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Assignment Moodle ISU


The assignment activity enables a teacher to communicate tasks, collect work and provide grades and feedback.

Students can submit digital content (files), such as word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, or audio and video clips. Alternatively, the assignment can require students to type text directly into the text editor. An assignment can also be used to remind students of real-world assignments they need to complete offline - such as art work - and thus not require the submission of digital content.

When reviewing assignments, teachers can leave feedback comments and upload files, such as marked-up student submissions or documents with comments or spoken audio feedback. Assignments can be graded using a numerical or custom scale or an advanced grading method such as a rubric. Final grades are recorded in the Gradebook.

Create a New Assignment

  1. Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview
  2. Locate the week/topic in which you wish to add the new assignment
  3. Click Add an activity or resource

  1. Select Assignment
  2. Click Add


  1. In the Assignment name text box, Type the assignment name.
  2. In the Description field, Type any instructions or reminders for your students.
  1. These instructions will be visible before students begin the activity.
  1. You can decide whether or not to include additional files in the Additional files section.
  1. Download links for the files will be made available on the assignment page under the description.


Note: To enable any of these settings, you must first Check Enable.

  1. Allow submissions from - prevents students from submitting until the specified time and provides no restriction after.
  2. Due date - allows submissions at any time before the specified date and time, but assignments may still be submitted late.
  3. Cut-off date - prevents any late assignments from being submitted without an extension.
  4. Remind Me To Grade By - Will provide a dashboard notification reminding the teacher about grading this assignment.

Note: Hours are displayed on a 24-hour clock or military time.

Submission Types

This section provides options to control the format of your students’ submitted content.

  1. Submission types - two different ways a student can submit an assignment.
  1. Online text -  if enabled, students are able to type their submission directly into Moodle via an html text box rather than uploading a file.
  2. File submissions - if enabled, students are able to upload files.
  1. Word limit - you can also set a limit on the number of words a student may type by enabling and setting the maximum number of words.  This option is only applicable to online text.
  1. Maximum number of uploaded files - you can set the number of files students can submit.
  2. Maximum submission size - you can set the maximum size of files students can submit.

Feedback Types

This section provides the grader with options to respond to students’ assignments individually and grade work outside of Moodle.

  1. Feedback comments -  If enabled, the grader can leave comments on student submissions. This feature allows graders the ability to provide students with general feedback about their assignment.
  2. Offline grading worksheet - If enabled, teachers can download a grading sheet for the assignment to use outside of Moodle when marking assignments. The grade sheet can then be uploaded into Moodle.
  3. Feedback files - If enabled, teachers can upload files with grades and other feedback in formats, such as documents, with comments or spoken audio feedback.
  4. Comment inline -  if you Select Yes from the dropdown menu, the submission text will be copied into the feedback comment field and you will be able to comment on and/or edit the original text.

Note: You are not limited to only one form of interaction. You can have any combination of feedback options.

Submission Settings

The following settings control how students see and submit assignments and what happens after they do. Selecting Yes or No in the corresponding dropdown menus will activate/deactivate them.

  1. Require students click submit button - Allows students to keep a draft version of the submission on Moodle. If enabled, students will have to click a submit button to submit their assignments for grading.
  2. Require that students accept the submission statement - students will be required to accept an academic honesty submission statement for all submissions to this assignment if enabled.

  1. Attempts reopened - determines how students’ submission attempts are reopened.  
  1. Never - student submissions cannot be reopened.
  2. Manually - student submissions can be reopened by a teacher.
  3. Automatically until pass - student submissions are automatically reopened until the student achieves the grade to pass the value set in the Gradebook for the assignment.
  1. Maximum attempts - the maximum number of attempts students can submit. After this number of attempts has been made, the students’ submissions will not be reopened.

Note: The Maximum attempts dropdown menu cannot be accessed if Attempts reopened dropdown menu is set as Never.

Group Submission Settings

This section provides the teacher with control over how students submit as groups and how students will be placed in groups.  

Note: For more information on groups, see Groups and Groupings

  1. Students submit in groups - students will be divided into groups if enabled.
  1. A group submission will be shared among group members and all members of the group will see each other’s changes to the submission.
  1. Require group to make submission - students who are not part of a group cannot make a submission
  1. Require all group members submit - all members of the student group must Click Submit before the group submission is considered submitted.
  1. If disabled, any member of the group can submit the assignment.
  1. Grouping for student groups -  here you can choose the grouping (a group of groups) that will be used for assignments that are set up for students to submit in groups.  


This section allows teachers to edit when they will receive email notifications regarding students submitting assignments.

Note: If these settings are used, everyone with a teacher role in the course will receive notifications.

  1. Notify graders about submissions - graders (anyone enrolled in the course with the role of teacher) will receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment.
  2. Notify graders about late submissions - graders will receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment late.

Note:  The Notify graders about late submissions dropdown menu cannot be accessed if Notify graders about submissions is set as Yes.

  1. Default setting for Notify students - if enabled, students will be notified when their assignment has been graded.


This section allows teachers to set up grading preferences regarding how the assignment will be graded, how many points the assignment is worth, and the category in which the assignment will be located.

  1. Grade - Select the grading option that matches your syllabus. You have several options:
  1. None - assignment will not be graded.
  2. Scale - assignments can be graded on a scale, however, scales are not currently included in the final grade calculation. For questions regarding using a scale, contact ITRC.
  3. Point -  Allows you to select the maximum possible points for the students’ grades.
  1. Grading method - Select a method for grading the assignment.
  1. Simple Direct Grading - default grading method.
  2. Grading Guide - for more information, contact ITRC.
  3. Rubric - for more information, see Assignment: Using the Rubric Grading Method
  1. Grade category - Select the category you would like this assignment to be part of in your Gradebook.
  1. If you already have a category created in the Gradebook, it will appear in this dropdown menu.
  2. For more information, see Gradebook: Using the Gradebook
  1. Grade to pass - This will set a minimum grade the students must reach to pass.
  2. Blind grading -  if enabled, the identity of the students is hidden from the grader.
  3. Use grading workflow - if enabled, the grades will go through multiple stages before being released to the students.
  1. This allows for several rounds of grading and allows grades to be released to the students at the same time.
  2. For more information, see Assignment: Marker Workflow and Grader Allocation
  1. Use grading allocation - if enabled, graders can be allocated to particular students.
  1. For more information, see Assignment: Grading Workflow and Allocated Grader

For more information on grading assignments, see Assignment: Grading Assignments

Common module settings

  1. Choose whether to Show or Hide the Page (default is Show)
  2. Enter an ID number only if you want 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.

For more information on Common module settings, see Groups and Groupings

Restrict access

For more information on restricting access, see Restrict Access

Activity completion

For more information on activity completion, see Activity Completion

To save:

  1. Click Save and display to go to the assignment.
  2. Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the course homepage.
  3. Click Cancel to delete the assignment.

Note: The new assignment will always appear at the bottom of the list within the week/topic you have chosen.

For more information, see Assignment settings

For additional information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email itrc@isu.edu

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