In the May 15 production update of Canvas, the online submission type for assignments has a new option – annotated assignment.  This new submission type will allow you to upload a file that students can annotate using the DocViewer (SpeedGrader) interface and submit directly in Canvas avoiding the need for students to print, scan, or take photos of some assignments to submit.  Completed submissions are viewed in SpeedGrader with the student’s annotations shown for grading.

When creating the assignment, you may upload the file or select a file already uploaded in your course Files.  You can use any type of file that can be previewed in Canvas.  For a list of those file types, please see the Canvas guide, What types of files can be previewed in Canvas?

Students can complete the annotation assignment directly in Canvas using the DocViewer annotation tools. Annotations can also be created on the Canvas Student app.  If a student later views a previously submitted attempt, the annotations on the file are shown as read only and additional annotations are not allowed.

Note: The student annotation submission type cannot be used for group assignments and is not supported if the Assignments Enhancements feature has been enabled in your course.

For more information, watch the overview video:


If you have any questions about the changes or about how to use Canvas effectively, IT-Academic Technology Services staff is always available at the IT-ATS Welcome Bar or you can send your questions to