Activities and Assignments
Exploring Assignment And Activity Types
Canvas makes a distinction between assignments and activities. Assignments are almost always graded. Activities still require students to do something, but the task itself will not earn the student any points.
Choose from three basic types: Assignment, Discussion, or Quiz.
Adding An Assignment Or Activity
How To Undelete Content
If something has been deleted by accident or you want to try to restore content that was deleted, you can use the undelete button in the course > settings area.
Once you click on this button, you will have the option of restoring what Canvas has kept after being deleted.
Starting Canvas with Online Activities and Assignments. In this self-paced course, explore the essentials tools and features of Canvas. Learn how to use Modules, Quizzes, Assignments, Discussions, and Rubrics. You'll also have the option to check out: Roll-Call Attendance, Prerequisites and Requirements, and Scheduler (Canvas Calendar).
How To Add An Assignment
Canvas Assignment can be used to collect a submission from students electronically, provide instructions for and remind students about an in-class activity, and track extra credit.
Editing An Assignment
After creating an assignment, modify the assignment details and settings. Provide students assignment instructions and guidelines, set the due date and number of points to earn.
Removing Or Duplicating Assignments
Clean up unused assignments by removing, then deleting them from your course.
Establish a routine pattern of assignments and activities for students. When assigning an assignment that students will complete each week, create the assignment once, then duplicate it and move it to subsequent weeks.
Allowing A Resubmission To Students
By default, resubmissions are always allowed. After students submit their assignment, they may revisit the assignment to submit a new version. As the instructor, you can view the various versions of the submission, deciding which version to accept and grade. Prevent students from revisiting the assignment, set an Until availability date.
At Cal State LA, Turnitin is available through Canvas, the campus Learning Management System. Below you will find steps on creating a Turnitin assignment on Canvas.
How To Enable Turnitin On A Canvas Assignment
Under the Plagiarism Review section, click on the dropdown  and select Turnitin. In the following dropdown menu , choose whether you would like your students’ papers to be stored in the Turnitin Repository, then check off what you like the submissions to be compared against. When the Similarity Report is generated, you have the option to exclude specific portions of the paper and enable a grammar checker . If you wish to keep these settings for future use, you can check off the box is labeled Save as default settings . The final dropdown  allows you to choose when students can access the Similarity Reports.
Viewing Plagiarism Reports
Within the assignment details window, click on Speedgrader.
Once in Speedgrader, click on the percentage highlighted in the red box.
The Similarity Report has different features for you to use. In the column on the right-hand side, the first button  indicates what percent of the paper was found to be plagiarized
Adding Turnitin LTI To An Assignment
Where To Get Turnitin.com Access
Creating And Editing A Discussion
Use Discussions to promote conversations, reflections, and collaborations among students. Help students practice their writing in a formal academic setting without the anxiety of a higher stakes writing assignment.
Modify the settings of a discussion to change the prompt or question or the availability dates for the conversation.
Assigning A Graded Discussion
Viewing And Sorting Discussion Replies
Allowing Students To Attach Files
Activating Peer Review For Discussions
Allow students to evaluate their peers responses to a discussion prompt or question. Attach a rubric to help peer reviewers provide structure and adequate feedback.
Require Students To Post Before Seeing Other Replies
Students who post later within the permitted conversation window may have an advantage, seeing the replies of their classmates. For certain discussion questions and prompts, it may be advantageous to restrict when students can see existing replies.
Creating A Quiz Shell
Draft State and Quiz Shells
In Canvas, quizzes, like assignments and graded discussion, depend mostly on the settings and then upon the question types. Doing this means you should employ the Quiz Shell or "Draft State" as Canvas calls it. The point of this funciton is to create the space in your course for your quizzes to exist and then for you to edit them and apply the correct settings. This can be typically viewed as a three step process.
- Create a quiz by clicking the Plus either in a Module or the Plus Quiz in the Quiz Index Page.
- Select the quiz from the drop down menu in Modules, or start on the navigation page from the Quiz Index page.
- Select New Quiz, name it, select its assigment group (grading feature if created in Assignments), and then select Add Item.
Configure Your Quiz Settings
Quizzes have two major settings to focus on, the Quiz Type and the Quiz Options. Canvas has four major Quiz types for you to explore and then corresponding settings to enable their use. Also within the quiz settings are the timing options, from here you can set available from and until times, this prevents the student from taking a quiz outside of these times.
Creating Quiz Questions
Canvas organizes their question creation process in a few steps. First, you can add individual questions to a quiz. You can then create Question Groups within a quiz to randomize question. Or your can utilize Question Banks and build from there.
For the complete topic on Canvas Quizzes, including How to create multiple question types go to:
How To Use A Question Bank
Question Banks are larger groups in which you may house multiple question items and types based on topics you need for your course. Canvas Question Banks are flat, in the sense that they are single categories and do not create sub-groups within them. That must be done at a quiz level using Question Groups.
Grading And Regrading Quizzes
Grading for quizzes of most preset question types is done automatically after students take their quiz. The Quiz Options allow you to set times or opportunities for students to view their answers and feedback. Essay type or file upload questions will require you to manually grade the content using SpeedGrader. You may wish to review our guides on using SpeedGrader if you have trouble.
Regrading quizzes because you might have accidently indicated the wrong correct answer in a question is primarily done by the question type. Use these guides to explore how to regrade:
Viewing Quiz Results
Making Quiz Accommodations
Students who need extra time or attempts on a quiz because of special circumstances can have appropriate quiz accommodations set up for them. You will use the Canvas Moderate this Quiz option after clicking on the quiz title. This is similar to the quiz user override in Moodle. You will also have to make sure in the quiz settings that the quiz availability time for the student receiving quiz accommodations is long enough to include the extended quiz time.
For example: if your quiz runs for an hour and fifteen minutes, and you're giving one of your students double time, for a total of two hours and thirty minutes, make sure that the time between the  available from and the  until boxes are at least as long as two hours and thirty minutes. You can use the  + Add button to assign a longer quiz availability time for students receiving accommodations, so that everyone else's quiz availability time can stay the same as normal.
Creating A New Collaboration
Collaborations provide students a shared workspace for a group project or whole class assignment. Using the two most common online productivity tools (Google Drive and Office 365), create a collaboration where students can work simultaneously on a shared word processing document, spreadsheet, or slideshow.
Viewing Collaborations In A Course
Setting Up Attendance In A Course
Enable the Attendance tool through the Navigation tab in the Course Settings so that you can use it in the course. (In case you need help with the Navigation tab and Course Settings, please follow the appropriate guide linked below.) Once the tool is enabled, use the Roll Call feature within Canvas to easily track and award points for attendance. Encourage students to upload a picture to their user profile to help setup the seating chart feature, which makes it easier to take attendance.
Editing Attendance Settings
The Roll Call feature will automatically create an assignment in Grades to record the points for Attedance. If you use Attendance as a graded item, plase be aware that in this function for now, the tool creates a single column of 100 points which it updates as you use the tool. If you are using a points calculation method for your grades, be warned that altering the attendance points is tricky and can cause some odd errors, though the change is possible if you follow the Canvas Guide faithfully.
Visit the Roll Call feature in the course by clicking on the Attendance navigation link to record student attendance. This is where you can use the CLASS tab to setup the seating chart to make taking attendance a lot easier and faster. Mark students present, late, excused, or absent.
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