Assignment Moodle ISU


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

Students can submit any digital content (files), such as word-processed documents, spreadsheets, images, or audio and video clips. Alternatively, or in addition, 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, 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.

This guide will help you to:

Creating a New Assignment

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the week or topic where you want the new assignment.
  3. Click on the Add an Activity or Resource link in the lower right of the block.

  1. Click on the Assignment radial button.
  2. Click on the Add button at the bottom of the screen.

Note: You should now be on the Adding a new Assignment page.

Customizing Assignment Settings


  1. Type the assignment name in the Assignment Name text box.
  2. In the Description box type in a description. (This is a required box.) If you would like this description displayed on the course page click the Display description on course page box.


This section allows you to control when students are able to submit their work.

To set a date and time range for this assignment:

Note: To enable any of these settings, you must first check the Enable check boxes.

  1. Click on the Date dropdown menu.
  2. Click on the Hours dropdown menu.
  3. Click on the desired hour.

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

  1. Click on the Minutes dropdown menu.
  2. Click on the desired minute.

Hot Tip: Using only the Allow Submissions From function will prevent students from submitting until the specified time, and provide no restriction after. Using only the Due Date function will allow submission at any time before the specified date and time; however, assignments may still be submitted as late. Using the Cut-off Date function prevents any late assignments from being submitted without an extension.

  1. Click on the Always Show Description check box to enable a visible description. If disabled, the Assignment Description above will only become visible to students at the "Allow submissions from" date.

Submission Types

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

  1. Click on the Online Text check box to enable online text.  If enabled, students are able to type text directly into Moodle as their submission rather uploading a file.
  2. Click on the File Submissions check box to enable file submissions. If enabled, students are able to upload files as their submission.

Note: In order to assign an “Offline activity” allowing students to type text directly into the editor field with no options for file submission, Check the box for Online text check box and uncheck the other boxes.

  1. Click on the Submission Comments check box to enable submission comments.  If enabled, students can leave information about assignment to graders.
  2. In the Maximum Number of Uploaded Files dropdown menu Select the number of files you want your students to be able to submit.
  3. In the Maximum Submission Size dropdown menu Select the maximum size of file your 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. Click on the Feedback Comments check box to enable feedback comments.  If enabled, the grader can leave comments on student submissions. This can be used to allow graders to provide the students with general feedback about their assignment.
  2. Click on the Offline grading worksheet check box to enable offline grading.  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. Click on the Feedback files worksheet check box to enable the teacher to provide files with feedback.  If enabled, teachers can upload files with grades and other feedback in formats such as documents with comments or spoken audio feedback.

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

Note: Students have the option to upload any type of file (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, .cad, .jpg, .rtf, etc.). The instructor should give instructions to the student regarding what type of file submission they should use.

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 or deactivate them.

  1. In the Require Students Click Submit Button dropdown menu Select Yes or No.  This 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. In the Require that Students Accept the Submission Statement dropdown menu Select Yes or No.  If enabled, students will be required to accept a academic honesty submission statement for all submissions to this assignment.

  1. In the Attempts Reopened dropdown menu Select Never,  Manually, or Automatically until Pass. This determines how students submission attempts are reopened.  
  2. In the Maximum Attempts dropdown menu Select the maximum number of attempts your students can submit.

Note: Maximum attempts dropdown menu can not 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.

  1. In the Students Submit in Groups dropdown menu Select Yes or No. If enabled, students will be divided into groups.  The first member of the group to submit will share the group submission with the group and all members of the group will see each others’ changes to the submission.  Students are divided into groups through the grouping for student groups option.  
  2. In the Require All Group Members Submit dropdown menu Select Yes or No. If enabled,  all members of the student group must click the submit button before the group submission is considered submitted.  If disabled, any member of the group can submit the assignment.
  3. In the Grouping for Student Groups dropdown menu Select Grouping Name. This is the grouping that will be used for assignments that are set up for students to submit in groups.  The grouping for student groups is controlled by the teacher.  For more information on groups please contact the ITRC.


This section allows the teacher to edit when they will receive notifications regarding students submitting assignments.

  1. In the Notify Graders About Submissions dropdown menu Select Yes or No. If enabled, graders (all faculty enrolled in the course with the role of teacher) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment.
  2. In the Notify Graders About Late Submissions dropdown menu Select Yes or No. If enabled, graders (usually teachers) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment late.
  3. Note: Notify Graders about Late Submissions dropdown menu can not be accessed if Notify Graders about Submissions dropdown menu is set as Yes.


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

  1. In the Grade dropdown menu Select the grading option that matches your syllabus. You have several options:
  1. In the Grading Method dropdown menu Select a method for grading this assignment.
  1. In the Grade category dropdown menu Select the category you would like this assignment to show up under in your gradebook. If you already have a category created in the gradebook it will appear in this dropdown menu.  See the Using the Gradebook Handout for more information.
  2. In the Blind Marking dropdown menu Select Yes or No.  If enabled, the identity of the students is hidden to the marker.

Common Module Settings

This section sets how the activity uses Groups and manual grade calculations.  For more information on Groups and Groupings, please see Groups and Groupings.  For more information on manual grade calculations please contact the ITRC.

Restrict Access

This section sets the conditions under which students may interact with this activity. For more information on Conditional Release/Restricting Access, please see Conditional Release.

Once you have everything set:

  1. Click the Save and Display button to view the folder.  
  2. Click the Save and Return to Course button to be taken back to the main course page.

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

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