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 Assignments and then Add Assignment.
  4. Enter a name and description for your assignment.
  5. (Optional) To add a point value and due date, enter the details.
    • Tip: To grade with Canvas rubric:
      1. Under “Submission Type,” click the Down arrow "" and then Online.
      2. To save your assignment, click Save or Save & Publish.
      3. To attach a rubric to the assignment, click Add "".
      4. To confirm your changes and return to the rest of your assignment, click Edit.
  6. Under Submission Type, click the Down arrow "" and then External Tool.
  7. Click Find and then Google 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 account and then sign 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 Attach and then choose the file and then click Add.
  12. Choose a grading option. To use:
    • Google’s grading interface, click Google Assignments.
    • SpeedGrader™, click Canvas SpeedGrader.
      • Tip: Files students submit automatically upload to SpeedGrader™.
  13. Click Create.
  14. In Canvas, click Select and then Save 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 then click the course.
  6. (Optional) To copy the assignment to a specific module, under Select a module (optional), enter the name of the module and then click 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 account and then sign 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 then Continue.
  11. (Optional) To make individual copies of a file for each student to work on, click Attach and then choose the file and then click 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 Link and then Link to confirm.
  • Not signed in—Click Sign in. Then, sign in to your Google Workspace for Education account and then click Link.
  • Signed in to multiple accounts—Click Switch Account. Then, sign in to your Google Workspace for Education account and then click Link.


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