How to submit an assignment to Canvas

Canvas is the learning management system that Michigan Tech uses for classes, and the Graduate School uses to collect theses, dissertations, and reports. This post will explain how to submit an assignment for the Graduate School.

First, log into Canvas by visiting http://mtu.instructure.com and logging in with your Michigan Tech ISO ID and password (the same one you use to access Banweb or your e-mail).

The Canvas log in screen. Use your Michigan Tech ID and password.

From the “Courses” menu, select the course “Graduate Candidates.” Contact Debra Charlesworth if you are not enrolled in this course.

Select the course after you log in.
Select the course "Graduate Candidates" after you log in.

The home page of the course contains links to resources that will help you prepare a thesis, dissertation, or report.  Click on “Modules” in the left hand menu to go to the submission modules.

Select "Modules" from the left hand navigation.

There are three modules available:  Report Submission, Thesis Submission, and Dissertation Submission.  Note that each module allows you to submit a draft or final document.  Since a draft submission is required for a thesis or dissertation, this must be submitted before the “Final” assignment will be available.  In this example, we’ll submit a draft thesis, so click on “Draft Thesis Submission.”

Select the assignment you wish to submit.

The main area of the page will contain instructions on what you need to submit, and links to helpful resources applicable to each part of the submission process.  In the upper right area, click on “Submit Assignment”

Click on "Submit Assignment"

In the submission area:

  1. Click on “Browse” to navigation to a location on your computer where the document is stored.  Note that you can also link your Google Doc folder to Canvas if you use that service to store your files.
  2. Click on the “+” icon if you need to “Add Another File.”  When submitting multiple files, please submit all files at once.
  3. Type comments to the Graduate School, such as the reference format you have used, in the comments box.
  4. Click “Submit Assignment” when you are ready to submit.
The submission area - browse for a file (or files), add comments, and submit.

The “Submission” box in the upper right now shows that your assignment is submitted, the time it was submitted, and allows you to view the details of the submission. Verify that all of the files the Graduate School needs to review your submission are present in the outlined box.

The upper right will show you that you have submitted the document.

The Graduate School will e-mail you when your review is complete.  Go back to the assignment on Canvas, and you will find any text comments and attachments in the “Submission” box.

Return to your assignment to view the comments and review.

The Graduate School will only review one draft submission, and once a final submission is accepted, no changes may be made to the document.

You can revise your submission anytime before the Graduate School has begun your review by clicking on the “Re-submit assignment” link.

Revise your submission anytime before your review begins. This will delay your review.