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Create an Assignment

Assignments are tasks that you give your students to challenge their understanding, give them practice, and help assess competency. Assignment types can include graded quizzes and discussions, external tools, and other types. You can give an assignment to everyone in the course or to a specific section or user.

  1. On the Course Navigation menu, click Assignments.

    assignments navigation menu
  2. On the Assignments list page, click Add Assignment

    assignment list page
  3. On the Assignment edit page, create the assignment by adding a name, instructions, and specifying the assignment options. See the Assignment Options table for details.
  4. Click Save.

The Assignment Options table describes the options for creating assignments.

Option     Description
Points Determines the point value of the assignment.
Assignment Group Places the assignment into an assignment group. You can use this option if you want to organize the Assignment list by assignments, discussions, and quizzes.

The default group is Assignments, so Canvas places all assignments, discussions, and quizzes in that group unless you specify otherwise. For more information, see Create an Assignment Group.
Display Grade as Determines the method of grading. Methods include points, percentage, complete/incomplete. letter grade, GPA Scale, or Not Graded.
Submission Type Indicates how you want your students to submit the assignment. Submission types include No submission, Online, On paper, or External tool. For more information, see Submission Types.
Group Assignment Makes the assignment a group assignment. You can indicate if you will give a group grade or an individual grade.
Peer Reviews Requires the students to have the assignment reviewed by another student.  
Assign  Assigns the assignment to a specfic group or to everyone. Sets the due date for the assignment.