Setting assessment requirements (Canvas)

Learn how to manage requirements and settings for your assignments

If you access Cadmus using Blackboard, Moodle, or D2L, please refer to this article for setting assignment requirements.


While you’re in Edit mode on the Instructions page, click Set requirements, grading options and settings to be taken to the Requirements page. From here, you can set all the requirements for your assignment, choose your marking tool, and configure any settings for Turnitin. You’ll also be able to see how these requirements will be shown to students while working in the Student Environment


From the Requirements page, select Assignment as your Assessment type. The Assignment type is best for tasks completed over a longer period of time, without a strict time limit.

select assignment

If you're running a timed task, learn how to set up exams and tests instead.


You can set the following requirements and settings in your assignment:



Key Dates and Times

All Cadmus assignments require a final due date and return date to be set.  

Final Due Date

Before the due date, students can resubmit as many times as they like. Once the due date has passed, students can no longer resubmit, but they can submit late if they haven’t made any previous submissions. See Submitting in Cadmus for more information. 

Return Date

The return date is the date and time after which students can access their grades and feedback within Cadmus. Students won’t see this date in the Student Environment, so you can always change it if you’d like to release feedback to students earlier or later.  

To set Key Dates

  1. From the Requirements page, go to the Key Dates and Times section.
  2. Click set a final due date.
  3. Use the calendar to choose a due date, and then select a time.
  4. Click Next, set return date.
  5. Use the calendar to choose a return date, and then select a time.
  6. Click Confirm date.


Time Limit

With Cadmus, you can set a time limit for students' completion time. This functionality enables fixed and flexible scheduling for major assessments like tests and exams.

To set a time limit

  1. From the Requirements page, go to the Key Dates and Times section.
  2. Set Time limit to On.
  3. Specify the time limit for the assessment in minutes.


Late resubmissions

Typically in Cadmus, students can make one late submission after the due date, but cannot make any late resubmissions. We only recommend using this setting if you need to allow students to resubmit multiple times after the due date by default (e.g. if your university grants automatic extensions, or always allows late submissions). Alternatively, we recommend managing late resubmissions by granting students extensions.

Note: Students can resubmit late indefinitely if this setting is on. To avoid overwriting any marking or feedback annotations, we recommend turning off late resubmissions and re-releasing your Instructions before marking begins.

To allow late resubmissions

  1. From the Requirements page, go to the Key Dates and Times section.
  2. Set Late resubmissions to On.



Marking + Feedback

As a Canvas user, you have the option to mark Cadmus  in Turnitin Feedback Studio or Canvas SpeedGrader.

Marking Tool

It's important to select your preferred marking tool (Turnitin Feedback Studio or Canvas SpeedGrader) before releasing your assessment. Once a submission has been made in an assessment, you'll no longer be able to change marking tools.



Anonymous Marking

Anonymous marking allows student names to be hidden from submissions during marking. Once a submission has been made in an assessment, you'll no longer be able to change this setting.

To turn on anonymous marking

  1. Select Hide student names in the class list.
  2. Turn anonymous marking on in SpeedGrader (only if you have selected SpeedGrader as your marking tool).



Max Points

If you choose to mark with Turnitin Feedback Studio, you can change the number of marks available by setting the value of Max Points. By default, assignments are set to be marked out of 100 points in Feedback Studio.



Similarity Reports for Finals

You can also choose when students see Turnitin similarity information (ie. before or after the due date, or not at all) by selecting your preferred option. Learn more about controlling how students view similarity information.



Advanced Turnitin Settings

You can access advanced Turnitin settings like repository options and similarity exclusions by clicking View Advanced Turnitin Final Settings. You’ll also be able to attach a rubric from this page.

Note: To access the advanced Turnitin settings for finals, you will need to Release the assessment first. You can then click Update Instructions and access the settings via the Requirements settings.



If you’d like to accept draft submissions for your assignment you can turn on Drafting in the Requirements.

To add drafting to an assignment

  1. From the Requirements page, go to the Drafting section.
  2. Set Drafting to on.
  3. Click set a draft due date.
  4. Use the calendar to choose a due date, and then select a time.
  5. Click Confirm date.
  6. Select your preferred Turnitin similarity settings for drafts under Similarity Reports for Drafts.

If there are any advanced Turnitin settings you’d like to set, click View Advanced Turnitin Draft Settings.




You can tell students how much an assignment is worth (as a %), by turning Weighting on and specifying a weighting. This doesn’t affect how grades are returned to Canvas (e.g. in the Grade Book) — it’ll only be seen by students in their assignment instructions.



Word limit

If you turn Word limit on, you can specify a word limit for students, and choose whether or not to include references in the word count.




To set a referencing style for the assignment, turn Referencing on and select a referencing style from the dropdown. By setting this requirement, students will be able to access relevant guides in Cadmus Manual to help them follow the referencing style you choose.