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

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

The Cadmus Teacher Environment is where you write your assignment instructions and manage student submissions. It’s made up of the Instructions page and the My Class page. While the assignment instructions are 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 back to the Instructions page, where you can click Edit Assignment to continue editing.

The assignment instructions are broken up into three sections: Requirements, Instructions and Resources.


The first section you’ll see is Requirements. This is where you’ll set a due date, return 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 the assignment requirements


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.

Filled instructions section

Write the assignment instructions


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, or reorder them by clicking and dragging to the left of a resource name.

Resources added to section below instructions

Upload files or link resources to the assignment

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, and access their feedback from here. While they work, everything gets saved automatically online.


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.

Instructions panel on the right of the student environment

Assignment instructions are found on the left


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 — it won’t be submitted with their final work.

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. Learn more about the submission process for students.

Assignment being completed in work panel with submit button in top-right corner

Students write their assignment in the Work space


Students add their end-text reference list in this section. They can type them in directly, or compile them externally (e.g. in EndNote) and copy them into Cadmus. Formatting is set automatically depending on the referencing style you select in the 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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