To create an Assignment activity in your Moodle course,
- From the relevant course, locate the Administration block and then Turn editing on.
- Within each topic or week, click on the Add an activity or resource link to display the Activity Chooser (see below)
- Select Assignment from the menu that appears and click on Add.
- Complete the assignment settings as outlined in the information below.
- Given the vast number of settings, only the most popular are described below. Contextual help within the activity can always be accessed by clicking on the icon.
|Assignment Name||Shows as a link to the assignment from the front of the Moodle unit|
|Description||The description box gives you a space where detailed submission instructions can be highlighted for students (including adding links to supporting documents) on the page where they upload their assignment file. Many departments include in this section: requirements about file types, file naming conventions, cover sheet details, statements about plagiarism, information about when and how feedback will be provided.|
|Allow submissions from||If you are planning on using Turnitin for this assignment you MUST have a date enabled here.|
|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 (below).|
|Cut-off date||If set, the assignment will not accept submissions after this date without an extension.|
Submission Types - the most popular settings are highlighted in red text
|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.|
|Maximum submission size||Whilst this can be set to a maximum of 50MB, please note that the Turnitin plagiarism checking service will only accept files of 40MB and under. If you enable Turnitin for your Moodle assignment activity an error will occur if students upload files that are larger than 40MB.|
Feedback Types - the most popular settings are highlighted in red text
Group submission settings - this option is only relevant if you would like your students to submit in groups
|Students submit in groups||If enabled students will be divided into groups based on the default set of groups or a custom grouping. 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||If enabled, 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.|
Turnitin plagiarism plugin
Information on this section can be found elsewhere within the Moodle Support Hub
|Notify graders about submissions||If enabled, graders (usually teachers) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment, early, on time and late.|
|Notify graders about late submissions||If enabled, graders (usually teachers) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment late.|
|Grading method||Simple direct grading is the most commonly used, though Rubrics are increasing in their usage.|