create due dates according to course section. Varied due dates appear as multiple dates.

If an assignment is associated with a module, the module name will appear on the individual line item of the assignment [5].

Note: Due dates are not required for an assignment.

View Availability Dates

View Availability Dates

Assignments can also include availability dates. Availability dates can make an assignment available for only a specific period of time.

Manage Individual Assignment

Manage Individual Assignment

To view an assignment, click the assignment name [1].

You can also use the options drop-down menu to edit the assignment [2], duplicate the assignment [3], move the assignment [4], add an assignment to a MasteryPath [5], delete the assignment [6], send the assignment to another instructor [7], or copy the assignment to another course [8].

Notes: 

  • The Mastery Paths option is only available if the Mastery Paths feature option is enabled for your course.
  • The send and copy options are only available if the Direct Share feature option is enabled at the account level.

Manually Reorder Assignment

Manually Reorder Assignment

You can also manually reorder an assignment by hovering over the drag handle next to the assignment and dragging the assignment to the desired location.

Note: If you are using Multiple Grading Periods, you cannot move assignments and quizzes that are part of a closed grading period to another assignment group. However, you can move open assignments and quizzes to another assignment group.

View SIS Assignments

View SIS Assignments

If your institution has enabled a student information system (SIS) integration, you can tell if an assignment is set up to be sent to your institution's SIS. Graded assignments can be enabled directly by clicking the sync icon next to an assignment.

Some SIS integrations such as PowerSchool allow you to import assignment groups. Imported groups include an import icon to identify them from manually created assignment groups in Canvas.

Note: Some institutions may limit assignment names and/or require assignment due dates. If you try to enable an assignment and you receive an error message, the error will show which requirement needs to be resolved before the assignment can be enabled to be synced to your SIS.

Disable Sync

Disable Sync to SIS

If you need to disable sync for all assignments in the course without managing them individually, you can disable sync for all assignments at one time. Click the Options menu [1] then select the Disable Sync to SIS link [2]. All assignments will be updated and disabled from the SIS sync.

Note: Disable Sync to SIS is not available in the Options menu unless at least one assignment is already enabled to be synced to the SIS.

View MasteryPaths

View Mastery Paths

If you use MasteryPaths in your course, you can tell which items are set up in Modules as MasteryPaths or conditional content items. Pages allowed for MasteryPaths also display in the Assignments Index Page.

View Blueprint Course

View Blueprint Course

If your course includes Blueprint icons, your course is associated with a blueprint course. Blueprint Courses are courses managed as a template and may contain locked objects managed by a Canvas admin, course designer, or other instructor.

The Course Details tab in Course Settings will tell you if your course is a blueprint course. Most commonly, your course will not be a blueprint course and you can only manage unlocked content in your course. If your course is a blueprint course, you can lock and sync course content to associated courses.