Create Assignments in Moodle

The Assignment activity in Moodle is a place for your students to submit their work for instructor review. Learn more about getting started with Moodle Assignments.

Below are instructors to set up a Moodle Assignment.

Quick video tutorials

View a short walkthrough of creating an Assignment in Moodle. View more videos in the Moodle Assignments playlist here. 

1.) In the top-left side of the header, click the green pencil icon to turn editing on

An image of the gear icon labeled 1 and turn editing on labeled 2.

2.) Click the 'Add an activity or resource' link in the section where you would like to build your assignment

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  • The Activity Chooser will appear on the screen (pictured in the following step).

3.) In the Activity Chooser, select 'Assignment'

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  • The right-half of the Activity Chooser is used to display a description of any Activity or Resource you select from the list on the left-hand side. If you scroll down to the bottom of that description, you will usually find a link to a wiki article about that Activity or Resource.

4.) In the Activity Chooser, click 'Add'

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5.) Enter the general information for your assignment

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  • This includes the title (Assignment Name) and prompt (Description).

6.) Select the assignment availability

An image of availability, with 1 as allow submissions from; 2 is due date; 3 is cut-off date; and 4 as remind me to grade by.

Reference (from Moodle):

  1. Allow submissions from: If enabled, students will not be able to submit before this date. If disabled, students will be able to start submitting right away.
  2. Due date: This is when the assignment is due. Submissions will still be allowed after this date but any assignments submitted after this date are marked as late. To prevent submissions after a certain date, set the assignment cut off date.
  3. Cut-off date: If set, the assignment will not accept submissions after this date without an extension.
  4. Remind me to grade by: The expected date that marking of the submission should be completed. This date is used to prioritize dashboard notifications for instructors.

7.) Select the Submission types settings

An image of submission types, with 1 as online text; 2 as file submissions; 3 as word limit; 4 as maximum number of uploaded files; 5 as maximum submission size; and 6 as accepted file types.

Reference (from Moodle):

  1. Online text: If enabled, students are able to type rich text directly into an editor field for their submission.
  2. File submissions: If enabled, students are able to upload one or more files as their submission.
  3. Word limit: If online text submissions are enabled, this is the maximum number of words that each student will be allowed to submit.
  4. Maximum number of uploaded files: If file submissions are enabled, each student will be able to upload up to this number of files for their submission.
  5. Maximum submission size: Files uploaded by students may be up to this size.
  6. Accepted file types: Accepted file types can be restricted by entering a comma separated list of mime types (Examples: video/mp4, audio/mp3, image/png, image/jpeg) and file extensions including a dot (Examples: .png, .jpg, .doc). If the field is left empty, then all file types are allowed.

8.) Select the Feedback types settings

An image of feedback types, with 1 as feedback comments; 2 as feedback files; 3 as offline grading worksheet; and 4 as comment inline.

  • These settings may not be displayed by default if the Feedback types section is collapsed. To view these settings, click Feedback types (pictured above).

Reference (from Moodle):

  1. Feedback comments: If enabled, the marker can leave feedback comments for each submission.
  2. Feedback files: If enabled, the teacher will be able to upload files with feedback when grading the assignments. These files may be, but are not limited to marked up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback.
  3. Offline grading worksheet: If enabled, the teacher will be able to download and upload a worksheet with student grades when grading the assignments.
  4. Comment inline: If enabled, the submission text will be copied into the feedback comment filed during grading, making it easier to comment inline (using a different color, perhaps) or to edit the original text.

9.) Select the Submission settings

An image of submission settings, with 1 as requiring students to click submit; 2 as requiring students to accept a submission statement; 3 as attempts reopened; and 4 as maximum attempts.

  • These settings may not be displayed by default if the Submissions settings section is collapsed. To view these settings, click Submission settings (pictured above).

Reference (from Moodle):

  1. If enabled, students will have to click a Submit button to declare their submission as final. This allows students to keep a draft version of the submission on the system. If this setting is changed from "No" to "Yes" after students have already submitted those submissions will be regarded as final.
  2. Require that students accept the submission statement for all submissions to this assignment.
  3. Determines how student submission attempts are reopened. The available options are: Never - The student submission cannot be reopened. Manually - The student submission can be reopened by a teacher. Automatically until pass - The student submission is automatically reopened until the student achieves the grade to pass value set in the Gradebook (Gradebook setup section) for this assignment.
  4. The maximum number of submissions attempts that can be made by a student. After this number of attempts has been made the student's submission will not be able to be reopened.

10.) Select your Grade settings

An image of grade settings, with 1 as grade; 2 as grading method; 3 as grade category; 4 as grade to pass; 5 as blind grading; 6 is use grading workflow; and 7 as use grading allocation.

  • These settings may not be displayed by default if the Grade section is collapsed. To view these settings, click Grade (pictured above).

Reference (from Moodle):

  1. Grade: The point value of the Assignment (maximum of 100 points).
  2. Grading method: Choose the advanced grading method that should be used for calculating grades in the given context. To disable advanced grading and switch back to the default grading mechanism, choose 'Simple direct grading'.
  3. Grade category: This setting controls the category in which this activity's grades are placed in the gradebook.
  4. Grade to pass: This setting determines the minimum grade required to pass. The value is used in activity and course completion, and in the gradebook, where pass grades are highlighted in green and fail grades in red.
  5. Blind grading: Blind marking hides the identity of students to markers. Blind marking settings will be locked once a submission or grade has been made in relation to this assignment.
  6. Use grading workflow: If enabled, marks will go through a series of workflow stages before being released to students. This allows for multiple rounds of marking and allows marks to be released to all students at the same time.
  7. Use grading allocation: If enabled together with marking workflow, markers can be allocated to particular students.

11.) Scroll down and click 'Save and return to course'

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  • You can ignore the rest of the settings on this page.


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