How do I view Assignments as a student?

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.

You can view all your course assignments on the Assignments page.

Note: Your instructor may choose to hide the Assignments link in Course Navigation. If the Assignments link is not available, you can still access Assignments through other areas of Canvas.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

View Assignments

In Assignments, you can view all the assignments in your course.

By default, assignments are grouped by overdue assignments, upcoming assignments, undated assignments, and past assignments.

Each assignment also includes an icon with the assignment type: assignment [1], discussion [2], or quiz [3].

Each assignment displays the assignment name [1], any availability dates for the assignment [2], due date (if any) [3], and the number of points the assignment is worth.

View Availability Dates

The first dates you may see are called availability dates. Sometimes your instructor only wants you to submit an assignment during a specified date range, so the available dates are the range of time that the assignment is accessible to you.

  1. If the assignment does not have a date listed, the assignment is open; you can submit the assignment at any time during your course.  
  2. If the assignment says Available until [date], you can submit the assignment until the specified date.
  3. If the assignment says Not Available Until [date], the assignment is locked until until the specified date.
  4. If the assignment says Closed, the assignment cannot accept submissions.  

Note: If a date does not include a time, the listed date defaults to 12 am. Therefore, the last day for the assignment is the full day before the listed date. For instance, if an assignment is Available until March 30, you can access the assignment until March 29 at 11:59 pm.

View Due Dates

The second set of dates are the Due dates [1] for each respective assignment. Any assignments submitted after the due date are marked as late; some instructors may deduct points for late submissions. Again, not all assignments may include a Due date.

You can still submit late assignments before the Available until date.

Please be aware that the Due date may be before or on the Available date.

Due dates also include a time [2]. If your instructor does not set a specific time, the assignment defaults to 11:59 pm, Canvas does not account for seconds in the due date, so for instance, a due time of 11:59 pm means the assignment is marked late at 11:59:01 pm.

Filter Assignments

You can search for an assignment by typing an assignment title or a keyword in the Search for assignment field [1]. You can also group assignments by type [2].

View Assignment Details

To view the details of an assignment, click the name of the assignment.

View Open Assignment

View Open Assignment

When an assignment is open to you to submit at any time, you can view the due date, points, and the type(s) of submission(s) you can use for the assignment [1].

You can also view additional details:

  • Instructions [2]: any instructions that your instructor has about the assignment. Please note that you cannot download assignment instructions unless your instructor has included a link to download them. You can also print the screen or copy and paste the directions into a word processing program, or you can also view the assignment in the Canvas mobile app.
  • Rubric [3]: any grading criteria that your instructor has provided for the assignment.

In the example above, the assignment is due January 12. However, if you were to miss the due date, you could still submit the assignment for late credit before the last day of the course.

To submit your assignment, click the Submit Assignment link [4].

Note: You can always re-submit an assignment unless your instructor has set availability dates for the assignment.

View Assignment with Availability Dates

View Assignment with Availability Dates

When an assignment is open to you during availability dates, you can view all available assignment information in addition to the specific dates the assignment is available to you. Availability dates may include a first available date (open date), last available date (locked or closed), or both dates to create an overall date range. The Due date may be before or on the last available date (if one is set).

In the example above, the assignment is available to you starting May 10 at 12 am and is due by May 17 at 11:59 pm. However, if you were to miss the due date, you could still submit the assignment until May 18 at 11:59 pm for late credit. On May 19 at 12 am, the assignment will not be available to you.

View Locked Assignment

View Locked Assignment

An assignment can be locked before an instructor wants it open, or after a specific date has passed after the due date. When an assignment is locked, you can view the rubric (if any) and the assignment details. You can also view the date when the assignment will be open for submissions if it has not been opened yet.

View Closed Assignment

When an assignment is closed, you can still view the rubric, if any, and any existing submission details in the sidebar, but you can no longer view the assignment details or submit/re-submit the assignment. You can also view the date the assignment was locked to submissions.

Assignments close when they are only available until a specific date.