In Canvas, assignments include quizzes, graded discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.). Assignments in Canvas can be used to challenge students' understanding and help assess competency by using a variety of media. Rubrics can play a big part in assessing a student's competency. There are many different definitions for rubric, but we have settled on one by Susan M. Brookhart from her 2013 book How to Create and Use Rubrics for Formative Assessment and Grading.
Canvas has many options available for communication. Instructors can personalize their messages by posting audio and video messages in discussions, the SpeedGrader, and Conversations. Here is a list of the communication tools you can take advantage of in Canvas, and a brief description of the uses for each: