Assignment: How to set up an assignment in Wattle

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Wattle Assignment User Guide

The standard Moodle assignment module allows lecturers to collect work from students, review it, allocate assignments to markers, and provide feedback including grades, rubrics and marking guides.

How to set up an Assignment in Wattle.


Step 1

Wattle Turn Editing On
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Go to your course and click Turn editing on in the top right hand corner.

Step 2

Add an activity
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In the section where you want the assignment to appear, click Add an activity or resource.

Step 3

Activity Chooser Assignment
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In the Activity Chooser, select Assignment and then click Add.

Step 4

Adding a new assignment
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Enter the Assignment Name and Description. The description of the assignment should include all the instructions a student needs to complete the assignment. Alternatively, you can also upload a file with instructions here.

Step 5

Configure the Assignment:

There are a range of options available which the Lecturer can utilize to tailor the assignment to specific requirements.

Such options include:

  • When the Assignment can be made available to students
  • Setting the cut off dates for assignment submission
  • The submission types
  • Feedback types
  • How students are notified
  • How graders are notified of submissions
  • The grading methods
  • Blind marking
  • Restricting access
  • Activity completion

To customise these features, see the steps below. You may also return to these settings at anytime via the adminstration block.

Step 6

Availability settings
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Assignment Availability

The Availability section enables you to set dates for when the assignment is available to students.

Allow submissions from: Specify the date/time when students can start submission. If disabled, students can submit immediately.

Due date: Submission received after this date/time will be marked as late.

Cut-off date: If enabled, submissions will not be accepted after the selected date without an extension. Consider allowing a reasonable grace period to account for technical difficulties or other unforeseen issues which may arise.

Remind me to grade by: This allows you to set a reminder to mark your assignments by the specified date. The date will be used to prioritise dashboard notifications for teachers.

To be able to change any of the dates in the above date boxes, ensure that you have ticked the Enable box. This allows you to change the dates within the boxes.

Step 7

Submission types
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Submission Types

In this section, you can select which form you would like your students to submit their assignment.

Online Text - students type in their submission directly in the Wattle text editor.

File Submissions - this is the most common option and covers both 'Single' and 'Advanced' uploading of files. You can now select specific file types for submission under Accepted file types. Leave it blank if you are happy to receive a range of file types. Otherwise, ensure you plan a response for failed or late submissions if this creates a technical hurdle for students.  

ePortfolio - students can submit a page or collection from their ePortfolio. Please ensure you choose whether to keep the portfolio locked or unlocked while marking as you will not be able to change this option after. To learn more, see under ePortfolio.

(Note: You can select more than one file type to give students options. However, students must submit an ePortfolio if the option was selected and the 'Require students to click submit button' (see below) is enabled.)

Step 8

Feedback types
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Feedback Types

Select which feedback options you would like to use to give feedback to the students on their assignment by ticking the boxes.

(Note: PoodLL is an audio recording tool and allows you to record verbal feedback.)

Step 9

Submission settings
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Submission Settings

  • Require students click submit button: If enabled, submissions can remain in 'draft' status and be edited. Students have to click the Submit button for their submission to become final.
  • Require that students accept the submission statement: By setting this to 'Yes' all students submitting this assignment will be required to accept the declaration statement (see here) in order to submit their assignment.
  • Attempts Reopened: This setting determines whether student's assignment submissions can be reopened allowing resubmission.
  • Maximum attempts: The maximum number of assignment submission attempts a student can make. 

Step 10

Group submission settings
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Group submission settings

Students submit in groups: If the drop down is ticked 'Yes', this allows students to submit in groups, and all members of that group will be able to see changes made to the submission.

Require group to make submission: If enabled, individuals who are not members of a group will be unable to make submissions. 

Require all group members submit: If the drop down menu is ticked 'Yes', all members of the group would need to have submitted the assignment before it was deemed to have been submitted. If the drop down box is ticked on 'No' then any one member of that particular group can submit the assignment by clicking on the submit button.

Grouping for student groups: This is the grouping that the assignment will use if Students submit in groups is enabled. If a Default grouping has been set in Groups under the Course administration block, this will be used by default. For more information about groups and groupings, go to Group selction. 

Step 11

Assignment Notifications
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  • Notify graders about submissions: If enabled, all tutors and lecturers in the course will receive a message whenever a student submits an assignment, early, on time or late.
  • Notify graders about late submissions: If the first option 'Notify graders about submissions' is disabled, you can choose whether you want to be notified about late submissions.
  • Default setting for "Notify students": When grading student assignments, you have the option to notify them by email when you have saved their grade. Select Yes if you would like to this to be the default option. This can always be changed on any individual students' assignment. Note: If enabled, students will receive individual feedback at different times based on when their assignments are graded.

Step 12

Assignment Grade
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In this section the Lecturer can select some of the Grading functions:


  • Beside Grade you can select from the drop down menu for None, Scale or Point
  • If you select Scale, the list of Scale options becomes available from the drop down menu: Such as ANU Grades, Satisfactory, Submitted for Feedback etc.
  • If you select Point, you can set the maximum grade for this activity (e.g. Out of a 100 points). However, the value of the assessment item to the whole course (e.g. 30 percent) will still be managed under Gradebook. 

Grading Method:

In the Drop Down menu beside Grading method you can choose among

  • Simple direct grading (number scale),
  • Marking guide or
  • Rubric

 To use Marking guide and Rubric, see user guides here.

Grade Category: 

  • Applies this assignment's mark to the appropriate category in your gradebook.
  • Select the appropriate Category from the drop down menu of options.
  • Please see Gradebook tutorials to set up your categories.

Grade to Pass

In the box beside Grade to Pass you insert the minimum mark required in order for the student to pass. When the mark is allocated in the gradebook, if the student has achieved a Pass grade it is coloured green and if the student has been allocated a Fail grade it is coloured red.

Blind marking:

  • When this option is set to 'Yes', blind marking will hide the student identities and a participant ID will be assigned randomly to each student.
  • Blind marking settings will be locked and cannot be changed once a submission or grade has been made in relation to this assignment, whichever occurs first.
  • When blind marking is enabled, there will be a link to Reveal student identities. The action to Reveal student identities is one-time-only and cannot be undone. Once the student identities have been revealed, the marks will be released to the gradebook.

Use marking workflow:

This feature lets you indicate which stage of marking different assignments are at, such as "Not marked", "In marking", "Marking completed", "In review", "Ready for release", and "Released". This can be useful for moderation purposes.

Use marking allocation:

You can assign specific student assignments to specific markers.

Step 13

Assignment Access restrictions
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Common Module Settings:

In the Restrict Access section, you can limit access to specific groups. Click Add restriction and you can select the restrictions from the list that appears, such as:

  • Activity completion,
  • Date,
  • Grade etc

This can be used to set requirements for the students to meet before they can access the assignment.

Restrictions can be used to create complex criteria.

Step 14

Assignment Activity Completion
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Activity Completion:

This option is only available if Completion Tracking is enabled under Course administration. Students can use this to track their progress - an indicator is now available on their dashboard.  

In the drop down menu beside Completion tracking, the Lecturer can choose from the options of:

  • Do not indicate activity completion
  • Students can manually mark the activity as completed
  • Show activity as complete when conditions are met

Expect completed on a certain date by ticking the enable box, and then setting an expected date.

Step 15

Save and Return to Course
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Click Save and return to course or Save and display.

Recommendation: Use the Switch role to function (see here for tutorial) to view as a student and understand how they experience this assignment. 

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