Working with assignments
There are two different types of assignment: with Turnitin originality checking or without Turnitin. This topic covers the Moodle Assignment, see the Turnitin Learning Topics for more information about creating and using Turnitin assignments.
What do you want to do?
Understand what I can do with the different types of assignments
The Assignment can be used to assess and provide feedback for many types of student work including individual or group submissions, in-class work, online and/or file submissions.
Add an assignment
You may select one, both or neither of the submission types. If selecting File submissions be sure to check that the Maximum number of uploaded files is adjusted accordingly.
Note: you can set the Word limit for online text submissions in the Submission type section. This will not prevent students from exceeding the word limit you set but will display the total number of words submitted to the grader.
Deselect both File submissions and Online text to create an "offline" assignment to which students cannot submit but which requires marking and feedback, for example a presentation marked by a tutor in class.
In Restrict file types you may specify the file types that will be accepted in the submission.
Edit an assignment
To go back to editing an Assignment:
You can delete an assignment at any time. To do this:
Move an assignment
You can move an assignment to organise it in a different topic.
Hide/Show an assignment
If you are still working on an assignment and would like to hide the item from student view:
Review submitted assignments
Grading or marking assignments can be done individually on the assignment or using the grade book (see Working with Grades). 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:
Provide feedback on assignments
You can provide feedback to the students who have submitted their assignments in several ways. This is also dependent on the Feedback types that were selected when the assignment was created (see Add an assignment).
To provide short text comments:
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 Grade column, click on the Grade tool (). This will open the Feedback page of the individual student.
To send a file to your students, in the Feedback file section, use the file picker section to add a file(s). Find and select the file and click Save changes. Your students will receive the file you've sent in their view of the assignment. Files may contain text, audio, images or other media.
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 Grades), click Turn editing on, then click on the eye icon () on top of the assignment item. You can also do this by clicking on the Update icon () 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 crossed out eye icon ().
To hide the grade and feedback and make it available on a specific date, on the Grades page (see About the Moodle Grades), click Turn editing on. Click on the Update icon () in the control section for the assignment item, then on the Grade item page, select Show more. 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 () or the eye icon () beside the individual student's grade or feedback box.
By default, assignments are set to NOT allow resubmissions once you've marked them. You can change this setting at any time.
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, in the Submission settings, select either Manually or Automatically for Attempts reopened, then in the Maximum attempts field, select the number of attempts allow (1-30) or Unlimited.
This setting is applied to all students. You can also allow Individual students to resubmit work on the grading page (see step 3, option b in Grade/Mark assignments), locate the student you want to allow to resubmit, in the Edit column for that student, click the Edit menu (). Select Allow another attempt.
Or on the Feedback page, set Allow another attempt to Yes in the Attempt settings section.
Provide extensions or allow late submissions
You can allow students to submit assignments beyond the due date you have set for the assignment, by enabling and setting a cut off date in the Availability section, of the Assignment settings form, as shown below.
This affects ALL students.
To provide an extension to individual students, on the grading page (see step 3, option b in Grade/Mark assignments), locate the student you want to grant an extension, in the Edit column for that student, click the Edit menu (). Select Grant extension.
Enable and set the Extension due date, then click Save changes.
Blind marking displays the list of student's names as Participant#- where # is a sequential number.
To use blind marking, choose Yes for the Blind marking option in the assignment settings' Grade section
Note: Blind marking can only be selected if no submissions have been received.
If necessary, for example if a student has sought an extension, it is possible for users with the Designer role to view the actual identity as well as the anonymised identity. If necessary Lecturer or Administrator roles are able to selectively change Permissions to allow other roles to view student names or to allocate the Designer role to teaching team members who need to manage extensions.
Once marking is complete and marks are ready for release the Lecturer has the option to Reveal student identities, located in the Assignment administration menu. It is important to note that once student identities have been revealed they cannot be hidden again.
Suggestions on how to use this tool