This page presents instructions to help you:
- create an assignment
- create a private online space for a student as part of an assignment
- manage student submission of audio or video assignments via theBox
- download assignments for offline marking
When to use
For advice on when to use online assessment, see the page Using Technologies to Support Assessment.
You can create several different assignment types in Moodle:
- Online text—students type (or copy and paste) their answer online rather than submitting a file. They can add links, images, and audio (MP3) or video elements to their submission. This option is useful if you encounter file-opening issues with single file upload submissions, and allows students to keep editing their submission before the deadline.
When using an online text assignment, advise students that if they wish to submit a lengthy piece they should compose it in Word, Notepad or a similar text program and copy and paste it into the Moodle text editing box. This will avoid the system timing out and deleting their work if they have an extensive pause while writing. (If they copy from Word they should use the Paste From Word button in the Moodle text editor, to retain most of the formatting of the original.)
- File submission—multiple files may be zipped and submitted, students may submit an accompanying message and teachers may return files online.
- Media collection - a media collection activity can be submitted as an assignment
- Combination of Online text, File submission and Media Gallery—an assignment can contain online text, file submission and media collection components.
You can also set up a manual grade item in the Gradebook's Edit Categories and Items page—the assignment is completed and submitted offline. Setting it up in the Moodle Gradebook allows you to remind students to complete it, and to enter marks against it. This allows you to centralise all student assessment data for the course in the Gradebook.
You can also incorporate peer feedback on students' draft assignments before final submission, by setting up a Workshop activity.
Some Turnitin tools (OriginalityCheck and GradeMark) have been integrated into UNSW Moodle. You can check (or have students check) submitted assignments for correct citation of sources with OriginalityCheck, and you can grade and mark up digital copies of student assignments with GradeMark.
With online Moodle assignments, students can:
- upload one or several files, along with a message
- paste their assignment text directly into a Moodle field, adding links, images and multimedia
- obtain peer feedback on drafts
- check their own submitted assignments for correct citation of sources.
For instructors, the benefits of online assignments are numerous. See the page Using Technologies to Support Assessment for discussion of the benefits. Instructors can also keep track of offline assignments in the Moodle Gradebook, so that all assignment marking for the course is centralised. And you can use Grademark for grading assignments and providing feedback to your students.
Step by step instructions
- Create an assignment
- Complete marking allocation
- Submit an assignment on behalf of a student
- Allow a Student to Resubmit/Edit their submission
- Create a private online space for a student as part of an assignment
- Set up an assignment with self-selected student groups
- Manage student submission of audio or video assignments via Media Collections
- Download multiple assignments for marking
Create an assignment
- On the Moodle course home page, click Turn editing on at the upper right of the page .
- In the relevant page section, click Add an activity or resource and in the resulting pop-up, under ACTIVITIES, select Assignment.
- On the Adding a new Assignment page, click Expand all at the upper right, and in the General section:
- Enter an Assignment name.
- Enter a Description of the assignment. It should contain all the instructions for formatting and submitting the assignment, as well as grading criteria. You may want to add a link to a rubric document. Be as detailed about your expectations as possible, especially early in the semester, to minimise questions, issues and anxiety for your students.
- Select the Display description check box if you want the text you entered in the Description to display on the course home page below the assignment's link.
- Complete the Availability section, selecting Enable and specifying dates and times at which you want to Allow submissions, the Due date, the Cut-off date and Remind me to grade by. If you select No at Always show description, the text in the Description field will only display to students on and after the Allow submissions from date.
- Task dates display on a student's home page when they first log in, and in the Moodle Calendar, which can be subscribed or imported by other calendar programs.
- By default, students can submit after the Due date, but not after the Cut-off date. However, Instructors can grant an extension to allow an individual to submit later.
- The Cut-off date defaults to the Due date meaning no late submissions are enabled by default. To allow late submissions adjust the Cut-off date.
- Remind me to grade by is the date by which you expect the marking of the submissions to be complete. Enable this date to help you prioritise dashboard notifications. This date will display on your Course overview block and in the Calendar, when at least one student has submitted.
- Complete the Submission types section.
- At Submission types:
- Select Media collection if you want to allow students to submit a media collection as their submission. (If you choose to allow File submissions as well, note that these file submissions appear as part of the Moodle assignment and are not linked within the Media collection.)
- Select Online text to have students submit their assignment by placing text in the Moodle text editor. For essays of any length, advise them to complete their work offline and cut-and-paste it into Moodle, rather than risk losing their work if anything happens to their Moodle connection mid-submission.
- Select File submissions if you want to allow students to upload an assignment file as their submission. (You can now create an assignment that allows both online text and file submission.)
- If you chose Media collection, in the Media collection drop-down choose the activity to which the students are submitting work as part of the assessment.
- Specify the Gallery visibility (Always, Due date, Cut-off date, Never).
- Specify the Maximum number of uploaded files and the Maximum submission size. (These settings relate to file submissions and to files uploaded to the assignment activity. The maximums for the media collection itself are specified in the media collection activity settings.)
- If you wish to restrict the file types which can be submitted to the assignment, you can specify the file type as an extension. For example if you wish to only allow pdf submissions, in the Accepted File type field, type .pdf .
- If you wish to set a word limit on the online text part of the assignment, Enable the Word limit field and enter the maximum number of words allowed.
- At Submission types:
- Complete the Feedback types section. You can now allow feedback as comments and files, and create an Offline grading worksheet here instead of in the Gradebook. The offline worksheet ensures that marks go into the right activity, and can be used by Tutors without the risk of giving them access to the whole Gradebook. Comments and grades (but not feedback files) can be downloaded as a spreadsheet.
- Selecting Yes for Comment inline will result in the original submission being copied into the feedback comment field during grading, so that you can add inline comments (e.g. using a different colour) or edit the original text. The student's original submission will be kept intact.
- In the Submission settings section:
- Selecting Yes for Require students click submit button will allow students to keep a draft version of the submission on the system, only submitting it when it is final.
- At Attempts reopened, click the Help icon to help you decide which option to select.
- If you select anything other than Never at Attempts reopened, at Maximum attempts select the maximum number of attempts at this assignment that you will allow.
- Will this assignment involve group submission?
- If no, continue to the next step.
- If yes, under Group submission settings:
- At Students submit in groups select Yes.
- At Require group to make submission, select Yes if appropriate (the Require students click submit button under Submissions settings must be selected Yes for this check box to be active).
- At Require all group members submit, select Yes only if you want to prevent users who are not in a group from submitting an assignment.
- Select the appropriate Grouping for students groups from the drop-down list.
- In the Notifications section:
- At Notify graders about submissions, select No unless it is particularly important that teachers be notified of each individual submission. Be sure to select No if you will be setting up blind marking for this assignment.
- If you selected No at Notify graders about submissions, you can also choose whether you want to Notify graders about late submissions.
- At Default setting for "Notify students", you can set the default value for the Notify students check box on the grading form. The default setting is No.
- Select No at Display marker details to students if you want to prevent students seeing the details of the last user who modified their grade or feedback.
- Complete the Grade section.
- At Grade, select the maximum attainable mark (or the appropriate scale) for this assignment from the drop-down list.
- At Grading method, you can choose to mark the assignment by simply assigning a grade, or using a marking guide or a rubric.
- At Grade category select the Gradebook category where you want this assignment's marks to be placed (if used).
- At Grade to pass enter the minimum grade required to pass. This is used in activity and course completion (if activated) and highlights pass/fail marks in the gradebook.
- Select whether you want Blind marking to be done for this assignment. Once an assignment has been submitted or a mark entered for the assignment, you will not be able to change the blind marking setting.
- Select No at Use marking workflow if you do not want to set up multiple rounds of marking and manually release marks to students. If you do, leave Yes selected. For further information, see the Use marking workflow instructions on the marking page.
- Select Yes at Use marking allocation if you want to allocate students to a specific marker to selected students. To complete the allocation once the assignment is created, follow the marking allocation completion instructions on this page.
- Complete the remainder of the sections as you would for any other Moodle activity. If this is a group assignment, complete the extra steps below the graphic.
- Click Save and return to course.
Complete marking allocation
You can allocate students’ work to specific markers for assessment. You can use this function for marker supervision, or to build up a consensus among markers on the mark a students' work deserves.
If, on the Adding a new Assignment page, in the Grading section, you selected Yes at Use marking allocation, complete the marking allocation by performing the following steps:
- On the course home page, click the assignment's link.
- On the assignment page, click View/Grade all submissions.
- On the submissions page, select the check box for each student to whom you want to allocate a marker. Then at the bottom of the list, at With selected users, select Set allocated marker from the drop-down list and click Go.
- In the confirmation box, click OK.
- In the Allocated Marker drop-down, select the relevant marker's name. Note that only Instructors, Teaching Assistants and Grading Tutors can be allocated.
- Check the Notify marker radio button to email the assigned marker about being allocated to mark these users.
- Click Save changes.
Submit an assignment on behalf of a student
To submit an assignment on behalf of a student, complete the following steps:
- On the course home page, click the link for the assignment.
- On the assignment page, click View all submissions.
- On the submissions page, select the check box for the student for whom you want to submit the assignment. Then in the Edit column, click the Edit dropdown and select Edit submission.
- Add a submission for the assignment and click Save changes.
Allow a Student to Resubmit/Edit their submission
If using the 'Require students to click the submit button' setting. Students who are in the 'Submitted' status will not be able to edit their submissions or make resubmission.
Provided the 'Cut off' date has not been passed, Instructors can allow a student to make further changes to their work via the 'Revert submission to draft button.
- In the assignment activity, click the 'View all submissions'. button
- Click 'Edit' beside a student with the 'Submitted' status and select 'Revert Submission to draft'
- The submission's status will revert to 'draft' and the student can make edits or upload additional files for their submission
If you do not see the 'Revert submission to draft' option:
- The assignment may not be using the 'require students to click the submit button' setting, in which case students can edit their submission up until the cutoff date by default
- The Cut off date has been passed, in which case the student will need an extension before they can be set to draft and make changes
Extra steps for creating a group assignment
On the Adding a new Assignment page, also complete the fields relating to groups in the Common module settings section:
- For Group mode, select either Separate groups or Visible groups.
Separate groups—Students submit the assignment using their group's own submission area.
Visible groups—All students submit the assignment using a single assignment submission area, but they may choose which group to associate their submission with before uploading.
- If you select a Grouping, students assigned to different groups within the grouping will be able to work together.
- If you select the Available for group members only check box, this assignment will only be available to students assigned to groups within the selected grouping.
- Click Add group/grouping access restriction.
Create a private online space for a student
I am using enquiry-based learning for a course. One assessment task requires students to keep a "research notebook". How can students create an online space that is private, in Moodle?
- Your best option is probably to create individual blogs in the OU blog activity. On the Adding a new OU blog page, at Individual blogs, select Separate individual blogs from the drop-down list. This will grey out the Maximum visibility field. Students will only be able to view or post to their own individual blog.
- You can also create an assignment in online text format. Students type their journal or notebook entries directly into Moodle and the teacher provides feedback.
- A discussion forum "displayed in a blog-like format" can also be made private. To make it private, you would have to create a single-member group for each student.
Set up an assignment with self-selected student groups
You can set up an assignment (including a Turnitin assignment) where students, having selected themselves into groups, are asked to address different questions or topics. You do this by creating a group selection activity, which is all that the students will be able to view in the course home page.
- Once they have chosen a group, the assignment for that group will display.
- Once they have submitted their individual assignment, you will be able to filter the submissions by group.
For instructions on how to do this, visit the group activity page.
Manage student submission of audio or video assignments
It is not recommended for students to upload video assignments directly to Moodle. Instructions for Staff and Students are available for managing student submission of video assignments using Media Collections. Audio assignments can also be submitted using theBox.
Download multiple assignments for marking
- In the Moodle course home page, click the assignment's link.
- On the assignment page, click View/Grade all submissions
- On the submissions page, select the check box for each student whose assignment you want to download.
- At the bottom of the list, at With selected users, select Download selected submissions from the drop-down list and click Go.
- In the confirmation box, click OK and the assignments will be downloaded to your computer.
Uploading feedback files after marking assignments
You can upload edited assignments as feedback files to provide a detailed overview of the assessment.
- Download the assessments by following the steps in the section above "Downloading multiple assessments for marking". Follow the steps and extract the folder offline and add your comments/feedback to the student's submissions. Keep the filenames exactly the same.
- Select the marked students' submissions and zip them into a new folder. Please note that editing the files inside the original folder and re-zipping them will not work. The folder name does not matter, but the file name should always be the same.
- Go to "Upload multiple feedback files in a zip" under the Grading action menu located at the top opf the screen.
- Click on "Chose a file" and upload the new compressed zip file.
- Click on Import feedback file(s).
- Click on Confirm and then Continue.
See the page Using Technologies to Support Assessment for a discussion of the benefits and challenges of assessing online, and for an extensive list of strategies you could consider using if you decide to conduct assessment online.
If you experience technical or other issues, consult the Where to get help page.