The Assignments tool in Canvas allows an instructor to track all of the assignments in a course and shows students all of the activities that will be expected of them and the points for each activity.
Assignments could include quizzes, papers, projects, discussions, and participation.
Assignments can be used to:
Set up online submissions that can be quickly graded in SpeedGrader.
Grade Discussions either by the whole class or student groups.
Grade online and on paper student submissions.
Keys things about Assignments
Assignments = Gradebook Columns
Assignments control the Gradebook columns and calculations.
Any graded item created and published in Assignments will automatically show up in the Grades, Syllabus and Calendar tools. Any graded assignments created in the Calendar tool will automatically show up in Assignments, Grades, and Syllabus.
All gradable items, such as assignments, discussions, and quizzes can be created directly in Assignments. You can then complete set up for discussions and quizzes in their respective tools.
Each item created in Assignments needs to be placed within an Assignment Group. Once you have added assignments to your assignment group, you can create rules for the entire assignment group. You can opt to have each group account for a certain weight of the final grade or you can use a points earned divided by points available calculation.
Assignment group rules determine how Canvas handles any exceptions you want to create for grade calculations.
For each Assignment Group, you can create one of three grading rules:
Drop the lowest x scores for each student
Drop the highest x scores for each student
Never drop a specific assignment
See How do I create rules for an assignment group? for more information.
After you create your assignment groups, you can begin to create your assignments.
To create an assignment:
Open your course.
Click Assignments from the global navigation.
Click the Add Assignment button.
Fill out the assignment details (see below).
Remember to publish the assignment so students can view it.
Assignments can be duplicated. See the Canvas documentation for complete details on duplicating assignments.
In Canvas, setting up assignments goes beyond due dates and points.
You may wish to provide a detailed description, link to additional resources, or create a rubric. Canvas also lets you set different due dates for different sections or individuals.
For a complete explanation of assignment details, see How do I add or edit details in an assignment?
Type the assignment title in the Assignment Name  field.
Use the Rich Content Editor  to provide a description of the assignment, add images, text, links, equations, or insert media.
Use the Content Selector  in the Sidebar to link to or upload course resources, including files and images.
Enter the points for your assignment in the Points  field. Select the Assignment Group for the assignment in the Assignment Group  drop-down menu
In the Display Grade as drop-down menu, select the method you want to use for grading. You can grade your assignment by percentage, complete/incomplete, points, letter grade, GPA scale, or not grade the assignment.
In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select the type of submission for the assignment. By default, the submission type will be set to Online.
When you create a quiz or a graded discussion, an assignment will automatically be created.
No Submission is when you do not want students to submit an assignment in Canvas. This assignment type can be used to create extra columns in the Gradebook for participation or in-class activities, or when you want to create an assignment that involves multiple scores. Submission Type does not apply to Not Graded assignments.
Online is when you want students to submit their assignments using Canvas. Online entry options include: text entry, website URL, media recordings, and file uploads.
On Paper is when you want students to submit an assignment to you but not through Canvas. This assignment type applies to traditional face-to-face courses or hybrid courses when you want the assignment turned in during class, but you still want to create a column in the Canvas Gradebook for grading purposes.
External Tool is when you want students to submit their assignments using an external app (LTI) enabled for your course. See a list of the current external tools available.
No Submission and On Paper assignments will appear to students on their Assignments page. To avoid confusion, it is best to make a note in the description about the assignment so students will know whether or not a submission is required and if so, how they are supposed to submit it.
Due and Availability Dates
The due date is the date and time when the assignment is due. Availability dates specify the date and times when Assignments will be available to students as well as the date and time when students can no longer submit the assignment.
For more information, see What is the difference between assignment due dates and availability dates?
By default, Canvas will set your assignment dates for everyone in your course. However, you can assign the assignment to an individual student or course section.
This feature helps instructors when they have sections of a course that meet on different days of the week or in different formats. It also allows instructors to accommodate individual student schedules if they wish. If you don't see the expected sections or students in the drop-down list, start typing a name. Canvas will suggest the closest matches.
See all Canvas Guides for Assignments.