Setting Up Multiple Assignment Submissions in Canvas

Last modified 8/4/2023

Assignment in Canvas can be set up to accept multiple submissions by a student. Multiple submissions are when students submit multiple documents for one assignment. 

How to Set Up Your Assignment to Allow Submit Multiple Submissions

  1. Go through the steps to set up your assignment. If you are unfamiliar with how to create an assignment, follow the directions in the video at this link: Walkthrough: Create an assignment 

  2. Please note that this link will direct you to the Canvas Knowledge Base website, which is a non-ISU webpage. 

  3. When you add your assignment, choose Online for the Submission Type. 

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  4. In the Submission Attempts field, select Unlimited in the Allowed Attempts dropdown menu to allow for unlimited assignment submissions. Alternatively, select Limited, to restrict the number of chances a student can submit an assignment. 

    Image of Allowed Attempts dropdown menu

  5. If Limited is selected, a Number of Attempts field will appear. Indicate the number of attempts a student can submit an assignment.

Image of Number of Attempts field

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