Getting Started
Connected Environments
Designing Assessments
Formatting and Images
Introducing Students
Learning Analytics
Grading and Feedback

Cadmus is made up of two connected environments - one for teachers to create assessments, and one for students to complete assessments.

The environments are linked through the assessment instructions. Any updates you make to the instructions are immediately seen by students, making it easy to Design flexible assessment pieces.

Cadmus Teacher Environment

Cadmus Teacher Environment

Teacher Environment

Cadmus’ Teacher Environment is where you write and release your assignment instructions. It’s made up of three sections: Requirements, Assignment Instructions and Additional Resources.

While the Teacher Environment is in Edit mode, you’ll see the formatting toolbar along the top. All your changes save automatically, however they won’t be seen by students until you release the assignment. Click Release in the top-right corner to release you assignment instructions. This takes you to Preview mode, where you can click Edit Assignment to continue editing.


The first section you’ll see is Requirements. This is where you’ll set a due date, word limit, weighting and referencing style. If your assessment involves Drafting, you can set a draft due date from this section, too. Students don’t need to include coversheets with Cadmus; they’ll just be asked to accept a Submission Declaration when they submit. All other submission details are automatically handled by Cadmus.

Set Requirements in Cadmus Teacher Environment

Set your Assessment Requirements

Assignment Instructions

This is where you write the instructions for your assignment. It works just like the editor in the Student Environment, which means you can use the Formatting toolbar at the top to style and structure your instructions.

Write your Instructions and add Resources to your assignment

Write your Instructions and add Resources to your assignment

Additional Resources

When adding resources to an assessment, you can either upload a file from your computer, or link students straight to another URL. Select your resource or copy in a link, give it a name and then click Add. You can always Edit or Remove a resource once it’s been added.

Student Environment

The Cadmus Student Environment is where your students complete the assignment you’ve created. The entire assessment process occurs within Cadmus for students; they’ll receive their instructions, write their submission and submit their final piece all from here. While they work, everything gets saved automatically online.

Cadmus Student Environment

Cadmus Student Environment


In this area on the left, students view the assignment instructions you’ve created from the Teacher Environment. Any updates you make to the instructions will become immediately available here. Students are able to read the instructions and click on resources to download or view them.


The Notes space can be used for students to plan, take notes or collate research. It’s a space for them to use as they like - you won’t see this section with their final submission.

The Notes tab is next to the Instructions on the left of the Cadmus Student Environment


This is where students write their assignment. You’ll notice there are no pages in this space, and that students have access to the same Formatting options available in the Teacher Environment. At the top-right corner of the work panel is the Submit button. Students are able to submit and resubmit their work as many times as they like before the due date.


Students add their end-text reference list in this section. Formatting is set automatically depending on the referencing style you select in your assessment requirements.

Cadmus Student Environment with Cadmus Manual open, and References and Work section in view

Cadmus Manual

While they work, students can access Cadmus Manual through the ? in the bottom-right corner. It’s a place for students to access university curated resources about things like referencing and academic writing. It also contains detailed information and step-by-step guides for using Cadmus.

To learn more about the Student Environment, check out the Student Guides. Or if you’re ready to set up an assignment, use our Getting Started guide.

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