Canvas: How to Assign Student Work Using Canvas

Before assigning TeacherMade activities in Canvas, you will need to install TeacherMade as an External Tool or "App" in your Canvas site. See “How Do I Install TeacherMade as an App in Canvas?" You will need to do that for each course with which you'll include TeacherMade assignments. You can skip that step if your organization has installed TeacherMade in Canvas for you.

Then you can add assignments within Canvas that link to TeacherMade activities.

Create the TeacherMade Assignment

Start in TeacherMade. Click the activity you're interested in, then click "New Assignment" to begin creating an assignment. Select "Canvas" as the Delivery Method, and continue to set the remaining assignment options as you wish.

After you create the assignment, click the "Copy" button next to the assignment link to copy the link into your computer's "copy-paste" memory.

Create the Canvas Assignment

Switch over to your Canvas course and click on “Assignments” in the left menu.

Click “+ Assignment” to add a new assignment.

Enter the fields required to set up a Canvas assignment just as you normally would. For “Submission Type,” choose “External Tool” in the drop-down. Then paste the TeacherMade link in the field labeled “Enter or Find an External Tool URL.” WARNING: DO NOT CLICK “FIND” as doing so will cause Canvas to strip off the important parts of the link. If you later see just the main TeacherMade screen instead of the specific assignment when you test this, it was because you clicked Find. Just edit the assignment and paste the full link into the URL field.. 

When you’re done entering your assignment settings, click “Save & Publish.”

Be sure to add a score to the assignment in Canvas. When a student completes work, TeacherMade will pass back a percentage which Canvas multiplies by the assignment to arrive at the final score for the assignment. If you leave the score 0, you will see 0 in your gradebook.

You Did It!

Woohoo! You’ve created a TeacherMade assignment in your Canvas course! Students will be able to launch the assignment from directly within Canvas. You can also use SpeedGrader to grade any submissions. It’s a good day.

 Student results will appear below once the students begin the assignment.

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