Create a Taskstream assignment in Canvas

  • Taskstream is only available to students enrolled on the IUPUI campus and in the Schools of Education on the Bloomington, Kokomo, South Bend, and Southeast campuses.
    IUPUI's campus-wide license agreement with Taskstream (which covers faculty, staff, and students at IUPUI and IUPUC) ends on September 30, 2019. As of August 15, 2019, the Taskstream LTI tool (which facilitates logging in to Taskstream from Canvas) has been removed from IUPUI courses in Canvas, except for the School of Education. All others affiliated with IUPUI should use IU Login (formerly CAS) to log into Taskstream. For details, see About the Taskstream transition at IUPUI.
  • The School of Education at Bloomington creates Taskstream accounts for their students. They do not need to create a Taskstream account via Canvas.
  • If you receive a message indicating that your account has expired when you attempt to log in, contact your campus Support Center. If you are currently enrolled at IU and covered under the current license agreement with Taskstream, arrangements will be made to reactivate your account.

If your program is using a Directed Response Folio (DRF) to collect student artifacts, you can map your Canvas course to specific requirements in the DRF; see Map Canvas courses to Taskstream DRF requirements. Once your course has been mapped, you can create Taskstream DRF assignments in Canvas, which students can view and submit without ever leaving Canvas.

To create a Taskstream assignment in Canvas:

  1. Log into Canvas and navigate to the course where you want to create the Taskstream assignment.
  2. From the course navigation menu, click Assignments to open the Assignments tool.
  3. To the right of the assignment group in which you wish to place your Taskstream assignment, click + Add Assignment to add a new assignment to the group.
  4. In the "Add Assignment to Taskstream Assignments" pop-up, from the "Type:" drop-down menu, select External Tool. Fill out the other fields as desired and then click More Options.
    Add Assignment to Taskstream Assignments pop-up
  5. On the "Edit Assignment" screen, enter the assignment instructions in the Rich Content Editor.
    We recommend telling students that this is a Taskstream assignment so they understand why it looks different than regular Canvas assignments.
  6. In the "Submission Type" region of the "Edit Assignment" screen, make sure External Tool is still selected in the drop-down menu (and if it's not, select it). Under "External Tool Options", click Find. A "Configure External Tool" pop-up will appear:
    Configure External Tool pop-up
  7. In the "Configure External Tool" pop-up, scroll down and click Taskstream Assignments, and then click Select.
  8. Set the other assignment settings as desired, and then click Save to save without publishing or click Save & Publish to make the item visible to students immediately.
  9. You'll be returned to the "View Assignment" screen, and Canvas will automatically launch the assignment and log you into Taskstream. As a teacher/evaluator, you should see the Taskstream home page within the Canvas wrapper.

If your course is linked to more than one DRF requirement, when students open the assignment, they'll be able to see and potentially submit to all requirements. In addition, Taskstream can only send grades back to one assignment per course. If you want to grade the DRF submissions separately, create a second Taskstream assignment and provide clear instructions as to which DRF submission students should focus on for each assignment.

If you receive an error after the assignment is created, contact a consultant at your campus teaching and learning center or send a message to

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