Turnitin-Enabled Assignments and SpeedGrader **Updated**

An update to the previous post about a resolution – Some students are still experiencing assignment submissions not appearing in SpeedGrader. Canvas and Turnitin on working on a resolution. Please send information about any incidents of this issue to LDT. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Canvas recently extended the time that it waits before requesting the submission and originality report from Turnitin. Canvas now waits five minutes instead of the previous 60 seconds. This time extension should help alleviate some of the current issues. The previous time sometimes resulted in the submission and originality report request being sent before the submission was ready for processing, and the submission or originality report wouldn’t appear in SpeedGrader. Canvas and Turnitin hope to have a long-term fix in place before the fall semester.


Turnitin recently deployed a code to help alleviate of an issue with some student submissions not appearing in SpeedGrader. The code will cause Canvas to wait 60 seconds before requesting a Turnitin submission to be presented in SpeedGrader. This should reduce the issue described below.

If any of your students experience the issue below, please contact us with the course name/number, student’s name, and assignment name.

Issue description:
There have been reports of some student submissions of Turnitin-enabled assignments not appearing in SpeedGrader. Canvas and Turnitin are working diligently to resolve this issue. In the meantime, if one of your students experiences this, please contact Learning Design and Technology with the course name and section, student name, and assignment. We will report the issue to Canvas.

There is an alternate way to grade affected students’ submissions.

1. From the assignment, in your Assignment Inbox, find the student.
2. Click the download button next to the student’s name. You can view the Originality Report by clicking the percentage.
3. Type the student’s grade and comments in the GradeBook (Course > Grades).

We will update this post once a resolution has been made.

Please contact us with any questions about Canvas.

New Canvas Commons Content

New content was recently added to Canvas Commons and is available for you to use in your courses. Or, access the content for your own reference.

Topics include:

  • Canvas
  • Digital World
  • Grammarly
  • Kaltura
  • Lynda.com
  • Qualtrics
  • VoiceThread

To access Canvas Commons content

1. Log in to Canvas.
2. Click Commons from the left-hand navigation menu.
3. In the search text box, search for Maryville University. Using the keywords Maryville University will help you find content shared by Maryville faculty and staff. You can also search for a user’s name, tag, etc.
4. Click the content you want to import into your course.
5. Choose (or search for) your course(s) from the Import into Canvas list, and then click Import into Course.
6. Once the import is finished, the module will appear in your course(s). When content you’ve imported is updated, you’ll be notified upon access of Canvas Commons by a notification in the Updates tab.

What is Canvas Commons?

Canvas Commons is a learning object repository that provides you with access to resources you can import into your course or share with other instructors.

Commons Resources

Please contact us with questions about Canvas Commons.

Changes to the Syllabus in Canvas

As you prepare for the next term, you may notice some changes to the Syllabus section of Canvas. Starting with the summer 2016 term, the Learning Design and Technology team will ensure the default Maryville syllabus policies are automatically populated in every course in Canvas.

There is no change in your ability to upload your syllabus to this area. The only difference is that there is a pre-populated area located between the editable section and the section automatically generated by Canvas. The standard Maryville policies CANNOT be edited or changed from within an individual course. The policies can only be edited at a global level.

The below screenshot details the location of the syllabus policies.


Please contact your dean for requirements around what to include in the editable section of Syllabus. If you have any questions about the policies or Canvas, please contact us.

Assign Assignments/Quizzes to Students with Different Due Dates

When setting up assignments or quizzes in Canvas, you can assign an assignment or quiz to everyone and/or individual students. This feature can be helpful if you have a student athlete who will be absent for an event and needs to submit an assignment or quiz early.

Adding an Additional Due/Availability Date

Follow these steps to add an additional due or availability date to an assignment or quiz.

1. In the Settings section of Assignments or Quizzes, click + Add.
2. Click in the Assign to box, and choose a student(s).
3. Add new Due and Available from dates.

Contact LDT with questions about Canvas.

Assignment Submission Issues Using IE 11 or Edge

If your students have trouble submitting assignments in Canvas while using Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge, please ask them to do one of these two suggestions.

  • Use a different browser, such as Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
  • Add Canvas to the list of trusted sites.

Please contact us with any questions with submitting assignments in Canvas.

Canvas: How Students See Comments Made Directly on Assignment Submissions

One of the great things about Canvas is that faculty can comment directly on assignment submissions. Anything you can do with a red pen, you can do in Canvas. However, one thing we are finding, is that it’s not necessarily intuitive for students to find these mark-ups.

Here’s how they find them, AND where the confusion may lie.

1.From on the Dashboard, they can see on the “To-Do” bar anything that has been recently graded/commented on from any course they have.

Student Feedback 12. They can select the name of the assignment, where they will be taking to the “Submission Details” for that assignment.

Student Feedback 23. From here, they can see their score, general feedback you have provided (not on the paper), and a turnitin report if you chose to allow them to view it. To view comments that were made directly on the paper, they would simply choose “View Feedback.”

Student Feedback 3Now, here may be where the confusion is coming in. When students don’t go to this via the “Dashboard” (like above), they have a bit of a different experience.

For example, if, which is most likely, a student goes to access the assignment via the course and the “Assignments” link.

Student Feedback 4They are taken to the “Assignment Submission” page. This page indicated the assignment details (points, due dates…etc,), allows them to turn the assignment in, and gives them the score/general feedback (if provided).

HOWEVER, if they want to get the comments made on the paper, they need to select “Submission Details.” This is no necessarily intuitive for students if they do not already know to go there. Once they choose “Submission Details,” they are taken the screen from step 2 above.

Student Feedback 5