How do I create a Canvas assignment for my Mastery Connect tracker?

If your institution uses Canvas LMS, you can link a Mastery Tracker to a Canvas course. Once this connection is made you can access your Mastery Tracker in your Canvas course, which includes mastery data, assessments built with third-party item banks, and tools to support competency-based learning. Existing Mastery Trackers may already contain Mastery Connect assessments.

You can also create an assignment or graded discussion in Canvas associated with a Mastery Connect standard, which will automatically populate the assignment or graded discussion into your Canvas-linked Mastery Tracker.

Notes:

  • To enable this feature in your account, contact your Customer Success Manager or create a support ticket. This feature is anticipated to be enabled in all accounts in summer 2024.
  • If a Mastery standard-aligned Canvas assignment is deleted in Canvas, it will automatically delete the linked assessment from the Mastery Tracker. Restoring the assignment in Canvas will create an entirely new Mastery Connect raw score assessment.
  • If you edit a Mastery standard-aligned Canvas assignment and change the Mastery standard, the Mastery assessment will automatically be removed from the old standard and repopulate with scores in the new standard within the Mastery tracker.
  • Removing a student assignment score in Canvas will also delete the student score from the Mastery tracker. Changing a Canvas assignment score will also change the Mastery tracker score to reflect it.
  • Canvas quizzes are not eligible for direct alignment to a Mastery standard. If your Canvas assignment contains a quiz, you must use Classic Quizzes for the assignment to populate in Mastery Connect.

Open Canvas Course

Open Canvas Course

Log in to your Canvas account.

To log into your Mastery Connect account from Canvas, in the Global Navigation menu, click the Mastery link [1].

To enter your course, in the Global Navigation menu, click the Courses link [2]. Then, click the course name link [3].

Notes:

  • If the course is not listed, select the All Courses link [4], then click the title of your course.
  • To import a Canvas assignment into a Mastery tracker, you must first link a Mastery Tracker to your course.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Add Assignment

Add Assignment

Click the Add Assignment button.

Assignment details include fields for the assignment type, name, description, points, assignment group (if desired), grade display, submission type, and due dates. You can also specify if the assignment is a group assignment or requires peer reviews in the assignment details lesson. Canvas courses that are linked to a Mastery Tracker include Mastery Standard alignment settings.

When you add details to an assignment, you can assign it to all students, course sections, course groups, or individual students as part of the Canvas differentiated assignments feature.

Edit Assignment Details

Type the assignment title in the Assignment Name field [1]. If you created your assignment as an assignment shell, this field will be populated for you, but you can change it if necessary.

Use the Rich Content Editor to add images, text, links, equations, or insert media [2].

Notes:

  • When a document is uploaded to the New Rich Content Editor from an assignment, the file is saved to the Uploaded Media folder in Course Files and defaults to hidden status. Students can view the file when the assignment is made available to them. Learn more about file availability.
  • When an assignment is created with no description, the assignment description displays default text explaining no additional details were added for the assignment.
Assignment Points & Groups

Enter the points for your assignment in the Points field [1]. Select the Assignment Group for the assignment in the Assignment Group drop-down menu [2].

If you created your assignment as an assignment shell, the points field and Assignment Group will be populated for you. You can edit these if necessary.

Notes:

  • Points possible must be set to a number greater than zero for assignments with percentage, points, letter grade, or GPA grading types.
  • The points possible for the assignment that are set during the Canvas assignment creation are inherited by Mastery Connect.

Change Points Possible

Change Points Possible

If you change the points possible for an existing assignment with graded submissions, you will need to regrade the assignment. This warning message applies to any grading type with assignment submissions, including changing points from or to zero.

Select Grading Type

Select Grading Type

In the Display Grade as drop-down menu, select the method you want to use for grading. You can grade your assignment by percentage, complete/incomplete, points, letter grade, or GPA scale.  

A Not Graded option is also available. However, if you set your grading type as Not Graded, your assignment will not populate in Mastery Connect.

Note: The grading type is how the assignment score will display in the Gradebook. For example, an assignment worth 10 points is set to display as a percentage. A student who receives 8/10 points on the assignment will show as 80 in the Gradebook. If using a letter grade, learn how to create a grading scheme and apply a grading scheme to your assignment.

Select Submission Type

Select Submission Type

In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select the type of submission you want to accept for the assignment. By default, the submission type is set to Online. All graded Canvas assignment types that display in Canvas Gradebook as assignments (including graded discussions, LTI  assignments, etc.) are eligible to be aligned with a Mastery standard.

  • No Submission is when you do not want students to submit an assignment in Canvas. This assignment type can be used to create extra columns in the Gradebook, or when you want to create an assignment that involves multiple scores. Submission Type does not apply to Not Graded assignments.
  • Online is when you want students to submit their assignments using Canvas.
  • On Paper is when you want students to submit an assignment to you but not through Canvas. This assignment type applies to traditional face-to-face courses or hybrid courses when you want the assignment turned in during class, but you still want to create a column in the Canvas Gradebook for grading purposes.
  • External Tool is when you want students to submit their assignments using an external app (LTI) enabled for your course. You must enter a URL for the external tool.

Assignment settings are persistent to always remember and display the settings created or edited in the previous assignment in the course. Based on prior assignments, one or more of these options may already be selected for you.

Notes:

  • No Submission and On Paper assignments still appear to students on their Assignments page. To avoid confusion, it is best to make a note in the description about the assignment so students will know whether or not a submission is required and if so, how they are supposed to submit it.

Select Submission Attempts

Select Submission Attempts

If you have selected the Online submission type, the number of allowed attempts is unlimited by default. However, you can limit submission attempts for the assignment.

Create Group Assignment

Create Group Assignment

As part of an assignment submission, Canvas lets you set up an assignment as a group assignment. You can also choose to grade students individually in group assignments.

Require Peer Reviews

Require Peer Reviews

If you want to require students review each other's work, you can create a peer review assignment. When requiring peer reviews, you can select whether to manually assign peer reviews or automatically assign peer reviews.

Allow Anonymous and Moderated Grading

Allow Moderated Grading

If you want to set up an assignment with additional reviews, you may be able to enable Moderated Grading, Anonymous Grading, or both. Moderated grading allows multiple graders to evaluate a student's work and create provisional grades. Anonymous grading hides student names from graders when they view assignment submissions in SpeedGrader. These options can be used together or independently.

Enable Anonymous Instructor Annotations

Enable Anonymous Instructor Annotations

If you want to assess submissions with DocViewer and make all instructor annotations and comments in DocViewer-supported submissions anonymous, select the Anonymous Instructor Annotations checkbox.

Edit Due and Availability Dates

Edit Due and Availability Dates

By default, Canvas will set your assignment dates for everyone in your course [1].

Create a due date for the assignment in the Due Date field [2]. The due date will already be populated for you if you created an assignment shell, but you can change it if necessary. You also have the option to add availability date fields [3].

To assign the assignment to an individual student or course section, click the Add button [4].

Note: If a date does not include a time, the listed date defaults to the course’s default due time.

Edit Mastery Standard Alignment

View Assignment in Mastery Tracker Students Tab

If your Canvas course is linked to a Mastery Tracker, you will see the Mastery Standard Alignment settings menu in your assignment settings.

To align your Canvas assignment to a Mastery standard, click the Select Standard drop-down menu [1] and select a single standard [2].

Note: Multiple standard alignments are not supported for Canvas assignments at this time.

Save Assignment

Save Assignment

If you want to notify users about any future assignment changes, click the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox [1]. Click the Save button [2].

To publish your Canvas assignment, click the Save & Publish button [3].

Notes:

  • If your assignment has not yet been published, the assignment displays the Save & Publish button. The Save button creates a draft of your assignment so you can publish it later.
  • If you click the Notify users that this content has changed checkbox, only the students assigned to the assignment are notified of changes. Additionally, only students who have the Content Change notification setting enabled are notified of content changes.

View Assignment in Mastery Tracker Students Tab

Click the Mastery Tracker link in your Course Navigation [1]. The default view of the Mastery Tracker is the Students tab [2].

Then, click the standard heading for the standard you aligned your Canvas assessment to [3].

Note: The cut scores & mastery levels of the assessment are inherited from the Tracker's default or set levels.

When your assignment is saved in Canvas, it displays in your linked Mastery Tracker as a raw score assessment [1].

When you grade the assignment in Canvas, the scores are automatically imported into your Mastery Tracker assessment [2].

To view your assignment in the Canvas Assignments page, click the Assignment tag at the top of the assessment column [3].

To view more details and options for your Canvas assignment within your Mastery Tracker, click the Tracker Assessments tab [4].

View Assignment in Mastery Tracker Assessments Tab

In the Type column of the Tracker Assessments tab, the imported Canvas assignment will display as an Assignment [1].

The Completed column displays the number of students that have been graded out of all students in the course [2].

To open a window that displays student scores, click the Reporting icon [3].

To open Canvas Speedgrader for the assignment, click the Grade icon [4].

To return to the Tracker Students tab, click the Tracker View button [5].

To open the More Options menu, click the More icon [6].

To open the assignment in the Canvas Assignments page, click the Canvas Assignment link [7]. To remove the assessment from the tracker, click the Remove Assessment link [8].

Note: Removing the assessment from the tracker will remove all scores from the Mastery Tracker.