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To create an Assignment activity in your Moodle course,

  • Select Assignment from the menu that appears and click on Add.

Activity settings


  • 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 NameShows as a link to the assignment from the front of the Moodle unit
DescriptionThe 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 fromIf you are planning on using Turnitin for this assignment you MUST have a date enabled here.
Due dateThis 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 dateIf set, the assignment will not accept submissions after this date without an extension.

Submission Types - the most popular settings are highlighted in red text

Submission Types
  • Online Text - If enabled, students are able to type rich text directly into an editor field for their submission.
  • File Submissions - If enabled, students are able to upload one or more files as their submission.
  • Submission comments - If enabled, students can leave comments on their own submission. This can be used to let students alert the marker about which files the master file is in cases of inter-linked files, for instance.
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 sizeWhilst 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

Feedback Types
  • Feedback comments - If enabled, the marker can leave feedback comments for each submission.
  • Offline grading worksheet - If enabled, the teacher will be able to download and upload a worksheet with student grades when marking the assignments.
  • Feedback files - If enabled, the teacher will be able to upload files with feedback when marking the assignments.

Group submission settings - this option is only relevant if you would like your students to submit in groups

Students submit in groupsIf 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 submitIf 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 submissionsIf enabled, graders (usually teachers) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment, early, on time and late.
Notify graders about late submissionsIf enabled, graders (usually teachers) receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment late.


Grading methodSimple direct grading is the most commonly used, though Rubrics are increasing in their usage.
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