Creating a New Assignment

Updated Aug 07, 2018

This article shows how to create an assignment in Canvas and to publish it to make it visible. You can use the links below to jump to specific details, or read on to the Read Me! and Quick Start sections.

  • Adding an Assignment (Step-by-Step)
  • Linking to an Assignment
  • Publishing the Assignment
  • Creating a Group Assignment (Optional)

Read Me!

  • You can link an assignment to any page or module in your course.
  • You must publish an assignment, or it won't be visible to students

Quick Start

From within your course, choose Assignments > +Assignment
Or follow the detailed steps linked here.

Adding an Assignment (Step-by-Step) [click to view]

Fill out the remaining sections of the assignment, then save it.

Linking to an Assignment [click to view]

As you create the assignment, choose a location to link it from the list at right. (In the example below, the assignment would be linked to the Week 4 Activities page.)

Publishing the Assignment [click to view]

Students won't see the assignment until you publish it. You can choose whether to publish the assignment when you create it, or to reveal it later.

Creating a Group Assignment (Optional) [click to view]

You can create a group assignment. This requires the setup of groups within your course. You can create these groups on-the-fly or at another time (when you edit the assignment).  

You can edit any assignment after you create it. There's even a check box at the bottom of the assignment editing screen where you can notify students that the assignment has changed.

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