Canvas Assignments FAQs

Questions:

  1. How do I use/navigate Assignments in Canvas?
  2. What types of Assignments are available in Canvas?
  3. What file types are supported in Canvas Assignments?
  4. How do I create an assignment in Canvas?
  5. Can I create peer review assignments so that my students can give each other feedback on their work?
  6. Is there an inline assignment grading feature like the one I'm using in Blackboard?
  7. Can I use Rubrics in Canvas?
  8. Is Turnitin available in Canvas? How do I make a Turnitin Assignment?

1. How do I use/navigate Assignments in Canvas?

Canvas Assignments include Quizzes (assessments and surveys), graded Discussions, and online submissions (paper submissions). The Assignments page shows your students all of the Assignments that will be expected of them in the course and how many points each one is worth. You can assign a particular Assignment to the entire class, one group of students, or a single student. To learn how to do this, see the "Differentiated Assignments" link below. You can also create peer review assignments that require students to offer feedback on one another's work. For more information, see the "peer review" link below.

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2. What types of Assignments are available in Canvas?

Canvas offers several different assignment types: Assignment, Discussion, Quiz, External Tool Assignment (eg., Turnitin Assignment), and Not Graded Assignment. Learn more below.

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3. What file types are supported in Canvas Assignments?

SpeedGrader (the inline grading tool in Canvas) and Crocodoc (the inline markup tool in Canvas) only support .doc/.docx, ppt/.pptx, and .pdf files at present.

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4. How do I create an assignment in Canvas?

You can create assignments from the Assignments Index page (Assignments area of course site) and you have two options: You can create an assignment shell, or you can create the entire assignment. An assignment shell is just a placeholder for the assignment within an assignment group, such as a discussion assignment within the discussion assignment grouping. You can come back and add the details at any time. For more information on both creating an assignment shell and creating an entire assignment, see the Canvas guide article How do I create an assignment?.

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5. Can I create peer review assignments so that my students can give each other feedback on their work?

There are two different options for doing this: Turnitin's PeerMark peer review assignment option, and Canvas's peer review assignment option.

Further resources for Canvas's built-in peer review option:

Further resources for Turnitin's PeerMark peer review option:

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6. Is there an inline assignment grading feature like the one I'm using in Blackboard?

The inline grading feature that you'll be using in Canvas is called SpeedGrader. SpeedGrader makes it possible to view and grade student assignment submissions in one place. In SpeedGrader you can use a simple point scale, or a complex rubic, and you can use the same Crocodoc markup feature that we had in Blackboard to annotate comments directly on student paper submissions. At present Crocodoc is only compatible with .doc/.docx, .ppt/.pptx, and .pdf file types. You can also leave text, file attachment, and media comments for students through the SpeedGrader interface.

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7. Can I use Rubrics in Canvas?

Canvas has fairly extensive Rubrics options, allowing you to attach a rubric to an assignment, graded discussion item, and to assessments. You can also create rubrics in Microsoft Excel and then import them into Canvas.

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8. Is Turnitin available in Canvas? How do I make a Turnitin Assignment?

Yes, Turnitin is a third-party tool that we will continue to make available in Canvas.

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