Canvas Resources

Canvas Assignments

Canvas Assignments include quizzes, graded discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). Assignments in Canvas can be used to challenge students’ understanding and help assess competency by using a variety of media. The Assignments page shows students all of the Assignments that will be expected of them and how many points each is worth. Assignments can be assigned to everyone in the course or differentiated by section or user.

When Would I Use Assignments?

Assignments can be used to: 
  • Assess how well students are achieving course Outcomes
  • Set up online submissions that can be quickly graded in the SpeedGrader
  • Grade online as well as student work submitted “on-paper”
  • Create differentiated assignments for sections
  • Set up peer reviews
  • Grade Discussions, either by the whole class or student groups
  • Open Quizzes for a limited amount of time
  • Record attendance
  • Create ungraded activities that align with course Outcomes
  • Assess submissions with moderated grading and multiple reviewers
Keep in mind the following when creating any kind of Canvas Assignment:;
  • Instructors can set a due date for Canvas Assignments. Canvas Assignments without a due date will be categorized as “Other” in the Calendar and on the Syllabus page.
  • Instructors can place Canvas Assignments into Assignment Groups and choose to weight final grades.
  • Points can be assigned to any Canvas Assignments except non-graded assignments. 
  • Instructors can set an “Available from” date that will determine when students have access to a Canvas Assignment.
  • Instructors can set an “Until” date that will determine when students can no longer submit an Assignment or take a Quiz.
  • Once a file has been uploaded as a submission, files cannot be deleted from the student’s files. Additionally, file submissions cannot be deleted from the assignment. If a student needs to submit a new file, the student can re-submit the assignment.
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Joshua Akkerman
Instructional Technology Specialist
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Ethan Wittrock
Instructional Technology Specialist
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Cathy Robak
Instructional Technology Specialist
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Adam Konczewski
Instructional Technology Specialist
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