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How do I create a cloud assignment with a Microsoft Office 365 file?

How do I create a cloud assignment with a Microsoft Office 365 file?

You can create an online assignment that embeds a document directly from your Microsoft Office 365 (OneDrive) folder. Accepted assignment types are Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

When students open the assignment, Office 365 will create a copy of the file as the student’s submission. Students can open the document and make changes per the assignment instructions. When they are ready to submit the assignment, they can return to the Canvas assignment page and submit the assignment. The copied document is also added to the student’s OneDrive folder for the course. You can also view each student's document copy in SpeedGrader for grading.

You can also view each student's document copy in SpeedGrader for grading. Submitted assignments are converted to a PDF to show the assignment at the time of submission. If students made any changes to their assignment, they will have to resubmit it for the changes to be visible in SpeedGrader.

The Microsoft Office 365 LTI currently includes a few limitations when creating assignments:

  • You cannot use Microsoft Office 365 files in an external tool for group assignments.
  • If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Create the assignment with any other submission type, save the assignment, add the rubric, and then edit the assignment to select the External Tool.
  • If you want your assignment to be moderated, you must set up the moderated assignment before setting the External Tool submission type. If you need to return to the moderate page after the External Tool is added, open the assignment and add /moderate after the assignment URL.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Add Assignment

Add Assignment

Click the Add Assignment button.

Add Assignment Details

Add Assignment Details

In the Assignment Name field [1], create a name for the assignment. In the Description field [2], enter the details of the assignment for your students. When students view the assignment, the description appears at the top of the page. However, the text shouldn't be significantly long in this space.

Enter the number of points for the assignment [3], select the Assignment Group [4], and select the grading type from the Display Grade as menu [5].

Note: The Rich Content Editor includes a word count display below the bottom right corner of the text box.

Select Submission Type

Select Submission Type

In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select the External Tool option.

Note: If you want to use a Canvas rubric for the assignment, you must add the rubric before setting the External Tool submission type. Additionally, if you want to apply moderated grading, you must set up moderated grading before setting the External Tool submission type.

Find External Tool

Find External Tool

Click the Find button.

Configure External Tool

Configure External Tool

Locate and select Office 365 Cloud Assignment [1].

If you want the assignment to load in a new tab, click the Load in a new tab checkbox [2]. Click the Select button [3].

Attach File

Attach File

Locate and select the file you want to link to the assignment [1]. Click the Attach File button [2].

Select Tool

Select Tool

In the External Tool window, view the URL for your assignment file [1]. To select a different file, click the Office 365 link again.

If you want the assignment to load in a new tab, click the Load in a new tab checkbox [2].

Click the Select button [3].

Save and Publish

Save and Publish

If you are ready to publish your assignment, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

View Assignment

View Assignment

View the assignment.

Comments

I've been attempting to accomplish this type of assignment for several weeks, but am having issues with getting the Office 365 Document to attach to the assignment.

I create Assignment with important entries.

When I get to Submission Type, I select External Tools and scroll down to Office 365 Cloud Assignment. 

This opens my OneDrive, I locate my document to upload, select the check box, select the BLUE Submit Button.  Nothing happens.  After I click it for the third time, I get a message in the OneDrive window that reads "An error occurred creating your cloud assignment. Please try again."

I try again several times to no avail.

I've tried this in several courses in several scenarios with the same result.  Some of my co workers are able to successfully complete this task.

I'm hoping there is an easy solution to this issue!

Thank you! 

Hi @simsr,

That does sound very strange. I'm not able to replicate what you're seeing. Have you tried logging out of Office 365 and logging back in? (If you click the Office 365 link in Course Navigation, the logout link should show in the top right corner of the page.) If that doesn't fix it, I'd recommend reaching out to your school's Canvas admin as it appears that a Canvas admin configured the app and may be able to troubleshoot why it's not working for you but is working for others at your institution. Alternatively, you can always submit a ticket to Canvas Support. To learn more about how to submit a ticket to Canvas Support, check out How do I get help with Canvas as an instructor?

Naomi

@CanvasDocTeam  I'm having an issue with this as well. I follow the steps and am able to attach a OneDrive .docx file, but I am getting an error that seems like the assignment is read-only. I set up a colleague as a student in my course to test it, and he gets the same error on his side. We also both only have options to "Edit" (which gives the error) or "Open in Desktop App" (which defeats the purpose of the tool, as I can just as easily link to a downloadable document) -- Also, there's no option to "Open in Browser" as I have seen in another forum discussion. What am I missing? 

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Hi @jpeacock16 , 

Please report this issue to our Canvas Support team! They'll be able to triage the issue and determine the steps to address it. If you need help, check out How do I get help with Canvas as an instructor? 

Thanks, 

Allie 

I have been using the Office 365 Cloud Assignment external tool. It is not populating missing marks or automatic zeros for assignments not turned in after the due date. Is there a fix for this? Or a workaround? I have been assigning Powerpoint slides using the tool, I don't know if that has anything to do with it.

Hi @eritchie

So sorry for the frustration! I've replied to the comment you left on What are External Apps (LTI Tools)? 

Please reach out if my teammates and I can help clarify anything else. 

Thanks, 

Allie 

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