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per-user-reattempts for assignments

per-user-reattempts for assignments


Your new "Assignment Allowed Attempts" feature is useful and aligns the behavior of assignments and quizzes in Canvas. Please consider adding the option of per-user-reattempts for assignments. This can be done through moderation for quizzes and is very handy in our standards based assessment environment. Our students can request a reattempt on assignments and quizzes after demonstrating that they are better prepared.

Community Champion

I was reminded of another use case for this earlier this morning by another question in the Community. 

Let's say we allow a single submission and a student submits an assignment to the wrong location. Submissions cannot be deleted and we cannot (currently) change the number of submissions for just that student.

I provide this as someone else's use case. I rarely experience students submitting to the wrong assignment in my own courses -- less than once a year for the eight years I've been using Canvas.

New Member

Allow an additional submission for only some students with assignments. As it stands now in Canvas, all students in the course have to have equal number of submission attempts on an assignment. As a teacher I just had a student who submitted an incomplete assignment and requested to re-submit a completed version of the assignment. But since I had set up only one submission (attempt) I could not edit the assignment parameters to allow only him to re-submit the assignment. The only options I have are to edit the assignment parameters to let all students have a second attempt (submission) or create a new assignment (actually the exact same assignment) and set the parameters for only the one student to have an additional attempt. This causes a problem in gradebook because the student ends up getting a zero for the original assignment and then will be the only student getting a grade for the "new: assignment. This would drive other students crazy when they see only one student earned points on an assignment they didn't get.

SOLUTION: Just as in "Quizzes" where a teacher is allowed to click on Moderate Quiz and provide additional attempts and extended time to specific students, they same should be allowed in assignments.

New Member

It would be great to be able to use the moderate feature for assignment not just quizzes.  So you can add a second submission attempt for just certain students.

Community Member

Add the ability to add attempts to an assignment for specific students including due/closing dates, etc.

New Member

I second the motion, please add attempts for specific students in Assignments too!

Community Participant


New Member

I'm currently piloting Canvas for my district and our current LMS has this capability of adding attempts to individual student submissions. It is used A LOT. So far I really like Canvas but this is definitely something that needs to be added!


New Member

I've been requesting this feature throughout the school year, but this is the first time I'm submitting a written request. When I limit assignments to one submission, it becomes a problem when students submit a blank assignment or the bare template provided for the assignment because they forgot to rename their assignment to separate it from the template provided. If it's "after" the due date for the assignment, I can simply apply "multiple submissions" to the assignment then extend the due date for the student(s) who need to resubmit their assignment. However, if it's necessary to give a student another submission when the due date hasn't yet passed, the only way to do it is to give ALL students the multiple submission. Please revise this feature to match the option in quizzes. Thank you!

New Member

I tried the limit to 1 for my assignments and promptly had to change it back within days since I had students submitting the wrong file and/or to the wrong location.

Another option is to allow the "Reassign" button to override the number of attempts limit.

New Member

Agreed! Please allow Moderate to be a feature on assignments and/or have the "Reassign" button automatically override the number of attempts.  I honestly need this more for assignments than I do for quizzes!

New Member

Yes, please!

New Member

Yes, please!!!

New Member

We have just started using Canvas this year, mainly with New Quizzes. Such a surprise to find that we can't allow additional attempts for Assignments as easily as for New Quizzes. This is a huge issue for us, as most students have to upload a number of files at the end of their course, and suddenly we have found ourselves with an additional unexpected admin workload of excusing students from their original assessments, creating new ones and adding students to the new assessments. And we're just praying we don't have to manually mark them as completed in our student management system. A reasonably elegant solution is needed asap please.

Community Participant

The ability to add an additional attempt on assignments for individual students is an important feature that should be added to Canvas. Our support group gets this request daily. Please consider adding this feature to your development roadmap.

New Member

In quizzes, you can add an extra attempt for an individual student.  For assignments, you cannot do that. I would like to be able to limit submissions to 1 submission for students, but if there is a problem, like they accidentally handed it in, or just totally misunderstood the assignment, to be able to allow an individual student to resubmit an assignment without allowing ALL students to do it.

New Member

Students occasionally need to be able to resubmit or add a submission to an assignment.  Teachers need the means to quickly okay such a request without having to increase the allowed attempts for the whole class.  This could be included at the bottom of editing an assignment under the "add" button!  Please, this is needed!

Community Member

Students sometimes submit the wrong file for an assignment. Teachers need the ability on a per-student basis to Ignore an Attempt or Add Another Attempt for just this individual student so they can re-submit the correct file.

Teachers do not want to give the whole class another attempt, nor do they want to take in work manually and not use speedgrader. The also do not want to make extra assignments for individual student. Blackboard has this assignment feature and so many instructors coming from that platform expect it.

New Member

I would appreciate instructors being able to either remove an individual submission or allow resubmissions for an individual student. If a student accidentally submits to the wrong assignment, there is no way to currently allow them another attempt without allowing multiple attempts for all students. Thank you! 

New Member

We are just migrating from blackboard to canvas and already getting complaints about not being able to do this in canvas. please get this added ASAP. 

New Member

We have both professors and students who call us daily in order to reset assignment attempts. It is not feasible to allow additional attempts for the entire class and it is absurd to have to create a new assignment for 1 student. We were able to do this without a problem in Blackboard.