Recent Updates

  • In the Canvas Parent app, you can log in with a Parent app account or with Canvas observer credentials to view student course information.

  • The Courses page displays the current courses for the student(s) you are observing.

  • Once you have filtered student enrollments or sections in your Gradebook, you can sort the Gradebook columns by student name, secondary id, total grade, individual assignment, assignment group (if you have assignment groups set up), and assignment due date. You can also resize and rearrange the columns in the Gradebook.

    Note: Gradebook columns are persistent, meaning the columns will stay in the order they are arranged.

  • Updated on: Apr 17, 2020

    Submitting a Canvas assignment

  • You can upload files to both user and group files. Files can be used for assignments, discussion replies, and conversation attachments. Additionally, files in your user or group files can always be embedded in Canvas using the Rich Content Editor.

    Learn how to locate your user files and group files.


    • For assignment submissions, you can upload a file from your computer or select a file that has been previously uploaded to your user files. If you select a previously uploaded file, you can delete the file after it has been submitted and free up extra storage in your user files.
    • If your group file requires you to set a usage right, you must specify the file information before the file can be published. If your group does not require usage rights, group files are automatically published.
  • You can access an assignment in SpeedGrader directly from the Gradebook.

    Note: SpeedGrader displays assignment submissions according to the current Gradebook settings for inactive enrollments and concluded enrollments.

  • When you download all student submissions from the Gradebook, you can re-upload the assignment submissions as a bulk upload in your course.

    Please make sure you have not changed the names of the submission files from your bulk download. If the file names are changed, please rename them to match how they appeared in the download. With different file names, Canvas will not be able to recognize the files that should be replaced.


    • Files must be compressed as a ZIP file for upload. If you are not sure how to create a ZIP file, please contact your administrator or consult your computer's software manual.
    • For best results, please upload submission files in their original format. For instance, if you download a Word document as a .doc, do not convert the file to a .docx.
  • If you want to download all student submissions for an assignment, you can download them from the Gradebook in a bulk download. All submissions are downloaded as a single ZIP file that you can use to grade submissions on your computer offline. If a student has resubmitted an assignment, only the most recent submission will be included in the ZIP file. You can also download assignments from the assignment page.

    Bulk downloads can be used for the following submission types: file uploads, text entries (displayed as HTML files), website URLs (displayed as HTML files), and Google Docs submissions.

    In bulk downloads, Canvas automatically amends the file name for each submission type:

    • For group assignments, the file name will include the name of the assigned group.
    • For individual student assignments, the file name will include the name of the student (last name first).
    • When anonymous grading is enabled, student names are not included in the names of downloaded files.


    Note: After downloading student files, you can re-upload all student submissions in the Gradebook. However, you cannot change the names of the submission files. Otherwise Canvas will not be able to recognize the files that should be replaced.