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    How to Create and Edit Assignments in Moodle

    February 2nd, 2023

    The most common "activity" teachers create in Moodle is called Assignments. There are three types of assignments:

    • File submission: this is the most common, in which students are required to upload one or more files
    • Online text: this is less common, in which students enter (or paste) text right on the screen. 
    • Offline assignment: this type is used when faculty have an in-class or offline activity they want to grade inside Moodle (e.g., practical exam, oral presentation, in-class written quiz).

    Please follow the steps below on how to create a File Submission assignment.

    Create a new assignment

    Step 1

    Navigate to the week where you want the assignment to be located and click "Create learning activity"

    Step 2

    Choose "Assignment" from the Activities tab.

    Step 3

    Give the assignment a name, write the description (usually the directions), and set a due date. TIP: If your assignment is very complex, you should compose it in Word and paste it into the Description field to avoid losing your progress.

    Step 4

    From the Visibility tab, select whether to show or hide the assignment. It is recommended to keep it hidden until you have thoroughly checked your work.

    Step 5

    From the Availability tab, enable the Cut-Off date. Warning: The Cut-off date is not the same as the Due Date. If you do not set the Cut-off date for the assignment, a student will be able to continue to edit their submission even after it has been graded. If you do not accept late assignments, the Cut-off Date must be the same as the Due Date. You might also want to set up Allow submissions from date. If this isn't set, students can add submissions as soon as the assignment is created.


    Step 6

    Choose the submission type (for this example, we will use File submissions), then set how many files can be uploaded. Set the Maximum submission file as 20. Then click on Choose under Accepted file types

    Step 7

    Expand the Document Files category and select the desired file types. We recommend using .pdf,.docx, and .doc. If you only want to allow certain types of Document Files, these should be selected before clicking Save Changes. 

    Step 8

    Click on the Grade section. Next, choose a Grade Type and Grading method. Setting a point value for each assignment is the most simple and standard way. Simple direct grading is the easiest grading method to set up. 
    Grading by weight, category, and rubric is more complex. If you want help with more advanced grading methods, please place a support ticket or talk to your department chair about setting up team training. 

    It is generally recommended that other settings be left at their defaults. If you want help with more advanced settings, please place a support ticket.

    Step 9

    Click "Save and return to course."


     

    Step 10

    You will now see your assignment in that week.

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    Edit an Existing Assignment

    Step 1

    Click on the search button and search for the assignment you would like to edit. Then click on the assignment.

     

    Step 2

    It will take you to that assignment, and then click on the Pencil to edit the document.

    Alternate Method

    Step 1

    Click the Course Dashboard

    Step 2

    Go to the Activities and Resources section and click on Assignments

    Step 3

    Select the assignment you want to edit: 


    Step 4

    Click on the Admin Gear and select Settings

    Adjust Settings

    Step 1

    Adjust any settings within the Settings section

    Step 2

    Once you have edited the assignment, click on "Save and return to course".

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    Set Assignment Due Dates

    This procedure assumes that an assignment is already developed and only explains how to set due dates for that assignment. Reminder: To access the editing portion of an assignment, go to Admin Gear > Settings

    Step 1

    Change the Due Date if needed. If changing the Due Date is all that was required, then click on "Save and return to course." To adjust the additional setting, continue onto Step 2.

    Step 2

    Click on Availability  

    Allow submissionfrom: If set, students will not be able to submit before this date. If disabled, students will be able to start submitting right away. Check the Enable checkbox and then set the appropriate date and time.

    Cut-off date: If set, the assignment will not accept submissions after this date without an extension. Check the Enable checkbox and then set the appropriate date and time.

    Step 3

    Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Save and return to the course"

    Step 4

    Check your work by clicking the Course Dashboard.

    Step 5

    Scroll down to Activities and Resources and click Assignments. Now you can see a list of the assignments and their due dates.

    If you see the dates are still incorrect, please click on the assignment name, then click on the gear at the top right to access the Settings and follow the directions from above.

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    Specify Acceptable File Types

    Reminder: These steps can be viewed from the editing portion of the assignment. To access it, go to Admin Gear > Settings in the general view of the assignment that needs editing.


    Step 1

    Click the "Submission types" dropdown

    Step 2

    Select File submissions.

    Step 3

    Type in the file extension you will accept; separate multiple file types with a comma. You can also click on choose to select from a list of available file types.

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    Warning

    Presentations or files with high quality and a high quantity of images will easily exceed the 10MB limit. Online text can be enabled for those cases so students can paste a shared link to the large file. See Large File Submission | Advanced section.

    Step 4

    Click Save and display to view, or Save and return to the course to return to the week where the assignment is placed.

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    Assignment Submission Settings

    Step 1

    Hit the gear icon on the top right (Admin) and click on Settings

    Step 2

    You'll see a list of settings to the right of the screen.

    Step 3

    Click Submission settings

    Step 4

    The default options are the recommended settings, implying an easier submission for students.

     

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    Require students to click the submit button: When toggled to "no", the assignment remains editable even after it has been graded. This is useful for assignments that allow student revision.
    When toggled to "yes", students will have to click a Submit button to declare their submission as final. After this, it cannot be edited and will be sent for a final grade. If this setting is changed from "No" to "Yes" after students have already submitted an assignment, those submissions will be regarded as final. However, it is recommended to disable the submit button. 

     

    Require that students accept the submission statement: Requires students to accept a submission statement for all submissions within the assignments. It is recommended to disable this setting.

     

    Additional attempts: This setting determines whether a student can make additional attempts at the assignment. For each attempt, the grade and feedback are saved and can be viewed by the teacher and the student. The available options are:

    • Never: Only one attempt is possible
    • Manually: Additional attempts may be allowed by a teacher
    • Automatically until pass: Additional attempts are allowed automatically until the student achieves the grade to pass set in the gradebook for this assignment

    It is recommended to keep this setting as "Never."

    Step 5

    When finished, click Save and return to the course or Save and display to view the assignment.

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    Large File Submission | Advanced

    This portion of the article will assist in setting up assignments that require videos, audio recordings, presentations, and other files larger than 10MB.

    Step 1

    Edit the Assignment

    Step 2

    Click Submission types

     

    Step 3

    Click Online text, and if desired, set a Word limit.

    Step 4

    For assignments requiring large submissions, you want to ensure that the assignment directions provide instructions for creating shareable links and copying and pasting them into the online text box. You would also want to link articles related to working with large files or video submissions.

    The screenshot below is an example of this type of assignment.

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    Assignment Restrictions

    An assignment restriction will prevent students from accessing the assignment entirely until a criterion is met.

    Step 1

    Go to the assignment settings:

     

    Step 2

    Click "Restrict access" and "Add restriction."

    Step 3

    Select the restriction type:

     

    Step 4

    After choosing the desired restriction, edit its settings (a group restriction was selected for this example). Once the restriction is set up, click "Save and display" or "Save and return to course."

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