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What is the best way to share assignments with other students in a class?

A teacher asked me the following question: "If my students submitted projects on Canvas, is there a way to share them with the whole class, so everyone can view them through Canvas?"  

I am assuming that the students created the projects using an external tool, such as Google Drive.  I am thinking that the best way for students to share their projects with other students in the class would be to use the Discussions Tool in Canvas.  Not only will students be able to see others' projects, but they can comment on them as well.   What do you think?

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi Rebecca...

I found a response from  @rmurchshafer ‌ from September 2018 which I think still applies today which may be of help to you: How do I share submitted assignments with the class?.

Please let Community members know if you have any other questions about this...thanks!  Be well...stay safe!



You can use a discussion or you can use a content page and allow students to contribute.

Both allow the ability to see what others have done and comment. The discussion is probably the better choice as it allows thoughts to be organized and kept with the submission. Editing a content page potentially runs into conflict issues when multiple students are editing at the same time.

If the project was a group project, do not make the discussion a group discussion. That would limit the ability for people to see it to people in the same group and they have already seen it.

If you make it an ungraded discussion, you need to remember to check the box to "Add to student to-do" or some will claim they didn't know they had to do it. Also, attachments made to an ungraded discussion count towards the student's storage quota. If it is an embedded object like a Google LTI application, it shouldn't matter. But if it is a document that they upload or a PowerPoint presentation, those will count against their quota. Some of those can be large. Depending on the goals and type of submission, I recommend making it a graded discussion. You could have the students turn it in to the discussion in the first place rather than as a separate assignment -- however, you lose the ability to use DocViewer within SpeedGrader when you do this.

As soon as I posted my thoughts about the discussion tool, I went ahead and contacted the teacher.  I am waiting to hear back from her to see what she thinks. Thanks @James_Jones and  @chofer ‌!

Community Coach
Community Coach

there's also the added possibility of using Padlet for the students to share their work to. I used a lot with my grade 3/4 class. A great way to share work, give feedback to each other, add the link to a school newsletter etc.

The kids get pretty quick at using it. 

Here's some support for padlet 30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students - BookWidgets  

But Discussions would be the easiest way I think.