• Select Assignments from Course Navigation
  • Click on the +Assignment box at the top-right hand corner to open in Edit Mode
  • Type in an assignment name and type in any instructions/directions for the students
  • Points: Type in the points associated with the assignment
  • Assignment Group: Canvas Assignment Groups allow you to “label” associated assignments; for instance, you can create various groups that allow for assignment “associations”. Creating and using assignment groups also assist you if you use “weighting” factors (see more information on Create and Using Assignment Groups)
  • Display Grade as: Default is Points. Also have the option to check “Do not count this assignment towards the final grade”
  • Submission Type: This is key! There are 4 options to select from.
Submission Type Selection (Columns Added to Gradebook when Published):


Student Actions

Gradebook Column Created

No Submission or On Paper

Student will not submit assignment in Canvas or submits on paper. Used if students are to hand in their assignment in class and you will manually grade them. 


External Tool (Find)

Link to an external apps such as Google Docs. External tools prompt you to enter or find the external resources that can be added, such as Google Docs, Kaltura media, etc. allowing student submissions using the tool app. 



Selecting Online expands additional options such as “File Uploads”, “Enable Vericite Submissions” (plagiarism entry), text entries, Website URLs, and Media Recordings.  Make sure that those types of submissions are checked that you will allow - normally File Uploads is sufficient. 


  • Group Assignment?
  • Peer Reviews?
  • Assign to: Everyone or select students
    • Note: If you have a student (or students) that need additional time for Assignments or Quizzes, you can create or edit an assignment/quiz using different due dates for that student.
      When creating an assignment/quiz scroll down to Assign (the original is Everyone). Enter the Due Date for Everyone.  U
      nder the Due Date, you see +ADD, click to expand and select the student(s) that needs additional time. Type in the Due Date for that specific student. Click Save.
      The assignment/quiz now shows Assign To: (exception student) with exception Date Due and then Assign To: Everyone Else with the Due Date

  • Due Date and/or Available From/Until
  • Save & Publish (makes the assignment available to the student
  • Save (creates assignment but student cannot see/submit until published)