I need to find the dates I assigned a particular assignment. I know when it is due, but when did I assign it?
Mrs. Lyn Neumann
Can you clarify what you're looking for?
The answer varies based on the type of assignment and type of information you're looking for. Some combinations of those two are available through the web interface, some through the REST API, some through Canvas Data, and some not anywhere except by contacting Canvas for that information.
I would like to know the date I assigned the work, which would also be the date I published it and made it available to the students in this case. Thank you
That information isn't going to be available through the web interface -- and possibly not at all without contacting Canvas to look up things on the back end. That's why I asked what type of assignment it was. Quizzes have a published date available through Canvas Data, but from what I've read with other people looking for the published date is that they generally come back empty handed for other assignment types. You may need to contact Canvas support to get that information.
If you happened to create the assignment and publish it at the same time, then there may be hope in some other place, but again, it depends on the type of assignment you're looking for. Published dates are usually not available and the date created is often available through Canvas Data but some information is exposed through the Rest API.
If it's a discussion, there might be something available because I know those show the date of the post to the instructor but not the students.
I found the following question that might be of help - Assignment creation dates
Wow, I am afraid when I clicked on the link to find a single assignment the information was way over my head…I have no idea what Assignments API is or???? So it seems the answer is not so easy?
I guess the short answer, is no, there is no good way to tell this information. One thing you could do is to contact Canvas Support and see if they can help. To do this click on the Help link in Canvas and "Report a Problem."
Hello Mrs. Lyn Neumann...
I noticed that there hasn't been any new activity in this particular discussion topic since the beginning of May, and so I wanted to check in with you. It looks like both James Jones and Kona Jones have been able to provide some help, but it also looks like Kona has suggested to contact the folks at Instructure's Help Desk. Have you had the chance to do this yet? If so, what was the outcome of that conversation? Would you be willing to share that here? Since we've not heard from you in a while, and since there hasn't been any new activity in this thread for a couple months, I am going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered", but that won't prevent you or others from posting additional replies below. I hope that's okay with you. Looking forward to hearing from you soon, Mrs. Neumann.
Good morning, thank you for checking back. Interestingly the responses I got were actually not helpful because I had no clue what the gentlemen was recommending. Since our campus has only been using Canvas one year I needed a much more user friendly response. I still do not know how to find the date I actually posted the assignment. Thank you
Mrs. Lyn Neumann, did you try contacting Canvas Support to see if they could help?
Hi, i have no useful info to offer except to say I think this is something a teacher should be able to find easily. If i have a student asking for an extension on a due date, and I can't remember when I published an assignment, its hard for me to make that point to the student about how much time they've had to do it. Is this something that can be corrected or added to canvas? Or should I just date my assignments within the text, so I can refer back to that on my own?
Mary, a quick way for a teacher to accomplish this is to place an "Available from" date on assignments in addition to a due date. (I'd even add an "Until" date, but how that is used would be a function of the teacher's own late submission policy for assignments.) So if a teacher were to create the assignment right now and include in the assignment details an "Available from" date of today with a time of 10:30 AM (that was my local time when I started composing this message; yours might be different), the teacher can see at a glance how long the student has been given to complete it. Details for editing assignment settings are in How do I add or edit details in an assignment? .
Stefanie, thank you very much...that's a perfect solution. I don't usually use those dates but it makes sense to at least have a record of when it was made available.Thank you!!
You're welcome, Mary! Happy to help.
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