Canvas for Instructors



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The Assignments Section in Canvas allows instructors create and manage all homework assignments for their course on a single page. Any assignment you create will automatically show up in the enrolled students' Calendar, Grades, and Syllabus pages.

  • To access the Assignments Section for your course, click on the Assignments Tab on the left navigation panel of your course page.

Side Bar with Assignments circles

  • The Assignments Section will appear with something like this:

Canvas Assignments View

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Creating an Assignment

  • To create assignments and categorize them for varied weights and ease of access, start by first clicking the + Group button at the top.
  • If the Weight the final grade based on assignment groups setting has been checked off, then a % of total grade section will be available for input.

Add an assignment group interface

  • After you have created an assignment group, you may create an assignment by clicking the add button button.


  • Once you have chosen to add an assignment, the following form will appear. From the dropdown menu, you will be able to select the Assignment Type.

Add assignment to participation interface

  • Clicking on More options will redirect you to a new page where you can edit specific assignment details, such as the description, specific grading deadlines, and more. (See Editing/Removing an Assignment section below for details.)
  • Next click on Save (or Update Assignment on the More options page),  to save the assignment.
  • Finally, click Publish once you are sure your assignment is ready to be posted for the students to see. Note: An assignment can be unpublished as long as no students have completed the assignment.

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Editing/Removing an Assignment

Upon entering the Assignments Section, you will be able to view the course assignment groups in a layout similar to the one in the screenshot below. 

Assignment Options Menu

  • Click and hold the assignment to organize the order of assignments as they appear on another course member's screen.
  • Clicking on the assignment title will redirect you to the assignment's details page. From there, you will be able to edit specific assignment details.
  • Clicking on the gear icon will display a list of options to choose from for that assignment including Edit, Delete, and Move To...

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Allowing Online Submissions

  • To allow students to submit assignments through Canvas you will need to change the submission type for the assignment.
  • First bring up the edit screen for the assignment, on this screen click on Show Advanced Options below the assignment group drop down menu.

show advanced options button

  • Next, select Online from the submission type menu.

Submission type drop down

  • This will cause more check boxes to be displayed allowing you to choose how the students will submit the assignment online.
  • Select Allow File Uploads which will bring up another check box which will allow you to restrict the types of files students can upload.

submission types list

  • Restricting the file type can help standardize the files that are submitted for the assignment, and prevent unusual file types.

restrict upload file types option

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