Assignment/Quiz Types and How to Properly Submit Them

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There are several different types of assignments and quizzes that you might have to complete while taking classes with Proximity Learning. In this article, we'll go over the different types of assignments and quizzes and how to properly submit them so you get credit.

Before beginning, we strongly recommend using Google Chrome as your browser. To make sure your version of Chrome is up-to-date, go here.

Also, in order to record media in Canvas (which you'll have to do for some quizzes and assignments), you'll need to have Flash installed on your browser. To make sure you have Flash installed, check here.

Please note, if you're using school computers, you might need to contact your Local IT if you're unable to install or update Chrome or Flash. They might have to do it for you.


All quizzes are pretty similar. Here's how to take a quiz and submit it properly.

First, find the Quiz in your announcements, to-do list, calendar, or modules tab and click on its name. Then click: "Begin Quiz".








Answer all questions. If you navigate away from the page without clicking "Submit Quiz", you can come back and continue where you left off. However, make sure to submit the quiz by the due date, or it might be considered late or even get a 0.


Note: For listening assignments, make sure to click the "play" button on the thumbnail that appears before the questions. You will need to listen to the video or audio presented in order to answer the questions.


Be aware that sometimes you may need to record media (video or audio) to answer a quiz question. See instructions below.




 Note: If you have more than one microphone or webcam, click on "Mic" or "Webcam" to select the microphone or webcam you wish to use.






Once you've answered all the questions, click "Submit Quiz". You MUST do this or you won't receive credit for the quiz.


Be aware that some quizzes will allow you to take multiple attempts. Ask your teacher if you have any questions about this.


Media and Text Assignments:

All assignments start the same way. First, click on the assignment's name in the announcements, to-do list, calendar, or modules tab. Then, click on "Submit Assignment" to begin:


Some assignments require you to record media (video or audio). For these assignments, you will usually record directly through Canvas like with a quiz. See the instructions below.



If you're not able to record directly into Canvas, many assignments allow you to record video or audio offline using an app on your computer. Use any video or audio recording app on your computer to record offline, so long as it can save videos in one of these formats: 

  • FLV – Flash Video
  • ASF – Windows Media
  • QT – Apple QuickTime
  • MOV – Apple QuickTime
  • MPG – Digital Video Format    
  • MPEG – Digital Video Format
  • AVI – Digital Video Format
  • M4V – Digital Video Format    
  • WMV – Windows Media  
  • MP4 – Digital Video Format    
  • 3GP – Multimedia Mobile Format

If you're just recording audio, make sure whatever recording app you use can save audio in one of these formats:

  • MP3 – Digital Audio Format   
  • WMA – Windows media audio
  • WMV – Windows Media

Below is an example of how to use the camera app on Windows 10 to record a video for an assignment. Again, whatever app you end up using, make sure it saves media in one of the formats listed above.










If you're having trouble submitting media for an assignment, try submitting the assignment in a different tab (see instructions below).








Some assignments require you to submit a written response. Usually, you can either enter your response directly into Canvas's text editor or upload a file. This is up to your teacher, however, so depending on the assignment, you may only be able to do one or the other, if not both.





For "text entry" uploads, Microsoft Word and Google Docs work great. Even if you enter your submission directly into the text editor, it's a good idea to save your work as a Word doc or Google Doc as a backup. 

Depending on the assignment, you might be able to submit your text response using Google Drive. For more information on this, please review this article.

Always remember to click "submit assignment" to receive credit.

Discussion Assignments:

Like other kinds of assignments, you'll find your discussion assignments in the announcements, to-do list, calendar, or modules tab. Click on the name of the assignment to be taken to the discussion board.




You will often be asked to not only post your own response, but to reply to your fellow students. However, usually you'll have to post your own reply first before you can respond to others.


Just like all assignments, make sure you post your reply before the due date. If you don't, you may not be able to post a reply at all.


Website URL submission

Sometimes you'll complete an assignment in an external website and need to submit a URL to Canvas. All you need to do is copy the URL and paste it into the space provided. See below.



Your teacher may give you feedback on your assignments, quizzes, and other work. There are a few ways to access this feedback. See below for details.

Recent Feedback


Grade Book








Can't Record in Canvas

Sometimes while taking a quiz or assignment you'll be asked to record a response in Canvas, but for some reason it won't work. The first thing you should do is inform your teacher of the problem. After that, there are a couple things to try.

1. Make sure Flash is enabled. Here's how to check this in Google Chrome:



2. If you can't record even with Flash enabled, and the assignment allows you to upload a file instead, try recording the media with an app on your computer and then uploading the recording that way (see instructions above about Media and Text Assignments).

3. Another thing to try is to clear your cache and cookies. Here are the instructions on how to do this in Google Chrome:




If you continue to have problems, get on live chat with Tech Support. 


Course Readings and Video Lessons:

Some assignments are reading material. These will typically just be a page with some text or possibly images off a Google Drive. You might also have video lessons, which are just pages with a video for you to watch.

If you have trouble viewing a reading assignment or video lesson, make sure to inform your teacher and, if necessary, reach out to tech support.







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