Creating Assignments

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The Assignments section gives you an easy way to allow students to upload files for grading and for the instructor to create an item for the Moodle Gradebook. Assignments, with the exclusion of Online Text, allow instructors to send files back to students in response to their submissions.

Assignment Types


  • Advanced uploading of files: Students may upload multiple files, delete files mistakenly uploaded as their assignment submission and enter notes describing their submitted files.
  • Online Text: This assignment type asks users to type their response directly in Moodle. It can be thought of as an online essay response (although the length is at your discretion). Teachers can then access users’ submissions and grade them.
  • Upload a single file: Students will be allowed to upload only a single file of any type related to an assignment.
  • Offline activity: Add an assignment that will be completed outside of Moodle. Students can read the description and view grades of these assignments, but not submit files. Use this option to create a gradebook item for an activity that is not submitted via Moodle (e.g. field trips, classroom presentations).

Note: If you are using a weighted gradebook, graded activities will only be weighted equally if the Grade drop-down has the same value for all activities contained within that category. That is, the number of possible points per assignment should be equal for every activity in the category.

Creating an Assignment – Upload a Single File


  1. Log in to your course and click Turn editing on.
  2. Select Upload a Single File from the Add an activity drop-down menu. #1
  3. Type in an Assignment name and write a Description for the assignment. These are the questions and instructions for the students to follow. #2
  4. You may also choose to Display description on course page, which places the assignment description directly on the module of the main course outline. #3
  5. Then define the Available and Due dates for submission.  If you do not wish to restrict the availability of the assignment, uncheck the “enable” box next to these dates. #4
  6. In order to allow students to resubmit an assignment, select Yes next to the Allow resubmitting option. #5
  7. Set the Grade drop-down to the maximum number of points students can earn. For Rubric and Marking Guide grading set the Grading Method drop-down appropriately, otherwise leave it at Simple direct grading#6
  8. When you are finished, click on the Save and return to course button.
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Creating an Assignment – Advanced Uploading of Files


  1. Log in to your course and Turn editing on.
  2. From the drop-down Activities menu of your chosen topic, select Advanced uploading of files. NUM1
  3. Type in an Assignment name and write a Description for the assignment. These are the questions and instructions for the students to follow.  You may also choose to Display description on course page, which places the assignment description directly on the module of the main course outline. NUM2
  4. Then define the Available and Due dates for submission.  If you do not wish to restrict the availability of the assignment, uncheck the “enable” box next to these dates.
  5. Set the Grade drop-down to the maximum number of points students can earn. For Rubric and Marking Guide grading set the Grading Method drop-down appropriately, otherwise leave it at Simple direct gradingNUM3
  6. Specify whether the students can delete a file before it is submitted for grading. NUM4
  7. Designate the number of files each student can upload (1 to 20). NUM5
  8. Click on Save and Return to Course.

Important Note: Once students have hit the ‘Submit for Marking’ button they may no longer make changes to their submission. That includes uploading additional files or removing existing documents.

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Creating an Assignment – Offline Activity


  1. Access the course you are teaching and click the Turn editing on button.
  2. Select Offline activity from the Add an activity drop-down menuNUM1
  3. Create an Assignment name, write a Description and define the Grade. The Available from and Due Date should be disabled by unchecking the box next to them labeled enableNUM2
  4. Click on Save and Return to Course.
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For further information, please contact:

Faculty Center for Professional Excellence (FCPE)
Alumnae Hall, Room 123
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