Quick answers

Why do I get a “Flash required for recording video” error message when I try to use the Record Video function?

Often if you’re using Chrome the Record Media comment tool will show a spinning circle with a note saying “Flash required for recording video”.

This usually means that Flash is not enabled for this Canvas site by default.
To fix this:

  1. To the left of the browser’s URL bar you’ll see a lock icon with Secure in green. Click this.
  2. Select Site Settings

  3. Next to the Flash icon, select Allow from the dropdown menu.

  4. Now refresh your browser view by clicking the Reload button presented, or the arrow next to the URL bar.

Can I give students individual feedback on a group assignment?

When you set up your assignment you can select to Assign grades to each student individually, and thus give students individual grades and feedback. Or, if this is not selected, you can still provide individual feedback on a group submission by going to Grades, clicking the cell with the student’s score for the assignment, and then clicking the comment icon in the right corner of the cell.

Comments in Gradebook

How do students submit group assignments?

In the student view, group assignments are identical to other assignments. Like with other assignments, a Submit Assignment button will be visible when the assignment is available. However, after one member of the group submits something, the button will display Re-submit Assignment.

When students submit or re-submit files to a group assignment, a read-only copy of the file is saved to their Group area in Files > Submissions.

How do I filter the gradebook by section?

By default, your course shows all active students. If your course includes more than one section, you can filter your Gradebook by section [1]. You can also search for a student by name or secondary ID [2].

Can I have calculated and weighted columns?

Yes, you can.  You can weight final grades based on assignment groups.  Remember that grade totals are displayed in the Total column of the Gradebook.  To learn more about the Gradebook, refer to “How to: use Gradebook in Canvas”.

Can I duplicate an assignment in a course?

Yes, you can duplicate an assignment in your course. Once an assignment is duplicated, the word Copy is added to the end of the assignment name.  To duplicate an assignment:

  1. Click on Assignment
  2. Locate the Assignment to duplicate
  3. Click on the Settings icon
  4. Click Duplicate

To find out more on duplicating assignments, visit this page.

Can I delete a student’s assessment submissions?

No.  As an instructor, you do not have the option to delete student assessment submissions.
However, as long as the Available Until date has not passed, students are able to resubmit any assignment, so if a student has submitted an incorrect file, advise them to resubmit.

What is the grade distribution graph?

By default, Canvas allows students to see a grade distribution graph for each assessment task. This graph displays to students the highest score, the lowest score, and the mean for each assignment, allowing students to visualise how their result compares with that of other students.  If you do not wish students to have access to this graph, follow the instructions below:

  1. Login to Canvas and select the course in which you want to hide the grade distribution graphs.
  2. Click on Settings at the bottom of the left navigation menu.
  3. Click on the Course Details tab at the top.
  4. At the bottom of the list of settings, click the more options link.
  5. Tick the check box next to the Hide grade distribution graphs from students option.
  6. Click the blue Update Course Details button.

What is the difference between the assignment submission types “paper” and “no submission”?

Functionally there is no difference between these assignment types, both create an Assignment (assignment details) and a column in the Gradebook (to enter grades and feedback), but no submission link for students. In the Canvas community “paper” is often used for assignment submissions external to Canvas and “no submission” for extra credit, however either can be used for assessments where online submission is not appropriate. See How do I add or edit details in an assignment? for further instructions.

How can I hide grades from students until I’ve finished marking?

In the Gradebook (Grades) you can mute a published assignment until you’re ready to release the grades to students. You currently can’t set it to automatically release on a specified date, it is a manual process. See ‘How do I mute or unmute an assignment in the Gradebook?‘ for further instructions.

In student view, the assignment appears as follows.

How do I submit an assignment to Turnitin on a student’s behalf?

To resubmit an assignment on behalf of a student:

NOTE: assignment settings must allow re-submissions (Check originality report generation and allow late submission settings) see Resubmitting of Behalf of a Student.

  1. In the Assignments section, click on the assignment title link
    (Note need at least one submission to see the Assignment inbox list)
  2. In the options column click on the options menu ‘…’ and select ‘Upload’
  3. Confirm re-submission
  4. Enter title and select file to upload
  5. Click Accept Submission & Save

To submit an assignment (with no previous submission):

Using Turnitin with Canvas you must log in to the Turnitin interface to submit on behalf of a student. Here’s how.

  1. Log in to Turnitin
    • go to: https://turnitin.com/login_page.asp
    • enter your email address then click the link ‘Click here’ for ‘Forgot you password’
    • when you receive an email follow the instructions to reset your password, and login
  2. Click on the the name of your course
  3. Under Actions for your assignment, click on view to view all assignments submitted
  4. Click on Submit File
  5. Select the student you are submitting on behalf of, details and select the file to upload
  6. Select Upload to load the paper

Can a quiz be regraded after it has been completed?

Yes you can regrade the quiz for automated marking type questions (e.g.: multiple choice questions, true/false).
click on edit quiz -> Questions -> select the correct answer (thus changing it) -> click the green arrow on the top left corner of the hover window -> This will open the regrading options popup -> select your choice and update.

Does Canvas record when a student starts a quiz?

Yes it does but only when the course setting “Quiz log auditing” is switched on. Switch this on before you release a quiz. You can find do that by going to Settings->Feature Options->Quiz log auditing.

You can track student quiz attempts under the “Moderate this quiz” option on the quiz page.


Canvas assignments with multiple submission types

When you set up a Canvas Assignment to include more than one online submission type, only one of the files / link the students add are actually submitted. There’s no indication or message that not all the things they’ve added via the tabs have been submitted. Students can add multiple submissions, but they need to do this by ‘resubmitting’ the assignment, and then you can toggle between the different submissions in SpeedGrader.

Demonstration Screencast


Can I use Canvas rubrics with a TurnItIn assignment?

Yes. If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment to select the External Tool > Turnitin. You can then use the Canvas rubric when grading in SpeedGrader.
This is very important if you wish to have Turnitin submissions but also wish to track learning outcomes/accreditation requirements/competency attainment using the Canvas Outcomes function.

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