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There are various types of assignments you can create for your students.


What do you want to do?


Understand what I can do with the different types of assignments

There are two different types of assignment (without Turnitin, or with Turnitin) and four different types of assignment activity you can use for your unit. These are:

Moodle Assignment (2.2)

Advanced uploading of files

  • allows students to upload and edit multiple files to form their final submission while the assignment is open and accessible.
    Known Issue: In the settings page for this assignment, the 'Allow deleting' field by default is set to 'Yes' and allows students to delete uploaded files at any time before submitting for grading. Selecting 'No' in this option does not prevent deletion currently and has been identified as a bug.
  • can be set to allow late submissions
  • on a per student basis, can allow resubmission for re-grading (see Allow resubmissions)

Online text

  • allows students to compose and edit text on screen using the standard Moodle HTML Editor (see Using the HTML or Text Editor in Moodle)
  • can be set to allow students to continuously edit till due date or set to only give one opportunity for the student to enter his or her response
  • can be set to allow late submissions
  • for all students, can be set to allow resubmission for re-grading (see Allow resubmissions)
    Warning: Although you are able to select this option, caution is advised as enabling this resubmission will allow ALL students to re-submit even after grade has been given, thus may cause difficulty in tracking submissions.

Upload a single file

  • allows a student to upload a single file
  • can be set to allow late submissions  
  • for all students, can be set to allow resubmission after grading (see Allow resubmissions)
    Warning: Although you are able to select this option, caution is advised as enabling this resubmission will allow ALL students to re-submit even after grade has been given, thus may cause difficulty in tracking submissions.

Offline activity
Used when an activity or assessment process is performed outside of Moodle. It could be something elsewhere on the web or in person. Students can see a description of the assignment, but can't upload files. Grades can be applied online and students will get notification of their grades.

Turnitin Assignment

See the Turnitin Learning Topics for more information about creating and using Turnitin assignments.

Using Choice activity to create a cover sheet

You can use the Choice activity to create a cover sheet for each of your assigments. A Choice activity allows you to provide a statement to the student with just one option to select, for example, 'Yes, I agree'. You can then restrict the actual assignment until the student has viewed the cover sheet and ticked the option.

To create the Choice activity, view Add a Choice activity. Make sure you provide the standard assessments cover sheet text.

Note: Please check with your faculty for a copy of the assessment cover sheet or their specific procedures for this requirement.

To restrict the actual assignment until the cover sheet has been reviewed and ticked off, view Release an item only after completion of a specific resource or activity.

Add an assignment

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. In the section where you want to create an assignment, click on Add an activity and select an assignment type.
  3. In the General section:
    a. Give your assignment a name and description.
    b. Select the options  required.  For example, you can indicate when you want to make the assignment available to students.
  4. Select other assignment setting options as required.
    Note: Beside each field, you can click on the help icon (help icon)  for a description of each option provided.
  5. Once complete, click Save and return to unit.

Edit an assignment

To go back to editing an Assignment:

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Beside the Assignment (assignment icon) activity you want to edit, click on the Update icon ( update).

    Note: When you’re in the assignment pages, you can also access assignment setting links in the Settings block under Assignment administration.

Delete an assignment

You can delete an assignment at any time. To do this:

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Beside the Assignment (assignment icon) activity you want to remove, click the delete icon (delete icon).

    Note: This will delete the item immediately and you will not be asked to confirm a delete action.

Move an assignment

You can move an assignment to organise it in a different topic.

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Beside the Assignment (assignment icon) activity you want to move, click on the move icon (move icon) and drag-and-drop the item to the location required.

Hide/Show an assignment

If you are still working on an assignment and would like to hide the item from student view, ensure editing is on, then click on the open eye icon (open eye icon) beside the assignment. To show the hidden item once you have completed it, click on the closed eye icon (closed eye icon).

Dates can be set when you want to make the assignment available to the students. You can find these in the assignment settings page.

Review submitted assignments

  1. On the unit home page, click on the Assignment link (assignment icon) that you want to review submissions for.
  2. On the assignment page, click on the View submitted assignments link at the upper right hand corner.

    Note:
    This link displays only when submissions have been made and will indicated the number of assignments submitted.
  3. On the submitted assignments page, a list of your students and links to the assignments they have submitted will be displayed. You can,

    For Advanced uploading of files or Upload a single file assignment types: 

    a. Download all assignments to your computer to review them. Click Download all assignments as a zip. All assignments will be download as a zipped file with the filenames preceded by the student name.

    b. Download assignment for one student. Beside the student name, in the Last modified (Submission) column, click on the assignment link to download the assignment and view it on your computer.

    For Online text assignment type: You can also click Download all assignments as a zip to download all submissions at once. Or, you can view individual submissions directly on Moodle: Beside the student name, in the Last modified (Submission) column, click on the assignment link to open the assignment.

    Note:

    - The Offline activity assignment type will not display any links as there are no online submissions expected.
    - Although you can download all assignments at once in a zip file, there is no bulk upload function in Moodle currently. If you have feedback on the assignments that you want to send back to your students, you will need to upload the files for individual students (see Grade/Mark assignments).

Grade/Mark assignments

Grading or marking assignments can be done individually on the assignment or using the grade book (see Working with the grade book). By default, once you've marked an assignment, a student will no longer be able to resubmit files. To override this, see Allow resubmissions.

To grade assignments directly:

  1. On the unit home page, click on the Assignment link (assignment icon) that you want to grade.
  2. On the assignment page, click on the View submitted assignments link at the upper right hand corner.
    Note: This link displays only when submissions have been made and will indicated the number of assignments submitted.
  3. On the submitted assignments page, you can:

    a. Quickly grade individual assignments after reviewing submissions: In the Optional settings box, select the Allow quick grading checkbox and click Save preferences. Grade selection boxes will appear beside the student names in the Grade column.

    b. Grade individual submissions and provide feedback: Beside the student name, in the Status column, click on the Grade/Update link. Mark the assignment and/or provide feedback as required. You can also upload your feedback as files using the Response files field and clicking Add. Once done, click Save changes.

Provide feedback on assignments

You can provide feedback to the students who have submitted their assignments in several ways:

To provide short text comments:

  1. For individual students, on the submitted assignments page (see Grade/Mark assignments), in the Status column, click on the Grade link. This will open the Feedback page of the individual student. Enter your comments on the feedback section and click Save changes.
  2. For multiple students at once:

    a. On the submitted assignments page (see Grade/Mark assignments), enter your feedback in the Comment column. Once done, click Save all my feedback.
    Note: You need to click Save all my feedback for every page, before you click the Next link to go to the next set of students (see Step 3a in Grade/Mark assignments for how to set your view in the Optional settings box).

    b. On the Grades page (see About the Moodle gradebook), click Turn editing on. The dotted boxes for Feedback will become available. You can enter your comments directly on the dotted boxes or click the Update icon (update) to go into the Feedback page for each student.
    Note: Entering your feedback or grade in the Grades page will override the content or grade in your submitted assignments page and will no longer allow you to change your entries from that page. If you need to change your entries, you can only do it from the Grades page. If you want to be able to change entries from the submitted assignments page, you will need to de-select the 'Override' tick box inside the Feedback page from the Grades page (click the Update icon (update) on top of the Feedback box to go into the Feedback page for each student).

To attach a file containing your feedback: 

You can attach a file and send it as feedback to your students. To do this, on the submitted assignments page (see Grade/Mark assignments), in the Status column, click on the Grade link. This will open the Feedback page of the individual student. To send a file to your students, in the Response file field, click Add. Find and select the file and click Save changes. Your students will receive the file you've sent in their view of the assignment.

Note: You can send multiple files by selecting a zipped file (files that have been compressed inside a folder using a file compressor program, e.g. Winzip application for Windows, installed in your computer).

To control when you'd like the students to see the grade and feedback:

By default, once you've entered and saved your feedback, grade or response file, your students will be able to see them from their view of the assignment page. You can also hide the feedback to be displayed at a later time.

To keep the grade and feedback completely hidden from all students until you've completed marking, on the Grades page (see About the Moodle gradebook), click Turn editing on, then click on the eye icon (open eye icon) on top of the assignment item. You can also do this by clicking on the Update icon (update) on top of the assignment item, then on the feedback or grade page, in the Category total section, select the Hidden tick box. To show the hidden item once you have completed your marking, click on the closed eye icon (closed eye icon).

To hide the grade and feedback and make it available on a specific date, on the Grades page (see About the Moodle gradebook), click Turn editing on. Click on the Update icon (update) on top of the assignment item, then on the feedback or grade page, in the Category total section, select Show advanced button. Select the Hidden tick box, then in the Hidden until field, select the Enable tick box and choose the date required. Once done, scroll down the page and click Save changes.

Note: You can control this for individual students as well by clicking on the Update icon  (update) or the eye icon (open eye icon) beside the individual student's grade or feedback box.

Allow resubmissions

By default, assignments are set to NOT allow resubmissions once you've marked them. You can change this setting at any time. 

For Upload a single file and Online text  assignment type, you can only allow ALL students to resubmit and not specific students. 
Warning: Although you are able to select this option, caution is advised as enabling this resubmission will allow ALL students to re-submit even after grade has been given, thus may cause difficulty in tracking submissions.

To do this: In the assignment settings page, on the Allow resubmitting field, select 'Yes'.

allow resubmission option

For Advanced uploading of files assignment type, you can allow INDIVIDUAL students to resubmit work on the grading page (see step 3, option b in Grade/Mark assignments). On the Feedback page, click Revert to draft button near the assignment file links.

revert to draft button

Provide extensions or allow late submissions

You can allow students to submit assignments beyond the due date you have set for the assignment.

In all assignment types, you can only set this for ALL students, NOT for individual students. This means you will need to manually note the students who will need to be penalized (if at all) for late submissions and those whom you have provided an 'official' extension.

To do this, in the assigment settings page, under the General section, on the Prevent late submissions field, select 'No'.

prevent late submission


Suggestions on how to use this tool

  • Consider incorporating peer feedback before submission through use of a Workshop activity.
  • Using the Offline assignment, incorporate and centralise all student assessment data into the Moodle gradebook.

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