Organizing and Creating Assignments

You can use Canvas to create and organize your assignments for your courses.

  • Log into Canvas.
  • Select a course from the dropdown menu.
  • Select Assignments from the left-hand sidebar.

The assignments page will list every assignment you assign for your course and their respective assignment groups.

  • Click and drag the name of an assignment group to reorder it in the list.
  • Click the green plus icon to add a new assignment to a group.
  • Click the pencil icon to edit a group.
  • Click the trash icon to delete the group. You can delete the assignments within the assignment group or move them to another assignment group.

You can add a new assignment group to organize your course's assignments.

  • Select Add Assignment Group.
  • Enter the name of the assignment group.
  • Determine the weight of the final grade that the assignment group should be worth. To learn more about weighting assignment groups, click here.
  • Add grading rules to apply to the group and determine the number of scores to which the rule should apply.

You can add an assignment to your new group.

  • Enter the name of the assignment.
  • Select a due date for the assignment.
  • Enter the number of points the assignment is worth.
  • Use the dropdown menu to decide what type of assignment it is.
  • Select more options to input the details for the assignment.
  • Insert a description of the assignment.
  • Use the dropdown menu to choose whether students should submit the assignment on paper or online through Canvas.
  • If students are submitting their assignment through Canvas, choose the different mediums through which you will accept submissions.
  • Lock submissions after the due date to prevent students from handing in late work.
  • Use the dropdown menu to choose how you will be grading the assignment.
  • Click the Update Assignment button when you finish.

Your new assignment will appear under its assignment group on the Assignments page.


When you create an assignment, it will appear in your gradebook. Learn how to manage students' grades here.

When students submit their assignments, you can grade them through Canvas using the SpeedGrader tool. Learn how here.

Click here to learn how to create quizzes in Canvas.

Click here to learn how to create surveys in Canvas.

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