Current workflow for setting up Assignments in Canvas

Setting up Assignments

This guidance is the current workflow of the process of creating assignments in
Canvas as part of the eAssessment process. It will change on 1st February 2017 when we switch the way Turnitin is integrated to Canvas.


Submission portals for all coursework assessments should be set up in Canvas using the ‘assignments’ tab.  This facility allows for submission of both formative (e.g., draft final-year research project) and summative (e.g., coursework essays, poster presentations, research reports) assessments.

When setting up any specific facility on a Canvas site, please make sure you check Student View (click Settings from menu of left hand side).  The bottom of the screen will turn pink and allow you to double check what you have set up is clear and appropriate for students.  To exit the view click Leave student view.

  1. You can set up assignment groups which may include draft submissions, final submissions, group projects, quizzes and so on.  Within a group you can then create an ‘assignment’. Assignment groups also allow weighting of assignments by their percentage contribution to the overall grade. If using weighting, you need to choose the settings option (gear in top right) to weight final grade based on assignment groups.
    1. You MUST provide a practice assignment for each assessment. Students are given the opportunity to submit work as a practice in order to check their similarity score on TurnItIn. This is a University requirement. Students can submit up to 3 practice submission in each module.
    2. In all cases, a link to the assignment brief should be provided in the main text box, along with any further instructions.
  • For clarity, please ensure that you clearly label the submission for students:

DRAFT Written Assignment Submission (for 3rd year research project only)

PRACTICE Written Assignment Submission (for all modules)

FINAL Written Assignment Submission (for all modules)

It is highly recommended that all assessments are created for a module at the start of the teaching period so that students are aware from the start what assessment is required and when it is due. It is acknowledged that the precise detail of the assessment e.g. the specific question, topic or assignment title, may be better posted nearer the assessment deadline.

Creating an Assignment

  1. Go to
    1. If you are on WiFi or on a network outside of the University you will have to type in your credentials
    2. Authentication dialogue box University of Hull
    3. If you are on a University network machine you will land directly on your Canvas Dashboard.

  2. Select the module site you are creating assignments from your Dashboard, or list of all courses
  3. Select the Assignments Tool
    assignments tool
  4. You will see the assignments tool page with a menu bar at the top of the screen.
  5. Click on the +Assignment button  in Canvas to start creating an assignment. This will open the assignment settings form.
  6. Add the title: Make it informative and specific i.e. DRAFT or FINAL to make it clear to the students.
  7. Add guidance to the content area including links to any module specific documents.
  8. Set the points. This will normally be out of 100. For formative work this may well be zero but summative will normally be 100 points when you want to give a percentage score. Note, if you want to weight assignments, you would use assignment groups rather than using a different point allocation.
  9. The Assignment group will be “Assignments” by default. You could add extra assignment groupings to help organise assignments by category e.g. Draft, Final, or Essays, projects.
  10. Display Grade – Percentage for all assignments. Although you might not be allocating a grade for formative work, you need to use a grade setting in order to be able to submit to Turnitin; for summative most of us will use percentage, so the points will be seen as percentage (i.e. 60 points out of a max 100 = 60%).
  11. Submission type – There are three types of submission to consider:
    1. Submissions that don’t go through Turnitin
      1. Online – Online as default (and then tick file uploads and Restrict upload file types).  You then need to state the file types allowed i.e. doc, docx, pptx, pdf (please consider how you will be marking but SpeedGrader will allow marking on pdfs).
      2. PDF files are always preferred as these are the most easily analysed by SpeedGrader.
    2. Submissions that go through Turnitin
      1. Online – Online as above and “Enable Turnitin submissions”

      2. Click on “Advanced Turnitin Settings
        1. For practice submissions: select Students can see the originality report immediately; make sure Include in Repository IS NOT ticked.
        2. For final submission: select Students can see originality report after the assignment is graded; make sure that Included in Repository IS ticked.
        3. Formative Turnitin Settings:
          Formative Turnitin Settings


        4. Summative Turnitin Settings:
          Summative Turnitin Settings


    3. No Submission – You could also choose no submission (for practicals, some written exams, in class tests) in cases where you would simply uploading feedback following the assessment.
  12. Moderated Grading – DO NOT USE MODERATED GRADING.
    1. Moderated grading settings should not be checked as below. If you check it and a student submits, it cannot be removed.
    2. If you think you might need Moderated Grading, please contact your administrator for advice.


  1. Assign – default is ‘everyone’.  This means all students enrolled.
  2. Due – date & time (14:00) if not already inputted (make sure you double check the correct date and time)
  3. Available from – this can be set from the start of module or whenever is appropriate. You might want to set this to one or two weeks before the submission deadline.
  4. Until – Due to the University regulations regarding late submission please set this to seven days after the due date (14:00). This will allow late submissions which still need to be marked.  After seven days students will not be able to submit work and you should mark the work as a zero.
  5. Individual deadlines can be set for students with authorised extensions. Click +Add at the bottom of the “Assign”
  6. Here you can select individual students (a drop down box will appear) and set the new dates accordingly (remember this should be 14:00 on the day seven days after the extended due date to allow for late submission). This process will be managed professional services as extensions are granted, but markers should regularly their students’ submission after the deadline to make sure that late submission and extensions are marked.
  7. Click “Save and Publish” to create the assignment and make it visible to students or click on “Save” to save it without making it visible to students. You will need to publish it at a later date for students to see it and submit.
  8. Canvas allows for multiple documents to be uploaded so the consequences of submitting more than once should be highlighted to students.


This concludes the assignment settings in Canvas.


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