Is there a way for teachers to test out assignment submissions, for unpublished assignment and unpublished discussions

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If a teacher wants to test out an assignment submission, they should do this in 'Student View' am I correct? But currently, it seems the item must be published first (ie: visible and available to students!).

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If so, the canvas documentation needs this clarification, that  'Student View', for test submissions only works with published assignments and discussions.


  • Teachers can already preview and test an unpublished Quiz (see  'Preview Quiz').
  • It would nice to have a similar "preview' or 'Test submission' mode for teachers for assignments and discussions too.


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Hi @tslee ...

In addition to the great advice that you got from @james_whalley, I wanted to let you know that you can make suggestions to the written Guides here in the Community if you feel the documentation is not clear (or even if you find errors that need to be corrected).  For example, in the Guide that you linked to:

How do I view a course as a test student using Student View? the bottom of the Guide, you'll find a blue button for "Leave Feedback".  This will open up a window where you can fill out a form about the Guide you are viewing to provide your suggestions.  The Documentation Team will review your feedback and determine if any changes are necessary.

I hope this extra bit of information will be helpful to you.

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