Create an Assignment

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Create an Assignment

When you create an assignment, you can allow students to upload their completed assignments over the network to the assignment area, or not allow them to upload them to the assignment area and require them to hand them in physically in class.


  1. In the topic or weekly section where you would like to add an assignment, if this link doesn't appear in the lower right corner of the section, click the Turn editing on button in the upper right corner of this page.






  2. Click the Add an activity or resource link, select Assignment and click the Add button.






  3. General Settings: Instructions for these settings are below the image.



    1. Assignment Name: Enter the assignment name in this field. This will be the link the students click in the topic/weekly section to access the assignment information.
    2. Description: Click the Show editing tools tab and enter a description of the assignment in this box. Create a word or phrase that will be a link to the assignment file, if you plan to upload the assignment. Then highlight the word/phrase. Then click the link icon.
      • Click this icon when this window appears.



      • If you have not uploaded the assignment file, click here for instructions. If you have uploaded the file already, click here for instructions.


      • Upload the Assignment File

        1. When this window appears, in the left column, click the Upload a file link.



        2. Select the file you want to upload and click the Open button.



        3. Click the Upload this file button.



        4. Add a title and click the Insert button. The word or phrase that you highlighted should now be a link to this document.



        Select the Uploaded Assignment File

        1. When this window appears, in the left column, select the location where you uploaded the assignment file: Recent files or Private files.



        2. Click the file to which you would like link.



        3. When this window appears, click the Select this file button.



        4. When this window appears, enter a Title for this link and click the Update button. The word or phrase that you highlighted should now be a link to this document.



    3. Display description on course page: If you would like the description you entered to appear in the topic/weekly section, check this box.


  4. Availability Settings: Instructions for these settings are below the image.



    1. Allow submissions from and Due date: If your students are able to submit their assignment by uploading them to this area and you have a beginning and end date when the assignment can be submitted, check the Enable boxes and enter the beginning and ending dates and times for when the assignment can be submitted. If students are supposed to submit their assignment manually at school, don't enable these settings.
    2. Cut-off date: If you enable and set a cut-off date, the assignment will not accept submissions after this date without an extension.
    3. Always show description: If disabled, the Assignment Description above will only become visible to students at the "Allow submissions from" date.



  5. Submission Type Settings: Instructions are below this image.



    1. Submission types: Check the boxes to the left of the ways in which students can submit their assignment. For more information about these submission types, click the ? to the right of the submission type. If you are limiting students to handing in their assignment physically on paper in the classroom, don't check any of these boxes.
    2. Maximum number of upload files: If file submissions are enabled, each student will be able to upload up to this number of files for their submission of their assignment.
    3. Maximum submission size: Files uploaded by students may be up to this size.
    4. Maximum number of uploaded PDFs: If you checked the PDF box, select the maximum number of PDF files a student can upload for this assignment.
    5. Maximum submission size: Enter the maximum submission size for the PDF files.
    6. Coversheet to attach: Students who submit their work as a PDF, if you add a coversheet to this box, the coversheet is automatically attached (filled in with details gathered from the student as they submit the work). For more information about the coversheet, click here (it will open in a different tab/window).


  6. Feedback Types Settings: Instructions are below this image.



    1. Feedback types: If you would like to leave feedback to the students regarding their assignment, select the type(s) of feedback you would like to leave. If you select Feedback comments, this will allow you to leave feedback comments in the grading area. If you select Offline grading worksheet, this will allow you to download and upload a worksheet with student grades when marking the assignments. If you select Feedback files you will be able to upload files with feedback when marking the assignments. If you select PDF feedback, this allows the online annotation of PDFs (submitted via the PDF submission type) and the returning of the annotated work to students. If you select Feedback PoodLL, you can leave audio/video feedback for each submission.
    2. PoodLL Recorder Type: If you selected Feedback PoodLL, select which file format of audio/video you plan to use.
    3. Show download link:
    4. For more information on Feedback Type Settings, click here, which will open in a separate tab/window.


  7. Submission Settings: Instructions for these settings are below the image.



    1. Require students click submit button: If enabled, students will have to click a Submit button to declare their submission as final. This allows students to keep a draft version of the submission on the system. If this setting is changed from "No" to "Yes" after students have already submitted those submissions will be regarded as final.
    2. Require that students accept the submission statement: If enabled, this requires that students accept the submission statement for all submissions to this assignment.
    3. Attempts reopened: Determines how student submission attempts are reopened. The available options are: Never - The student submission cannot be reopened. Manually - The student submission can be reopened by a teacher. Automatically until pass - The student submission is automatically reopened until the student achieves the grade to pass value set in the Gradebook (Categories and items section) for this assignment.
    4. Maximum attempts: The maximum number of submissions attempts that can be made by a student. After this number of attempts has been made the student's submission will not be able to be reopened.
    5. For more information about Submission Settings, click here, which will open in a new tab/window.


  8. Group Submission Settings: Instructions are below this image.




    1. Students submit in groups: If this assignment is a group project, select Yes. If not, keep it set to No.
    2. Require all group members submit: If enabled, all members of the student group must click the submit button for this assignment before the group submission will be considered as submitted. If disabled, the group submission will be considered as submitted as soon as any member of the student group clicks the submit button.
    3. Grouping for student groups: If you have created a grouping for this course (a set of student groups), select which grouping will be used for this assignment.


  9. Notification Settings: Instructions are below this image.



    1. Notify graders about submissions: If enabled, graders (usually teachers) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment, early, on time and late. Message methods are configurable.
    2. Notify graders about late submissions: If enabled, graders (usually teachers) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment late. Message methods are configurable.


  10. Grade Settings: Instructions are below this image.



    1. Grade: Enter the maximum number of points a student can earn on this assignment.
    2. Grading method: Choose the advanced grading method that should be used for calculating grades in the given context. To disable advanced grading and switch back to the default grading mechanism, choose Simple direct grading.
    3. Grade category: If you have different categories of grades and have created these categories, select in which category this assignment will be graded.
    4. Blind marking: Blind marking hides the identity of students to the grader. Blind marking settings will be locked once a submission or grade has been made in relation to this assignment.


  11. Common Module Settings: If this assignment is not a group project, skip these settings. If it is a group project, instructions are below this image.



    1. Visible: Keep this setting to Show.
    2. ID Number: Setting an ID number provides a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank. The ID number can also be set in the gradebook, though it can only be edited on the activity settings page.
    3. Group mode: This setting has 3 options: No groups - There are no sub groups, everyone is part of one big community. Separate groups - Each group member can only see their own group, others are invisible. Visible groups - Each group member works in their own group, but can also see other groups. The group mode defined at course level is the default mode for all activities within the course. Each activity that supports groups can also define its own group mode, though if the group mode is forced at course level, the group mode setting for each activity is ignored.
    4. Grouping: If this is a group project/assignment, select the grouping (groups of students) that will be used for this assignment.


  12. Restrict Access Settings: Instructions are below this image.



    1. Allow access from: If you would like to set a date and time when students can access this lesson, check the box next to Enable and enter the date and time when they can access this lesson.
    2. Allow access until: If you would like to set a date and time to when students can access this lesson, check the box next to Enable and enter the date and time when they can no longer access this lesson.
    3. Grade condition: If you have a grade requirement if a previous activity in this course that students must achieve before accessing this lesson, select the activity and enter the grade range. You can add additional grade conditions by clicking the Add 2 grade conditions to form button.
    4. User field: You can restrict access based on any field from the users profile. You can add additional user field restrictions by clicking the Add 2 user field conditions to form button.
    5. Activity completion condition: If there are previous activities in this course that need to be completed before students can access this lesson, select the activity. You can add additional activities to complete by clicking the Add 2 activity conditions to form button.
    6. While access is prevented: If you made any restrictions, select how you would like this lesson to be hidden... gray with restriction information (why the student can't access it yet), or completely hidden in the course and grade book.


  13. Activity Completion Settings: Instructions are below this image.



    1. Completion tracking: If you don't select Do not indicate activity completion, activity completion is tracked, either manually (if you select Students can manually mark the activity as completed) or automatically (if you select Show activity as complete when conditions are met). Multiple conditions may be set if desired. If so, the activity will only be considered complete when ALL conditions are met. A tick next to the activity name on the course page indicates when the activity is complete.
    2. Require view: If students are required to view this assignment in order to complete this assignment, check this box.
    3. Require grade: If students are required to receive a grade for this assignment in order to complete the assignment, check this box.
    4. Expect completion on: If you have a date and time when students are supposed to complete this assignment, check the Enable box and enter the date and time.


  14. Click the Save and display button.



  15. Review the section that students will see to make sure everything is correct and the link to the assignment file works.



  16. If anything needs to be edited, press the delete key and it will take you back to the course. To the right of the assignment, click the Edit icon. This will take you to the settings page where you can edit the assignment information.