Assignment Moodle ISU


The assignment activity module 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.

This guide will help you:

Creating a New Assignment

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information, please 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 in the lower right of the block.


  1. Select Assignment.
  2. Click Add at the bottom of the screen.


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


  1. Type the assignment name in the Assignment name text box.
  2. In the Description field, Type any instructions or reminders for your students. They will see these instructions before they begin the quiz activity.


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

Setting a date and time range for the assignment

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

  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.

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

  1. Check Always show description 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.

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  1. Submission types - different ways a student can submit an assignment.
  1. Online text -  if enabled, students are able to type their submission directly into Moodle 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 submissions.
  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.

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  1. 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. 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. Comments inline -  if you Select “Yes” from the Dropdown menu, the submission text will be copied into the feedback comment field and you’ll 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.

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/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 able to 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 Grouping, or contact ITRC.

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  1. Students submit in groups - students will be divided into groups if enabled. A group submission will be shared among group members and all members of the group will see each other’s changes to the submission.
  2. Require all group members submit - 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. Grouping for student groups -  here you can choose the grouping that will be used for assignments that are set up for students to submit in groups.  


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


  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 (usually teachers) 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. Scales - assignments can be graded on a scale, however, scales are not currently included in the final grade calculation.

Note: For questions regarding using a scale, contact ITRC.

  1. Point -  sets 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. Marking Guide - for more information, contact ITRC.
  3. Rubric - for more information, see Using the Rubric Grading Method.
  1. Grade category - Select the category you would like this assignment to be part of in your Gradebook. If you already have a category created in the Gradebook, it will appear in this Dropdown menu.

Note: For more information, see Using the Gradebook

  1. Blind marking -  if enabled, the identity of the students is hidden from the marker.
  2. Use marking workflow - if enabled, the marks will go through a series of stages before being released to the students. This allows for multiple rounds of marking and allows marks to be released to all students at the same time.
  3. Use marking allocation - if enabled, markers can be allocated to particular students.

Common module settings
For more information on Common module settings, see Groups and Groupings.
Restrict access
For more information on restricting access, see Conditional Release.
Activity completion
For more information on activity completion, see Activity Completion.

Once you have everything set:

  1. Click Save and display to go to the assignment
  2. Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the main course page.
  3. Click Cancel to NOT save the assignment.

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

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