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1.  Turn Editing On

2.  Select the block (topic/week) the assignment is related to

3.  Add an activity or resource

  • Assignment Name: Enter the name. eg., Topic (Chapter), Assignment 1

  • Description: Enter student instructions in this text box.

  • Display description on course page: if activated (checked) the description will display on the main course page.

  • Additional files:  Relevant assignment documents can up uploaded here. It could ensure that all students have the same reference documents.

  • Allow submission from:  Select dates and times (24 hours clock).  To disable this feature remove the check mark before 'Enable'.

  • Due Date:  Same as above

  • Cut-off date:  Assignments will not be accepted after this date.

  • Remind me to grade by:  A notification system for the instructor.

  • Always show description: If set to No, then the description will become visible when the "Allow submission from' date is reached.

  • Online text:  Students can type directly into a text field.  Typically good for journals.  Instructors can add comments.

  • File submissions: Yes, if you are expecting files.  No, if this is an offline activity that is being graded.

  • Word limit:  Only applicable if this is an Online Text assignment

  • Maximum number of uploaded files: The number of files you will accept in the assignment drop box.  Hint:  set for one more that you are expecting so that students can upload a corrected copy of the assignment and then delete the unwanted file. 

  • Maximum submission size:  Set a reasonable limit for the assignment - not excessive nor too restrictive.  Students will see the maximum file size when they go to upload their documents.

  • Accepted file types: Instructors can now dictate types of files.  Leave blank to accept all types of file formats.

  • Feedback comments:  Allows instructors to include feedback comments

  • Annotate PDF: Select if you are using this feature to mark assignments

  • Feedback files:  Yes, if you are returning marked documents to students

  • Offline grading worksheet:  Allows teachers to download and upload a worksheet with student grades when marking assignments.

  • Comment inline:  only applicable is  this is an online text type assignment.

  • Require students click submit button:  There is an advantage and disadvantage for this setting.  If you set it at YES, then students see the button and the message that the assignment has been submitted.  There is a comfort level here, and it may save you receiving multiple emails checking to see if the assignment was received.  It also means that the submitted assignment cannot be deleted because it has been 'sent for marking'.  Thus, if a student notices an error, or has uploaded the wrong file, they cannot delete the wrong file and upload the correct(ed) one.

  • Require that students accept the submission statement:  A statement on the student submission page appears indicating that this is their own work.  The assignment will be not submitted if the student does not put a check mark beside the statement.

  • Attempts reopened:

      • Never - the student cannot reopen the assignment

      • Manually - the submission can be reopened by the teacher

      • Automatically until pass - the student can reopen the assignment until they have reached the grading pass criteria set out in the gradebook

  • Maximum attempts

  • Students submit in groups: A group submission will be shared among group members and all members of the group will see each others changes to the submission.

  • Require all group members submit:  Only shows if the above is set to Yes.

  • All members of the student group must click the submit button for this assignment before the group submission will be considered as submitted. If disabled, the group submission will be considered as submitted as soon as any member of the student group clicks the submit button.

  • Grouping for student groups:  grouping method used to define the student groups.

  • Notify graders about submissions:  When an assignment is uploaded, you will receive notification.

  • Notify graders about late submissions:  Late assignments will also trigger notification.

  • Default setting for "Notify students".  Setting this at yes - immediately after marking the assignment the student is notified.  If you prefer to have all students receive their grades at the same time, change this to No, and lock the assignment at the gradebook level until marking of all papers is complete.  Then unlock it at the gradebook level and send notifications at that time. (See Gradebook - hiding and locking).

  • Grade:

    • Choose:  Point (numerical value)Options, Scale (incomplete/complete) or None

    • Maximum grade:  a grade between 1 - 100, or a custom scale that is configured from the Gradebook.

Grading method:  Simple direct grading - the default. Other options: Rubric  or Marking guide.  (See next chapter for details)
Grade category:  If the gradebook has been set up, select the gadebook category from the drop down menu.

Grade to pass:  A passing grade can be set here.

  • Blind marking - default to No.

  • Use marking workflow - processes the submissions before being released to students....also allows marks to be released to all student at the same time!

  • Use marking allocation - use in conjunction with workflow to have certain instructors mark certain students work.

  • Availability: (to students): Show or Hide. Hiding the assignment can be useful if it is under construction. If you choose 'hide', the assignment it is not visible from the student view in the Summary of assignments or in the course content block.

    • Make available but not shown on course page.  This is when you are using Stealth Mode.

  • ID number: Used only for complex gradebook calculations as an identifier of this activity.  Can be left blank.

  • Group Mode: If this assignment is a collaborative group activity, set this to yes. Recall that groups must first be specified in the general course settings (Administration block) and the groups membership defined.

  • Grouping: a collection of groups within a course (sub groups).  Grouping cannot be set until Groups have be set up and defined.

  • Add group/grouping access restriction.  Please set up groups first.

Settings to restrict access based on dates and/or grade conditions.

4.  Save

  • Save and display  -  to see the assignment
  • Save and return to course - return to the main content page