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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.  This topic covers the Moodle Assignment, see the Turnitin Learning Topics for more information about creating and using Turnitin assignments.

Create a cover sheet

The Assignment settings options under Submission settings provide the option of a "built in" version of the Monash University originality declaration (previously the cover sheet) before they are able to submit. The Declaration text has been revised to accommodate a wider range of assignments and satisfies university policy. See Submission settings below.

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.
    Add an Activity
  3. In the General section: Give your assignment a name and description.
    Note: Beside each field, you can click on the help icon (help icon) for a description of each option provided.
  4. In the Availability section: Set the dates for when you want to make the assignment available to students.
    Availability
    Note:Cut-off date allows you to provide a set period for late submissions.
  5. In the Submission type section: Select the options for the type of submission required.
    Submission types
    To reproduce the Assignment subtypes from the old assignment module:
    1. Advanced uploading of files: Select File submissions, Set Maximum number of uploaded files to the desired number > 1.
    2. Online text: Deselect File submissions, Select Online text.
    3. Upload single file: This is the default setting, with File submissions selected and Maximum number of uploaded files set to 1.
    4. Offline activity: Deselect both File submissions and Online text.
      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.
  6. In the Feedback type section: Select the options for the format of the feedback graders will provide.
    feedback types
    Note: Comment inline is only available in conjunction with Submission type: Online text.
  7. In the Submissions settings section: Select the options for the submission process.

    Note that selecting Yes for Require that students accept the submission statement will require that students accept the Monash University originality declaration (previously the cover sheet) before they are able to submit.
    Submission settings
  8. In Group submission section: Select the settings if the assignment is a group assignment.
    For more information on Group assignments see the Learning Topic: Group assignment
  9. In the Notification section: select the setting for notifications to be sent once submission have been received.
    Notification
    Note: Default setting for "Notify students" is related to notifying students of grading. This is the default setting and can be changed on the Grade form if required. It is most often left at No.
  10. In Grade section: select the settings for Grading.
    Grade settings
    Note: Use marking allocation is used in conjunction with Use marking workflow.
  11. 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 activity you want to edit, click on the Edit menu (Edit).
    Activity assignment Edit menu
  3. Select Edit settings.
    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 activity you want to remove, click the Edit menu (Edit menu).
  3. Select Delete.
  4. To confirm that you want to delete the assignment, click on Yes.
    Note: you will not be able to undo this action. Any submissions made to the assignment will also be deleted.

Move an assignment

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

  1. Ensure editing is on.
  2. Beside the Assignment activity you want to move, click on the move icon (move tool) 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:

  1. Ensure editing is on,
  2. Beside the Assignment activity you want to remove,click on the Edit menu (Edit menu).
  3. Select Hide.

Review submitted assignments

  1. On the unit home page, click on the Assignment link that you want to review submissions for.
  2. On the assignment page, click on the View submitted assignments link.
    Grading summary
  3. On the submitted assignments page, a list of your students and links to the assignments they have submitted will be displayed. On this submitted assignments page you can do the following:
    • For assignment with file submissions:
      1. Download all assignments to your computer to review them. Click Download all assignments as a zip. All assignments will be downloaded as a zipped file with the filenames preceded by the student name.
        Download
      2. Download the assignment for one student. Beside the student name, in the File submissions 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.
    Notes:
    • 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 that you want to grade.
  2. On the assignment page, click on the View submitted assignments link.
  3. On the submitted assignments page, you can:
    1. Quickly grade individual assignments after reviewing submissions: In the Options section, below the list of students, select the Quick grading checkbox. Grade selection boxes will appear beside the student names in the Status and Grade columns. Once done, click Save all quick grading changes.
      Grading
    2. Grade individual submissions and provide feedback: Beside the student name, in the Grade column, click on the Grade tool (grade tool). Mark the assignment and/or provide feedback as required. If you have selected Feedback files in the Feedback type section you can also upload your feedback as a file(s).

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:

  1. For individual students, on the submitted assignments page (see Grade/Mark assignments), in the Grade column, click on the Grade tool (grade tool). 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:
    1. 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).
    2. 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 tool) 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 tool) 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 Grade column, click on the Grade tool (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 gradebook), click Turn editing on, then click on the eye icon (closed eye icon) on top of the assignment item. You can also do this by clicking on the Update icon (update tool) 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 (open 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 tool) 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 (update tool) or the eye icon (closed 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.

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.

Submission settings

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 (edit menu). Select Allow another attempt.

grade edit

Or on the Feedback page, set Allow another attempt to Yes in the Attempt settings section.

Attempt settings

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.

Availability

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 (edit menu). Select Grant extension.

Grant extension

Enable and set the Extension due date, then click Save changes.

Grant extension date

Blind marking

Blind marking displays the list of student's names as Participant#- where # is a sequential number.

To set up blind marking, when adding an assignment, in the Grade section: select Yes for Blind marking

Blind marking

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 specific roles to Reveal student identities, located in the Assignment administration menu.

Note: Once student identities have been revealed they cannot be hidden again.


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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