An "Assignment" is a catch-all term for coursework that is not a quiz or exam (which falls under Quizzes) or a discussion. A Canvas Assignment could be an essay or research paper, a drill exercise, or a public speaking exercise (to name a few).
Grade work that is submitted online and on paper
Create online submissions that can be graded quickly in SpeedGrader
Manually enter and edit student grades for assignments submitted and graded outside of Canvas
Enter assignments that are submitted through Canvas (use SpeedGrader to make general and detailed comments)
Leave comments for students in the Gradebook
Download scores to work on outside of Canvas
Set a grade posting policy for a course (lock grades for viewing)
By default, ungraded tasks do not factor the assignment into grade calculations. You can change this setting so that ungraded assignments receive a 0, or change the status of an assignment, discussion, or quiz (late, missing, excused, or no status).
Sort submissions by student and hide names for anonymous grading
Use a rubric to grade submissions in SpeedGrader, which allows students to clearly see the categories in which they excelled or need improvement
Instead of ratings, you can also use free-form comments in a rubric in SpeedGrader (do this when making a rubric)
Hide or post assignment grades (or selectively post grades to students with graded submissions)
For a list of how-tos, see the Canvas Instructor Guide on Speedgrader
You can choose between four types of quizzes (graded, practice, graded survey, and ungraded survey); quizzes are the name for all exams, tests, and so on
Create question banks in order to create institutional or departmental repositories (the English department can create a question bank that can be used to create the same evaluation for different students in multiple different courses)
Make a quiz where students only see one question at a time
Make a quiz with a variety of different settings (including allowing students to see incorrect questions, assign multiple attempts, allow students to view correct answers at a certain date, set a time limit, and many more)
Use the Moderate quiz page to view the progress of student submissions, the number of quiz attempts, grant students extra attempts, extra time, and unlock quiz attempts
See here for a list of quiz how-to guides
NOTE: Canvas offers a Classic Quizzes mode and a New Quizzes mode. It is highly recommended that you build or rebuild your quizzes in the New Quizzes mode, as Classic Quizzes will be retired from the Canvas platform in early 2021.
Make a graded discussion or group discussion as an assignment (when a discussion is marked as a graded assignment, the SpeedGrader separates student comments and combines them into a single view for grading)
Subscribe to a discussion to be updated on any new comments (by default, you are subscribed to any you create as an instructor, but TAs or students who create discussions will not give you automatic subscriptions)
Incorporate/embed videos into discussions as a prompt
Moving online quickly to accommodate COVID-19-related restrictions left many Spring 2020 instructors assessing students in environments we'd never used before. As we move into a future in which online tools will be more permanently integrated into our classrooms, it's important to adopt new strategies to ensure student success. This list of resources will help you brainstorm ways to ensure your online testing environments encourage academic integrity.