Assignments in Canvas

How to access, submit and download assignments in Canvas.

Academic integrity and plagiarism

Refer to the Academic Integrity at the University of Melbourne website for important information about academic integrity and plagiarism, including advice to students and university policies. You can also find information and help at the Academic Skills website.

Turnitin

Turnitin is a web-based program that works by comparing electronically submitted papers to billions of pages of content located on the Internet and proprietary databases, as well as the work of other students whose papers have also been submitted to Turnitin. This software is used by many Universities throughout Australia and internationally.

When papers are submitted to Turnitin, sections of the papers that match other sources are highlighted and identified as matches. Analysis of the submitted document and its matches forms a Similarity Report which is made available to your teaching staff. Turnitin does not make a judgement regarding whether plagiarism has occurred. It is the responsibility of your teaching staff to interpret the report and to assess whether parts identified by Turnitin as non-original may be reasonably considered as plagiarism.

More information about submitting assignments with Turnitin enabled, and viewing Similarity Reports can be found in the Turnitin Feedback Studio and Similarity Reports student guide.

What file types can I submit?

Your subject coordinator will communicate to you what file types you can use when submitting your work to Canvas.

  • If Similarity Reports are being generated, one of the following formats must be used: Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Corel WordPerfect, Adobe PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice, Hangul, Google Docs and plain text.
  • If a Similarity Reports are not being generated, your teaching staff may allow any file format to be submitted.
  • Size limit: 40 MB or 400 pages – if your document is larger than either of these limits, please contact your teaching staff immediately.
  • Your document must not be password protected – ensure that you do not save your document this way.

Refer to the following guides for more information about particular types of assignments:

Submit an assignment

  1. Open your subject in the LMS and click on Assignments in your subject navigation menu. All assessment items will be available from this page.
  2. Take note of any special instructions provided by your lecturers/tutors. Click Submit Assignment. A new Summary page will display, showing the name of the assignment, due date and points available. The Summary page will also include a plagiarism declaration that you agree to by submitting your assignment.
Assignment submissions
Assignment Summary page for submission
  1. Depending on how your instructor has set up the assignment, you will have multiple ways to submit your assignment. A File Upload from your computer, through direct Text Input on the submission page, by providing a Website URL, by recording or uploading Media, or a Cloud Submission from Google Drive, Echo360 or Office 365.
  2. Using one of the submissions methods, attach your file and click Submit Assignment.
  3. You will be returned to the Assignment page, with confirmation that you have submitted, and the time and date that your submission was received. You can view this information in more detail and download your submission to ensure the correct version was uploaded.
Submitted assignment confirmation
Submitted assignment confirmation

View a submitted assignment

  1. Open your subject in Canvas and navigate to the assignment.
  2. You will see the assignment details and a Submission section on the right-hand side showing confirmation of your submission time and date.
  3. Click Submission Details.
  4. Note: A Turnitin Similarity Report may be available for your assignment. This depends on the settings chosen by your Subject Coordinator at the time of assignment setup.
Submission Details
View your assignment by clicking Submission Details

Download a submitted assignment

  1. Open your subject in Canvas and navigate to the assignment.
  2. You will see the assignment details and a Submission section on the right-hand side showing confirmation of your submission time and date.
  3. Click Download.
Download assignment
Download a copy of your submitted assignment

Marking and feedback

Have a look at the following Canvas Community guides:

This guide was last updated 30 Apr 2020.
Please report any errors or omissions in this guide by submitting an LMS support request.

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