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Staff Guide: Canvas Assessment

For advice on creating assignments during the suspension of face-to-face teaching please see our blog post Keep Assessing with Canvas.

Staff Guide: Canvas Assessment

Whether you're looking to learn how to create an assignment or set up a new quiz the following guides will help get you started. If you can't find what you are looking for, take a look at the Canvas Instructor Guides for a comprehensive list of assessment functionality and tools. For more information about Turnitin, see the Turnitin help page.



Canvas assignments can be used for both formative and summative assesments. The Assignment tool allows students to submit a file or URL within your course for the submission of a website or other online activity such as a personal portfolio. All assignments are collected in the grades area where you can add feedback via Speedgrader.

Grades Area and Speedgrader

The grades area allows you to organise your students submitted assessments and view all students on your course. Filters can also be used to identify individuals or groups of students. Speedgrader however is where work is reviewed and feedback can be provided. If anonymity has been switched on for your assignment, you will not be able to identify each student in Speedgrader.



Speedgrader Guides

Speedgrader is where you can review a student's work and provide feedback. There are numerous ways to provide feedback including annotations, general comments and audio comments. You can also attach files.

Case Studies

AUDIO FEEDBACK. James uses audio feedback to allow him to capture the empathy, encouragement and interest that he finds difficult to convey in written text.

Also See


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Learn how to mark work using Rubrics

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Create and develop online quizzes

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Use Turnitin to text match student work

Feedback Dashboard

Feedback Dashboard

Explore student feedback