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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

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].

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 Settings 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 Groups

Assignment Groups house the assignments within each group. Groups can be expanded and collapsed by clicking the arrow next to the group name.

Manage Assignment Group Settings

Manage Assignment Group Settings

The icons and links to the right of the assignment group control the entire assignment group.

If assignment groups have been weighted, Canvas will display the weighted percentage of the total assignment score [1]. Additionally, if rules are assigned to the group, Canvas will show the number of rules; hover over the link to view the rules [2].

You can add a new assignment to the group with the Add icon [3].

In the Settings drop-down menu [4], you can edit, delete, or move the assignment group.

Note: If you are using Multiple Grading Periods, you cannot change any assignment group settings once an assignment group has any assignments in a closed grading period.

Manually Reorder Assignment Group

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

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date (if any) [2], the number of points the assignment is worth [3], and assignment draft state status (published or unpublished) [4].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

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

Manage Individual Assignment

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

You can also use the settings drop-down menu to edit the assignment [2], duplicate the assignment [3], move the assignment [4], or delete the assignment [5].

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

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 [1].

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 [2].

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

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 Settings 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 Settings menu unless at least one assignment is already enabled to be synced to the SIS.

View MasteryPaths

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

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.