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Allow Multiple Submission Types on the Same Assignment

Allow Multiple Submission Types on the Same Assignment

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Originally submitted by Sara Wolf

 

Currently, instructors can choose to allow a variety of formats for assignment submission. However, when the student submits, only one type can be used, unless the student elects to resubmit the assignment. Even so, if the student resubmits the assignment, the student can no longer see his or her first submission. So, if they make a mistake, they aren't sure what need to be fixed, because they can't see what they originally submitted.

 

It would be helpful to have students be able to submit a file type (graphic, or URL, or word document, for example) and then be able to also use the text box feature, in the same submission, to "tell about" their assignment. Ideally, the instructor would be able to see both submission types in the SpeedGrader in a single submission, and similarly, students would be able to see both submission types in their assignment submission interface. For instance, if students have to create an image of a floor plan for a future classroom, and then provide an "annotation" of that floor plan that describes how it illustrates their teaching philosophy, having the image be visible to the teacher at the same time as the annotation would be ideal. Another example would be an assignment that requires a link to a video url and accompanying text. If the students could submit the URL to the video and fill in a text box at the same time, they would be able to take advantage of the rich content functionality in the text box submission type (that is not available to them in the assignment comments area), and teachers would be able to evaluate the link to the video and the accompanying text simultaneously in the SpeedGrader.

95 Comments
annette_torrey
Community Member

The instructors in our online courses would like students to be able to submit the PowerPoint along with the video of their presentation. They want to grade it as one assignment and not have it as two separate submissions, or have the students resubmitting in order to complete both pieces of the assignment.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Sara:

I just checked this in my sandbox, and a student can actually submit as many files as they wish in a single submission. As a test student, I was able to upload an image, a Slideshow and a Word document on one submission. As the teacher I was able to toggle through all three files in SpeedGrader.

As a student, you simply browse for your first file, then click "Add another file", and browse for it, then repeat this process until all files are selected, then click "Submit Assignment".

I did not check including a media file in the mix.

Kelley

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hey Kelley,

Thanks for doing the leg work on that.

I think the intent of stefaniesanders​ request is more to allow for multiple submission types per assignment submission.  For example to allow for both a file upload and a web url in the same submission.

kmeeusen
Community Coach
Community Coach

Thanks for the clarification Scott, and I just tested that. Canvas does only permit one submission type. With file uploads I can submit multiple file, but I cannot add a media recording or a URL. When you submit from those tabs, the other submission types are not retained and submitted.

Great feature request! I can see many uses/needs for this functionality.

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Its a one-two punch - students can only submit one submission type per submission and they can only see their latest submission, which means they can only see comments on the latest submission.  Teachers can see all submissions and often do not know students see only the last submission and will direct students to, for example, submit a file and then submit a video.

millerjm
Adventurer

We are having this problem in a speech class.  The instructor wants them to upload a doc or docx file of their manuscript as well as a media upload of the speech itself. 

As a student, you can do this.  It does not give any errors.  As a student, you can then only see one of the types of submission after you submit.  However, when the instructor goes in to grade it, they can only see either the manuscript or the video, not both. So, this isn't working as designed.  The students think their submission went through. 

This either needs to be limited by only allowing them to submit one type of submission, or allowing both to be shown in the speedgrader since it's successful.

thayerm
Community Member

This is an important option. Like others have said a student may be asked to submit multiple types of assignments. I think it would be good if any submission is included - a file attached, a text box used, media or URL included that all will be submitted at once when the submit button is hit.

jmunoz1
Learner II

This would be such an important feature! Heart

This way, we can design activities freely not having to worry about the technical issues students may face. Although I thought of a workaround by using the comments section inside the submission details, this really isn´t the ideal solution. This problem limits a lot. 

sharris
Learner

Excellent idea stefaniesanders​ !

hoovenl
Community Member
If I assigned a draft and a final, can I use this to look at the first and second submission simultaneously? Can the draft and final have different due dates within this single assignment?
scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Louisa,

Most people will use multiple assignments to collect first and second submissions, utilizing multiple due dates and sometime making one or both assignments not count for points (aka ungraded).

hoovenl
Community Member

Multiple assignments is what I do now. However, I can't see the comments that I gave for the previous draft when grading the ffinal. That makes it hard to see if my comments were heeded or even useful.

By making the draft worth points, I get students to distribute some of their research and writing work earlier in the term, instead of the last minute.

r_v_jones
Explorer III

I think this would be a logical development of the assignment tool.

We increasingly want our students to expand their experiences of assessment. Giving the teacher the opportunity to have students submit the PowerPoint of their presentation, the Microsoft word hand-out they produced and submit the video of their presentation would be a huge step forward.

Thanks stefaniesanders​ for putting this forward

hvaughn
Explorer

This is needed! Often an assignment has several components, which need to be submitted together.

DRBROOKS
Community Member

I had problems getting a Visio file to upload. Is this a policy feature? (.vsdx, .vdx, .vsd, etc.). Is .zip a workaround?

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Brooks,

There is an assignment setting that allows the teacher or course designer to specify a discrete set of allowed file extensions.  It is also possible to throttle the max allowable file upload size.  Could either of these been an issue?

clegg
Community Member

Horray!  this would solve a LOT of my frustration.  I want students to upload their assignments from their workbooks, (so I can use speedgrader,) but some of them don't have scanner capabilities, or are just plain lazy and bring it to class the next week.  When I enter their points in Canvas, it does not show the assignment as being completed, and they start contacting me to find out why I haven't given them credit.  I work with first semester freshmen so this would save me a TON of energy! 

scottdennis
Community Team
Community Team

Hi Alice,

You might consider adding a comment to ​.

Thanks,

Scott

jodi_k
Community Member

I would find this really useful. I have also had a situation recently where having the option to hand in a paper assignment as well as or instead of an online file submission would have been perfect. Is there a way to allow these at the same time under this new development? stefaniesanders

Stefanie
Community Team
Community Team

 @jodi_k ​, as I understood the original feature idea, it was intended to accommodate multiple online submissions of different types simultaneously. I would imagine that this feature idea, if implemented, would come into play in the assignment details interface after the teacher selects from the Submission Type dropdown; at that point, the Online Entry Options would display. In other words, if the assignment designer selects "On Paper" as the Submission Type, the choice of multiple submissions options would never appear.

So I would guess the answer to your question is no, I don't believe this feature request would encompass your described use case (allowing students to choose between handing in a paper assignment or submitting it online). However, I think the current assignment functionality does accommodate what you need to do, if you were to design the assignment as an online file upload type and tell your students that they can choose to hand it in on paper instead. You can then grade the uploaded submissions as you normally would and enter the grades for the on-paper submissions the way you normally would.

I'm going to tag Deactivated user​ here so she can give the official word on the thinking for this feature idea and correct me if my conjectures as to how this might be implemented have gone way out into left field.

Also, to bring those on-paper submissions into the fold, you might want to have a look at this feature idea that is archived but definitely on Instructure's radar: