Create an assignment

Use Assignments to create, collect, and give feedback on assignments in a learning management system (LMS).

Before you begin

To use Assignments, you need an LMS and a Google Workspace for Education account. The account usually looks like yourname@yourschool.edu. If Assignments isn't installed in your LMS, ask your administrator to go to Get started with Assignments.

Create an assignment in Canvas

  1. Sign in to Canvas.
  2. Open the course.
  3. In the sidebar, click Assignmentsand thenAdd Assignment.
  4. Enter a name and description for your assignment.
  5. (Optional) To add a point value and due date, enter the details.
  6. Under Submission Type, click the Down arrow ""and thenExternal Tool.
  7. Click Findand thenGoogle Assignments.

    Tip: Your Canvas admin might have given Assignments a different name.

  8. Choose an option:
    • If you’re signed in to your Google Workspace for Education account—Click Continue.
    • If you’re not signed in—Sign in with your Google Workspace account.
    • If you’re signed in to multiple accounts—Click Switch accountand thensign in with your Google Workspace for Education account.
  9. If this is your first time using Assignments in this course, you must link your LMS account to your Google Account. For instructions, go to Link your account to Assignments (below).
  10. (Optional) To turn on originality reports, in the assignment, next to Originality reports, click the switch On ""and thenContinue.
  11. (Optional) To make individual copies of a file for each student to work on, click Attachand thenchoose the fileand thenclick Add.
  12. (Optional) To add a rubric for this assignment, next to Rubric, click Add "" and follow the directions at Create or reuse a rubric for an assignment.
  13. Click Create.
  14. In Canvas, click Selectand thenSave or Save & Publish.

    Tip: Students can't see an assignment until you publish it.

Copy an assignment to another course in Canvas

  1. Sign in to Canvas.
  2. Open the course.
  3. In the sidebar, click Assignments.
  4. Next to the assignment, click More ""and then Copy To.
  5. Under Select a Course, enter the name of the course and thenclick the course.
  6. (Optional) To copy the assignment to a specific module, under Select a module (optional), enter the name of the moduleand thenclick the module.
  7. Click Copy.

Use SpeedGrader with Google Drive files

If you create an assignment in Canvas, you can use SpeedGrader to grade students’ Drive files. However, you won’t be able to use the features included in Assignments. For details, go to Use SpeedGrader with Google Drive files in Canvas.

Create an assignment in Schoology

  1. Sign in to Schoology.
  2. Open the course.
  3. In the sidebar, click Materials
  4. Click Add Materials and select Google Assignments
  5. Choose an option:
    • If you’re signed in to your Google Workspace for Education account—Click Continue.
    • If you’re not signed in—Sign in with your Google Workspace account.
    • If you’re signed in to multiple accounts—Click Switch accountand thensign in with your Google Workspace for Education account.
  6. If this is your first time using Assignments in this course, you must link your LMS account to your Google Account. For instructions, go to Link your account to Assignments (below).
  7. Enter a title for the assignment.
  8. (Optional) To edit the total points or add a due date or any other instructions, enter the details.
  9. (Optional) To add a rubric to this assignment, next to Rubric, click Add "" and follow the directions at Create or reuse a rubric for an assignment.
  10. (Optional) To turn on originality reports, in the assignment, next to Originality reports, click the switch On ""and thenContinue.
  11. (Optional) To make individual copies of a file for each student to work on, click Attachand thenchoose the fileand thenclick Add.
  12. Click Create.
  13. Open the assignment.

Create an assignment in another LMS

Setting up an assignment varies for each LMS. Contact your IT administrator. Or, for more information, go to the Assignments Help Community.

Link your account to Assignments

The first time you use Assignments in a course, you need to link your Google Workspace for Education account. When you do, Assignments creates a folder in Google Drive for student assignments and automatically sends grades to the LMS. Students can't submit classwork until you link your account. After you select Google Assignments as an external tool, choose an option based on whether you're:

  • Signed in to a Google Workspace for Education account—Click Linkand thenLink to confirm.
  • Not signed in—Click Sign in. Then, sign in to your Google Workspace for Education accountand thenclick Link.
  • Signed in to multiple accounts—Click Switch Account. Then, sign in to your Google Workspace for Education accountand thenclick Link.


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