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How to make a submission in Canvas?

The following will guide you through all the options when creating a new assignment in Canvas.

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Go to “Assignments” in the Course Menu and click on “+ Assignment” on the right. 

Skjermbilde opprette ny oppgave i Canvas

Screenshot showing creation of a new assignment in Canvas 


You now have many options, as follows: 

Oppgaver alle valg

  1. Assignment name: Required field 
  2. Description: This field may be left empty, but it enables you to write details of the assignment, with options for linking to files, videos (and inserting embedded videos), and any other material that the text editor accommodates. 
  3. Points: Should normally be left empty.  
  4. Assignment group: Assignments (default)  
    If you have many assignments, they can be divided into assignment groups for clearer presentation.  
  5. Display grade as: Usually “Complete/incomplete”. . 
    Letter grades are most commonly used for exams, and Canvas should not be used for exams.  
    1. “Do not count this assignment towards the final grade”: Canvas is very rarely used to calculate final grades, so this is rarely relevant and can be skipped.  
  6. Submission type: Usually “Online”. 
    1. Otherwise either “Text entry” if students are to write the assignment in Canvas, or (most often) 
    2. “File uploads”.    
      In this case you can limit permitted file types, for example to Word or PDF Remember to type file types continuously, only separated by commas (word,wordx,pdf). 
    3. “File uploads” is also suitable for submission of media content, as it is easy to extract links to such content from Mediasite. The links may be pasted into a document that is uploaded, e.g. accompanied by a reflection note. 
  7. Submission Attempts: Decide whether students shall be able to submit an unlimited number of times before the deadline (recommended), or shall be allowed a limited number of submission attempts, and in that case how many.  
  8. Plagiarism review: You should always send assignments for plagiarism review (select Ourginal, formerly URKUND) unless there are good reasons for not doing so. Remember that even if you do not check the reports, submission for plagiarism review will result in the material being added to Ourginal’s database, so that later assignments can be checked against these. 
    1. Decide whether plagiarism review shall be anonymous. 
      You should definitely not decline to save submitted documents in Ourginal. 
    2. Show the reports to students? Never. Students shall not see their own report unless a cheating case is initiated. 
  9. Group assignment: You can define the assignment as a group assignment. 
    If yes, see Group assignment
  10. Peer reviews: You can allow students to review each other’s work. 
    If yes, see Peer review
  11. Anonymous grading: It is possible to allow students’ submissions to be anonymous. 
    1. NB: It is possible to find the name of an author by downloading submissions and viewing the document details. 
      This is quite easily done with .docx and also possible with .pdf format. 
      Take this into consideration when deciding whether to select anonymous grading. 
    2. Remember also to ask students not to include their own names in the file name, as this may be visible.  
  12. Assign: This is an important item: 
    1. Here you can decide which of the students the assignment shall apply to. By default “Everyone” is selected. If the assignment only applies to sections or to individual students, enter their names. Options will then appear that you can select.  
    2. Due: This is the date students shall consider the deadline for submission. If the field is empty, students will not know when the deadline is. 
    3. Available from: This is the date from which it is possible to submit the assignment. If this is field empty, students can submit from the date of publication of the assignment. 
    4. Available until: After this date it is not possible to submit the assignment. If this field is empty, students can submit the assignment any time before the end of the semester. “Available until” and “Due” should be the same date.    
    5. + Add: Postponement of submission? If some students are to be given a new deadline, you must create a new assignment by clicking on “+ Add”. Enter the names of those who are to be allowed later submission and enter the new deadline, preferably selecting the same date for “Due” and “Available until”. “Available from” may be left empty. 

At the bottom of the page you may choose to click on “Save & publish” if the assignment is complete, or “Save” if you are to publish the assignment later. 

An overview page for the assignment you have just created will now be displayed.    
Here you may also choose to create an assessment guide (rubric) for use when you or the students are to assess assignments, or link a previously created assessment guide to the assignment. See the assessment guide


Remember to publish!