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james_sanzin
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Can you unassign an assignment?

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I have an #assignment that I have assigned, but I have decided to eliminate it this semester. I do not want to delete the assignment. I just want to cancel it. Is there a way to do this?

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kblack
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Hi  @james_sanzin ‌ - It depends!  If it is an online assignment and no submissions have come in yet, you can simply unpublish it.  If it is an on paper/no submission assignment, even if grades have been recorded you can still unpublish it.  If, however, it is an online assignment and submissions have started coming in, you will not be able to unpublish it.  Since you do not want to delete it, you can mute it, but will have to live with the fact that your view of the gradebook will differ from what students are seeing for total scores (as Canvas reminds you).  In this scenario, for your own sanity--if not your students'--you may want to change all grades to EX (for excused) so that it does not count towards the final grade.

I hope this helps, James!

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kblack
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Hi  @james_sanzin ‌ - It depends!  If it is an online assignment and no submissions have come in yet, you can simply unpublish it.  If it is an on paper/no submission assignment, even if grades have been recorded you can still unpublish it.  If, however, it is an online assignment and submissions have started coming in, you will not be able to unpublish it.  Since you do not want to delete it, you can mute it, but will have to live with the fact that your view of the gradebook will differ from what students are seeing for total scores (as Canvas reminds you).  In this scenario, for your own sanity--if not your students'--you may want to change all grades to EX (for excused) so that it does not count towards the final grade.

I hope this helps, James!

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james_sanzin
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 @kblack ‌ that helps a ton!! Did you by any chance go to Full Sail?

kblack
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Good to know, James.  And no--I did not.  (And just had to Google it to see what it was, I must admit!)

james_sanzin
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 @kblack ‌ I had you mixed up with another Ken that I graduated with. Just now realized I remembered you because you are one of the people who often provide help on here. Thanks for all the help.

kblack
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Always happy to help when I can, James!